To address the systems and product design issues important
to its more than 94,000 subscribers
who approve the purchase of and/or specification of automation and control components (source: Design News BPA statement 12/09),
Design News announces the launch of its Automation & Control blog at www.designnews.com. The blog will address relevant news, trends
and events related to automation and control technologies such as controllers,
sensors, drives and motors, robotics and motion control components, I/O, and
system and device network connectivity such as fieldbus, Ethernet and wireless.
"Automation and control technologies are essential aspects
of the system and product design coverage that Design News is well known for
providing," said David Greenfield, editorial director of Design News and
principal contributor to the Automation & Control blog. "From designing the
operational capabilities of industrial systems and OEM machinery to common
consumer and industrial products, design engineers increasingly rely on knowing
everything they can about the latest and most trusted automation and control
technologies available to them."
Researchers at the University of Maryland have achieved a first in lithium-ion battery science: the development of a successful lithium-based battery using one material for all three core components of a battery -- anode, cathode, and electrolyte.
The online Bar Steel Fatigue Database for automotive design engineers has been updated for the fifth time and now contains 134 iterations, or grade/process combinations. It provides better predictability for designing parts with long-term reliability and durability.
FPGAs use programmable fabric to create custom logic, but this flexibility comes at a cost -- usually around 10 times more silicon real estate and 10 times the power dissipation. Can we really claim any FPGA is low power?
Focus on Fundamentals consists of 45-minute on-line classes that cover a host of technologies. You learn without leaving the comfort of your desk. All classes are taught by subject-matter experts and all are archived. So if you can't attend live, attend at your convenience.