My favorite motor has always been the stepper motor. It does not matter if it is bipolar or unipolar. It does not matter if it is permanent magnet, variable reluctance or hybrid.
Footwasher Media's Lou Covey sat down with three Polish startup touring the Silicon Valley recently and talked about the health of the Polish entreprenurial environment.
In this podcast we talk to Richard Smith (left) and Richard Kane (right) of Raytheon about the new Navy Multiband Terminal (NMT).
What legacy do you believe your work will leave? A lot of Jazz from the 20’s and 30’s gets played in my office, and I often reflect on its ability to entertain and inspire though the ages. Non-amplified transducer-based analog wax-cylinder playback became amplified, multi-tracked, digitally-based media presentation,
The omnibus spending bill passed Thursday includes a provision that temporarily lifts the incandescent light bulb ban. Lawmakers inserted language into the 1,200 page bill that prevents funds from being used to implement the first phase of the ban...
I have been looking for some new board layout software for a while. I do love the ExpressPCB interface but it kind of locks you into one board making company, not counting the delightful but limited FAR Circuits. A few days ago an ad for Altium flashed across my screen.
Electronic paper technology has found its main application in the development of e-book readers, a market that has bloomed in recent years with successful devices such as the Amazon Kindle and the Barns & Noble Nook.
The cool product at the top of my list is the AR quadicopter (http://ardrone.parrot.com/parrot-ar-drone/usa/how-does-it-work) drone by Parrot. It is a small helicopter that is remotely controllable from an iphone, ipad or android-based device.
In this podcast we talk to Yassir Ali of Atmel on the Touch Interface and discuss their maXStylus technology, an active stylus solution for tablets and smartphones.
So you waited until the last minute to complete your shopping list...luckily, your trusty friends at ECN are here to help. And praise the lord for that, because geeks are a tough crowd: They don’t bow to the fashion gods, patronize expensive beauty salons, or play anything that involves cardiovascular activity.
Electronic water and gas meters represent vexing low-power design challenges for embedded control systems requiring RF connectivity. The nature of these applications requires them to be battery powered (i.e., electricity is rarely provided at the point of service for gas or water utilities). The expected battery life for these metering systems is often
In this podcast we talk to Valerie Rothermel-Nelson, Senior Global Product Marketing Manager, Thermal Products, of Honeywell Sensing and Control about Ambient Environmental Sensing and the challenges to the design engineer.
In this podcast we talk to Tom De Schutter, Senior Product Marketing Manager, System Level Solutions at Synopsys about transaction-level models, which raise designer productivity by increasing the level of abstraction at which they design.
Next to the wheel, the electric motor is arguably the most significant object ever invented by man. Just try to find any other invention that affects our lives as much as the electric motor. Its impact can be traced back to the early 19th century...
I don't normally do politics here but this is too good to pass up. And it is relevant to the work we all do. According to Wired Magazine and Senator Scott Brown himself, the Senator is sponsoring a bill to help little guys raise capital the same way the big boys do.
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The oscilloscope kit that Gabriel of Gabotronics sent me would fit in your watch pocket if you don't mind the pins. Or if you keep it in its electrostatic protective foam. The point is that it is a really small oscilloscope (1" X 1.6") suitable for embedding in your next project.
The growing relationship between Sharp and Apple that was revealed last week put to bed conjecture whether Apple's next leap might be into television. It is. And that leaves an open question:Has Apple gone mad?
Often with traditional, non-LED sources (e.g., incandescent, fluorescent tubes, or CFL) the source color is not the largest design challenge faced.
As I promised in Engineering Power Adventures I have evaluated a kit for budding engineers from age 8 and up. The kit was kindly provided by the fine folks at Elenco. It is their Snap Circuits 300 Experiments kit. Actually you can probably do more than 300 experiments with the kit.
In this podcast we talk to Peter Green of International Rectifier about solid-state lighting and the circuits needed to drive them.
In this podcast we talk to Bernard Aboussouan of GainSpan about next-generation low-power wireless networking, the Cloud, and what it means to the design engineer.
I'm writing this blog the day after a very satisfying Thanksgiving holiday, and I still have food on my mind. So what does food have to do with motor control? Well, let me show you how to make beautiful three-phase sine waves using nothing but ice-cream cones.
I was discussing my ECN article Some Tools I Use with the guys on the TinyCAD list and they suggested that I look into FreePCB for PCB layout. I did and it looks like a wonderful tool (I have just downloaded it and haven't had a chance to use it yet).
In this podcast we talk to Marc Serughetti of Synopsys about next-generation virtual prototyping, systems simulation, and design.