has released a new family of test adaptor products for the test
& measurement industry that allow users to test and validate their designs
for compliancy based on individual high speed serial protocol standards and to
assist in finding out deficiencies in their products. Designed to deliver
the highest electrical performance, Wilder's products are used by design
engineers, test and measurement engineers, validation engineers and compliance
test engineers to detect defects through the use of the test fixtures and
establish the failure criteria accurately.
Priced in the $2-3K range, Wilder's products have
demonstrated effectiveness via outstanding S-Parameters, TDR measurements, 3D
EM models to empirical measurements for true design accuracy. The test adaptors
work with test and measurement companies in mechanical, electrical and signal
This is sometimes an overlooked area in some shops. Being able to test one's products to a given set of Standards and use automated test fixtures is an excellent way to validate the designs and implementation as well as build confidence in new products and product lines.
In many instances until the creation of good well thought out standards arrived an industry might be fragmented and the growth of products within that industry might be lower than expected. Consider the fax machine. Until the arrival and acceptance of the Standards in 1983 from the CCITT fax machines were not widely used nor very easy to use.
Once the Standard was approved it was easy for the industry to take off and rapid innovation followed.
The ability to test a products compliance with required standards promotes interoperability, buyers confidence, fosters innovation and drives down costs.
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.