High-bandwidth applications such as video conferencing, multimedia and 3-D modeling tax the limits of computer networks. Optical fiber, commonly deployed in network backbones to ease bandwidth demands, has been considered too costly, fragile, and complex for the desktop.
By reducing labor and material costs, 3M's Volition(TM) cabling system makes fiber-to-the-desktop practical for many applications that need to exponentially improve data capacity of local area networks, ensure long network life, and save on the cost of re cabling every few years.
The plug consists of four parts: a fiber holder to secure fibers; a shroud and boot that protects fibers and secures the cable; and a hinged door that acts as a dust cover. Socket construction includes: a fiber holder that secures the fibers and simplifies termination; a main body with V-grooves to align fibers; hinged door for dust protection; and a housing base that completes the protective shell.
Jeff Conley, 3M Telecom Systems Div., 6801 Riverplace Blvd., Austin, TX 78726-9000; E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
The IEEE Computer Society has named the top 10 trends for 2014. You can expect the convergence of cloud computing and mobile devices, advances in health care data and devices, as well as privacy issues in social media to make the headlines. And 3D printing came out of nowhere to make a big splash.
For industrial control applications, or even a simple assembly line, that machine can go almost 24/7 without a break. But what happens when the task is a little more complex? That’s where the “smart” machine would come in. The smart machine is one that has some simple (or complex in some cases) processing capability to be able to adapt to changing conditions. Such machines are suited for a host of applications, including automotive, aerospace, defense, medical, computers and electronics, telecommunications, consumer goods, and so on. This discussion will examine what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.