News Analysis
Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in January 2012
Dev Kit Supports Graphical Programming
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1/30/2012  18 comments
Simplified programming techniques change the roles of mechanical and electrical engineers, as well as programmers.
MCUs Cut Mechatronics Design Costs
1/27/2012  10 comments
In a wide-ranging half-hour discussion titled, Microchip engineer Keith Curtis addressed questions about the future of mechatronic control.
Slideshow: Top 5 Robotics Trends to Watch in 2012
1/23/2012  22 comments
The most important robotics trends of this coming year will enable volume manufacturing and greater integration of robotics with machine vision and automated systems.
Design Decisions: Choosing an Eddy Current Position/Displacement Sensor
1/23/2012  7 comments
Whether a target will work in any specific application depends a great deal on the desired performance, most importantly resolution.
Slideshow: Detroit Auto Show Highlights EVs, Hybrids
1/20/2012  40 comments
Automakers at this year's North American International Auto Show unveiled a potpourri of technologies aimed at boosting the efficiency of today's vehicles.
Ford Showcases First Plug-In Hybrid
1/19/2012  25 comments
The auto industry's move to plug-in vehicles gained momentum as Ford rolled out its C-Max Energi hybrid at the North American International Auto Show.
Multitouch Added to Resistive Touchscreens
1/16/2012  11 comments
Automobiles can now retrofit multitouch gestures to resistive-touchscreen designs by upgrading their controller-chips to Freescale Semiconductor's new Ready-Play solution.
Design Decisions: Choosing a Rotary Encoder
1/4/2012  5 comments
Many factors influence the selection of a rotary encoder for controlled servo drives.
Slideshow: Top 5 Automotive Trends to Watch in 2012
1/3/2012  21 comments
Because automakers are already on the hook to push their Corporate Average Fuel Efficiency (CAFE) to 35.5mpg by 2016, and 54.5mpg by 2025, they're going to be working hard on any feature that can eliminate even the smallest sip of gasoline.

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