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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in September 2012
Teardown: Inside Apple's iPhone 5
Blog 
9/28/2012  23 comments
Analysis by UBM TechInsights finds Apple largely stuck with incumbent suppliers for the latest iPhone.
Robot Takes Care of Your Vino
Blog 
9/28/2012  13 comments
A new robot may have a hand in tending the grapes it takes to make your next glass of wine.
Squeezing Cost While Raising Quality
Sherlock Ohms 
9/27/2012  11 comments
How do you reduce the cost of a part from $25 to $1? Easy, you raise the quality.
Slideshow: Sights, Sounds of an IndyCar Race
Blog 
9/26/2012  11 comments
Technology deep dives, trackside insights, scorching heat, pictures, memories, and a spectacular race that saw the season's points leader crash early and later return to the track, highlighted the last Speed2Design event of the 2012 IndyCar season.
The Expedition’s Difficult Dash
Made by Monkeys 
9/26/2012  21 comments
The 2011 Ford Expedition has a dashboard full of what one driver says are design flaws.
CloudConnect Conference Talks Infrastructure in the Cloud
Guest Blogs 
9/26/2012  9 comments
We don't necessarily know what infrastructure a cloud-based application is on, but that's the point. The idea is to put it into the cloud so that we don't have to set it up ourselves.
Next-Generation VLC Improves on XPRIZE-Winning Design
CAD/CAM Corner 
9/25/2012  23 comments
Altair ProductDesign will assist the Edison2 team, providing engineering services around structural optimization and suspension design to accelerate design of the production-ready VLC 4.0 vehicle.
Super Mistake Caused Super Voltage
Sherlock Ohms 
9/25/2012  21 comments
How could an aircraft system with no more than 15V cause burn marks in strange places? Is it misuse or a big mistake?
Avoiding the Dangers of Groupthink
Guest Blogs 
9/25/2012  42 comments
How do engineers, who pride ourselves on our rationality and individualism, get caught up in a collective denial of reality?
Do Engineers Need an MBA?
Blog 
9/25/2012  20 comments
Is an MBA a worthwhile academic pursuit or a total waste of precious time?
Slideshow: Kindle Fire HD Teardown
Blog 
9/24/2012  23 comments
Amazon is not only introducing a new version of the Kindle Fire, but three other tablets meant to further establish the company as a viable competitor to Apple’s iPad family and Google’s foray into the tablet space, Nexus 7.
There's a Mystery Glitch in the Pipe Organ
Sherlock Ohms 
9/24/2012  15 comments
Fixing the electronics in a pipe organ from 600 miles away can be a challenge.
Slideshow: Scenes From DESIGN East
Blog 
9/21/2012  8 comments
Dubbed "The Center of the Engineering Universe," the DESIGN East Expo Hall was packed with engineers and exhibitors looking to make their mark on the engineering world.
We Want the Top 40 Under 40
Blog 
9/21/2012  15 comments
Design News, in partnership with Mouser Electronics, is asking for your nominations for engineers who are ahead of the trends and are significantly performing in the industry.
Design a Barcode Scanner With Reduced BOM, Not Reduced Functionality
Guest Blogs 
9/21/2012  3 comments
Having many of the required components integrated into the MCU can save time and cost while increasing functionality.
Gesture Sensors Could Help Mechatronics Engineers
Mechatronics Zone 
9/20/2012  17 comments
A recent announcement from a company specializing in sensors used for gesture detection sparked thoughts about using this type of control in mechatronic devices.
Circuit Protection Beyond the Numbers
Guest Blogs 
9/19/2012  11 comments
Improper substitution can cause machine damage, fire, and possibly human injury.
Slideshow: Fuel-Stingy Technologies Set Sights on 54.5 MPG
Automotive News 
9/18/2012  95 comments
From fuel injectors and air conditioning compressors to tires and power steering systems, we offer a potpourri of technologies aimed at boosting CAFE to 54.5mpg.
Circuit Protection by the Numbers
Guest Blogs 
9/18/2012  3 comments
There are many pitfalls in designing overcurrent protection into a system, but why is it so confusing?
Control Panel Not Included in Train Communicator
Made by Monkeys 
9/17/2012  12 comments
The control panel for the train maintenance yard had no way of communicating to the switches and signals.
If I Only Knew Then...
Blog 
9/17/2012  25 comments
Our LinkedIn group members discuss what they would have done differently if they knew then what they know now.
Motor Kits Let BLDC Designs Roll
Mechatronics Zone 
9/14/2012  4 comments
If your design plans include a brushless DC motor, contributing technical editor Jon Titus recommends starting with a motor drive dev kit.
DESIGN East, a.k.a. ESC Boston, Starts Next Week
Blog 
9/13/2012  3 comments
The conference formerly known as ESC Boston starts next week. Have you signed up yet?
Chevy Volt: It's Not Time to Panic
Automotive News 
9/12/2012  77 comments
Is GM really losing $49,000 on each Chevy Volt?
10 Hot Topics at DESIGN East
Blog 
9/12/2012  5 comments
Here are 10 things you can do if you are going to DESIGN East in Boston. They range from the highly practical to the merely cool.
An Anti-Alias Filter Review
Mechatronics Zone 
9/12/2012  9 comments
This column describes a filter-selection “gotcha,” and includes references to anti-alias-filter information.
Experts Split on New 54.5MPG Rule
Automotive News 
9/11/2012  94 comments
Experts disagreed last week on the long-term outcome of the government's recent 54.5-mpg rule, with consumer advocates hailing the new mandate, and engineering consultants warning that it would send costs skyrocketing.
Lead-Acid Batteries Seek New Role in Hybrids, Plug-Ins
Automotive News 
9/10/2012  27 comments
Using a souped-up version of a chemistry that's been around since the days of Edison, a Detroit-area startup wants to slash the costs of batteries for hybrids and plug-in cars.
Petroski on Engineering: Everyone Loves Good Design
Guest Blogs 
9/10/2012  23 comments
Unlike buildings, which hide their engineering behind architectural facades, bridges tend to lay bare their structural design features.
LED Headlights Shine Light on New Power Architectures
Blog 
9/10/2012  13 comments
Automotive front lighting systems no longer use simple light bulbs. Solid-state LED drivers are providing needed improvement in the overall solution.
Making Beautiful Music With Smart MEMS Microphones
Guest Blogs 
9/6/2012  5 comments
The true sound of music can be recorded with a quality once reserved for musicians and rich wannabes with private recording studios.
Calling All Messy Engineers!
Blog 
9/6/2012  18 comments
We want photos of your disheveled desks.
Honda's Latest Robot Mows Your Lawn
Blog 
9/4/2012  54 comments
Miimo is a robotic lawnmower that works via electronic sensors to continuously cut grass and safely navigate slopes and obstacles.
Keeping Track of Emerging Markets
Blog 
9/4/2012  15 comments
Depending on the markets and applications you serve, different countries can be at varying states of “emergence.”




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