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GM Will Use EV Batteries to Store Renewable Energy
9/23/2016  5 comments
General Motors’ growing commitment to electric cars took a new turn last week, as the giant automaker said it would use EV batteries in the future to help boost its use of renewable energy.
Sensor's Resolution Is Less Than the Diameter of an Atom
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9/23/2016  Post a comment
A new linear encoder will offer measurement resolution of about 31 picometers -- less than the diameter of an atom -- when it hits the market in prototype form later this year.
Belden's New System Taps Into Plant Data From Afar
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8/30/2016  Post a comment
Belden and Secomea have developed a remote access system that gives users a plug-and-play connection to plant assets.
IoT Sensor Systems: Start With a Clear Vision of Success
8/25/2016  Post a comment
Determining the quantities and location of sensors in an Internet of Things application requires a thorough problem statement and a clear vision of success, an expert will tell engineers at the upcoming Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis.
Earbuds: The New Sensor Solution for Heart Monitoring
8/23/2016  Post a comment
Ear-based heart-rate monitoring gained momentum recently, as sensor maker Valencell Inc. announced it has licensed its biometric earpiece technology to Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd for use in so-called “hearable devices.”
LabVIEW 2016 Adds New Channel, Ups NI's Investment in IIoT
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8/3/2016  Post a comment
The latest version of NI's LabVIEW software maintains its roots while being tailor-made for developing IIoT devices and systems.
A New Test Instrument From NI Boosts Bandwidth
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7/29/2016  Post a comment
A new 1-GHz vector signal transceiver promises to offer expanded test capabilities for engineers involved in applications ranging from automotive and aerospace to semiconductors and defense.
NASA Wants to Put Electric Planes in the Air by 2018
6/28/2016  5 comments
Following in the tracks of the fabled rocket plane programs of the 1940s, NASA engineers are now laying the plans for a new twist on the future of aviation -- a battery-powered airplane.
What Do Engineers Think of Trump’s Energy Plan?
6/8/2016  82 comments
Donald Trump’s recent release of an “energy plan” offered no policy details, but left little doubt as to where the Republican presidential candidate stands on the subject of green energy.
MathWorks Aims to Simplify 5G Wireless
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6/2/2016  Post a comment
New simulation capabilities from The MathWorks could enable engineers to simplify the task of designing 5G wireless products.
RF Development Made Easy Thanks to New Radio Tech
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5/23/2016  Post a comment
Analog Devices Inc. has unveiled a radio transceiver and design environment that promises to dramatically reduce the time required to develop RF-based applications.
NI Enhances Equipment Monitoring Tools
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5/4/2016  Post a comment
National Instruments has expanded the capabilities of its NI InsightCM Enterprise platform.
Oscilloscope Adds New Dimension to Motor-Drive Analysis
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5/3/2016  Post a comment
A new oscilloscope-based test system adds a unique dimension to the process of analyzing the dynamic performance of three-phase motors and drives.
Dev Kit Simplifies Force Sensor Applications
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5/2/2016  Post a comment
A new development kit expedites proof-of-concept for applications requiring an ultra-thin force or pressure sensor.
Partnership Sends Sensor Data into the Cloud
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4/27/2016  Post a comment
BinCom is an IIoT system that includes sensors as well as the cloud-based software for data management and analytics.
NXP’s New Dev Kit Simplifies Home Automation
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4/15/2016  Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors has released a software development kit that works with Apple’s HomeKit, enabling design engineers to automate thermostats, door locks, and other home products using Kinetis microcontrollers.
MCU Targets Voice Detection for the Internet of Things
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3/30/2016  Post a comment
A new microcontroller family could provide a low-power solution for battery-operated, IoT voice detection apps, ranging from baby monitoring to home automation to building control.
Pneumatic Valve Cuts Size, Weight of Handheld Medical Devices
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2/25/2016  Post a comment
A tiny poppet valve with a current-saving design could enable engineers to develop smaller, lighter handheld medical products.
