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Content tagged with Electronics & Test posted in March 2012
Tesla CTO Says EVs at Tipping Point
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3/30/2012  16 comments
During his keynote address at DESIGN West this week, Tesla co-founder JB Straubel said EV batteries will continue to offer higher ranges, better performance, and lower costs.
Freescale Unveils Computing Architecture for Industrial HMIs
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3/28/2012  18 comments
A new multicore processor portfolio could simplify the "consumerization" of the industrial market, enabling rich interfaces to be more easily integrated into products such as refrigerators, exercise equipment, patient monitors, and industrial automation systems.
Thomas Dolby Says Tech's Going Direct
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3/28/2012  5 comments
Thomas Dolby, best known for his 1980s hit “She Blinded Me With Science,” delivered the keynote during DESIGN West in San Jose, Calif., this week.
Video: GM's Robo-Glove Mimics Human Hand
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3/27/2012  27 comments
A robotic device may make it easier for auto workers to grip and squeeze objects on an assembly line.
Liquid-Cooled LED Arrays as Bright as 30 Headlights
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3/27/2012  10 comments
High-power LEDs are becoming an option for edical products, industrial image processing, UV hardening, and other applications.
DESIGN West: Microchip Boosts 8-Bit MCU Integration
Product News 
3/26/2012  8 comments
A new set of eight-bit microcontrollers to be unveiled at Design West today feature a level of peripheral integration that could make it easier to design products with closed-loop embedded control.
National Instruments Co-Founders Win ACE Award for Lifetime Achievement
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3/26/2012  6 comments
UBM Electronics will honor James Truchard and Jeff Kodosky, both of National Instruments, with Lifetime Achievement Awards during its annual ACE Awards Tuesday, March 27.
Apple iPad 3 Teardown
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3/21/2012  24 comments
The third generation of Apple Inc.'s wildly successful iPad media tablet features a modified version of Apple's A5 processor, A5X, which has a larger floor plan to include quad-core graphics, according to a teardown analysis.
ARM Says New Architecture Could Cut Cost of 32-Bit MCUs
Product News 
3/21/2012  8 comments
A new core architecture developed by ARM could cut the cost of a 32-bit microcontroller (MCU) to as low as 30 cents for applications ranging from touchscreens and motor controllers to stoves and refrigerators.
Home Healthcare Technology Gaining Momentum
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3/15/2012  11 comments
Medical technology is moving from the clinic to the home, even as the healthcare industry struggles to adjust to the home-based business model.
New iPad May Shave Apple’s Tablet Margins
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3/12/2012  6 comments
Apple will cut into its profit margins with its latest iPad and discounts on the iPad 2, according to estimates from UBM TechInsights.
Design Decisions: Finding an Alternative Military Battery
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3/7/2012  10 comments
Lithium metal oxide chemistry challenges decade-old technology to reduce costs and increase reliability in military and aerospace applications.




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