Seen as a whole, SIMOTION in Version 4.2 is packed with many new features, which support the programmer so that he can create error-free, stable motion control applications in an even more user-friendly fashion, faster and more efficiently.
On the 25th anniversary of the controller area network (CAN) interface standard, we talk to Jean Anne Booth and Scott Monroe of Texas Instruments about CAN and what it means to the industry today as well as into the future.
Two important factors driving future technology developments in the broadband chip industry revolve around government regulations and market forces. The "EU Code of Conduct on Energy Efficiency of Broadband Equipment" was written to
I am excited to let you know that TI has signed a definitive agreement to purchase National Semiconductor, uniting two industry leaders that have a common commitment to solving your analog needs. I want to reinforce TI's commitment to you...
Recently American Innovators for Patent Reform joined eight other national organizations in a letter sent to the House of Representatives and House Judiciary Committee Staff that details objections to the House’s version of Senate bill S. 23, the America Invents Act, H.R. 1249.
Our guest for this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox is Partha Ranganathan, a distinguished technologist at Hewlett Packard Labs. In the interview he discusses Memristor technology and how HP is using it to create new nanostore memory devices.
The Ohio State University EcoCAR team is one of 16 teams competing to build the best hybrid vehicle in the EcoCAR Challenge Competition. However, the EcoCAR Competition is not a simple “build the car and compete” type of competition. Each EcoCAR vehicle must
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Ashok Reddy, Director of IBM Rational about computers, engineers, and how IBM is helping bring the two together in new ways to solve problems.
At the Games Developer Conference 2011, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata discussed the figurative “race to the bottom”, wherein the low-ball pricing structure of iOS (iPhone Operating System) apps erodes the perceived value of AAA games.
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Chris Forbes, CEO of Knovel and continue our discussion on computers, the web, and engineering.
I recently attended the 2011 Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) and was struck by how strong and vibrant the American power electronics industry is. The exhibit hall was full of engineers discussing new technology as well as new business, and the well-attended seminars addressed issues and topics important to the industry.
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Sriram Peruvemba of E Ink about their technology and how it stands in the marketplace. We discuss related bistable technologies as well as E Ink's endeavors in the LCD space.
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Dr Arnon Friedmann of Texas Instruments about one of their latest devices, a new small cell base-station platform focused on 3G and 4G high speed data systems.
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.
The Daily Telegraph in the UK has recently run a blog post titled, "No wonder the UK lags behind America: we're a bitter and broken nation," and I couldn't disagree more.
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Jim Templeton at the recent APEC event. Jim is one of the first advocates of digital power, first as a founder of Zilker Labs and currently as a director of Maxim's digital power effort.
The magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck Northeast Japan on March 11 and the tsunami that followed later killed thousands and devastated huge parts of the country. In the process, multiple nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station were damaged...
MSC offers eight new low power 32-bit MCUs in the V850ES/Jx3-L Series from Renesas Electronics. These devices are suited to mobile smart metering and medical applications with high memory demand. The typical
This years CES and the recently completed Mobile World Congress in Barcelona indicate that we are be on the verge of a tipping point in the computing ecosystem versus what we have known for the past 20 years.
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Jason Posselt of Bridgelux about their latest LED arrays, presented as having twice the output of currently available commerical devices...
I don’t even know. I’ve used a pay phone once in the last 15 years when I was running a grocery errand for my wife and forgot the list she gave me along with my cell phone. I stood there peering at the phone in front of the 7-Eleven to find out how much change I needed (35 cents, at that time.)
Responding to regional threats and the United States’ refusal to share F-22 technology, Japan is developing its own stealth fighter. The “land of the rising sun” intends to fly its first stealth fighter prototype by 2014. Japan and Israel have both expressed interest in the “air supremacy weapon”, the F-22 Raptor.
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Anita Ganti of National Semiconductor about their new configurable sensor AFE ICs and the enhanced functionality of the WEBENCH Sensor AFE Designer.
Energy Micro has released its first version of Simplicity Studio, a software console providing instant access to the tools, documentation, software and other resources needed to develop systems based on
Microchip Technology Inc. announced the PIC18F “K80” 8-bit CAN microcontrollers (MCUs) featuring 1.8-V to 5.5-V operation and eXtreme Low Power (XLP) technology, for sleep current consumption of less than