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Tesla Targets Home Energy Storage
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5/1/2015  1 comment
Tesla Motors Inc. took another big step into the battery market last night, officially unveiling a strategy that would enable it to sell batteries into home and grid storage applications.
Cypress Debuts EZ-BLE PRoC Module for Bluetooth Low Energy Development
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4/27/2015  Post a comment
The new small-form-factor EZ-BLE PRoC (Programmable Radio on Chip) module is a derivative of the existing PRoC BLE Programmable Radio-on-Chip solution. The EZ-BLE PRoC module integrates the programmability and ARM Cortex-M0 core of the PRoC BLE, two crystals, an onboard chip antenna, a metal shield, and passive components.
Learn How to Add Energy Harvesting to Your IoT Apps
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4/24/2015  1 comment
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
TI's New SoC Replaces FPGAs in Data Acquisition Apps
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4/23/2015  Post a comment
If Texas Instruments has its way, developers of high-speed data acquisition systems may soon be able to eliminate field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) from their products.
Smart Home Sensor Can Save Your Life
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4/9/2015  Post a comment
A new crop of smart home devices on the way will smell the air to make sure it is healthy. The gas sensors are getting built into thermostats, baby monitors, digital night lights, and security cameras.
2014 Salary and Opinion Study
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3/25/2015  Post a comment
Overall, North American engineers are doing better salary-wise than their international peers, are satisfied with their careers, and are optimistic about the future.
Software Tool Aims to Zap ESD Problems
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3/25/2015  Post a comment
A new software tool enables circuit designers to do a “dry run” on a device’s electrostatic discharge (ESD) performance without building a test board first.
TI Boosts Performance of Ultra-Low Power MCUs
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3/24/2015  4 comments
Texas Instruments will make one of its biggest microcontroller (MCU) announcements in years today, as it rolls out an ultra-low-power platform aimed at sensor hubs and portable applications.
FAA Places Restrictions on Amazon Drones
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3/23/2015  10 comments
How big a breakthrough was it for Amazon to receive on March 19 an “experimental airworthiness certificate” from the Federal Aviation Administration? Actually, not so much.
Google, Intel, TAG Heuer Plan Smartwatch
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3/23/2015  Post a comment
TAG Heuer's Android Wear-powered smartwatch is expected toward the end of the year.
Obama Turns Attention to Textiles for Latest Manufacturing Investment
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3/19/2015  4 comments
The Obama administration’s focus on supporting the manufacturing industry turned to textiles yesterday with the announcement of a $75 million federal investment in a competition to build a research center to foster innovation in textiles and technology.
Ethernet Switches Built for Tidy Speed and Size
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3/19/2015  Post a comment
Belden has released Ethernet switches designed to be embedded in other devices. The goal is reduced space and energy consumption.
Integrated Motion Platform Speeds Fuselage Positioning
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3/18/2015  Post a comment
An integrated programmable logic controller (PLC) and motion platform has enabled an aircraft manufacturer to speed development and cut the costs of a massive fuselage positioning system.
Fate of Expiring Federal Solar Tax Credit Remains Unknown
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3/17/2015  68 comments
A tax credit that has inspired significant growth and business gains in solar energy in the US over the past decade is set to expire at the end of next year unless Congress passes an extension.
Scientists in Hot Pursuit of Super-Fast Material
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3/17/2015  2 comments
Scientists trying to fulfill the 80-year-old dream of Nobel laureate Eugene Wigner, recently discovered how to place crystalline lattices of pure electrons in the bottom of a silicon-encased quantum well. The resulting material promises electron mobility more than 200 times greater than that of graphene and more than 1,700 times that of crystalline silicon.
Are AGVs Ready for the Assembly Line?
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3/16/2015  Post a comment
A Michigan-based company is putting a new wrinkle on the decades-old concept of using automated guided vehicles (AGVs) on the factory floor.
IoT Terrain Is Still Shifting
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3/16/2015  Post a comment
The landscape of the Internet of Things has become complex and will only get more complicated. Competing platforms are still evolving and pathways to interoperability between them need to be built, according to insiders familiar with the terrain
Manufacturers Struggle to Find Trained Tech People
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3/13/2015  28 comments
America’s aging manufacturing base may finally be on the rebound, but it still faces an unexpected dilemma -- lack of trained technical people to carry out the work.
