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FIRST Robotics - Why I Got Involved and You Should Too!

March 23, 2011 7:08 am | by Rebecca Phillips | Comments

After a late night of mixers with film makers and interactive folks, what would make someone show up at 9:30 am for a panel? Why robots of course! As Arik highlighted last week, TI participated in a 2011 SXSW Interactive panel about FIRST robotics and mentoring...

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FIRST Robotics: Technically You're Changing the World

March 23, 2011 6:58 am | by Arik Flanders | Comments

Wow! If you've ever been to SXSW, you know what I mean. Over the past 6 days I've been attending numerous presentations that focus on everything from international digital media to robotics.

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CERN Relies on Cadence Services

March 23, 2011 1:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research, is relying on Cadence Services to create and maintain design environments for internal design teams as well as for design teams in a number of collaborating physics institutes throughout Europe and the United …

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YDS’ DC-DC-Converters at MSC

March 21, 2011 5:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

MSC now offers the 27D-3KV series of 2 Watt DC/DC converter modules from YDS. Key features of these DC/DC converter modules are 3000 VDC input to output isolation, continuous short circuit protection, low ripple and noise, remote on/off and an …

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Varta’s CellPac Lite as product of the year

March 21, 2011 5:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

The Lithium-Ion batteries CellPac LITE from Varta Microbattery were elected in products of the year 2011. Last Thursday night the products of the year have been chosen officially in Munich. The readers of the professional magazine Elektronik came together for …

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Maxwell’s Ultracaps in Europe

March 21, 2011 4:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc., and Maxwell Technologies, Inc., have just announced the expansion of their mutual business agreement to now include distributing ultracapacitors in the European markets. Richardson RFPD carries a substantial inventory of Maxwell ultracapacitor products, with...

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Nuclear Power Station Problem Foreseen

March 17, 2011 9:34 am | by Dr Peter Harrop, IDTechEx | Comments

My PhD thesis from 1967 showed that well-used water-cooled nuclear reactors had a vulnerability. The zirconium alloy used to clad the nuclear fuel becomes more chemically reactive after a prolonged and massive dose of neutrons caused by very extensive use.

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Breathable protective film for blister packs

March 16, 2011 3:24 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Re-sealable, dirt-repellant, air-permeable: intelligent protective films often have to perform several functions at once. Schreiner ProTech has developed a special solution for a renowned biotech company. It prevents the covers of boxes containing plastic tubes from bursting while being...

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Bosch builds new headquarters in Moscow

March 16, 2011 3:23 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

The Bosch Group is starting construction on its new Russian headquarters, from which activities for both Russia and other CIS countries will be coordinated. Two connected buildings, one six stories high and the other eleven stories, will be built in …

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Push Button with CANbus Output

March 16, 2011 3:22 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

With IPEbutton, IPETRONIK, a supplier of mobile measurement technology in the automotive industry, offers a compact, smart accessory for IPETRONIK measurement systems. IPEbutton outputs a predefined message to the CANbus once the illuminated push button is pressed. Depending on the...

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FRC: On Inspiration

March 16, 2011 6:45 am | by Dave Wilson | Comments

I think it's pretty fair to assume that most readers of this blog can list a line of relatives, teachers, mentors, pastors, coaches and others who guided and inspired us, ultimately leading us into our careers as engineers, scientists, technologists, administrators, salespeople, marketers, designers, artists...

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Collaborating with the “Frenemy”

March 16, 2011 6:33 am | by Eric Ocasio | Comments

Just back from the frigid Milwaukee Regional! As a first time FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) attendee, I had a certain set of expectations before I came to the event. Being a competition, I was expecting teams to be a bit guarded when it came to discussing the details of their design or their "secret sauce.”

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Flexible customization of embedded motherboards

March 15, 2011 3:22 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Emerson Network Power is introducing the RapiDex service. The Intel Atom processor is the first to be supported, with other Intel embedded processors being added during 2011. Users of the RapiDex service specify the processor, memory, I/O and connectors and …

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EtherCAT Box system for standard analog signals

March 15, 2011 3:22 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Beckhoff has extended its range of IP 67 I/O modules with the new EP4374 EtherCAT Box, which combines two analog inputs and two analog outputs in one device. The versatile combination I/O box offers a finely scalable solution that empowers …

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Connector family MicroSpeed with 90° variants

March 15, 2011 3:21 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Erni Electronics has expanded its 1.0mm MicroSpeed connector family to include a 2-row 90° version in addition to the standard vertical male and female connectors designed for typical Mezzanine applications. The new right angled MicroSpeed connectors support data rates of …

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