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How to Design Better User Interfaces
Electronic News & Comment 
10/24/2014  1 comment
If you’re designing a handheld device or industrial machine that will employ a user interface, then you’ll want to check out the upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center course, "Engineering Principles Behind Advanced User Interface Technologies.”
30 Seconds With Texas Instruments
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10/24/2014  Post a comment
Brooke Williams of Texas Instruments explains how TI’s new TDA3x chip will help future vehicles “see” all around themselves.
30 Seconds With Formlabs
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10/23/2014  Post a comment
Kevin Gautier of Formlabs describes the making of a carbon fiber mold for an intake manifold, using a $3,300 3D printer, during Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest.
30 Seconds With Stratasys
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10/22/2014  Post a comment
Mac Cameron of Stratasys describes the company’s Connex3 technology, which allows users to 3D-print complex parts in one build with no assembly required.
30 Seconds With Optimal Design
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10/21/2014  1 comment
At Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, Joe Wascow told Design News how Optimal Design prototyped a machine that captures the wing-beat of a duck.
30 Seconds With 3DP Unlimited
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10/20/2014  2 comments
Melissa Cavanagh of 3DP Unlimited talked to Design News about the company’s large format 3D printer, during Medical Design and Manufacturing Midwest.
30 Seconds With iFixit
Electronic News & Comment 
10/17/2014  7 comments
Eric Doster of iFixit talks about the most surprising aspect of the Microsoft Surface Pro 3 teardown. In a presentation at Medical Design & Manufacturing Midwest, iFixit gave the Surface Pro 3 a score of one (out of a possible 10) for repairability.
Corvette Z06: 0 to 60 in 2.95 Seconds
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10/15/2014  43 comments
Time was when a talented driver with a manual transmission could beat any car with an automatic transmission in a straight-line race. No more, though. In tests at GM’s Milford Proving Grounds near Detroit, the 2015 Chevy Corvette Z06 equipped with an automatic has turned 0-60 mph times of 2.95 seconds, making it about a quarter of a second faster than the same vehicle with a manual trans.
How to Design an Embedded Web Server
Electronic News & Comment 
10/9/2014  1 comment
If there’s a microcontroller-based Web server in your future, then you’ll want to take note of an upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center class, "How to Build An Embedded Web Server: An Embedded TCP/IP Tutorial.”
LEDs to Light Up Super Bowl
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10/8/2014  16 comments
More than 100 million viewers will see the Super Bowl in a new light in 2015, as the game is illuminated for the first time by light-emitting diodes.
Littelfuse Takes Its Message to EE Students
Electronic News & Comment 
10/6/2014  8 comments
In an attempt to deal with the insidious problems of over-voltage and over-current, engineers from Littelfuse Inc. are taking their message about circuit protection to engineering schools.
Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About SoC FPGAs But Were Afraid to Ask
Electronic News & Comment 
9/23/2014  2 comments
A Design News course on field programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) should help engineers who are considering the technology for their upcoming designs.
16 Great Engineering Schools You Never Hear About
Electronic News & Comment 
9/22/2014  12 comments
Conventional wisdom holds that MIT, Cal Tech, and Stanford are three of the country’s best undergraduate engineering schools. Unfortunately, when conventional wisdom visits the topic of best engineering schools, it too often leaves out some of the most distinguished programs that don’t happen to offer PhD-level degrees.
Class Provides Introduction to MCU Software Development
Electronic News & Comment 
9/18/2014  12 comments
If you're planning to develop a product that uses a microcontroller, you'll want to take note of next week's Design News Continuing Education course, "MCU Software Development – A Step-by-Step Guide."
American Diesel Cars, Past & Present
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8/27/2014  44 comments
The diesel engine, long popular on European roads, is now piquing the interest of American automakers.
Slideshow: EV Makers Look to New Battery Chargers
Electronic News & Comment 
8/22/2014  38 comments
As more electric cars and plug-in hybrids hit the highways, the need for battery chargers is growing.
FPGAs Cut Subaru's Test Times
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8/15/2014  4 comments
If the design of Subaru’s XV Crosstrek Hybrid car is any indication, we may now be seeing the next new wrinkle in the evolution of automotive test simulation.
