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Fiber-optic interconnects are a prime choice for military applications

August 7, 2014 11:32 am | by Mark Matus, Molex Global Product Manager for Rugged Interconnects | Comments

Downtime and poor performance in military systems are unacceptable. But finding fiber optic components that not only hold up under harsh conditions yet also consistently deliver superior throughput has proved challenging in the past — especially in recent years....

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Shrinking connectors uphold MIL-style requirements

August 7, 2014 11:01 am | by Klaus Montoya, Senior Cable Design Engineer, Elma Electronic | Comments

Physical characteristics, such as size and weight, aren’t the only real problem with using traditional MIL connectors in the growing number of small form factor (SFF) and unmanned applications. There is a significant technology challenge designers are facing, as well....

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System efficiency as applied to motor-driven rotating equipment

August 6, 2014 2:15 pm | by William Livoti, Power Generation Business Development Manager, WEG Electric Corporation | Comments

Energy efficiency has become a major focus for our government, municipalities as well as power utilities and the industrial sector. Each entity has a specific area where they focus their attention.  In every case attention was directed to components, i.e. motors, pumps....

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Applying COTS principles to motion control

August 6, 2014 12:21 pm | by Nate Holmes, Product Manager, Motion Control at National Instruments | Comments

When building a motion drive or controller, manufacturers traditionally implement advanced control techniques and package them in a black box with a few gain settings, a slider, or an autotuning feature, and the machine builder or end user may never know or care how the control is implemented....

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Creating an automated art installation that runs like clockwork

August 6, 2014 12:01 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

Imagine being a prospective student interested in attending East Carolina University arriving at the sprawling Greenville, North Carolina campus with your parents in tow and eager to take a look around. Suddenly, two doors on the library’s giant clock tower open up....

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What board-level technologies will be game-changers in the near future?

August 6, 2014 11:02 am | Comments

In the case of long-term infrastructure planning, it is essential to consider how network function virtualization (NFV), will impact and enable data centers in the next five to 10 years. NFV is an ideal alternative to traditional networking solutions, as it allows organizations to upgrade infrastructure....

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Significance of assertions for bus-interconnect verification

August 5, 2014 7:04 am | by Debjit Roy Choudhury, Anish Mon, Srinivasa Kothamasu, and Nagaraj Mahadevaiah, LSI | Comments

In any modern day multi-processor based system, bus interconnects are one of the most complex IP blocks. All these system bus-interconnects are the backbone of the whole system for end to end communication, carrying substantial transaction bandwidth across the chip....

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Bootstrap circuit for gate driver optocoupler

July 22, 2014 4:27 pm | by See Leng Kian, Principal Product Engineer of the Optoelectronic Business Unit of Fairchild. | Comments

IGBTs are commonly used in inverter systems, which are used for adjustable motor drives, solar inverters and UPS. Inverters can be single-phase or three-phase, which is basically an extension of the H-bridge. Figure 1 illustrated one of the six gate driver optocouplers from Fairchild Semiconductor driving the IGBT module for the implementation of the three-phase inverter system.

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Any way the wind blows....

July 21, 2014 9:14 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Comments

When I hear or read the phrase wind power, I immediately imagine tall-towered machines with tri-blade impellers tracing out huge arcing sweeps against partly cloudy skies. Your imagery may vary. Globally, wind generation capacity climbed to 318 GW in 2013 and has increased, year-over-year, an average of 37 MW since 2008....

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Treating Pipelines Like Patients

July 18, 2014 11:33 am | by Chris Fox, Editor | Comments

Engineering these days has a tendency to cross disciplines more than ever. Decades ago, companies started using medical technologies (radiography to be exact) to inspect solid structures and mechanical parts ...     

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Ethernet and InfiniBand devices monopolizing your budget? Don't let them!

July 17, 2014 2:55 pm | by Krishna Mallampati, PLX Technology, www.plxtech.com | Plx Technology, Inc. | Comments

Organizations are losing money simply because they are not looking critically at the interconnect technology choices they have. Why? Because they are too wed to Ethernet and InfiniBand to acknowledge that these two are no longer the most economical technologies in system connectivity.

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GigE vision: Coming soon to a military screen near you

July 15, 2014 4:46 pm | by John Phillips, Senior Manager, Product Management, Pleora Technologies | Comments

Vision systems are playing an increasingly important role on the battlefield. Prized for their ability to improve surveillance while keeping troops out of harm’s way, these systems are becoming the vital electronic “eyes” in a growing range of military operations....

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Automotive convenience and safety systems rely on optical sensors

July 15, 2014 4:33 pm | by Jim Toal is Senior Manager, Product Marketing, Vishay Optoelectronics | Comments

Twenty years ago, I worked for a flexible circuit manufacturer supplying to automotive instrument panel manufacturers.  At that time, these manufacturers were wary of LED lighting. The tried and true twist-in bulb represented 99.9% of interior and exterior automotive lighting....

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Displays from the big screen: Motion sensor systems from Hollywood

July 15, 2014 2:48 pm | by Gus Breiland, Customer Service Engineer Manager, Proto Labs | Comments

Imagine being surrounded by the imagery of your dreams on a panoramic display. Now imagine being able to manipulate these images by pointing directly at them, like a conductor leading an orchestra of pixels. It sounds like something straight out of a science fiction film — which is exactly what it is....

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Converging trends for cloud and HPC – Taking the next step

July 15, 2014 1:54 pm | by Sanjay Bhal, focused end equipment manager, cloud and HPC, TI | Texas Instruments | Comments

We are living in an exciting time of change. The era of cloud computing has come upon us over the last few years bringing profound changes in the way we conduct our day to day lives. We are seeing a lot of changes in the way traditional high performance computing (HPC) applications are developed and deployed....

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