Derek Carpenter, managing director of Datasound Labs, recently sounded off about the lack of qualified designers in the electronics industry cited electronicstalk.com. His outcry was in response to a letter written by the chief executive of Intel, Craig Barrett, to his employees. Both men feel that because of the seemingly cool job of Web designer, many would-be electronics engineers chose to find work designing the Internet instead of designing electronics. This has, according to Carpenter, created a situation in which there are not enough jobs for Web designers and a shortage of experienced engineers. Outsourcing, he says, is the solution to this problem, even if it is a temporary one. To find more information on this issue, visit www.dsl-ltd.co.uk.
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.