New Test Solution Simplifies Interconnect Characterization
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2/19/2016  Post a comment
A new solution enables novice engineers to make complex measurements on devices under test, ranging from telecom and medical equipment to laptops and mainframes.
Renesas, SEVENSTAX Team Up for Secure PROFINET for IIoT
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2/15/2016  Post a comment
Renesas Electronics Europe and SEVENSTAX have teamed up to provide a secure connectivity solution for PROFINET to support the IIoT.
'Life Expectancies Will Soar in 20 Years'
2/11/2016  6 comments
Futurist Raymond Kurzweil discussed biotechnology, solar power, and 3D printing at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim this week.
Renesas Demos Servo Drive on a Chip
2/10/2016  Post a comment
Renesas Electronics America Inc. rolled out what is believed to be the first industrial servo drive on a chip at the Pacific Design & Manufacturing Show in Anaheim.
NI Releases Enhanced Version of the All-in-One Test Package, VirtualBench
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2/8/2016  1 comment
National Instruments has introduced an enhanced version of its software-based test package, VirtualBench.
Development Kit Speeds Creation of IoT Demos
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2/1/2016  Post a comment
A new “rapid prototyping tool” enables developers to bring Internet of Things (IoT) designs to life more quickly.
TI Rolls Industry’s First On-Chip Solution for Analog, Digital Position Sensors
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1/28/2016  5 comments
A new system-on-chip solution enables developers to more easily incorporate digital and analog position sensors, thereby simplifying the development of industrial robots, elevators, CNC machines, material conveyance systems, and servo applications of virtually all types.
ON Semiconductor Releases Highest Resolution CCD Image Sensor
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1/25/2016  Post a comment
ON Semiconductor has released its highest resolution Interline Transfer CCD image sensor, providing high resolution without sacrificing image uniformity and global shutter architecture.
Industrial PC Stands Up To Heavy Duty Harshness
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1/25/2016  Post a comment
A new industrial PC combines ruggedness with high performance, making it a potential candidate for applications ranging from trains and monorails to mining and construction equipment.
Consultant Shares Secrets Behind Design of Swimmers' Heart Rate Monitor
12/17/2015  1 comment
An engineer at UBM’s recent Designers of Things conference shared his insight into the trials and tribulations of developing one of the most challenging kinds of wearable products -- a heart rate monitor for swimmers.
Building a Better Mousetrap at the Designers of Things Conference
12/14/2015  1 comment
UBM’s recent Designers of Things Conference in San Jose highlighted the work, not only of materials and components suppliers, but of the makers of innovative products from around the world.
Software Tool Secures Hydraulics' Role in Factories of the Future
12/8/2015  Post a comment
To meet the needs of the so-called Industry 4.0 movement, Bosch Rexroth AG is rolling out a hydraulic power package featuring a smart software tool that targets the needs of the future factory.
Here's the Cure for Problems Facing the Internet of Things
12/3/2015  3 comments
The Internet of Things is broken and needs ARM-based field programmable gate array (FPGA) technology to fix it, an expert told engineers at UBM’s Designers of Things conference in San Jose, Calif.
Designers of Things Session Explores 'Digi-Med' Testing
11/30/2015  Post a comment
Digital healthcare devices and wearable electronic products need to be thoroughly tested, lest they live short, ignominious lives, an expert will tell attendees at UBM’s upcoming Designers of Things conference in San Jose, Calif.
Designers of Things Session Will Examine Importance of Haptics
11/29/2015  Post a comment
Designers of electronic interfaces will need to be prepared to incorporate haptics in next generation products, an expert will tell attendees at the upcoming Designers of Things conference in San Jose, Calif.
Why EPA Standard Could Push Hydraulic Hybrid Powertrains Forward
11/19/2015  26 comments
The long-overlooked hydraulic hybrid may finally be on the verge of making gains in the heavy-duty truck market, thanks to newly proposed fuel economy standards from the EPA.
