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Mechatronics
posted in July 2011
Embedded Multicore Goes Mainstream
Blog 
7/26/2011  4 comments
Multicore designs of four or more processors on a single chip are cheap enough for embedded and industrial applications, but not all multicore processors are appropriate for the task.
Gyroscopes Still Seem a Bit Like Magic
Mechatronics Zone 
7/22/2011  2 comments
Engineers who once found the magic in gyroscope toys will be interested in new sensors that rely on devices that use MEMS to create accelerometers and gyros.
Do Mechatronics Degrees Make Sense?
Mechatronics Zone 
7/19/2011  13 comments
Twelve colleges have created mechatronics programs, mostly by adding mechatronics classes to a standard mechanical-engineering curriculum.
Hot Off the Presses: Design News July Digital Issue
Wolfe's Den 
7/15/2011  6 comments
Design News's July issue is available in digital form, as an online e-magazine or a downloadable pdf.
A Visit to TI's Motor Lab
Mechatronics Zone 
7/15/2011  3 comments
TI's employees use Kilby Labs to research and develop new ideas that may turn into products.
Final Shuttle Flight Creates Opportunity
Guest Blogs 
7/13/2011  13 comments
Watching the space shuttle Atlantis take flight invoked a sense of optimism that it opens up an opportunity to build even better spacecraft that are more affordable, better integrated, better manufactured, and better supported.
New Debugger Complements Atmel AVR Studio 5
Mechatronics Zone 
7/7/2011  2 comments
Atmel now has a new in-circuit debugger and programmer module, the JTAGICE3, which operates with the AVR Studio 5 software and all Atmel 8-bit and 32-bit AVR-family microcontrollers (MCUs).
Robotocists Debate: How Human Should a Robot Be?
Electronic News & Comment 
7/5/2011  9 comments
Engineers are considering whether robots for the home and office need to look human.




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