In the position sensor, a pulse is induced in a magnetostrictive waveguide by the momentary interaction of two magnetic fields: one from a magnet passing along the outside of the sensor tube; the other field from a current pulse launched along a waveguide within the tube. The interaction produces a strain pulse (twisting the waveguide) that travels at sonic speeds down the waveguide until detected at the sensor head. Measuring the elapsed time between the launching of the electronic pulse and the arrival of the strain pulse, or pulses, precisely determines the position of one, or more, magnets. Such non-contact position sensing produces no wear in the sensing elements, cutting maintenance and extending sensor life. The encapsulated waveguide and electronics also provide durability in severe environments. And modularity gives mounting flexibility and easy integration.
A few weeks ago, Ford Motor Co. quietly announced that it was rolling out a new wrinkle to the powerful safety feature called stability control, adding even more lifesaving potential to a technology that has already been very successful.
It won't be too much longer and hardware design, as we used to know it, will be remembered alongside the slide rule and the Karnaugh map. You will need to move beyond those familiar bits and bytes into the new world of software centric design.
People who want to take advantage of solar energy in their homes no longer need to install a bolt-on solar-panel system atop their houses -- they can integrate solar-energy-harvesting shingles directing into an existing or new roof instead.
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