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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in February 2009
From Hamsters to Vocal Chords: Material Draws Energy from Any Mechanical Motion
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Nanogenerators could serve in medical, defense and consumer electronics' applications
Collaboration Remains a Key Challenge for Development
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Aberdeen Group Analyst Michelle Boucher cites design obstacles
Optimizing Torque in Microstepping Drives
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Embedded solutions for maximizing coil current in overshoot suppression
PCs Offer All-in-One Packaging Control
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One network for motion, HMI and sequencing simplifies system architecture and supports software innovation
Evolution in Packaging Controls
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Robotics and software solutions deliver impact in OEM packaging machinery
Sensors Bring Vision to Vehicles
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Laser scanners and CMOS imagers enable vehicles to see the road ahead
The Eye of the Stethoscope
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Using an electronic stethoscope with a small display, physicians can watch the changing waveforms of a beating heart
Will Open Source Hardware Boost Mechatronics Innovation?
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The various BugLabs modules include a programmable computer, an LCD screen, a motion detector and accelerometer, a GPS receiver, a camera, and a USB 2.0 port.
Altera, Arrow, National Semiconductor Roll out Motor Control Platform
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FPGAs simplify process of linking fieldbuses and Ethernet
U.S. Navy Upgrades Mechatronic Systems
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Arleigh-Burke destroyers get new machinery control system




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