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Energy-Harvesting RF Switches Can Replace Cabled, Powered Components in Industrial Applications
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7/28/2015  Post a comment
New energy-harvesting switches from ZF Friedrichshafen AG’s CHERRY electronics business unit can eliminate the need for cabling in industrial and other applications.
Jeep Hack Sparks Massive Recall from Chrysler
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7/27/2015  1 comment
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) announces recall of 1.4 million vehicles that could be susceptible to cyberattacks after real-world test infiltrates a Jeep Cherokee.
Freescale's New Automotive MCU Is Designed for Software Engineers
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7/21/2015  Post a comment
A new family of ARM Cortex-based microcontrollers (MCUs) promises to help designers speed and simplify the creation of automotive products ranging from power seats and door locks to touch interfaces and chassis controls.
Parallax Propeller Packs Eight 32-Bit Cores In a 40-Pin MCU
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7/6/2015  1 comment
Parallax Inc. is known for developing the Basic Stamp microcontroller development board and educational accessory kits. In addition to developing a user-friendly educational platform to learn about 8-bit microcontrollers and software programming, it created a multicore 32-bit chip called the Propeller.
Famed Hacker: IoT Is Exploitable
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6/25/2015  7 comments
At the Freescale Technology Forum, famed computer hacker Kevin Mitnick focused on the growing influence of the Internet of Things, and the possibility of such applications being easily compromised.
Oven Uses Solid State RF to Cook Foods Better, Faster
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6/25/2015  5 comments
A revolutionary new oven promises to combine the best features of convection and microwave technology, enabling home users to cook foods to restaurant-type quality within a few minutes.
Experts: EVs Are the Way to Meet California’s 2030 Petroleum Reduction Goal
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6/15/2015  19 comments
Switching to alternative, cleaner fuels and electric-powered vehicles is the way forward if California wants to meet the goals of an initiative by Gov. Jerry Brown to reduce the use of petroleum in the state 50% by 2030, according to experts in the transportation industry.
Ricoh Invents ‘Energy Generating Rubber’ for Flexible Sensors
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6/15/2015  Post a comment
Japan-based Ricoh Co. has developed new material called "Energy Harvesting Rubber" that strikes a balance between providing flexibility while also harvesting a significant amount of energy that could have a number of applications, including flexible sensors and wearables
Sensor Transmits Readings to Wireless Mobile Devices
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6/11/2015  Post a comment
A new sensor package with a built-in wireless transmitter enables pressure, temperature, and humidity to be tracked via a mobile tablet computer or smartphone.
'People Post-It' Takes the Ouch Out of Bandage Removal
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6/10/2015  5 comments
By using an adhesive that departs from the half-century-old chemistry of common medical tape, 3M has produced a product that can be easily removed from human skin and reused.
Smart Actuator Propels Hydraulic ‘Beast of Burden’
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6/4/2015  1 comment
A smart hydraulic actuator is enabling a powerful four-legged robot to negotiate harsh terrain without the aid of multiple cables, remote computers, or external devices.
TI’s MSP432 MCU Provides 32-bit High-Performance, Low-Power Capability
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6/2/2015  Post a comment
Texas Instruments' MSP432 microcontroller bridges the ARM Cortex-M4F processor with the MSP430Gx mixed-signal architecture.
Inkjet Printing Process Used to Develop More Efficient Solar Cells
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6/1/2015  Post a comment
Solar energy is becoming an increasing source of scalable, renewable energy around the world. However, while energy from the sun itself is natural and environmentally friendly, the process for creating solar cells is not, which means one area of research in the field is to try to change this scenario.
New Battery Comprised Solely of Lithium-Sulfur-Based Compound
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5/29/2015  9 comments
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
Touch Interface Simplifies Process Control
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5/27/2015  Post a comment
A new process controller delivers smartphone-type functionality to chambers, furnaces, ovens, and industrial machinery needing thermal control.
Multi-Materials Auto Adhesive Cures Faster & Cooler
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5/18/2015  Post a comment
After working with several automotive customers, Dow Corning has developed a one-part, fast-curing silicone adhesive that bonds strongly to the multiple materials engineers are designing into future cars.
HBM Rolls Out Data Acquisition Module for Harsh Mobile Apps
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5/12/2015  Post a comment
A new data acquisition module with a built-in web server could make it easier for engineers to gather data from vehicles ranging from road graders to tractors to dump trucks.
Thermodynamics Absolved in 'Deflategate' Scandal
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5/7/2015  22 comments
A new report commissioned by the National Football League has concluded that thermodynamics is unlikely a suspect in the New England Patriots “Deflategate” scandal.
Tesla Targets Home Energy Storage
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5/1/2015  14 comments
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.
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  29 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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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
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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.
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.
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.
2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards: Electronics & Test Finalists
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12/15/2014  1 comment
Design News is pleased to present the finalists in the Electronics & Test category of our 2015 Golden Mousetrap Awards.
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