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Tech Articles

Human-machine cooperation: into the smart factory of the future.

Apr 25, 2017

Italy developed the trunk of a wearable robotic exoskeleton.   Globally, work accidents cost European businesses about 4% of their GNP. Across Europe it is estimated that more than 25% of workers have experienced low back problems related to manual management of heavy workloads. Robotic solutions are frequently used in manufacturing processes to support manual
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Focus on embedded designs

Apr 18, 2017

Guido Schulze, Rohde & Schwarz Oscilloscopes Div. – Product Manager High-performance Oscilloscopes   The new R&S®RTO2000 oscilloscopes offer excellent signal fidelity, up to 16-bit vertical resolution and high acquisition rates in the 600 MHz to 4 GHz class. A broad range of tools along with user-friendly operation and documentation functions facilitate time-correlated analysis of the wide variety
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Smoother Constant-Current Stepper Control for Sharper Security Video

Apr 11, 2017

By Arthur Gonsky, Solutions Engineering Manager, ON Semiconductor   A new control strategy allows stepper motors not only to move as smoothly as in servo topology mode, but also helps ensure consistent positional accuracy and superior resolution. Motion and positioning applications such as panning and tilting security cameras can be fulfilled using stepper motors or
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Novel, Advanced, Cost-Effective EMI Shielding Solutions for Mobile Devices

Apr 4, 2017

Gerry Young, Applications Team Leader, Parker Chomerics   Mobile electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets require highly-populated printed circuit boards (PCBs) to support their functionality and performance requirements in an increasingly competitive market space. Consumers demand faster processing, high resolutions, and a longer battery life all in the palm of their hand. To deliver
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Comprehensive debugging of IoT modules

Mar 28, 2017

By Guido Schulze, product manager for oscilloscopes at Rohde & Schwarz in Munich.   The Internet of Things (IoT) is becoming an important driver of innovations in the electronics industry. Intelligent IoT modules communicate between industrial facilities, machines, Hi-Fi devices as well as between household appliances and mobile phones. They bring together multiple technologies into the smallest
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The Drive for Advancements in Automotive Fuses

Mar 21, 2017

Michael Roach, AEM Components   Introduction Automotive electronics engineers need to meet stringent automotive reliability standards for high-stress applications such as engine controls and battery-management systems. Automotive surface-mount fuses, located under the dashboard in a fuse box, are the go-to choice fault protection. Of these fuses, two types are most commonly used: solid body (chip)
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Sad Passing of ECW Publisher, Donal McDonald

Mar 14, 2017

It is with the deepest sorrow that we inform you of the very sad and sudden passing of our much loved publisher, Donal McDonald. At only 48 years old, Donal died in San Diego, USA, shortly before IPC APEX on the 12th February 2017. Donal came from one of Ireland’s well known publishing families and
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Digital Power Quickly Goes from “Nice Idea” to “Absolutely Necessary” Architecture

Feb 7, 2017

by Bill Schweber for Mouser Electronics   Just a few years ago, “digital power” was mostly a concept with some prototypes under long-term evaluation, but few actual installations. Fast-forward to 2016, and you will see these supplies are now standard and essential in power-intensive applications such as data centers. Without the attributes and virtues they
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Reducing idle losses while meeting IEC 62368-1

Jan 31, 2017

Edward Ong, product marketing manager at Power Integrations, explains how to reduce idle losses while meeting the latest safety requirements in IEC 62368-1   Manufacturers today are under pressure to improve energy efficiency and finding ways to reduce system losses when the system is idle (no load) has become an important consideration. In equipment ranging
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Industrial Networks Require Centralized Security Orchestration

Jan 24, 2017

By Larry O’Connell, Microsemi Corporation and Roger Hill, Veracity Security Intelligence   As industrial networks increasingly interconnect with the wider Internet, OT infrastructure managers will need industrial strength security tools equivalent to their IT counterparts’. Today’s industrial network security is typically done in isolation or by implementing a firewall between the corporate and industrial network.
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