Mechatronics Zone Blog

Google, Intel, Microsoft, Others Scramble to Fix Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities

By Rob Spiegel | January 12, 2018

Hardware flaws may be the new big security gap in computers and phones. In the last few days, it has become apparent that Intel, Microsoft, and other leading electronics companies have been struggling for months to overcome security holes that affect billions of processors worldwide. Intel, Microsoft, and Google released statements assuring customers the fixes are complete or in process. Yet some experts warn that the fixes could hurt performance.

Holes in the Hardware

Intel Unveils Prototype Neuromorphic Chip for AI on the Edge

By Chris Wiltz | January 12, 2018

Intel isn't letting controversy over a series of processor bugs stop it from continuing to push innovation in processors. 2018 is already looking to be the year that competition in the artificial intelligence processor space really heats up.

Huge Digital Divide Between IIoT Promise and Practice

By Rob Spiegel | January 11, 2018

GE Digital has released research that highlights a gap between the executive outlook for digital transformation and the actual initiatives companies are putting in place. GE’s survey of IT and OT leaders found that while companies see the Industrial IoT as presenting significant opportunities for growth and competitiveness, the vast majority of companies are not yet taking actions to implement this technology.

New 3D-Printing Process Replaces Layering with Faster, Laser-Resin Process

By Elizabeth Montalbano | January 11, 2018

As 2018 begins, 3D printing—which only a few years ago was a relatively new technology—has reached the mainstream. However, researchers continue to explore the ways to improve the technology and the process of 3D printing, as well as vary the range of materials that can be used.

Uber Will Put Nvidia Under the Hood of its Autonomous Cars

By Chris Wiltz | January 10, 2018

Nvidia and Uber have entered into a partnership that will make the chipmaker's GPUs the processors of choice inside the ride-sharing company's fleet of autonomous cars and freight trucks. The announcement came out of the 2018 Consumer Electronics Shows (CES) and marks a significant step in Nvidia becoming a major supplier of processing technologies for self-driving vehicles as its Drive PX series of autonomous vehicle computing platforms will be the brains of Uber's self-driving cars and trucks. 

Build an Arduino-based 4-Channel Data Logger

By William Grill | January 10, 2018

In many applications data collection is remote and Wi-Fi and Internet are not available.

In addition and in lieu of other backup opportunities, a simple on-demand logger would be a nice resource for custom applications that can accommodate the simple handshake protocol and have a serial output available to be saved into the removable SD card.

LG, NXP, Hella Team Up on New ADAS Vision System

By Charles Murray | January 9, 2018

Three major automotive suppliers announced this week that they are teaming up to create an autonomous car vision platform that can be customized to serve the needs of any vehicle.

IoT Smart Sensors Use Cloud for Low Power Motor Condition Monitoring

By Al Presher | January 9, 2018

Condition monitoring, a technology that has been slowly moving forward for a number of years, is reaching toward its potential with new solutions for low voltage motors. Monitoring the operating condition of motors has obvious availability and productivity benefits, enabling a new level of preventive maintenance. But now the combination of compact sensors, cloud connectivity, and application software is creating a new level of operating data transparency.

Adaptive Design Offer New Concept for Packaging OEMs

By Al Presher | January 8, 2018

New concepts in packaging machinery design and development, using base machine modules that can be configured to support “batch size of one” production goals, are incorporating a combination of integrated hardware and software solutions. The result is new concept for machines that have a greater ability to changeover on-the-fly by deploying a common base machine platform designed to be more readily adaptable to constant size and format changes.

MIT Researchers Find Melting Hinders Some Sprayed Metal Coatings

By Tracey Schelmetic | January 8, 2018

Since the dawn of metalworking, the conventional wisdom has been that to join metals, there must be localized melting at the two places to be joined. In the case of metal coatings, manufacturers have long relied on a process similar to spray painting to apply metal to surfaces. Despite the ubiquity of the technique, no one was ever quite certain what happened at the particle level when metal coatings were sprayed, as the process is so fast. Understanding this could lead to new ways to apply coatings or 3D print using metals.