Did Cold Weather Cause Boeing Battery Meltdown? Probably Not
Electronic News & Comment 
8/12/2014  14 comments
Despite recent news reports to the contrary, cold winter weather was probably no more than a minor contributor to the Boeing 787’s lithium-ion battery fires last year.
Video: Test Apparatus Uncovers the Flaws of Football Helmets
Electronic News & Comment 
8/7/2014  7 comments
Using sensors and a specialized test stand, engineers have discovered that the root causes of head trauma may lie in a complex pattern of forces that today’s football helmets aren’t equipped to handle.
Lithium-Ion Batteries to Provide Grid Support in Hawaii
Electronic News & Comment 
8/1/2014  14 comments
Lithium-ion batteries will soon back up the power grid on the Hawaiian island of Kauai, providing the stability to handle intermittent power fluctuations from renewable energy sources.
Study: Autonomous Cars Headed for Massive Sales by 2035
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7/30/2014  46 comments
Self-driving vehicle technology could grow rapidly over the next two decades, with nearly 95 million “autonomous-capable” cars being sold annually around the world by 2035, a new study predicts.
20 Engineers From the World of Sports
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7/23/2014  38 comments
From pitchers and forwards to quarterbacks and defensemen, we offer a peek at some of the more memorable engineers in sports history.
Do You Really Need 4 GB of RAM to Type a Letter?
Electronic News & Comment 
7/17/2014  33 comments
The recent decision by the German parliament to consider a move back to typewriters may serve as a lesson, not only in the need for secure products, but also in the dangers of overdesign.
Slideshow: Bloodshed Adds Electric Muscle to Vintage Performance Cars
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7/16/2014  15 comments
In the muscular tradition of the rubber-burning dragsters of the 1960s, start-up company Bloodshed Motors plans to put a new twist on the decades-old concept of the performance car.
Mentor, XSe Aim to Accelerate Automotive Electronics Design
Electronic News & Comment 
7/15/2014  3 comments
Mentor Graphics acquisition of XS Embedded GmbH last week could be meaningful for automotive electronics engineers, potentially enabling them to accelerate design and verification of products ranging from infotainment packages to autonomous safety systems.
Slideshow: Electric Motorcycles Get Revved
Electronic News & Comment 
7/10/2014  36 comments
From superbikes to cargo cycles, we offer a glimpse of the strange new world of electric motorcycles.
Hands Up! Your Money or Your Data
Electronic News & Comment 
6/17/2014  45 comments
Ransomware can lock up your data unless you pay to get it back. But there's nothing you can do about it.
11 Least Fuel-Efficient Trucks
Electronic News & Comment 
6/16/2014  23 comments
From pickups and minivans to sport utility vehicles, we offer a peek at a few of the least fuel-efficient light-duty trucks.
Top 10 Most Fuel-Efficient Trucks
Electronic News & Comment 
6/11/2014  18 comments
From pickups to minivans to sport utility vehicles, here's a look at the 10 most fuel-efficient light-duty trucks for 2014.
Slideshow: Make Way for Autonomous Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
6/5/2014  29 comments
Google’s recent announcement that it would produce approximately 100 self-driving cars came as a surprise to the general public, but it’s hardly a new idea within the confines of the auto industry.
What's That Thing Atop the Google Car?
Electronic News & Comment 
6/4/2014  28 comments
Newshounds and auto aficionados were baffled last week after seeing what looked like a coffee maker atop the new prototype version of Google’s self-driving car. So what is it exactly?
12 Cars With the Worst Fuel Efficiency
Electronic News & Comment 
6/2/2014  48 comments
With fuel efficiency considered a national priority, media stories tend to naturally gravitate toward the cars with the best miles-per-gallon ratings. But low-mileage cars are still being built, and, in many cases, consumers are paying a premium for them.
Why Automotive Defect Numbers Are Soaring
Electronic News & Comment 
5/22/2014  24 comments
Recent reports of automotive defects and recalls are troubling, but they’re not unusual. They’re certainly not going to go away, no matter how hard engineers try.
20 Ways to Boost Fuel Efficiency
Electronic News & Comment 
5/21/2014  47 comments
From turbochargers and electric motors, to motor-generators and air conditioning compressors, we present some of the best fuel-sipping innovations.
