If you’ve perused Design News at any time over the past 12 months, you’re probably aware that we offer online training through our Continuing Education Center, sponsored by Digi-Key. It started a year ago, with semester 1 running from last January through June. Semester 2 ran through the end of 2012. Semester 3 will start on January 14, with a class called Getting the Most Out of Low-Power MCUs.
The classes always run from Monday through Friday, at 2:00 p.m. ET, with a new series of classes beginning nearly every other week. But don’t worry if you miss a class. They’re all archived on Design News, so you can hear classes from earlier in the year or from last year, or you can re-take a class to reinforce some of the fundamentals.
Like always, this class on MCUs will run for five days, with each day going into different aspects of the MCU’s implementation.
Attendees to these classes have told us they find them extremely valuable, partly because they have the ability to ask questions of the instructor each day, immediately following the class. I know I’ve certainly learned a lot by tuning in.
The topics will vary over the course of the year (no pun intended), and they run from a basic fundamentals level up to advanced. We’ve plotted the classes for the next few months, but we’re happy to entertain topics for the remainder of the year.
Hopefully this is something Design News can continue to expand into other topic areas. We all know it's important to re-invent ourselves by keeping up with the latest technologies. Depending on your job, that can be more difficult. These types of course are great opportunities.
Agreed, Naperlou. It's a great service. I've been amazed how many people attend the sessions from all over the world. They tend to get the buzz going by logging onto the site 30 minutes before class. I believe I've seen every continent represented among our attendees.
Rich, the continuing education program is a great service provided by design news. Even for experienced practitioners it is useful in that it is useful to see up to date information on a topic. The breadth of the topics is also very useful. Keep it up.
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.