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Design Considerations for Maximizing Backplane Data Speeds
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7/30/2014  Post a comment
Designers and connector suppliers must work together to prepare for the future of high-speed data transmission.
Commercial Protocols & Aerospace Cabling: Finding the Right Balance
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7/29/2014  Post a comment
Whether they're using Cat 5e, USB, or IEEE 1394 cabling in aerospace, designers must balance the use of standards against the application's special needs.
Transparent Conductive Polycarbonate Film
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7/28/2014  1 comment
Nanoparticle technology wet coated on LEXAN film creates a polycarbonate material that is highly transparent, flexible, and conductive.
Smart Power for Smart Infrastructure
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7/8/2014  1 comment
Remote wireless sensors powered for decades by primary lithium batteries are essential to revitalizing America's aging infrastructure.
Keeping the Production Line Up
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7/7/2014  3 comments
Ease of diagnostics and advanced parameter data are key reasons IO-Link is on the rise.
Ultracapacitors Can Provide the Necessary Charge for Remote Power
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7/3/2014  8 comments
Similar to a standard capacitor, an ultracap can save the day in many applications.
Plant Networks Are Getting Smart About Security & Safety
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7/1/2014  1 comment
Hackers are getting sneakier and more sophisticated, which means plant personnel need to be more aware of what is going on around them.
Achieving Enlightenment With Virtual Design
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6/18/2014  1 comment
Better, faster, cheaper. This is our mantra as electronics designers and developers. Virtual design has been key to all three, but not without new challenges.
How Advances in Motor Control Are Lowering Power Consumption
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6/17/2014  1 comment
Microcontrollers with advanced analog features, high-resolution PWMs, and adequate processing power can serve as the foundation of a motor control system that pays big dividends.
Engineering Thermoplastics Expand Design Freedom in Consumer Electronics
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6/2/2014  1 comment
Engineering thermoplastics are helping design engineers push the boundaries of what’s possible in many applications, including the development of increasingly thin, compact, and lightweight smartphones.
Wireless Power for Harsh Environments
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5/15/2014  Post a comment
When powering remote wireless devices in extreme environments, design engineers now have two choices: lithium thionyl chloride (LiSOCL2) batteries and energy-harvesting devices coupled with rechargeable lithium-ion batteries with wider temperature ranges.
Your HMI in the Palm of Your Hand
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5/13/2014  2 comments
Concurrent with the trend to consumerize HMI, we're seeing an increase in mobilized HMI. Not surprisingly, given all these new devices connecting to the plant, security is becoming an issue.
Minimizing Power Draw in Small, Portable Devices
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5/8/2014  Post a comment
New advances compel wearable device designers to take another look at efficiency of their power supplies with the goal of extending run times.
Electrically Conductive Pastes Are Gaining Traction
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5/6/2014  3 comments
We may someday see pastes used in common applications all around us. Preventive maintenance through the use of conductive pastes may not sound sexy, but it provides companies with an easy and cost-effective way to maximize electrical output and save thousands of dollars.
Small Things Are Big in Fluid Power
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5/1/2014  Post a comment
While miniaturization continues to become more important, durability is also a strong factor.
Driving High-Brightness LEDs in High-Power Industrial Lighting Fixtures
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4/21/2014  1 comment
High-power industrial Light Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures use series-parallel strings of High Brightness (HB) LEDs to produce superior lighting fixtures compared to traditional, “ballast-based” systems.
Optimizing Electronic Design Performance Through Test Integration
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4/8/2014  Post a comment
The choice of tools significantly influences the development cost and number of prototype iterations necessary before a design goes to manufacturing.
Evolving Solutions for Remote HMI Monitoring
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4/1/2014  Post a comment
Web-enabled monitoring of production data is expanding to focus on a broader set of users, device types, use cases, and resulting workflows.
Hybrid Hexapods Resolve Inherent Weaknesses of Conventional Hexapods
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3/12/2014  5 comments
The hybrid hexapod enables applications that can benefit from six-degrees-of-freedom motion.
The Growing Importance of Wireless Standards for the Smart Home
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3/10/2014  9 comments
ZigBee, a global standard, is a low-power compliment to WiFi.
The Heat Is On: Wireless Automation Technology Application for Smart Homes & Buildings
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3/7/2014  4 comments
Advancements in embedded MCU and wireless design provide power efficiency and secure connectivity for smart homes.
Alternative Energy Fires Up Plants
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3/6/2014  16 comments
Technology has made renewable energy a contender to power factories.
Military Mechatronics Stores a Lethal Punch
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3/5/2014  4 comments
A new weapon storage management system converts helicopters and single-engine aircraft for surveillance and precision strike missions.
Coatings Stand Up to Harsh Environments
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3/4/2014  8 comments
Engineers are using additive manufacturing with powder metals to cut costs and cycle times in materials R&D, new product development, low-volume manufacturing, and in-service product repair.
The Pros & Cons to Sensor Hub & Sensor Sub-System Management
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2/21/2014  Post a comment
When the goal is to reduce power consumption by off-loading sensor management, CISC-based approaches are far superior to RISC engines.
