While Freescale, Ember, Chipcon, Jennic and other chipmakers continue to spar over who's introduced, sampled, or shipped the first single-chip ZigBee device, the imminent availability of inexpensive silicon is unleashing a spate of product introductions and joint agreements.
Eaton Corp. is ramping up its Home Heartbeat monitoring system (http://rbi.ims.ca/4400-523), which strategic business director Russ Sabo jokingly calls "idiot lights for the home." Many ZigBee proponents feel these warning lights for open doors or broken water pipes will make consumer products the initial market for the wireless net, phoning users when certain alarms go off.
Sabo notes that since ZigBee applications are extremely broad, "alliances are critical." Vendors agree. Airbee Wireless (http://rbi.ims.ca/4400-524) teamed up with Texas Instruments, which will port Airbee's software to its MSP430 MCU. Software Technology Group (http://www.stg.com) teamed up with Intec Automation and Sensicast Systems, while Helicomm (http://rbi.ims.ca/4400-525) teamed up with Silicon Laboratories Inc., Freescale Semiconductor, and Panasonic Electronic Devices Corp. (http://rbi.ims.ca/4400-526) who also announced a deal at the ZigBee Alliance (http://rbi.ims.ca/4400-527) open house in late September.
The engineers and inventors of the post WWII period turned their attention to advancements in electronics, communication, and entertainment. Breakthrough inventions range from LEGOs and computer gaming to the integrated circuit and Ethernet -- a range of advancements that have little in common except they changed our lives.
The age of touch could soon come to an end. From smartphones and smartwatches, to home devices, to in-car infotainment systems, touch is no longer the primary user interface. Technology market leaders are driving a migration from touch to voice as a user interface.
Soft starter technology has become a way to mitigate startup stressors by moderating a motor’s voltage supply during the machine start-up phase, slowly ramping it up and effectively adjusting the machine’s load behavior to protect mechanical components.
A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) makes a start on developing control schemes, process measurements, and modeling and simulation methods for powder bed fusion additive manufacturing.
If you’re developing a product with lots of sensors and no access to the power grid, then you’ll want to take note of a Design News Continuing Education Center class, “Designing Low Power Systems Using Battery and Energy Harvesting Energy Sources."
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