Electronics Trend Watch 2007 - 2008 Editor's Letter Tom Watson, one of the top engineers behind Ford Motor Co.'s Escape hybrid, has a word of advice for prospective designers: mechatronics. Watson, Design News' Engineer of the Year in 2006, says a blend of mechanical and electronic knowledge is going to be important for future powertrain engineers. Full Story
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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.