Intelligent Drug Delivery Systems Target Disease to Ease Pain of Medication
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2/17/2014  1 comment
Researchers are developing drugs that are more targeted to effect only diseased cells or areas of the body that need treatment rather than the body as a whole.
A New Face for Eddy Current Sensors
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2/5/2014  Post a comment
New innovations require a creative and dedicated development team, which are essential to ensure success and offer customers solutions for constantly new measurement tasks.
Medical Devices With Force Sensors Show Enhanced Effectiveness
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2/3/2014  3 comments
Devices with force sensors offer advantages and insights that are desirable among most practitioners and patients. The added benefits of quantifiable data create more efficient and effective medical environments.
LED Lamp Electronics: Past, Present & Future
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1/31/2014  12 comments
Technologies vying to replace incandescent include halogen, compact fluorescent (CFL), and LED.
Magnetic Sensor ICs Offer Integrated Diagnostics for ASIL Compliance
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1/30/2014  Post a comment
The ever-evolving requirements of the automotive, industrial, and commercial markets will continue to drive demand for electronic content.
Factors to Consider When Selecting a Pressure Sensor
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1/28/2014  1 comment
Before selecting a pressure sensor for any system, it is important to understand all of the details of the application and performance requirements.
Software-Designed PACs: Think Subroutine, Not Sub-Controllers
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1/23/2014  1 comment
PACs and embedded controllers can help simplify machine design by shifting the architecture from several unique custom designs to fewer, more consolidated, software-designed controllers.
Pre-Integrated Sensors Cut Costs & Design Risk
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1/14/2014  4 comments
Designing the sensing element can be complex and time consuming, but help is here.
Selecting Your Boost Converter Inductance
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1/3/2014  2 comments
Design for CCM, DCM, or a combination of both.
Assessing Compatibility of Adhesives for LED Assembly
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12/9/2013  3 comments
It is critical that LED manufacturers work closely with their adhesive suppliers during device design.
Managing Mechatronics Design Complexity With PLM
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12/6/2013  5 comments
Improving product quality requires an integrated product lifecycle management approach that combines mechanical, electronics, software, and simulation data into a single collaborative environment.
How Temperature Affects the Performance & Efficiency of LEDs
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12/4/2013  4 comments
Acquire comprehensive LED characterization using physical testing, modeling, and CFD simulation.
Android Developers Can Seize the Day in Wearable Devices
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11/26/2013  10 comments
KitKat plus wearable technology can be a powerful combination.
When Does a Custom Assembly Make Sense?
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11/15/2013  4 comments
A systematic approach to looking at how a collaboratively designed solution to match the application may provide cost and performance benefits.
Quest Continues for High Power, Lots of Energy Storage, in Single Package
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11/15/2013  3 comments
Someday, there will be a mass-market device that delivers both high power and long runtime in the same package. Right now, such a solution does not exist.
Added Value Electronics Turn Normal Batteries Into Smart Battery Packs
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11/13/2013  5 comments
Today’s battery packs can offer embedded electronics, which improves the safety, reliability, cycle-life, and functionality of the battery while giving the end-product system engineer more options to make the end product more reliable and user friendly.
Measure Frequency Response on Fully Differential Amplifiers Using Complex Algebra
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11/12/2013  1 comment
While this task can be time consuming, it’s possible to calculate the frequency responses of a fully differential amplifier from single ended measurements.
Obtain Accurate Current Measurement
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11/6/2013  2 comments
There’s more to obtaining an accurate current measurement than a simple application of Ohm's Law.
3D Imaging Systems Bring Advances to Industrial Automation
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10/23/2013  7 comments
With an eye toward safety and ergonomics in factory automation, finding simpler and cost-effective ways to control factory floor equipment is of utmost concern.
Measure Efficiency Quickly in Switching Power Supplies
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10/11/2013  4 comments
There are many ways to measure efficiency, some more elaborate than others, some requiring expensive equipment. Here’s a not-so-complex method.
Automakers Can Capture Production Data to Produce Better Cars
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10/10/2013  3 comments
The bottom line for the automaker is improved quality. An additional benefit of a complete error-proofing system is improved efficiency through better line balancing and throughput.
Take Advantage of the Latest Features in Compact AC Drives
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10/9/2013  2 comments
Similar to product development trends in consumer electronics, such as smartphones, compact ac drives are expanding in intelligence while shrinking in size.
Inspiring Today’s Students to Become Tomorrow’s Innovators
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10/3/2013  13 comments
Educators need to provide students with interactive lessons that are academically rigorous while delivering fundamental concepts that bring theory to life.
Mechatronics Improves Design & Operation of Medical Devices
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9/12/2013  2 comments
Steady advancements in mechatronics have expanded its use, and a major focus is in medical devices.
Low-Power Numbers Can Be Deceiving
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9/9/2013  6 comments
Don’t believe everything an MCU vendor tells you about power consumption. A little knowledge can go a long way.
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