posted in January 2012
Dev Kit Supports Graphical Programming
Product News 
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.
What Is Pulse Width Modulation?
Guest Blogs 
1/26/2012  9 comments
All engineers need to know what pulse width modulation is, and why it is so widely used.
Surgical Robots Could Fix NASA Satellite
1/25/2012  36 comments
A modified surgical robot is helping NASA study how robots can refuel and service space satellites, remotely controlled from Earth.
What's Your Pick for Best Engineering Movie?
Mechatronics Zone 
1/25/2012  70 comments
The PBS film "Azorian" documents the construction of the equipment needed to raise a sunken Russian submarine.
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 News Radio: Microcontrollers for Mechatronics
Electronics News 
1/19/2012  7 comments
If you design mechatronic systems and want to learn more about using microcontrollers (MCUs) in your applications, listen to our Design News radio program on Tuesday, Jan. 24, at 2:00 p.m. EDT.
Slideshow: 3D Materials Drive Additive Manufacturing
1/16/2012  24 comments
New materials, not new processes, have made it possible to produce low volumes of high-quality, complex models, parts, and even complete products.
What's the Noise in Signal-to-Noise Ratio?
Mechatronics Zone 
1/11/2012  7 comments
A signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) lets us express the relationship between signal and noise powers and between the root-mean-square (rms) values of signal and noise voltages.
Theory & Practice
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