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Sputnik was launched 50 years ago. What will the next 50 years will bring? To predict the future, you have to know the past. Test your knowledge and match your score against your peers. Read More The War of CurrentsIn Partnership with Avnet
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Light Matters: War of CurrentsVendor:Avnet | Type:Design GuideThis resource explains the battle between Thomas Edison, a major stakeholder of direct current (DC) power distribution and George Westinghouse, who believed that alternating current (AC) was a superior technology. Westinghouse's AC system which employed pairs of step down transformers, ultimately proved to be the best method for delivering electrical power over long distances. If the dominant artificial light source at that time had been high-brightness LEDs, it's possible Westinghouse would not have won so easily.
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PTC will offer a virtual desktop environment for its Creo product design applications, potentially freeing engineers to run them from remote desktops on a variety of operating systems and mobile devices.
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 radio show will show what’s possible with smart machines, and what tradeoffs need to be made to implement such a solution.