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Wireless SCADA systems keep the trains rolling

January 17, 2014 10:06 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

Today’s commuter rail systems are still highly reliable, and on-time trains are the most visible evidence of that reliability. Yet, there’s a huge interconnected system of switches, substation and other equipment operating like clockwork to make...

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Bluetooth Smart for connected gadgets

January 14, 2014 4:56 pm | by Sid Shaw, worldwide business and marketing manager, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Comments

The introduction of Bluetooth low energy technology as part of the Bluetooth specification v4.0 has tremendously expanded the types of products using Bluetooth connectivity. Designed from the very beginning for ultra-low power, Bluetooth low energy uses short bursts of data transmission instead of a continuous stream....

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Hot tech at CES: Sensor hub solutions

January 14, 2014 1:34 pm | by Chad Lucien, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Hillcrest Labs (www.HillcrestLabs.com) | Hillcrest Labs | Comments

Hillcrest Labs believes sensor hubs will be all the rage in consumer electronics this year and will be seen in mobile, wearable and Internet of things (IoT) devices. Let’s explore why. The latest generation of smartphones uses sensor-based functionality such as motion gestures as key differentiating features.

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What is the Smart Home? What is the Really Smart Home?

January 14, 2014 11:01 am | by Cees Links, founder and CEO of GreenPeak | Comments

We are currently experiencing the first phases of the Smart Home with much more to come as the Really Smart Home finally becomes a reality. The adaption of ZigBee remote controls and ZigBee set top boxes by most of the world’s cable TV and broadband service providers is the launching platform for the rolling out of various Smart Home-Connected Home services....

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Will solar energy ever be a viable alternative to traditional power?

January 14, 2014 10:13 am | Apc- Schneider Electric | Comments

Solar is already a viable alternative to traditional carbon based and nuclear thermal power plants. In 2012, over 31 Gigawatts (GW) of new PV generation went online globally including 3.5GW in the United States alone. In 2013, that number in the United States is expected to grow by 28% to reach 4.9GW.

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Validating and debugging USB embedded systems using a mixed signal oscilloscope

January 13, 2014 3:31 pm | by Faride Akretch, Tektronix | Tektronix | Comments

USB is widely used in embedded devices of all kinds, providing simple interconnectivity and interoperability, making it important for designers to come up to speed on system level hardware and protocol test and debug. Fortunately, the use of a mixed signal oscilloscope (MSO) to validate performance designs makes this process much less onerous....

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Photos of the Day: A self-righting, all-electric motorcycle at CES 2014

January 10, 2014 3:06 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor PDD | Comments

The C-1 from Lit Motors was presented at CES 2014 as an all-electric, self-righting motorcycle, even though the enclosure makes it look more like a smart car. Using two gyroscopes, the vehicle is able to keep itself upright at a stand-still, and also provides greater stability during riding and the occassional bump in the road.

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Photos of the Day: Massive TVs at CES

January 9, 2014 4:37 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor PDD | Comments

Ultra HD televisions from TCL are one of many curved and massive-sized televisions present at CES this year. These new TVs may be the hip trend at CES 2014, but the real story is where the components of these mediocrely innovative technologies will lead us in the not-so-distant future.

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Get to know IEC60601-1 3rd Edition before selecting your medical power supply

December 24, 2013 12:17 pm | by Jay vanWormer, Murata Power Solutions, www.murata-ps.com | Murata Power Solutions Inc. | Comments

Standards and their implementation can often cause a lot of confusion, and the 3rd edition of the medical safety standard IEC60601-1 is no exception. Initially ratified as early as 2005, it has only been since the recent withdrawal of the second edition that engineers are forced to take note of the changes.

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How is the power industry helping the datacenter meet huge energy demands?

December 24, 2013 11:55 am | Ericsson Power Modules, Vicor Corp., Murata Power Solutions Inc., Littelfuse, Inc. | Comments

Datacenter processing requirements and associated power demands are accelerating at a staggering rate, driven by a host of compute-intensive business, research and consumer applications such as the ‘triple play’ of voice, video and Internet via mobile phones. This is yielding increasingly glaring power and cost inefficiencies....

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Finding the pathway to a career in power technology

December 24, 2013 9:41 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

There’s a lot to be said about how being around great people can have a positive, nurturing influence on a career. When you talk to Bob White, who has been very instrumental in creating and advancing the PMBus standard and who continues to be a very prolific speaker at power-related events, he’s quick to praise the people he met along the way....

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What role will unmanned aerial systems play in America’s future warfighting arsenal?

December 23, 2013 3:35 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Comments

Many of our aerial warfare and surveillance operations are now conducted in regions where we might not necessarily have air support operations near-by or they are in countries where we do not want the world to know we are conducting operations. The loss of a pilot is never something an air-wing wants to hear about....

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Multilayer ceramic capacitors and varistors provide UAV power systems with performance & design advantages

December 23, 2013 1:09 pm | by Pat Hollenbeck, Field Applications Engineer, Advanced Operations, AVX | Avx Corporation | Comments

The power systems designed into today’s advanced military and aerospace applications are incorporating increasingly sophisticated components and design topologies to achieve improved efficiency, weight reduction, and performance enhancements. Two essential criteria for realizing the cutting edge, energy efficient power systems...

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From General to CEO: One man’s journey from the battlefield to the boardroom

December 23, 2013 12:47 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

I’m proud to work in an industry with such a disproportionately high number of military veterans. Many of our colleagues previously served the nation with honor and distinction, trading ACUs for business suits and M4s for fountain pens. Case in point: Steve Sargeant, CEO of Marvin Test Solutions, formerly a Major General with the United States Air Force.

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How will/has 3D printing changed the world of design engineering?

December 23, 2013 11:55 am | Littelfuse, Inc. | Comments

3-D printing is spurring a new industrial revolution that is enabling design engineers to achieve new innovations in design and significant time and cost savings. The technology allows design engineers to build parts that cannot be made via traditional manufacturing, which in turn encourages heightened creativity and innovation.

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