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Content posted in March 2013
Gadget Freak Case #235: Ignition Control Unit for Harley Davidson Panhead Engine
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3/26/2013  1 comment
Edward Nauman designed an ignition control unit for the Harley Davidson Panhead engine. The unit can be adapted to almost any four-cycle engine with the proper design and fabrication resources.
Micromo’s Piezo Legs Caliper Motor
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3/15/2013  4 comments
Customers can get higher resolution from a scalable motor. It’s “simplicity in motion.”
Micromo 8 & 10mm Brushless Motors
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3/15/2013  2 comments
In a tiny package, they supply a high amount of torque and employ high-resolution absolute encoders.
The Most Flexible DSP Power Solution in the Industry
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3/12/2013  1 comment
TI application engineer Joe Wu demonstrates TI's LM10011 VID Controller.
Gadget Freak Case #234: We Love This Automated Mailbox
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3/12/2013  Post a comment
Jeremy Willden created small mailboxes for his daughters' Valentine's Day cards. The boxes use a sensor to open automatically when someone walks by.




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