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Touch screens for medical instruments

June 21, 2013 8:48 am | by Eric Hawkins, Design Engineering Services, | Comments

The popularity of touch screen technology, also referred to as ‘touch panel’ or ‘user interfaces’, has increased a great deal in the last few years. Integrating interfaces with LCD is becoming increasingly popular. It is estimated that touch screen revenue will reach $16 billion in 2012, and nearly double in six years, reaching $31.9 billion by 2018.   


3D printing is the future of the military

June 20, 2013 3:47 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Aside from offering up the world’s least-appetizing pizza (protein cheese layer anyone?) and a way to eliminate illegal poaching, 3D printing might play a vital role in the future of the military. Though the technology is not nearly advanced enough to make a significant impact right now, the Navy is looking to 3D printing as a potential money saver for the future, according to an article published in the Armed Forces Journal.


A smarter way to toughen up military high-tech

June 20, 2013 12:58 pm | by Bruno Chaigneau, Application Engineer, Parker Chomerics | Comments

Procuring military equipment has become an extremely difficult task. Not only is there constant pressure to reduce expenditure, but performance requirements are increasingly hard to define as armed forces face growing and unpredictable threats such as civilian groups and militias using improvised weapons and ad hoc methods.


Enclosures for harsh environments ... they might surprise you

June 13, 2013 4:38 pm | by A.D. Horn, Rittal Corporation, | Comments

The usual response to the idea of a “harsh environment” is to envision the salt spray of a drilling rig, dirt, grease or debris. But in today’s evolving world of “high tech,” the definition of harsh isn’t always what it used to be. An environment most people would consider far from harsh, almost sterile, can be extremely susceptible to contamination....


Recessed enclosures provide unique protection for your system design

June 13, 2013 3:21 pm | by Justin Moll, Vice President, US Market Development, Pixus Technologies | Comments

Many signal processing, analytical, and diagnostic instruments are utilizing Eurocard-based enclosures that are recessed. With higher signal frequencies and lots of cabling, the incentive to recess an enclosure continues to increase for many applications. There are many benefits to this type of design....


Smart Grid: The future of energy

June 12, 2013 11:23 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Comments

The Smart Grid is coming. It is needed in order to raise or lower prices for consumers depending on the time of day. It is needed to control consumer loads to better integrate intermittent alternative energy into the grid (industrial loads are already demand controlled by the grid operator depending on the type of service contract they have).


MEMS power connectors improve healthcare device reading consistency

June 12, 2013 10:31 am | by Joe Falcone and Anthony J. Kalaijakis, Molex | Molex | Comments

Through 2016, the home healthcare market is projected to grow at an annual rate of 7.7 percent. This projection underscores a significant trend: More patient treatments are shifting away from healthcare facilities into home environments as patients grapple with the rising costs of on-going healthcare treatment plans.


COB-based solid-state lamps present cooling tradeoffs

June 11, 2013 2:33 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

Solid-state lighting has taken its place in the mainstream of illumination, finding uses in a diverse range of industrial and consumer applications. Solid state lamps have shed the initial skepticisms about quality, and although the upfront costs are high, these costs are coming down.


Should preemptive legislation be considered before a new technology takes off?

June 11, 2013 10:57 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

In just two years’ time, the skies around us may get a lot more crowded. Drones have received a lot of attention lately, thanks to military operations overseas and matters of congressional oversight. In September 2015, the federal government plans to issue its first drone permits for domestic use.


Critical RF switch design parameters for space

June 11, 2013 10:29 am | by Greg Horvath, Product Applications Engineer, Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation | Comments

Harsh environments associated with space applications pose particularly demanding radiation requirements on Radio Frequency (RF) components. The effects of radiation can lead to additional device parameter degradation, performance interruptions or destructive failure modes.


The rising demands and requirements of wearable soldier systems

June 10, 2013 4:18 pm | by Wes Morgan, Director, Product Management, Americas at ITT Interconnect Solutions | Comments

Modern soldiers require state-of-the-art innovations, particularly when integrating connectors within advanced Wearable Soldier Systems (WSS). Key requirements for wearable soldier electronics are: increased situational awareness, increased weapons effectiveness, and increased individual agility.


Addressing the data deluge challenge in mobile networks with intelligent content caching

June 7, 2013 3:31 pm | by Seong Hwan Kim, Ph.D., Technical Marketing Manager, LSI | Comments

The most recent IDC Predictions 2013: Competing on the 3RD Platform report forecasts the biggest driver of IT growth to once again be mobile devices (smartphones, tablets, e-readers, etc.), generating around 20 percent of all IT purchases....


Trends in online tools key to smart bill-of-material strategies

June 7, 2013 12:46 pm | by Joseph Aguilar, Applications Engineer, Vicor | Comments

Over the past several years, the growing sophistication in power-converter modules and the loads they’re targeted at has led to significant growth in module-makers’ product lines. So, although application schematics may appear far simpler, selecting the right power-converter module is, in fact, a more complex task than ever.


Putting the brakes on Excel: Why the electronics manufacturing industry must embrace BOM management tools

June 7, 2013 12:34 pm | by Amanda Martin, Silicon Expert Technologies, | Comments

The electronics manufacturing industry has often relied on spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel for the creation and management of its Bills of Materials (BOMs). But the always-fluid, always-changing landscape of the industry has given rise to a new method for managing bills of materials—the BOM management tool.


Control techniques affect motor selection in positioning applications

June 7, 2013 12:06 pm | by Chuck Lewin, Performance Motion Devices | Comments

Machine designers work hard to stay up to date on the latest electronic and software techniques that squeeze out the maximum possible performance from a given mechanical system. But the electronics are only as good as the motor that they are driving. This article will look at the issues concerning the selection of the right type of motor in positioning control applications.



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