@GStringham – Concerning H/W vs S/W, I once did a H/W design of a capacitive keyboard many years ago. Capacitive keyboards were a bit novel at the time. The board worked fine after I fully tested it with my own test firmware. I handed it over to the S/W group and it worked fine for them. After the S/W folks were done with it, it was handed over to the folks that do the exhaustive testing before final release. It was about this time I had submitted my resignation because I had accepted a job offer at another company. During my 2-week notice time, I was presented with a problem with my design. The keyboard didn't work reliably when more than key was pressed at one time. It wasn't written into the requirements, so the capability wasn't designed in. Neither the S/W folks nor I tested this because nobody knew until the H/W was done and the drivers were written. I never had an opportunity to complete the correction of the flaw before I was gone. :.(
Truchard will be presented the award at the 2014 Golden Mousetrap Awards ceremony during the co-located events Pacific Design & Manufacturing, MD&M West, WestPack, PLASTEC West, Electronics West, ATX West, and AeroCon.
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.
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.