@marsch You should try living with the opposite problem. We got married to a very primitive set of in-house tools that worked really well for us, across a lot of product lines and allowed us to support a common OS for several different products build on several different hardware platforms. The problem was, we needed to evolve and our in-house tools weren't all that well developed for evolution themselves. We ended up re-writing the OS for a new set of platforms using off-the-shelf tools...development environment and build chain. The problem is...we still have to maintain our legacy systems because the products themselves are still in use and warranted. Nobody wants to work with the old legacy tools because they are more primitive.
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.