Isolate Digital Signals, Too When you examine an instrumentation system, look for possible problems with digital as well as analog signal-return paths and grounds. Isolation also provides another benefit: Equipment can operate at different voltage levels or "float" above zero volts. Full Story
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Neural Interface Aims to Break Down Barriers for Victims of Paralysis Hundreds of thousands of people worldwide — a majority under age 30 — are prisoners of paralysis, unable to move. Now a startup aims to liberate them with breakthrough electronics. Full Story Scopes’ TrialNo more need to monkey around. A new generation of small, portable oscilloscopes offers electronic lab capabilities wherever you need to be. Full Story Handheld X-Ray Fluorescence (XRF) Analyzers are Booming
A technology widely used to screen products for regulatory compliance XRF is rapidly finding favor for other applications. Full Story What to Test and When?
A look at a strategy for prioritizing and optimizing circuit board test activities (with a link to a related webcast). Full Story Yet Another Signal Cabling Option...
Cabled PCI Express (PCIe) and cabled PXI Express (PXIe) show aptitude for a range of special design applications. Full Story
A SAW transducer combined with RFID is only one of the techniques being used to eliminate batteries. Another approach for energy harvesting uses a miniature coil and an externally applied alternating field eliminating the need for batteries in an artificial knee. Do you have an application that could be a candidate for batteryless operation? If so, what is the application? Post a Reply
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A slew of announcements about new materials and design concepts for transportation have come out of several trade shows focusing on plastics, aircraft interiors, heavy trucks, and automotive engineering. A few more announcements have come independent of any trade shows, maybe just because it's spring.
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