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Who Deserves to Make the Big Bucks?
STEM Connection 
7/9/2014  17 comments
In the words of FIRST founder Dean Kamen, "Why are we celebrating someone who can throw a baseball 90 miles per hour or who can put a basketball through a hoop, when the real stars are the kids who are starting down the path toward changing the world?”
Actions Quietly Comes in With 64-bit ARM SoC
Blog 
7/3/2014  3 comments
With a newly printed license from ARM for its 64-bit Cortex A50 processor line, Actions will have a SoC available by the end of the year, as part of its new ATM900x family.
Manufacturing Is Coming Back. Well, Mostly
Blog 
6/24/2014  17 comments
This year, Motorola Mobility will close the factory that it opened last year in Fort Worth, Texas, to build smartphones. It's an old argument, but there's something to be said for having your manufacturing facility not too far from the rest of your company, specifically the design and quality assurance teams, and having your manufacturing facility not too far from your customers.
Servo Integrates a Position Feedback Sensor
Blog 
6/19/2014  1 comment
QuickSilver Controls' Mosolver is a servo motion actuator that infuses a position feedback sensor into the structure of a high pole count AC motor. This combination eliminates the need for an encoder and resolvers and results in robust closed-loop motion control.
QuickLogic Gestures Positively Toward Wearables
Blog 
6/16/2014  2 comments
Wearable technology is making an impact in people's lives, and that phenomenon will continue, likely in a bigger way than we currently realize.
Simple Question: What’s a System?
Blog 
5/28/2014  12 comments
We posed the question to 10 experts and got 10 different answers. What's your definition?
A Few Minutes With Bosch Rexroth CEO Dr. Karl Tragl
Blog 
5/23/2014  1 comment
Design News brand director Rich Nass recently sat down with Bosch Rexroth CEO and chairman Dr. Karl Tragl for a discussion about the IIoT.
Videos Highlight Some New Motor Products
Product News 
5/23/2014  Post a comment
Brand Director Rich Nass came across some videos shot at MD&M in Anaheim earlier this year that he had never seen before. Now, he wants you to see them, too.
Magneto-Resistive Sensor ICs Up Sensitivity While Reducing Power
Blog 
5/20/2014  5 comments
Honeywell has announced a family of nanopower anisotropic magneto-resistive sensor ICs that provides the highest level of magnetic sensitivity (as low as 7 Gauss typical) while requiring just 360 nA. It just may be an industry first.
Multiphysics Simulation Software Works – What a Concept!
Blog 
5/20/2014  1 comment
The nice part about the term multiphysics is that it means exactly what it sounds like. Comsol’s multiphysics software handles system simulations that require the use of multiple types of physics, such as chemical structures, mechanical aspects, heat transfer, acoustics, and even electrical conditions.
Make a Hassle-Free Transition to C++
Blog 
5/15/2014  11 comments
To maximize the performance of your embedded system, you may want to give C++ a look. Start by attending our Continuing Education Class, Programming Embedded Systems in C++, next week.
No Matter Your Expertise, You Belong on the Vehicle Design
Blog 
5/7/2014  6 comments
Design News recently published a Technology Roundup, which consists of a series of articles that help that multi-disciplined engineers get their jobs done. Regardless of which subsystem you’re responsible for, we all know that there’s a “need to know” on just about the entire vehicle. Hence, you’ll likely find this series of articles quite informative.
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Industry 4.0 Is Really My IIoT
Blog 
4/15/2014  3 comments
Last year at Hannover Fair, lots of people were talking about Industry 4.0. This is a concept that seems to have a different name in every region. I’ve been referring to it as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), not to be confused with the plain old Internet of Things (IoT). Others refer to it as the Connected Industry, the smart factory concept, M2M, data extraction, and so on.
Rebranding: Let's Hope This Story Has a Great Ending
Blog 
4/7/2014  3 comments
With a new tag line of "the power to amaze," Fairchild Semiconductor is poised to reinvent itself in the power industry. Can the company do it?
IoT Comes Down to the Sensors
Blog 
4/3/2014  3 comments
Design News is holding a class next week in its online Continuing Education Center that goes through the basics of various types of sensors.
My Opinion on the IoT: It Isn't Just for Consumers
Blog 
3/26/2014  3 comments
Having a sensor sitting at every node of your operation might seem like information overload, but it’s actually not.
Picking the Right Processor Is Crucial
Blog 
3/21/2014  30 comments
We’ve put together a series of classes in our Continuing Education Center that looks at the PIC family of microcontrollers. The lecture series is named Pick (and Implement) the Right PIC MCU.
How to Get a Great Understanding of Your Customers
Blog 
3/7/2014  10 comments
Autodesk’s new San Francisco facility is full of various workshops that can build particular products for its customers to help them better understand what they are trying to accomplish.
My Opinion on Walking the STEM Walk
STEM Connection 
3/4/2014  19 comments
We are giving the First folks (and any associated parties) a mechanism to get their word out. If you're involved with First or have anything to say about the organization, let us know.
3 Questions Answered by an Energy Harvesting Expert
Blog 
2/11/2014  18 comments
Brand Director Rich Nass recently sat down with Yogesh Ramadass, a design engineer with Texas Instruments and an expert on the subject of energy harvesting. He asked him some pertinent questions on the subject.
My Opinion on Manufacturing: It Is Coming Back - Really!
Blog 
1/28/2014  28 comments
After decades of having jobs move to countries where labor was far cheaper, the tide is finally beginning to turn.
You’ll Need to Test That MIMO Radio
Blog 
1/22/2014  Post a comment
We’ve assembled a series of classes in our Digi-Key Continuing Education Center called Testing MIMO Radios. While taking these online classes won’t make you an expert, it’ll get you much further down the road in your wireless development.
Judging the Golden Mousetrap Awards Was Fun (& Difficult)
Blog 
1/20/2014  1 comment
We aren't allowed to tell you who the winners of our annual Golden Mousetrap Awards are just yet, but we'd love to brag about some of the finalists.


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