Chris Wiltz

Milestones in VR and Augmented Reality
Chris Wiltz, Managing Editor
1/28/2015  0
Ever since researcher Jason Lanier coined the term “virtual reality” in 1985, it has been a buzzword among tech enthusiasts. While science fiction imagined the ...

Dave Palmer

How to Handle Design Disagreements
Dave Palmer, P.E.
1/28/2015  4
Many people would prefer to avoid disagreements. In the engineering world, however, disagreements are almost inevitable. It's natural that different people will have different ideas ...

Rob Spiegel

IIoT Spurs Growth of Wireless Devices in Process Manufacturing
Rob Spiegel, Senior Editor, Automation & Motion Control
1/28/2015  0
The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is bringing a previously reluctant process industry into the wireless fold. The ability to connect smart sensors to the Internet has spiked ...

Charles Murray

Electronics News
Learn How to Write Simple Embedded C Applications
Charles Murray, Senior Technical Editor, Electronics & Test
1/28/2015  1
If you're developing an embedded monitoring and control application, then you'll want to take note of the upcoming Design News Continuing Education Center class, "Embedded ...

William Ng

Factory Orders, Machinery Bookings Slumped Deeper in December
William Ng, Editor-in-Chief
1/27/2015  0
US factory orders for durable goods tumbled 3.4% in December on a big drop in new bookings for commercial aircraft, according to data the Commerce Department released Tuesday.

Warren Miller

Guest Blogs
The Importance of Serial Interfaces in FPGA Designs
Warren Miller, Independent Consultant
1/27/2015  0
I just finished my Design News CEC class on programmable logic last week and during the course I get to ask attendees a variety of questions about their designs. This is a great ...

Sylvie Barak

Would You Pay $85 to Sleep in the Back of Someone's Tesla?
Sylvie Barak, Contributing Writer
1/27/2015  10
Teslas are pretty slick. There's no denying it. Cruising silently down streets like electric sharks weaving through traffic, they're a thing of envy; an expensive luxury many want ...

Most recent post: Joe (Cincinnati)... This gives a whole new meaning to "junk in your trunk"!
Elizabeth Montalbano

Video: Flexible Jar Design Keeps Hands Clean
Elizabeth Montalbano, Contributing Writer
1/27/2015  3
Everyone has had the experience of trying to scrape the last of the peanut butter or mayonnaise from the bottom of a glass jar without getting your hand sticky.

Jack R. Jones

Made by Monkeys
Microwave Has a Bad Connection
Jack R. Jones
1/27/2015  10
About two yeas ago my wife and I sold our longtime home and downgraded to a manufactured one with little upkeep. We let the appliances go with the house thinking that new ones would ...


5 Ways to Evaluate Aluminum Extrusion for Wider Application
After more than a century of progressively more mainstream application, aluminum has finally arrived. Here are five questions product development teams can apply to determine whether there is reason to start -- or move deeper into -- aluminum extrusion adoption.

Guidelines in Using Allegro Angular Sensor ICs
The design of a magnetic circuit for angle sensors is a complex task, where many influencing parameters need to be considered. Here, we will show some of the interdependencies that exist between magnet selection, mechanical tolerances, and accuracy requirements for on-axis applications.

Megatrends Shaping PACs & PLCs
Machine controllers have always played a pivotal role in manufacturing performance. Now the focus is on simpler integration, more connectivity, and harvesting the benefits of information-enabled operation.

Aerospace and Military Lighten Up
Engineers are using new composites and metal to create components for military and aerospace that are lighter and cheaper, but just as strong and durable.

Implementing Adaptive Segment-Based Cams
By integrating event-driven strategies into motion control schemes, automation systems may be optimized beyond what’s possible with traditional electronic cams or motion profiles.

Eliminating DRAM from Embedded HMI Designs
Designers have a way to design better interfaces using an MPU that includes abundant on-chip SRAM and the ability to execute code in-place efficiently from low-cost serial Flash memory.

Underground Wireless Sensors Demand Powerful Solutions
In order for underground wireless sensors to proliferate, several major technological hurdles need to be overcome.

From the Ford GT to the F-150: Aluminum Extrusion Aids Auto Lightweighting
As US automakers rev up automotive lightweighting, aluminum plays an expanding role. Extrusion lets engineers put metal where it’s needed and incorporate more features in a single part.

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