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Content tagged with Consumer Electronics
posted in July 2011
The Case of the Hot Desk
Sherlock Ohms 
7/28/2011  10 comments
Called to a mechanical calculator that was giving off tingle shocks, Sherlock found an unexpected problem.
Datasheets.com Components Search Site Launches
News 
7/28/2011  10 comments
The new electronics parts search website, Datasheets.com, has just launched as a partnership between UBM Electronics and SiliconExpert Technologies.
Putting a Chill Into Battery Thermal Runaway
Electronic News & Comment 
7/28/2011  4 comments
Thermal runaway is never far from the minds of design engineers who use lithium-ion batteries.
Solvay Pumps OLEDs
News 
7/27/2011  2 comments
Global chemicals giant Solvay is making a $14.5 million investment in Plextronics in a push to to jumpstart development of printed electronics such as organic light-emitting diodes (OLEDs).
Design Tool Sector Soars
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/27/2011  6 comments
The product lifecycle management (PLM) and design tool sector has returned to peak growth levels, according to a new CIMdata report.
Salary Survey Says You Make $93,465
Wolfe's Den 
7/26/2011  8 comments
The results of Design News annual salary survey are in and they say design engineers received their first increase in average base salary in two years.
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.
Stratasys Develops Static-Dissipative ABS
Product News 
7/26/2011  3 comments
Electronics manufacturers can now produce assembly aids using additive manufacturing systems that quickly make precise parts from CAD files.
What's Your Favorite Engineering Movie?
Electronic News & Comment 
7/25/2011  41 comments
Design News looks at the best and worst science and engineering movies.
Design Apps Hit the iPad
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/25/2011  10 comments
While we're starting to see a steady stream of design-oriented apps for the iPad and other mobile devices, the majority remain focused on simple viewing and collaboration functions.
New Breed of Lithium Batteries
Features 
7/20/2011  14 comments
Higher capacities are enabling cylindrical, prismatic, and flat lithium batteries to move into medical instruments, power tools, and computing applications.
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.
Alcoa Makes DFMA Case for Aluminum's Sustainability
Engineering Materials 
7/14/2011  12 comments
A team at the Alcoa Technical Center near Pittsburgh analyzed several tools and chose DFMA as a way to prove that aluminum is a better sustainability option than other materials for select applications.
Are You an Interdisciplinary Engineer?
Wolfe's Den 
7/13/2011  9 comments
Are specialist designers on the wane, being replaced by generalists who can work comfortably across the boundaries of hardware, software, and embedded?
Monkeys Messed Up My HP Scanjet, Big Time
Made by Monkeys 
7/12/2011  14 comments
The HP Scanjet 5590 was just one monkeyed-up problem after another.
Design for Recyclability
Features 
7/12/2011  10 comments
Component reduction through modular design and fastener standardization is paving the way for faster disassembly.
Automation & Control Getting iPhone App Enabled
Wolfe's Den 
7/11/2011  9 comments
Programmable logic controllers are beginning to connect beyond the confines of the factory floor, via iPhone Apps that display status data or even control PLCs directly via the over-the-air commands.
Auto Engineers Look to an Ethernet Future
Electronic News & Comment 
7/8/2011  6 comments
Ethernet could see action in automotive applications involving cameras and infotainment.
Ford's Glucose Monitor & the New Infotainment Model
Electronic News & Comment 
7/7/2011  18 comments
Ford's glucose monitoring systems shows how the infotainment engineering model has changed over the past decade.
Micro Parts Aren't Just Tiny -- They're Top Secret
Engineering Materials 
7/7/2011  5 comments
Only a handful of companies are actively producing micro-molded components in the United States, and they aren't your usual suspects.
Dassault Pushes 3D Printing for the Masses
CAD/CAM Corner 
7/6/2011  14 comments
Amidst a flurry of activity on the 3D printing front, Dassault Systèmes partners with the Sculpteo 3D printing service to give 3DVIA users a way to easily produce 3D physical models of their 3D digital creations.
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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