Bosch Sees Huge Uptake in MEMS as IoT Thrives in Consumer and Industrial
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3/12/2015  Post a comment
With huge global revenue growth predicted for MEMS in industrial IoT equipment in the coming years, Robert Bosch GmbH is one company expanding its MEMS offerings into new areas.
Safety in a Non-Exploding Circuit
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3/10/2015  Post a comment
Allen-Bradley Bulletin 937 intrinsic safety modules were designed to provide a signal interface bridge between hazardous locations and the control system.
Machine Shops Peel Back on Metalworking Equipment Orders in January
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3/10/2015  Post a comment
US orders for metalworking machinery began 2015 languidly after finishing off 2014 with a 3.1% expansion year over year, according to the trade group Association For Manufacturing Technology.
Manufacturing Employment Growth Weak in Strong February Jobs Report
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3/9/2015  Post a comment
While the US labor market expanded impressively once again in February with 295,000 jobs, manufacturing employment added only 8,000 positions, symptomatic of the sector’s growing stagnation in recent months.
Controller Brings Gesture Control to Factory Floor
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3/9/2015  Post a comment
Gesture control on the factory floor gained momentum at the recent Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show, as Bosch Rexroth Corp. rolled out a controller that allows users to pinch, zoom, and swipe.
Racer999 Is a Hot-Shot Italian Robot
Product News 
3/6/2015  1 comment
Italian robot maker Comau Robotics has introduced the small, quick Racer999 robot for assembly and packaging.
Factory Orders Slip in January, but Machinery Orders Bounce Back
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3/6/2015  Post a comment
US factory orders fell in January for the sixth straight month, slipping 0.2% from December and further crimping the recent slowdown in the nation’s manufacturing sector.
NXP, Freescale Announce Mega Merger
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3/2/2015  1 comment
If the deal is approved, the companies would create a top-10 chip maker and embedded processor giant with more than $10 billion in combined revenue.
ISM’s US Manufacturing Index Slips Again, but Markit’s PMI Shows Acceleration
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3/2/2015  Post a comment
Two independent purchasing managers indexes (PMI) released today (March 2), revealed conflicting pictures on the direction of the US manufacturing sector in February.
Future City Competition: A Tech Conference for Middle Schoolers
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2/28/2015  3 comments
A middle school team from Rochester, Mich., has again nabbed the grand prize in the annual international Future City Competition, which drew students from 37 regions of the United States, as well as from England and China.
RIP Leonard Nimoy, Mr. Spock of Star Trek
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2/27/2015  5 comments
The actor captured imaginations and inspired scientists and engineers all over the world in his role as Star Trek's Mr. Spock.
What Role Will 8-Bit MCUs Play in the IoT?
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2/25/2015  3 comments
Eight-bit MCUs aren’t nearly dead yet. Silicon Labs just announced at Embedded World a new series of eight-bit MCUs that target a range of cost-, power- and space-sensitive applications in the Internet of Things (IoT).
6 3D-Printable Metals from ExOne
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2/24/2015  Post a comment
Industrial 3D printer supplier ExOne has introduced six new metal powders that can be used with its multi-material M-Flex and recently introduced Innovent machines.
FAA on Drones: Fly But Not That High
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2/20/2015  2 comments
The Federal Aviation Administration has released proposed rules for small drones for commercial use, making the first move -- at long last -- to start integrating these pilotless, untethered flying machines into American airspace.
Manufacturing Up Modestly as Industrial Production Rebounds in January
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2/19/2015  2 comments
US manufacturing output increased slightly in January, contributing to a 0.2% uptick in the nation’s overall industrial production for the month. The preliminary January industrial production figure represented a modest rebound from a negative December that the Federal Reserve downwardly revised to a 0.3% contraction from an earlier 0.1% estimate.
Manufacturing Growth Threatened by Lack of Interest from Millennial-Age Workers
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2/18/2015  18 comments
Manufacturing is in the midst of an upswing that could be hampered by lack of skilled workers to fill job openings, a problem stemming from a continued disinterest by those in the Millennial generation to join the industry, according to a recent survey.
2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards: The Winners!
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2/11/2015  2 comments
The winners of the 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards were crowned earlier this evening during a live ceremony in Anaheim, Calif.
