Mechatronics Zone Blog

UBM Announces the 2017 Annual Creativity in Electronics Awards Winners

By Jennifer Campbell | December 6, 2017

Winners of the 2017 Annual Creativity in Electronics (ACE) Awards were announced during a live ceremony held at the San Jose Convention Center, in conjunction with Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Silicon Valley.

Ford Will Offer 15 New Electrified Vehicles in China

By Charles Murray | December 6, 2017

Ford Motor Co. said yesterday it is making a big bet on electric vehicles in China, promising to roll out at least 15 new electrified cars in that market by 2025.

Ultra-Thin Micro-Fiber Sensed Eyed for Medical Monitoring, Diagnostic Apps

By Elizabeth Montalbano | December 6, 2017

Researchers in Singapore have developed one of the smallest and most versatile sensors yet for healthcare applications with the design of a stretchable microfiber sensor with the diameter of a strand of human hair.

A team from the National University of Singapore (NUS) developed the sensor, which can be woven into textiles—such as a glove—to monitor the vital signs of patients, such as heart rates and blood pressure.

Western Digital Transitions to RISC-V Open-Source Architecture for Big Data, IoT

By Chris Wiltz | December 5, 2017

RiSC-V, the open-source computer core architecture, will be getting a big push from Western Digital in the coming years as the company has pledged to transitioning its own consumption of processors to RISC-V. According to the company Western Digital ships over one billion cores per year, and plans to double that number. And if all goes according to plan, they will all be based on RISC-V.

Makerbot Labs Pivots to New Target Audiences by Opening Its 3D Printer Software

By Tracey Schelmetic | December 5, 2017

When technology history is written, 2013 and 2014 will be noted as the years of “peak hype” for 3D printing. The promise of a “3D printer in every home” was a popular one in technology news. As we near the dawn of 2018, the hype has receded, and 3D printer manufacturers have realized two things: most people don’t need a 3D printer in their home, and even if they had one, they’d spend more time on the phone troubleshooting with customer service because of the printers’ inherent complexity.

The IIC Publishes Architecture for Industrial Analytics

By Rob Spiegel | December 4, 2017

The Industrial Internet Consortium (IIC) has published the IIC Industrial IoT Analytics Framework Technical Report (IIAF). The technical document includes a complete set of instructions that IIoT system architects can use to deploy industrial analytics systems.

TI Takes Aim at Simple Applications with New 25-Cent MCUs

By Charles Murray | December 4, 2017

Texas Instruments Inc. is setting its sights on analog designers with the introduction of two new microcontrollers (MCUs) and an e-book to help them put an inexpensive mixed-signal twist on simple applications.

The new microcontrollers start for as little as 25 cents and can be used in simple electronic applications, such as wake-up controllers and real-time clocks, which may not have employed microcontrollers previously.

Module Combines Multiple Sensors in a Tiny Package

By Charles Murray | December 1, 2017

A new module from TE Connectivity promises to simplify the development of smart electronic products by incorporating multiple sensors in a package that’s smaller than the head of a match.

System Gives Used EV Batteries a Second Life in the Solar PV Storage Market

By RP Siegel | December 1, 2017

With the large-scale penetration of renewable energy, both at the utility and residential levels, comes a number of challenges, including integrating this capacity, with its unique, intermittent characteristics, onto the grid.

Pain Points and Compromises: How Ajay Bhatt Engineered USB Into a Standard

By Chris Wiltz | November 30, 2017

The co-inventor of USB is building a smart house. Since his retirement, Ajay Bhatt, who spent over two decades at Intel specializing in platform architectures and developing technologies such as accelerated graphics port (AGP) and PCI-Express, has spent the last year experimenting with the Internet of Things (IoT), specifically by building a own smart home.