Automatically Increase Performance with NI LabVIEW 8.5 and Multicore Processors
National Instruments LabVIEW 8.5 software simplifies multicore development for data acquisition and instrument control systems. Designed for engineers and scientists, LabVIEW is multithreaded and inherently parallel, with built-in connectivity to I/O, extensive analysis functions, and advanced display and plotting capabilities. View interactive demos and try LabVIEW 8.5 free online.
NIWeek 07: Coverage from the Show FloorNIWeek 2007, a worldwide virtual instrumentation conference and exhibition, opened August 7 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, TX. Design News' editors were out in full force on the NIWeek show floor. Read More
Software Aids in Minneapolis Bridge Investigation Software and videotape reviews are just some of the tools assisting NTSB investigators in the review of what happened with the Interstate 35W Minneapolis bridge failure. Full Story UGS Makes Femap Upgrade Offer UGS is offering users of competitive FEA tools a trade-up program for upgrading to the Femap FEA module in its Velocity Series portfolio of software aimed at small and mid-size businesses. Full Story Honeywell Releases LCD Maintenance/Hour Meter Honeywell’s new LCD maintenance/hour meter, designed for applications with a motor that don’t meter mileage, alerts an operator of 50-hour intervals to suggest maintenance. Full Story CAD Goes Unplugged With New Crop of Workstations The current generation of laptop computers offers enough power, expandability and battery life to let their users take even resource-hungry CAD applications on the road. Full Story
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Maximize design and delivery of your products and services. Ed Miller of CIMdata explains how to reach better maturity levels with best practices in collaborative product development, along with the methodology behind CPD technologies that have skyrocketed collaborative teams into greater productivity. Attendees can access a one-year FREE trial of Microsoft Office Groove 2007! Click Here.
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Modeling is the single most important activity in mechatronic system design. Learn why the most common technique used for modeling linear, time-in-variant systems should be the block diagram, with the mathematical model represented as a transfer function. Read More Light Matters: The Unexplored Pacific OceanIn partnership with Avnet
By skillfully applying a knowledge of the ocean's "optical bandpass" characteristics, you can design HBLED systems enabling divers and underwater photographers to see further, deeper and for extended time periods. Additionally, conventional radio communications at great depths is limited to the ELF range of the electromagnetic spectrum, about 100 Hz. Learn how to keep your head above water with regard to HBLED issues. Read More 2007 Engineering Salary Survey - Available Now!In Partnership with Aerotek
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High-end FEA and simulation work has been the domain of dedicated professionals who are experts in their craft, but who often prove out design concepts in isolation. A new generation of CAE software is making simulation and testing more accessible to mainstream engineers and a more integrated part of the design process. Has your firm begun to benefit from more widespread use of simulation? Drop me a line.
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Are they robots or androids? We're not exactly sure. Each talking, gesturing Geminoid looks exactly like a real individual, starting with their creator, professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of Osaka University in Japan.
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.