Silicon Simplifies Sensors Silicon temperature sensors produce analog and digital data that tracks temperature in a linear fashion. But how easy is it to use these sensors and get them to talk with microcontrollers or other devices? Full Story
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Digital Multimeters by the Numbers Almost all engineers need a DMM on their lab bench and today 6 1/2-digit instruments seem more like the norm. Learn how these instruments stack up and the new capabilities they bring to testing. Full Story Silence is Still GoldenNoise appears in every electrical circuit, but newer techniques can better measure it, reduce it or defeat it. Learn about new plans of attack against this perennial enemy of engineers. Full story Directory Shows VisionEngineers who use vision systems should sign up for a free copy of the Automated Imaging Association's 2007 Industry Directory. This publication covers all aspects of machine-vision applications. Full Story Lab Zaps ESD ProblemsThe US Defense Supply Center has certified The Center for ESD as a "suitable lab" that performs electrostatic-discharge (ESD) tests and qualifies third-party products to industry standards. Full Story Standard Separates Signals from SystemsThe IEEE 1641 standard lets engineers define signals in terms of a unit under test, so it becomes easier to replace older test instruments and help electronic systems resist obsolescence. Can the standard work for you? Full Story
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Where is the Future of MEMS? Microelectromechanical system (MEMS) technology has produced microstructures for sensing such as accelerometers and for micromirrors used in Digital Light Projection displays as well as structures for oscillators and capacitors. Do you think the future of MEMS is more in sensing or other applications? Why?Post a Reply
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Companies continue to deliver more versatile digital multimeters (DMMs) that measure more than volts and amperes. If you have used a DMM in an unconventional way, e-mail me.
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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.