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Content tagged with Consumer Electronics
posted in September 2011
MCUs Dive Downscale Into Lower-Cost Apps
News 
9/30/2011  5 comments
Low-cost microcontrollers are still finding new applications in products that have never used electronics before.
Fujitsu Expands Cortex-Based MCU Line
Product News 
9/29/2011  1 comment
Fujitsu Semiconductor has added 64 devices to its FM3 family of 32-bit RISC microcontrollers based on the ARM Cortex-M3 processor core.
Gadget Freak Case #195: Nifty Master/Slave Green Power Switch
Gadget Freak 
9/28/2011  1 comment
This green gadget allows the user to turn speaker systems on and off with a TV or laptop computer.
Design News Radio Talks Multicore MCUs on Wednesday
Blog 
9/27/2011  Post a comment
Design News Radio's "MCUs Grow Up: The Next Generation of Multicore Controllers," will be a live, streaming audio show and companion online chat Wednesday, Sept. 28.
Troubles With the Ford Taurus SHO
Made by Monkeys 
9/27/2011  19 comments
Watch out for the Ford Taurus SHO. Its weird engine means big troubles.
Another Case of a Buried Electrical Box
Sherlock Ohms 
9/27/2011  4 comments
How do you find electrical materials buried in a wall? You get as inventive as Sherlock Ohms.
Slideshow: Humanoid Robots Get Real
Features 
9/26/2011  41 comments
"Uncanny valley" refers to the revulsion that humans feel when they see a humanoid robot.
Safety Is Basis of TI's Hercules MCUs
Blog 
9/26/2011  2 comments
TIs Hercules line of safe microcontrollers features comprehensive diagnostic and self-testing capabilities built into the hardware.
The Case of the Ridiculous Fatigue Calculations
Sherlock Ohms 
9/23/2011  9 comments
In the process of taking fatigue calculations, the data came in sky high at some points and zero at others.
The Case of the Semi-Proficient Measurement
Sherlock Ohms 
9/22/2011  6 comments
Sometimes old equipment is just right -- other times, it's just too old.
So What's an 'Embedded System,' Anyway?
Blog 
9/21/2011  10 comments
IDC says 1.8 billion embedded systems will ship this year, generating $1 trillion in revenue. Is its definition of the market so broad that we must reconsider what does and doesn't fit in its boundaries?
The Monkeys Are All Over the LG Refrigerator
Made by Monkeys 
9/21/2011  14 comments
The LG deluxe refrigerator is anything but deluxe with it comes to design.
The Dump Trailer Won't Dump
Made by Monkeys 
9/20/2011  13 comments
What happens when your dump trailer won't dump? Such a simple function, and so hard to find.
Slideshow: BlackBerry PlayBook Tablet Teardown
Guest Blogs 
9/20/2011  3 comments
A UBM TechInsights teardown of the RIM BlackBerry PlayBook tablet reveals that Texas Instruments (TI) is the big design winner.
The Case of the Unexpected FM Transmitter Turnoff
Sherlock Ohms 
9/19/2011  2 comments
When a new transmitter was installed, the radio station kept going off the air. Time to bring in Sherlock.
Will an MBA Benefit You?
Electronic News & Comment 
9/19/2011  9 comments
The Masters of Business Administration (MBA) degree, long a staple for engineers preparing for leadership, is looking pretty enticing lately.
At Wit's End With the Kenmore Microwave
Made by Monkeys 
9/19/2011  20 comments
We bought this Kenmore microwave for "ease of use." What a laugh.
Electronics Group Resisting Calif. Energy Regulations
Green Scene 
9/19/2011  22 comments
The CEA pounds California policymakers for proposing new regulations while the electronics industry is reporting gains in energy efficiency.
Hot Off the Presses: Design News September Digital Issue
Wolfe's Den 
9/14/2011  Post a comment
Download the free e-magazine and PDF versions of the September issue of Design News.
U.S. News Names Best Engineering Schools
Features 
9/14/2011  21 comments
U.S. News & World Report issued its engineering school rankings this week. Are the list's top schools really the best?
Now You Know What Rime Ice Is
Mechatronics Zone 
9/14/2011  10 comments
A new sensor uses the optical properties of ice to detect when it builds up on refrigerator coils.
My Mercury Wiring Harness Nightmare
Mechatronics Zone 
9/13/2011  8 comments
When I attempted to replace a power-window motor on my '96 Mercury I uncovered an amazing nest of wires that controls windows, door locks, and mirror positions.
Monkeys Only Mess With New Appliances
Made by Monkeys 
9/13/2011  15 comments
One after another -- from washers to dishwashers -- it's the new appliances that fail.
Thermal Bandits Beget Shrinking Chip Packages
Blog 
9/9/2011  3 comments
The driver of efforts to shrink the package size and power consumption of semiconductor chips is usually assumed to be consumer devices, but it's really Internet communications.
Give Me Back My Timex
Made by Monkeys 
9/9/2011  21 comments
This consumer bought an expensive watch to replace a Timex. Big mistake.
Can You Test & Measure With an MCU?
Mechatronics Zone 
9/6/2011  5 comments
The Arduino Uno module provides an easy way to learn about microcontrollers.
Discussion: What's Changed Most in the Design Engineering Profession?
Wolfe's Den 
9/2/2011  2 comments
Design News asks: What's changed most about the design engineering profession in the past decade?
Gadget Freak Case #193: The Gadget Let the Dog Out
Gadget Freak 
9/1/2011  9 comments
Les Kelly first showed off his gadget skills in Gadget Freak Case #178, where he created a device that let his dog out of a crate remotely. Now Les has taken the show outdoors with his Easy/Out! remote trigger.




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