Autodesk is winning a battle against the many companies who use unauthorized copies of its software. The company has recovered $63 million since its Piracy Prevention Program was started in 1989 and $3 million so far in 2004. The First Annual Business Software Alliance and International Data Corporation Global Software Piracy Study was also recently released, pointing out an alarming piracy trend. PC software companies estimate they lose $6.5 billion annually compared to $3 billion lost in the U.S. motion picture industry and $4.2 billion lost in the U.S. recording industry according to the Recording Industry Association of America. For more info, go to www.autodesk.com/piracy.
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.