Electronic bone healing technology has been around for a while but has increased in popularity as electronics technology enables increased functionality in significantly smaller form factors. The need to integrate advanced functionality into a small device also creates
This blog is for all you control engineers up there in the New England area. The TI Industrial Control training event is coming to Boston on Tuesday, March 27th through Thursday, March 29th. We did this about a month ago in Chicago...
Atmel Corporation announced 14 new devices in its AVR microcontroller (MCU) family, providing more options to meet unique design requirements. Used by well over 100,000 engineers worldwide, AVR microcontrollers are regarded for their performance, power efficiency and flexibility across many application areas. Adding more memory, connectivity peripherals and system integration, the newest devices
I was hanging out at the FreePCB blog where commenter gnuarm suggested DorkbotPDX for production of hobby boards. The production process is not hobby grade. You get a solder mask on both sides, silk screen (legend), and a 6/6 process.
Joseph Citrano of Honeywell Sensing and Control (S&C) is my guest for this edition of Tinker’s Toolbox. As wireless technology gains widespread adoption on the factory floor, concerns about
Did you know that your hydraulic steering system wastes more energy than any other system in your car and is third highest in total vehicular energy losses (right behind wind resistance and road resistance)?
In my search for good tools that don't cost too much (I like free) I have found an excellent tool for viewing Gerber and drill files. Those are the files produced by most PC board design software and required by most board producers to produce boards.
We here at SparkFun have been known to use our products to play pranks on each other from time to time, and we're always on the lookout for ways to make life at the office more Fun.
The Bright Bunny Kit is a great way to learn soldering and hand sewing. At the end of this project, you'll have a cute stuffed animal that lights up when you feed it a carrot! The original design for the Bright Bunny came from Phillip Lindsay, aka follower.
Sometime around mid 2011, Sparkfun had the idea of holding an Open House as a fun event that would give us the opportunity to interact with the community. We brainstormed many fun ideas for the event and decided on which ones to shoot for.
Microchip Technology Inc. announced a new family of 8-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) featuring next-generation analog and digital peripherals, making them desirable for general-purpose applications, as well as
How cool would it be if you turn any button, joystick, sensor, or other electronic gizmo into a USB keyboard and/or mouse? You could make just about any input device you want into a controller for your computer programs or games.
We're always looking for more ways to make our office fun and strange. One of our engineers, Mike, recently rigged up the elevator to play the Tardis noise. I wanted to do something similar, but, specifically, in my office.
Terminology used to describe the color quality of an LED light source is often reduced to three letters: CCT and CRI, which are probably the most familiar, and CQS and GAI, which are relatively new. What do these abbreviations stand for, and how are they used?
Many engineers see engineering and writing as mutually exclusive skills. They think people can do one or the other, but not both. Engineers can write well, although it takes some practice.
Buried deep in this month’s controversial Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding bill, passed by the Senate in an unusually bipartisan 75-20 vote were provisions to boost commercial potential for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Assuming President Obama’s signature, the four-year $63B budget bill mandates the FAA to
This is the last column I’ll write as an editor and journalist...at least for now, as I’m moving on to another job where I will continue to serve the electronic design industry. Since joining this publishing group five years ago, I have had a fantastic time working with a great team...
It’s no secret that alarm systems provide crucial functions for homes and business, but what would happen if the technology that keeps an alarm system up and running failed? There’s about a million different scenarios that come to my mind alone...
Cloud storage is positioned to be one of the hottest IT trends of 2012. At the same time network WAN performance has been identified as a key inhibitor to cloud storage adoption, according to NetEx...
In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Sasha Gurke, Senior Vice President and co-founder of Knovel, about inspiring and creating the next generation of engineers to serve the industry.
Microchip Technology Inc. announced a series of technical training seminars in China-beginning in February - that will show designers how to easily adapt to changing product requirements by migrating a real-world application from 8, to 16, to 32-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs). The seminars will run from
This is a video shot at the Applied Power Electronics Conference at the Texas Instruments booth of their latest PM-BUS-compatible digital power system solutions.
Maxim demonstrates their latest single-, three-, and multiphase power measurement solutions at their booth at the 2012 Power Electronics Conference.
Here we talk to J. Francois Crepin and James Ashe of Akros Silicon about energy management vs. power managment, and how proper energy management impacts device efficiency.
The Tinker's Toolbox - Mrinalini of Motorola on Civic Infrasturctures and Large Scale Systems of Intelligent SubsystemsFebruary 7, 2012 10:25 am | News | Comments
Hosted by ECN's Editorial Director, Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is ECN's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community.