When it comes to operating systems used by engineering departments, Windows NT/2000 rules. In a recent Design News survey, 78% of the respondents said they currently use the operating system and 8% more said they plan to use it in the future. One-third of respondents said they use UNIX and its derivatives. Though only 2% report using a MAC OS, that may be changing with the advent of more applications for MAC OS X. Just 1% of engineers said they use OS/2. Once a preferred OS by the techies, it fell out of favor once IBM chose to stop supporting it.
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.
In a bid to boost the viability of lithium-based electric car batteries, a team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has developed a chemistry that could possibly double an EV’s driving range while cutting its battery cost in half.
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.