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Airport parking valet robots take flight

November 19, 2014 10:41 am | by Chris Warner | Comments

It’s no secret to travelers that navigating the airport can be a stressful experience, and perhaps the biggest reason is because time is in very short supply. From the long lines to check in and pass through security to the congested highways nearby, many ...

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Staying safe in the air with advanced avionics technologies

November 11, 2014 8:53 am | by Chad Marak, Director of Technical Marketing, Littelfuse, Inc. | Comments

Statistics from the past 50 years reveal that commercial air travel has become one of the safest, most reliable forms of transportation. As the safety of commercial flight continues to increase, the demand for advanced commercial avionics technologies ...

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The biggest challenge for electric vehicles

November 10, 2014 9:54 am | by Manfred Brandl, ams AG Product manager, Battery management ICs | Comments

The battery: As long as energy storage capacity (drive range) is limited and costs are high, EV’s will remain a niche market for urban use by a small group of people, also because of the slowly-adapting charging infrastructure. Another challenge ...

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The insatiable demand for analog spectrum technology

November 10, 2014 8:21 am | by Luc Langlois, Director, Global Technical Marketing, Digital Signal Processing, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Comments

The need for higher performance in all technology segments from consumer to military, is relentlessly pushing the bandwidth limits of the analog signals that carry information through the physical universe. This has prompted dramatic improvements....

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Simplifying the measurements of mobile devices’ current pulses

November 7, 2014 5:07 pm | by David Wyban, Keithley Instruments | Comments

As both businesses and individuals become increasingly dependent on (or some might say, addicted to) mobile communication products, the portion of integrated circuits and electronic sub-assemblies being designed for use in these applications is growing rapidly. Being mobile means these devices typically operate on battery power, so they have a limited supply of power available to them.

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The true cost of outsourcing

November 6, 2014 9:52 am | by David Holmes, Raytheon, Systems Verification Center Test Systems Dept Technical Staff | Comments

Many electronics and defense companies are investigating the possibility of reducing costs by outsourcing work that is not part of their core business.Assembly of automated test equipment (ATE) often falls in this category.Companies sometimes assume....

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Solar power is rising

November 6, 2014 8:49 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Comments

Many perspectives on solar generation undervalue or devalue the technology because utilities can’t depend on it to provide steady, predictable amounts of power as they can on traditional fossil-fueled or (dare I mention) nuclear-powered generators....

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Robotic snake-arm slithers into extreme environments

November 5, 2014 9:31 am | by Anja Schütz, maxon motor ag | Comments

Robot as agile as a snake can explore almost any hidden nook and cranny. Problems often occur in confined and hazardous spaces, and whilst these spaces are difficult for humans to work in, a snake-arm robot has no issue. As if it’s in a science fiction film ...

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Infrared technology for touchscreens

November 5, 2014 8:44 am | by Sevugan Nagappan, Marketing Manager, Infrared Laser Products, Osram Opto Semiconductors | Comments

Optical solutions are increasingly popular for displays. Unlike traditional touchscreens, optical screens can detect any type of pointer or stylus and gloved fingers as they aren’t reliant on the conductivity of these objects. Optical designs are also not sensitive....

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What’s the biggest challenge for electric vehicles?

November 4, 2014 10:18 am | Comments

There are still several key challenges for electric vehicles (EVs): overall cost, shorter driving distances, longer charging times, and an infrastructure that still needs building out with ubiquitous charging stations. Our perspective is that Lithium Ion Batteries (LIBs) ...

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Hackers and deathmobiles in the age of IoT

October 21, 2014 2:58 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, MNET | Comments

In some circles discussions on the future of the industrial IoT (internet of things) reminds me of a clip from Animal House. I’m thinking of the scene where Kevin Bacon is trying to tell everyone to remain calm, but is literally flattened by the masses....

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Choosing the right processor for multimedia, display, and IoT applications

October 8, 2014 1:45 pm | by Amanda McGregor, Freescale Product Marketing Manager | Comments

Consumers use a wide range of devices on a daily basis. This familiarity has led to high user expectations surrounding devices and a high bar for engineers. Even traditional embedded designs are undergoing transformation with new connectivity....

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Ensuring safe and secure UAV systems

October 8, 2014 1:02 pm | by Jay Thomas, Field Application Engineer, LDRA Technology | Comments

Sightseers on the Space Needle in Seattle were recently greeted by the sight of an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV), or drone, which circled the monument before returning to the hotel balcony from which it was launched. Without question, drones have entered....

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The challenges of smart innovation

October 8, 2014 10:30 am | by Artem Aginskiy, business development manager, Texas Instruments | Comments

Industrial technology is necessary to drive smart innovations that improve the interaction between humans and technology through smart, dynamic processing to static mediums. Unfortunately, these smart innovations come with a number of challenges....

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A world full of sensors: a good idea?

October 8, 2014 9:26 am | by Harmke De Groot, program director at Holst Centre/imec | Comments

Most of us can’t imagine a life without computer, smartphone or tablet. The next thing? Devices talking with each other and making our lives more comfortable. In this article, find out how sensors may change our life and what researchers are working ...

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