Parts Commonality Can Make for Big Recall Headaches
Electronic News & Comment 
5/20/2014  12 comments
Economies of scale can cut manufacturing and development costs, but engineers who grow too fond of using common parts would do well to consider the recent recall numbers of General Motors.
15 Cars That Like Visiting the Mechanic
Electronic News & Comment 
5/9/2014  58 comments
For most car owners, the most desirable feature isn’t torque, horsepower, or connectivity. It’s reliability.
Chip Could Bring Surround View to Mainstream Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 
5/6/2014  11 comments
Freescale Semiconductor and Broadcom Corp. have partnered to create a chip that could lay the foundation for surround-view cameras in more vehicles.
21 Cars That Drove Into Movie History
Electronic News & Comment 
5/5/2014  34 comments
In some movies, the cars are the stars. American Graffiti and Fast and Furious, to name a couple, drew much of their audience appeal from their use of noisy internal combustion engines. But cars needn’t be racy to play prominent roles.
Microcontroller Simplifies Embedded Development
Electronic News & Comment 
5/2/2014  2 comments
A new microcontroller from Freescale Semiconductor aims to simplify embedded software development for both experienced engineers and novices alike.
Backup Camera Mandate Will Lead to More Electronic Innovation
Electronic News & Comment 
4/24/2014  59 comments
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s recent backup camera mandate could open the door to more vehicle innovations, including better graphical displays, 360-degree camera views, and the increased use of Ethernet.
Slideshow: Automotive Infotainment Still 'Bugs' Luxury Vehicles
Electronic News & Comment 
4/14/2014  10 comments
There's good news and bad news regarding the subsystems of today's vehicles. The good news is that new engines and transmissions are more trouble-free than in the past. The bad news is that the infotainment systems are still prone to be "buggy."
Automotive Litigation Spotlights Need for Software Safety
Electronic News & Comment 
4/4/2014  4 comments
Government fines and recalls are heightening the need for automakers to adopt more safety standards and software verification techniques, experts at EE Live said this week.
Problems Loom Large for Autonomous Cars
Electronic News & Comment 
4/3/2014  18 comments
The coming era of self-driving cars will call for a major change in engineering culture, an embedded design expert said this week.
Slideshow: 25 CEOs Who Started as Engineers
Electronic News & Comment 
4/2/2014  10 comments
For decades, the corporate path to the chief executive's office has often passed through engineering. Automotive, computer, electronics, and oil companies have frequently drawn their leaders from the engineering ranks.
Texas Motor Speedway Lights Up Massive Scoreboard
Electronic News & Comment 
3/27/2014  25 comments
The Texas Motor Speedway has flipped the switch on a high-definition video board that uses 14 million LEDs, weighs more than 200,000 pounds, and is 80% larger than the Dallas Cowboys' world-renowned scoreboard.
Slot Cars Make a Technological Comeback
Electronic News & Comment 
3/25/2014  38 comments
Scalextric's recent adoption of Bluetooth technology in its slot racing systems showed that the home sport still has some technological chops.
Bluetooth Brings Intelligence to Slot Racing
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3/24/2014  11 comments
Smartphone apps and Bluetooth connectivity are coming to the venerable hobby of slot car racing.
Tiny MCU Adds Intelligence to Internet of Things
Electronic News & Comment 
3/12/2014  7 comments
A new microcontroller that’s smaller than a golf ball dimple may offer a solution for future Internet of Things applications.
Why Did It Take GM a Decade to Identify Ignition Switch Problems?
Electronic News & Comment 
3/3/2014  55 comments
Further investigations on the matter may serve as a case study on how big manufacturers handle the smallest details of design.
Slideshow: Pickups Roll at Chicago Auto Show
Electronic News & Comment 
2/20/2014  38 comments
The Chicago Auto Show has long been a haven for truck introductions, and this year’s edition was no exception. Chevrolet, Nissan, and Toyota all showed off new trucks, while competitors rolled out concept cars and production vehicles.
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If you’re designing a handheld device or industrial machine that will employ a user interface, then you’ll want to check out the upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center course, "Engineering Principles Behind Advanced User Interface Technologies.”
Brooke Williams of Texas Instruments explains how TI’s new TDA3x chip will help future vehicles “see” all around themselves.
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