After struggling through a devastating multi-year economic slump, makers of telecommunications gear might finally be ready to begin large-scale implementation of the vaunted Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA) in their next-generation switches, routers, base stations and other telecom equipment. If so, board makers are ready. During 2005, manufacturers of AdvancedTCA boards rolled out a raft of new, high-performance products.
Vendors say there's good reason for the growing sense of anticipation surrounding this new breed of boards. The architecture, years in the making, promises to deliver huge bandwidth boosts, not only to telecom equipment, but also to military and aerospace devices.
"AdvancedTCA embodies a lot of the attributes that are necessary in any communications network," notes John Fryer, director of technology for Motorola Embedded Communications Computing Group's Technology Office. "It's good at moving a lot of data bits to a central location."
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.
Using Siemens NX software, a team of engineering students from the University of Michigan built an electric vehicle and raced in the 2013 Bridgestone World Solar Challenge. One of those students blogged for Design News throughout the race.
Robots that walk have come a long way from simple barebones walking machines or pairs of legs without an upper body and head. Much of the research these days focuses on making more humanoid robots. But they are not all created equal.
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.