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Content posted in July 2011
Gyroscopes Still Seem a Bit Like Magic
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7/22/2011  2 comments
Engineers who once found the magic in gyroscope toys will be interested in new sensors that rely on devices that use MEMS to create accelerometers and gyros.
Do Mechatronics Degrees Make Sense?
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7/19/2011  13 comments
Twelve colleges have created mechatronics programs, mostly by adding mechatronics classes to a standard mechanical-engineering curriculum.
A Visit to TI's Motor Lab
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7/15/2011  3 comments
TI's employees use Kilby Labs to research and develop new ideas that may turn into products.
New Debugger Complements Atmel AVR Studio 5
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7/7/2011  2 comments
Atmel now has a new in-circuit debugger and programmer module, the JTAGICE3, which operates with the AVR Studio 5 software and all Atmel 8-bit and 32-bit AVR-family microcontrollers (MCUs).




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