HOME  |  NEWS  |  BLOGS  |  MESSAGES  |  FEATURES  |  VIDEOS  |  WEBINARS  |  INDUSTRIES  |  FOCUS ON FUNDAMENTALS
REGISTER   |   LOGIN   |   HELP
Comments
View Comments: Newest First|Oldest First|Threaded View
BobGroh
User Rank
Platinum
TI has always been impressive in their research and new product development
BobGroh   7/15/2011 10:32:14 AM
NO RATINGS
Always interesting to see the new products flowing from the various IC manufacturers and the impact on the product development world. It certainly is true that there is a 'a chicken or the egg' process going on and it seems as if the real world product development cycle is spiral!  As a design engineer of more years than I care to count, it is amazing what we can do today with lower cost, fewer parts, better performance - the whole 9 yards.  Absolutely makes you want to grab a new challenge and go for it!

Speaking to the 'penny wise, pound foolish' comment - amen, brother.

I think I would add the thought that 'penny wise, pound foolish' is not only applicable to giving up research to save a buck but also to giving up design to our out-of-country brethren.

 

Charles Murray
User Rank
Blogger
Changing of the guard
Charles Murray   7/15/2011 9:51:08 AM
NO RATINGS
Brushed DC motors were always more popular among appliance manufacturers and automakers because of cost advantages. But it looks like advances in control and efficiency are finally changing that, and enabling manufacturers to take advantage of brushless. Based on the fact that TI was hosting the event, I can only assume that electronic control is playing a big role in this change.

Alexander Wolfe
User Rank
Blogger
Research is King
Alexander Wolfe   7/15/2011 8:08:22 AM
NO RATINGS
Many companies disinvested in research during the recession. It's good to see that TI is still relying on the fruits of its Kilby lab to seed important new products. Cutting research is penny wise and pound foolish. At the same time, I've always wondered about the important ideas which have essentially been wasted because of research which never led to productization. I'm not saying here that all research needs to lead to products, which obviously doesn't make sense, because a) not all product ideas are economically viable and b) not all research has as its output a product.

What I am saying, and what distresses me, is that research in an academic setting always leads to output (papers) which shares the work with others in the same disclipine. In commercial research, that's not always the case because businesses have a proprietary interest in keeping things under wraps. Hence, scientists elsewhere can't build on the work of someone in a commercial lab who can't publish.



Partner Zone
Latest Analysis
Eric Chesak created a sensor that can detect clouds, and it can also measure different sources of radiation.
Festo's BionicKangaroo combines pneumatic and electrical drive technology, plus very precise controls and condition monitoring. Like a real kangaroo, the BionicKangaroo robot harvests the kinetic energy of each takeoff and immediately uses it to power the next jump.
Practicing engineers have not heeded Yoda's words.
Design News and Digi-Key presents: Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX, a crash course that will look at defining a project, selecting a target processor, blocking code, defining tasks, completing code, and debugging.
Rockwell Automation recently unveiled a new safety relay that can be configured and integrated through existing software to program safety logic in devices.
More:Blogs|News
Design News Webinar Series
3/27/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
2/27/2014 11:00 a.m. California / 2:00 p.m. New York / 7:00 p.m. London
12/18/2013 Available On Demand
11/20/2013 Available On Demand
Quick Poll
The Continuing Education Center offers engineers an entirely new way to get the education they need to formulate next-generation solutions.
Apr 21 - 25, Creating & Testing Your First RTOS Application Using MQX
SEMESTERS: 1  |  2  |  3  |  4  |  5


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.
Next Class: April 29 - Day 1
Sponsored by maxon precision motors
Learn More   |   Login   |   Archived Classes
Twitter Feed
Design News Twitter Feed
Like Us on Facebook

Sponsored Content

Technology Marketplace

Datasheets.com Parts Search

185 million searchable parts
(please enter a part number or hit search to begin)
Copyright © 2014 UBM Canon, A UBM company, All rights reserved. Privacy Policy | Terms of Service