For those who want a visual reference to help keep track of RoHS changes, two companies have developed free tools — a calendar to track steps in RoHS legislation, and a wall poster that provides advice on lead-free PCB soldering techniques.
Phoenix Contact (phoenixcontact.com) is giving away an A2-size solder poster that offers advice on soldering techniques to the IPC-A-610C standard for printed circuit board processes. The poster is designed to help in the realization of new soldering processes, including reflow techniques to meet RoHS standards. The IPC standard assumes different requirements made on the reliability of assemblies. The poster provides diagrams and definitions to guide users through lead-free soldering techniques.
GSPK Electronics (gspkelectronics.ltd.uk) is giving away a month-to-month calendar that offers steps and advice for customers and suppliers making their way through the transition to RoHS compliance. Dave Watson, GSPK's head of engineering, notes the company has made its way through the compliance process and transferred its knowledge into the calendar.
Advertised as the "Most Powerful Tablet Under $100," the Kindle Fire HD 6 was too tempting for the team at iFixit to pass up. Join us to find out if inexpensive means cheap, irreparable, or just down right economical. It's teardown time!
The increased adoption of wireless technology for mission-critical applications has revved up the global market for dynamic electronic general purpose (GP) test equipment. As the link between cloud networks and devices -- smartphones, tablets, and notebooks -- results in more complex devices under test, the demand for radio frequency test equipment is starting to intensify.
Much of the research on lithium-ion batteries is focused on how to make the batteries charge more quickly and last longer than they currently do, work that would significantly improve the experience of mobile device users, as well EV and hybrid car drivers. Researchers in Singapore have come up with what seems like the best solution so far -- a battery that can recharge itself in mere minutes and has a potential lifespan of 20 years.
Some humanoid walking robots are also good at running, balancing, and coordinated movements in group settings. Several of our sports robots have won regional or worldwide acclaim in the RoboCup soccer World Cup, or FIRST Robotics competitions. Others include the world's first hockey-playing robot and a trash-talking Scrabble player.
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