STMicroelectronics Slays 'Vampire Power'
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11/18/2015  Post a comment
With a new power-supply chip, the semiconductor giant aims to minimize the loss of power that happens when devices, appliances, and other electronic equipment is in standby mode.
Software Algorithm Reads Damaged Barcodes
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11/11/2015  Post a comment
Cognex's PowerGrid software is said to read virtually all barcodes, even those that have been badly damaged.
3D Printers Making In-Roads in Medical Device Design
11/9/2015  Post a comment
3D printing showed that it’s gaining momentum in the medical industry this week, as suppliers at the Design & Manufacturing Show in Minneapolis demonstrated new applications for the technology.
MEMS Industry Group Makes Important Name Change
11/6/2015  1 comment
MEMS Industry Group, the trade group representing the semiconductor and microelectromechanical system industries, has changed its name to MEMS & Sensors Industry Group, reflecting the increasing importance of sensors in the growing IoT world.
These Electronic Inks Work with Existing In-Mold Technologies for Printed Circuits
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10/26/2015  Post a comment
A new suite of in-mold electronic inks from DuPont Microcircuit Materials help streamline the production of electronic devices by letting engineers print electronic circuits directly onto plastic substrates.
Slideshow: 'Design & Manufacturing Philadelphia' Recap Provides Peek at Latest Engineering Innovations
10/17/2015  Post a comment
Design News' recent Design & Manufacturing Philadelphia event provided a snapshot of the continually changing nature of design engineering, showing off innovations in materials, automation, components, services, and, of course, 3D printing, plus more.
Don't Overlook the Hydraulics in Motion Control Applications
10/14/2015  1 comment
For engineers who are laying plans for the Fourth Industrial Revolution, executives at Bosch Rexroth have a bit of advice: Don’t forget the hydraulics.
At Design News Event, Caterpillar Tells How 3D Printing Helps Low-Volume Production
10/8/2015  Post a comment
Caterpillar Inc. demonstrated this week at Design and Manufacturing Philadelphia that heavy industry can reap big benefits from 3D printing.
Extremely Low-Stress Thermal Interface Material Protects Against EMI
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10/4/2015  Post a comment
Extreme stress tolerance, thermal management capabilities, and EMI protection. What more could you want in a gap filler for PCBs?
The 14th Annual Golden Mousetrap Awards: Now Accepting Entries
9/8/2015  Post a comment
Entries for the Golden Mousetrap Awards, recognizing exceptional, cutting-edge products, are open through November 15, 2015.
Hydraulic Servo Axis Cuts Costs in Molding Machinery
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9/3/2015  Post a comment
A new self-contained electro-hydraulic servo axis offers an alternative form of actuation for applications ranging from injection and blow molding to linear positioning.
ECIA Says Electronic Component Sales Are Still Sluggish
8/31/2015  1 comment
Sales of semiconductors, interconnects, and other electronic components in North America were flat through the second quarter of 2015, reflecting a pattern that’s been repeating itself for several years.
Cypress Offers Low-Power PMICs for Solar-Powered Wireless Sensors
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8/26/2015  Post a comment
Cypress Semiconductor has rolled out a new family of energy-harvesting power management integrated circuits that enable the development of tiny solar-powered wireless sensors for Internet of Things applications.
Renesas Synergy Platform Speeds IoT, Industrial, and RTOS Development
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8/23/2015  Post a comment
Renesas Electronics has developed a platform that removes obstacles for embedded software engineers and designers working in the IoT, industrial, and real-time operating system space.
Mouser Will Distribute Omron Products
8/17/2015  Post a comment
A new agreement between Mouser Electronics and Omron Electronic Components could result in broader, global availability of the latter's switches, relays, connectors, and sensors.
First of Its Kind Processor Targets Embedded Applications
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8/4/2015  Post a comment
The new i.MX 7 Series heterogeneous applications processor from Freescale has applications ranging from wearables to IoT.
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