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Content posted in October 2005
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How it Actually Works
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Plastics Look, Feel, And Act Their Best
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For molded parts, aesthetics involves a lot more than pretty colors
New and Notable Product Design
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In the past, the cathode-ray tube (CRT) was the dominant technology for displaying televison and information. Today, several other approaches provide new acronyms and choices. Here are five examples of the newest display technologies.
Fluid Power
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Best of the Engineering Marketplace
16-bit Controllers
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Texas Instruments and Microchip Technologies are betting that the 16-bit market will still have broad appeal
Ask The Search Engineer
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The Search Engineer finds solutions to all your questions, problems, and dilemmas. Occasionally, he could be wrong. But he doubts it.
Application-Specific Sensors
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Special applications drive sensor advancements
Choosing Between CCD and CMOS Image Sensors
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You need to ask the right questions
The Potential of MEMS
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The most exciting applications for micro-electromechanical systems still lie ahead, predicts an industry leader in MEMS research
Electronics
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Motion Control
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Best of the Engineering Marketplace
When a COTS Might Not Do
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Sometimes you have to specialize, sometimes you don't
Megapixel Mania
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CMOS image sensors challenge CCD's performance for portable products
Time to Take the Leap?
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Obstacles abound, but the U.S. still offers plenty of opportunities for engineer-entrepreneurs
Solid State Relays Increase System Reliability
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Success depends upon understanding the key parameters
Unlocking the Potential of MEMS
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The most exciting applications for micro-electromechanical systems still lie ahead, predicts an industry leader in MEMS research
Mark Those Parts
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More companies are tracking critical components with 2D identification codes that can be viewed by automated readers throughout the supply chain
Caveat Emptor!
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Industrial Sensors
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Critical measurements drive increased throughput and improved quality control
Re-wiring the Body
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To move his prosthetic arm, Jesse Sullivan merely thinks. Nature's own wiring and a digital limb do the rest.
Ink jet printer could simplify electronic circuit manufacturing
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Tabletop printer could be used in making of flexible displays and RFID tags Using a table-top-sized printer, product developers may now be able to build printed circuit boards for devices ranging from cell phone displays to RFID antennae to solar cells.
New Analog ICs are Digitals' Best Friend
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They're expanding the digital revolution
Cars That Cook
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A few years ago they were saying kitchens were the next garages. Our unscientific poll says maybe they were right.
Niche Devices
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Three New Sensors Designed for Very Specific Requirements
New Options For Engineers
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Creative designs for a critical circuit element proliferate
New Devices Address Power System's Needs
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Typical applications include smoothing voltage and power
Connectors Shrink in Size
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New devices squeeze into tighter spaces
The Incredible Shrinking Supply
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Vendors target efficiency in small spaces
The Power Connection
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Handling amps and 100's of volts dictates different connector design considerations
Rotary and Linear Motion
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Increased performance comes in many forms
The Quest for Imperfection
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Getting More in Less Space
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Increased product functionality drives higher density connectors
Combining FEA and CFD
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Linking finite element analysis and computational fluid dynamic shows interactions between fluids and structures
Powering Portable Devices
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These new batteries feature greater operating life
New and Notable Product Design
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Mention networks and most people immediately think of computers or cell phones. Here are five products with networks that may not be as familiar as the Internet or Bluetooth.
Expanded Capabilities
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These products ease mounting, protect, and improve performance
Connectors Meet New Standards
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Advanced telecom applications drive new connector designs
New Ways to Skin the Cat
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Innovative sensing technologies provide new solutions
Ask The Search Engineer
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The Search Engineer finds solutions to all your questions, problems, and dilemmas. Occasionally, he could be wrong. But he doubts it.
Elastomer Improvements
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The latest TPE materials offer better properties through chemistry changes
Hitting The Bullseye
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Five new products target specific apps
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