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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.
Cooling Strategies for Real-Time Embedded Systems
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9/4/2013  1 comment
Hotter components require more innovative cooling.
The ABCs of Energy Savings
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8/14/2013  3 comments
Efficiency improvements and distributed energy concepts lay a foundation for energy savings.
Make Way for the Kiosk Invasion
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8/7/2013  5 comments
Engineers can play a key role in strategies to design and manage remote kiosks.
Evolving Opportunities for Silicon Manufacturers in the Growing Telehealth Market
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8/6/2013  1 comment
The challenge is clear; it’s all about developing smart technology to keep patients, caregivers, and healthcare providers connected and empowered to manage health and wellness anytime, anywhere.
Overvoltage Transients: The Silent Killer
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8/6/2013  Post a comment
The Littelfuse UltraMOV metal oxide varistor series is designed for applications requiring high peak surge current ratings and high energy absorption capability.
Slideshow: NASA, Space Portal & Daniel Rasky
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7/12/2013  1 comment
This article outlines a group discussion with Daniel Rasky, spurred on by the NASA Technology Exchange program aligned with the Speed2Design campaign sponsored by Littelfuse.
Thermal Transient Testing Reveals Long-Term TIM Performance
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6/27/2013  4 comments
This is a key indicator for materials used in electronic systems and LED-based lighting applications.
HUDs Let You Keep Your Eyes on the Road
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6/20/2013  8 comments
A new breed of head-up display keeps motorists focused on driving.
How Standards Help Shape Tomorrow’s Products
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6/14/2013  2 comments
Although most design engineers have an opportunity to design hardware and/or software for new products, some also get a chance to shape the industry standards to which tomorrow’s products must conform.
Safe, Portable Power Source
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6/7/2013  7 comments
Varta Microbattery helps to insure that a surgical helmet’s light and ventilation runs reliably in the operating theatre.
RF Trends in the Alarm & Security Market
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6/6/2013  6 comments
Wireless sensors in an intruder alarm system offer benefits from cost and end-user perspectives.
DFAA: Design’s Acronym for Efficiency
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5/30/2013  7 comments
As manufacturers rush to install the latest productivity-boosting equipment, engineers are being challenged to master the skills of DFAA.
Sensors Help Shrink Medical Devices
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5/13/2013  5 comments
Miniaturization allows for the use of sensors in medical applications where they couldn’t previously be used.
Slideshow: Platinum Temperature Sensor Technology
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5/6/2013  5 comments
This article explores the inherent properties of platinum temperature sensors, the types of platinum RTD elements available, and typical applications.
New Payment Methods Are Aimed at People on the Go
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4/26/2013  13 comments
In a society where consumers and businesses alike prize speed and convenience, mobile payment technologies are poised for tremendous growth.
M2M Gives Eyes & Ears to the Enterprise
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4/12/2013  4 comments
Just as mobile computing has transformed the lives of consumers, machine-to-machine telemetry is revolutionizing business operations in every field, from healthcare to manufacturing to transportation.
Using Copper in PCB Design & Fabrication for Maximum Reliability
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3/26/2013  12 comments
The military and aerospace industry has used heavy copper circuitry for many years, and it is gaining momentum in industrial applications.
Changing the Look & Feel of Factories & Industrial Environments
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3/22/2013  3 comments
When plant managers evaluate the advantages and drawbacks of wired versus wireless networks, they need to consider cost savings, maintenance issues, ease of installation, and configurability, uptime, and security.
Slideshow: Automakers Roll Out Dream Cars
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3/11/2013  57 comments
Nevermind all the talk of fuel efficiency mandates. Judging by product rollouts at recent auto shows, some consumers still want racy, stylish cars.
Slideshow: Vending Machines Undergo a Complete Overhaul
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3/7/2013  10 comments
Exciting changes are coming to vending technology, from telematics and new user interfaces to mobile payments and high-precision automation. Coke, Best Buy, and Starbucks are already on board.
Energy Efficiency Drives Motor Control Design Trends
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2/28/2013  4 comments
The latest model-based methods can also shorten time to market.
Extending the Reach of an Application Processor Using Customizable Silicon
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2/27/2013  2 comments
A CSSP offers a flexible method to add the functionality needed for your applications.
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