Solar Energy-Harvesting Concrete Makes For Sustainable Buildings
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2/10/2015  10 comments
DysCrete is an electrographic concrete that is coated with layers of titanium dioxide, organic liquid, an electrolyte, graphite, and a transparent surface. This creates a dye-sensitized solar cell, while the concrete becomes the electrode.
Manufacturing Employment Holds Firm in January Jobs Report
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2/6/2015  1 comment
The US manufacturing sector added 22,000 new jobs in January, as the national labor market saw another strong month of gains, according to the Labor Department's latest employment figures.
ISM Manufacturing Index Screeches to Slowest Pace in a Year
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2/3/2015  Post a comment
The US manufacturing sector lost steam in January and is growing at its more sluggish rate since January 2014, according to the Institute for Supply Management’s latest purchasing managers index (PMI) released on Feb 2.
Factory Orders, Machinery Bookings Slumped Deeper in December
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1/27/2015  Post a comment
US factory orders for durable goods tumbled 3.4% in December on a big drop in new bookings for commercial aircraft, according to data the Commerce Department released Tuesday.
Software Brings Scalable Type to Low-End Embedded Platforms
Product News 
1/26/2015  6 comments
Engineers of low-end embedded products may now have an easier way to make aesthetically pleasing displays with scalable typefaces.
Feds Launch Composites Innovation Center
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1/26/2015  3 comments
A new federally sponsored manufacturing innovation center to strengthen US manufacturing abilities in fiber-reinforced composites has formed, bringing together materials suppliers, OEMs, university R&D labs, and national labs.
President Looks to American Science, Technology in State Address
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1/21/2015  24 comments
Last night’s 2015 State of the Union Address was heavy on jobs and the economy and notably light on manufacturing. President Obama did, however, make brief references to several issues central to engineers.
Video: Reconfigurable Robot Walks on Snake Legs
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1/19/2015  4 comments
Carnegie Mellon University's modular snake robot can be reconfigured to meet users' needs. Not only will this modular system enable completely new robot designs, say its inventors, it will also help speed up the pace of development and enable more flexible traditional industrial robots.
Manufacturing Expansion Slows Down, Industrial Production Dips in December, Says Fed
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1/16/2015  2 comments
US manufacturing output rose 0.3% in December, but warm weather that blanketed the entire country reduced heating demand, significantly dragging down utilities output and the nation’s overall industrial production for the month. The 0.1% decline in December was the first contraction in the nation’s total industrial output since August, the Federal Reserve announced Friday.
Lightweight Metals Research and Innovation Center Opens Today
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1/15/2015  5 comments
A lightweight metals research consortium formed last year as part of President Barack Obama’s national manufacturing innovation initiatives will open its research facility in Detroit today, marking the official start of a federally supported effort to commercialize new, advanced manufacturing technology in the automotive, military, and aerospace industries.
Data Show a CNC Machinery Purchasing Slowdown, but Outlook Remains Strong
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1/13/2015  2 comments
US orders of metalworking capital machinery cooled significantly in the two months following the big International Manufacturing Technology Show in Chicago, according to the latest available data tracked by that show’s organizer. But the nation’s manufacturing sector is predicted to grow robustly again this year and buoy industrial machinery investment, which will bode well for the machine design industry.
Top AM Analyst Todd Grimm to Keynote Upcoming Users Conference, Lecture for Design News Webinar
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1/12/2015  Post a comment
With momentum for the family of technologies, including direct metal laser sintering, continuing to build, the Additive Manufacturing Users Group is anticipating its biggest annual conference to date, April 19-23 in Jacksonville, Fla.
IoT Kit Fast Tracks Product Design
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1/9/2015  Post a comment
IoT company Weaved has designed software-defined networking fabric that can be used with any hardware product, and it’s bundled it into a development kit.
Squid Teeth Inspire 3D-Printable Biodegradable Thermoplastic
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1/6/2015  Post a comment
Proteins from the ring teeth on squid tentacles can be synthesized to make a versatile biodegradable thermoplastic that can be used for molding, extrusion, 3D printing, as an adhesive, or as a coating.
NI System-on-Module Comes Ready to Go
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12/31/2014  Post a comment
National Instruments has developed a system-on-module for quick integration and low customization.
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