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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in August 2013
Engineering Profs Get Low Marks in Princeton Review Survey
Electronics News 
8/29/2013  17 comments
Engineering schools made up five of the seven worst colleges in a Princeton Review survey that asked, "Are your instructors good teachers?"
Fuse Holder Follies
Sherlock Ohms 
8/29/2013  17 comments
Sometimes it's the least important component that messes up the device.
Slideshow: Smartphone Images From Space
Electronics News 
8/28/2013  17 comments
Some of NASA's most recent images from space come, not from a multimillion-dollar satellite, but from a $3,500 steel box equipped with a smartphone.
Jobs Was a Genius; the Movie Not So Much
Blog 
8/28/2013  16 comments
The movie's producers tried to sum up Jobs's entire professional career in two hours, too many significant parts were left out, and the movie did not accurately show the genius that Jobs was.
Slideshow: Are You Being Fairly Paid?
Blog 
8/27/2013  12 comments
Although engineering salaries are up, only 27 percent of engineers say they are paid fairly and have the appropriate workload.
Robotic Automation Helps Bring Manufacturing Back Onshore
Blog 
8/27/2013  10 comments
Steve Kruse, a senior applications engineer at Bastian Solutions, will discuss reshoring and the technologies contributing to it at the upcoming Design and Manufacturing Midwest conference. He spoke to us recently about his views on the topic.
Ground Is Not Ground the World Around
Sherlock Ohms 
8/27/2013  15 comments
Not all grounds are the same. That can be a problem if they're supposed to be connected but they're not.
Wireless Monitoring of Power Usage by CMU
Blog 
8/27/2013  1 comment
Carnegie Mellon University has developed a way to wirelessly monitor power usage using non-intrusive load monitoring (NILM).
Video: Simulating the Universe With NASA's Supercomputers
Electronics News 
8/26/2013  35 comments
Here's a look at the launch of NASA's "heavy lift" vehicle, and the birth of the universe on one of the world's most powerful supercomputers.
Video: Inside the World's Largest Wind Tunnel
Electronics News 
8/23/2013  29 comments
When NASA Ames runs its massive wind tunnels, the surrounding area knows it. Local aircraft are warned of potential updrafts. Electric utilities brace for sudden power draws. And nearby residents are said to hear its 300-knot airflows from miles away.
The Case of the Confused Customer
Sherlock Ohms 
8/23/2013  48 comments
In this case, the customer was very confused about the product's problems.
Slideshow: Robots Get More Thin-Skinned
Engineering Materials 
8/22/2013  23 comments
Robots may be getting more sensitive, due to a breakthrough by engineers at the University of California, Berkeley. An electronic skin made of a sensor network mounted on a substrate of flexible plastic reacts to touch by lighting up.
Silicon Labs Releases New Development Kits for Smart Sensor Design
Blog 
8/22/2013  15 comments
Designers of smart sensor systems and other low-power electronics have a new toolkit for building embedded systems using Silicon Labs' EFM32 Wonder Gecko microcontrollers.
Slideshow: A Glimpse of NASA Technology
Electronics News 
8/21/2013  25 comments
Thanks to the sponsorship of Littelfuse Inc., Design News was able to take a behind-the-scenes tour of some of the work being done at NASA Ames Research Center.
Earth Station Stopped by Lightning
Sherlock Ohms 
8/21/2013  15 comments
A lightning strike took out the Earth Station in Africa. Fixing it took brainpower and ingenuity.
Design & Manufacturing Show Is Sure to Attract Engineers From Across the Globe
Blog 
8/21/2013  4 comments
3D printing is sure to steal the show at the Design & Manufacturing Midwest Expo held at Chicago's McCormick Place Sept. 10-12.
Are Your Electronics Protected Against Lightning Strikes?
Electronics News 
8/20/2013  17 comments
Too often, design engineers donít want to hear about lightning. Never mind that its transient voltages can fry circuit boards, crash servers, and jeopardize data. Lightning discussions are a pain.
Researchers Develop Another Potential Battery for Renewable Energy Storage
Blog 
8/20/2013  20 comments
A research team led by Yi Cui, an associate professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at Stanford, has developed a new lithium-polysulfide flow battery with an energy density of between 170 Wh/kg and 190 Wh/L and a lifespan of up to 2,500 cycles -- results that are high comparatively for similar batteries being designed for renewables.
Slideshow: Design News Product Time Warp
Blog 
8/19/2013  15 comments
Take yourself back to August 1958 with a tour of some products that appeared in that month's issue of Design News.
What if You Couldnít Parallel Park Your Car?
Guest Blogs 
8/19/2013  29 comments
Cars now do this automatically, but should you know how?
Naming Rights to the Factory Solution
Sherlock Ohms 
8/19/2013  17 comments
Sometimes figuring out what vendor's product is failing is half the solution.
A Case of Rotordynamics Satisfaction
Sherlock Ohms 
8/16/2013  5 comments
Getting the rotordynamics right makes all the difference in high-speed rotor design.
Altair Teams With Design News for Webinar on Drop Test Simulation
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/16/2013  2 comments
Altair and Design News will host a webinar on drop test simulation on August 28. Sign up today!
Researchers Develop Thin Solar Film for Mobile Devices, Windows
Blog 
8/15/2013  41 comments
The day when your smartphone screen is also a mini solar panel may not be far off, thanks to new two-layer see-through solar film developed by UCLA researchers.
Flickering Lights Lighten at Load Time
Sherlock Ohms 
8/15/2013  9 comments
Sometimes the electrical problem takes care of itself, even after you call in the fix.
Are You Designing for Testability?
CAD/CAM Corner 
8/14/2013  13 comments
Performing due diligence ahead of time is key to avoiding errors, which often start in the design phase.
