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Writing for Design News
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3/20/2015  Post a comment
Design News serves the biggest community of design engineers working in all manufacturing industries and end-markets. Design News, therefore, offers contributing authors the biggest exposure anywhere for your thought leadership. We welcome contributed articles from engineering professionals, consultants, as well as industry vendors.
Highlights From DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week
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3/3/2015  Post a comment
In case you missed it, here are some of the highlights from DiscoverE's 2015 Engineers Week.
Managing Product Costs in the Face of Complexity and Globalization
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2/17/2015  Post a comment
Manufacturing organizations have faced a growing challenge of delivering products on time and to cost over the past decade, as product lifecycles and value chains have become increasingly complex. Even in the face of constant pressure to drive down costs, globalization and competition have led the design and manufacture of any given product or assembly to become distributed geographically as well as across organizational boundaries in the extended supply chain.
Choosing the Right Hardware for Electronics Prototyping
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1/29/2015  2 comments
When prototyping an electronic product idea, it’s important to choose components that will help prove the concept, allow the design to be evaluated and give a basis from which the final product can be derived. There are many options for hardware to use in prototypes, from costly, proprietary and all-in-one packages to low-cost and open-source options.
Guidelines in Using Allegro Angular Sensor ICs
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1/21/2015  Post a comment
The design of a magnetic circuit for angle sensors is a complex task, where many influencing parameters need to be considered. Here, we will show some of the interdependencies that exist between magnet selection, mechanical tolerances, and accuracy requirements for on-axis applications.
Eliminating DRAM from Embedded HMI Designs
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12/29/2014  Post a comment
Designers have a way to design better interfaces using an MPU that includes abundant on-chip SRAM and the ability to execute code in-place efficiently from low-cost serial Flash memory.
Underground Wireless Sensors Demand Powerful Solutions
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12/23/2014  Post a comment
In order for underground wireless sensors to proliferate, several major technological hurdles need to be overcome.
Low-Power Wireless for the IIoT
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11/25/2014  Post a comment
Low-power wireless networking can extend the network edge and improve uptime to support the Industrial Internet of Things.
Supercapacitors: A New Hero in the Spotlight
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11/24/2014  8 comments
"Supercaps” are moving from mundane applications, such as internal battery backup and memory protection, to high-profile smartphones, hybrids, and electric vehicles.
Metal & Ceramic Matrix Composites Beat the Heat
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10/24/2014  2 comments
Engineers are looking more to metal matrix and ceramic matrix composites to solve design & materials problems in thermal management and lighten up industrial turbines and jet engines, as well as traditional aerospace & defense uses.
Portable Wireless Device Characterization Requires Speed & Sensitivity
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10/20/2014  1 comment
To satisfy the market demand for low-power wireless devices, device developers and production test engineers will require an extensive mix of test instrument capabilities.
Innovations in BLDC Motor Driver ICs
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10/16/2014  Post a comment
This article will explain how advances in integrated BLDC drivers featuring on-chip commutation considerably reduce BLDC motor control cost and development time.
COTS Mobile Devices in Automation
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10/15/2014  Post a comment
The emergence of mobile devices in the factory presents a technology advantage using low-cost consumer electronics.
A Level Approach to Automotive Connectivity
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10/10/2014  Post a comment
The auto industry’s ideal connector solution is one that balances performance and cost, while delivering bandwidth to fuel the needs of automotive manufacturers and consumers.
Interactive Packaging Adds Digital User Experience to Consumer Products
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9/8/2014  4 comments
Examples of interactive packaging include wireless sensors and technology on food packages that can let you know the item's expiration date, as well as similar technology on medicines with dosage and other safety and health information.
How Mixed-Signal Integration With ARM Enables Smart Sensors
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8/21/2014  Post a comment
System level goals, such as adding functionality without increasing power levels and size, requires direct collaboration between the silicon providers and the end system developers.
Power Transmission Products Help Open New Doors
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8/1/2014  1 comment
A Danish company has developed a new type of door-locking system that can be installed over an existing lock to create a system that is hands-free, can be remotely actuated, but can still use a traditional key.
Design Considerations for Maximizing Backplane Data Speeds
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7/30/2014  1 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  1 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  9 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.
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