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Content posted in November 2012
Safety, Powertrain Will Drive Need for Automotive Semiconductors
11/30/2012  18 comments
Active safety will continue to drive the need for faster processors and cheaper memories, Delphi Automotive chief technology officer Jeff Owens told Design News Radio.
Update on Thought-Controlled Robots
11/27/2012  14 comments
By focusing their attention on patterns shown on a PC screen, users can control which actions they want a robot to perform, where the robot moves, and how it interacts with its environment.
Aerotech Bolsters Motion Controller With EtherCAT Support
Product News 
11/21/2012  3 comments
Aerotech has enhanced its machine controller with support for EtherCAT, which lets engineers build I/O into an integrated platform that provides performance motion, motion tools, and diagnostics.
Aluminum Aerospace Coating May Replace Toxic Chromates
11/15/2012  12 comments
A research team has developed an environmentally friendly, self-healing coating for the aluminum used in defense and aerospace applications.
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion Cells for Remote Wireless Applications
Product News 
11/12/2012  8 comments
Tadiran Batteries' new TLI Series family of long-life rechargeable lithium-ion cells is designed for use in harsh environments.
Video: Robots Set to Explore Fukushima
11/9/2012  13 comments
The Japanese government is readying its Sakura robot to explore the disabled Fukushima Dai-Ichi nuclear reactor buildings.
Video: ST Robotics' 11-Axis Tandem Robot System
Product News 
11/2/2012  6 comments
ST Robotics' latest addition to its R12 robot product line is the Tandem R125, a low-cost, two-armed robot system that costs less than $20,000.
Underwater Robot Tracks Sand Tiger Sharks
11/1/2012  18 comments
An underwater robot is stalking sand tiger sharks tagged with transmitters to help University of Delaware researchers understand shark migration patterns and behavior as it happens.

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