Survey Says: Use of Open-Source Will Increase in 2013
Guest Blogs 
8/14/2013  17 comments
The open-source movement continues to gain traction in 2013 among core groups, according to a survey released by electronics distributor Newark element14.
Top Reasons for the US to Return to Space
Guest Blogs 
8/14/2013  14 comments
Over the years, government and popular support for further space exploration has dwindled, despite its many benefits. So, we've made a list of the top reasons we should continue to explore the outer depths, "to boldly go where no man has gone before."
Chinese Companies Are Using Manufacturing Intelligence to Overcome Shifting Dynamics
Guest Blogs 
8/13/2013  10 comments
If Chinese manufacturers continue on the path to quality-driven manufacturing operations, there is little doubt that the label made in China will once again stand alongside made in Germany, made in Japan, Made in the USA, and others to represent quality products.
Last Chance to Register for Design News' LED Webinar
Electronics News 
8/12/2013  2 comments
If you're planning to use LEDs in your future products, then you'll want to take note of a Design News webinar, How LEDs Are Revolutionizing the Lighting Industry.
Slideshow: Ford's Self-Driving Test Vehicles
Electronics News 
8/9/2013  26 comments
Driving 15mph over a curb 30 times a day can be tough on drivers performing vehicle durability tests. Ford had a better idea: Let the vehicles drive themselves.
4 Productivity Tools for CAD Professionals
Guest Blogs 
8/9/2013  4 comments
CAD professionals everywhere face a demanding work environment, stiff competition, and the pressure to do more with less.
The Fourth Industrial Revolution Is Here
Blog 
8/8/2013  28 comments
The fourth industrial revolution began a few short years ago, according to a keynote address by Dr. James Truchard of National Instruments, during NIWeek in Austin, Texas.
Company Designs MEMS-Based Energy Harvester for Contact Lenses
Blog 
8/8/2013  9 comments
An Irvine, Calif.-based startup has invented an energy-harvesting power source for contact lenses that will enable the next-generation of optically delivered digital and biomedical applications.
USB 3.0 in Industrial Applications
Blog 
8/8/2013  7 comments
USB 3.0 has gotten off to a slow start in commercial areas, but acceptance is picking up as people see more and more requirements for high bandwidth operation.
GM Chops $5,000 From Chevy Volt Price
Automotive News 
8/7/2013  24 comments
In an attempt to find the economic sweet spot for electrified vehicles, General Motors announced this week it would cut $5,000 from the price of the Chevy Volt.
Ford to Roll With Natural Gas for F-150 Pickup
Automotive News 
8/7/2013  4 comments
Ford Motor Co. will bring compressed natural gas a tiny bit closer to the masses by rolling out a bi-fuel version of the F-150 pickup in 2014.
How to Make Intelligent Carbon-Fiber Composites
Engineering Materials 
8/7/2013  6 comments
German researchers have demonstrated the ability to embed RFID tags with ultra-thin antennas inside carbon-fiber-reinforced composite components such as aircraft wings. The technique is also being investigated for composite structural health monitoring.
The Failed Fuse Fooled Me
Sherlock Ohms 
8/7/2013  22 comments
When checking the truck's wiring system for a faulty brake light, the first guess turned out to be correct -- after trying everything else.
Universities Prepare for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Demand
Electronics News 
8/6/2013  21 comments
If youíre looking for a branch of engineering thatís on the cusp of growth, look no further than unmanned aerial vehicles.
Boy Scouts Launch Programming Merit Badge
STEM Connection 
8/6/2013  27 comments
The Boy Scouts of America have teamed up with AutomationDirect.com, Radio Shack, and VEX to create the Programming Merit Badge.
UL Targets Lithium-Ion Battery Fires
Electronics News 
8/5/2013  27 comments
Inspired by recent overheating incidents, Underwriters Laboratories has developed a new testing methodology, along with guidelines and standards aimed at making lithium-ion battery applications safer.
Nike iPhone App Helps Make Products More Sustainable
Blog 
8/5/2013  8 comments
Product designers and manufacturers are trying to use materials less likely to harm the planet. Nike is giving them an iPhone app that lets them check the sustainability of their materials.
Is Range Anxiety Real?
Automotive News 
8/2/2013  113 comments
Range anxiety applies to exceptional needs, not average ones.
The Troublesome Toyota Minivan
Made by Monkeys 
8/2/2013  45 comments
The new Toyota minivan came with new dash controls. Unfortunately, they're harder to use than the old ones.
FIR Filters Without the Math
Guest Blogs 
8/2/2013  2 comments
Previous columns have described how analog and switched-capacitors filters work and provided a real example of each. Now on to digital filters that process discrete-time digital values, rather than analog signals.
Slideshow: High-Voltage Hybrids & EVs
Automotive News 
8/1/2013  16 comments
The venerable 12V electrical system is slowly being supplanted by higher-voltage architectures, especially in hybrids and electric cars.
Thinking Outside the Mobile 'Box'
Guest Blogs 
8/1/2013  7 comments
Discovering important large-market applications for MEMS.
Using Electrical Re-Gen for Energy Cost Savings
Guest Blogs 
8/1/2013  3 comments
With its improvements over the conventional non-regen testing process, the estimated cost savings for one RedViking transmission test system at an Army repair center is about $500,000 per year.
Update: Corning's Paper-Thin, Flexible Glass
Engineering Materials 
8/1/2013  11 comments
Corning's super-thin, 100-micron Willow Glass can be adapted to high-volume, low-cost, roll-to-roll manufacturing processes not previously possible with glass. Corning is helping customers retrofit or build new lines to integrate the material into manufacturing.




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