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Rigol Rolls New Spectrum Analyzer at DesignCon

By Charles Murray | January 31, 2018

Rigol Technologies will roll out a new spectrum analyzer for Internet of Things (IoT) applications at the DesignCon 2018 Expo in Santa Clara, CA this week.

Call for Speakers Opens for The Battery Show in Novi, MI

By Naomi Price | January 31, 2018

The advisors of The Battery Show (TBS) Conference, Electric & Hybrid Vehicle Technology (EVT) Conference, and Critical Power (CPE) Conference, invite presenters to submit speaking proposals for the event conferences, to be held September 11-13, 2018.

Track topics for this year’s conference will include but are not limited to:

Manufacturers: Invest in Training for Digital Factory Jobs

By Charles Murray | January 30, 2018

American manufacturers need to step up and invest in training and education for a new breed of digital factory jobs, otherwise those jobs will leave the country, an expert will say at the upcoming Pacific Design & Manufacturing conference.

Printed, Carbon-Based Motion Sensors Eyed for Affordable, Advanced Wearable Tech

By Elizabeth Montalbano | January 30, 2018

Though the adoption of wearable technology is on the rise, there is still much room for improvement for these types of devices as 2018 begins, with better components, form factors, and materials all the subject of research.

The First Steps Toward Robot Automation

By Rob Spiegel | January 29, 2018

The first few steps in introducing robots – or any other automation technology – are crucial to ensuring the overall success of plant automation. A botched early step can cause management to back away from the financial investment needed to automate plant processes. Companies that don’t have the proper engineering staff inhouse, can bring in a systems integrator to make sure the early steps toward automating the plant are sound and form a foundation for the next steps in the automation.


DoE Research Into Motion of Water Molecules Paves Way for Liquid-Based Electronics

By Elizabeth Montalbano | January 29, 2018

Like air, water is one of our most important natural resources, something we need so fundamentally that most of us take it for granted and rarely give a thought to how it is assembled or functions on a physical level.

An Engineer Reflects on 20 Years at DesignCon

By Chris Wiltz | January 26, 2018

DesignCon has been going strong for more than 20 years and Istvan Novak has been there for most of it. Novak, a Senior Principle Engineer at Oracle, specializing in signal and power integrity, has authored several award-winning papers for the DesignCon Best Paper Awards. His most recent, “Transient Load Tester for time Domain PDN Validation” was honored with an Outstanding Paper Award at DesignCon 2017.

The Quest to Give Robots Arms (and Hands) More Like Ours

By RP Siegel | January 26, 2018

In many situations where robots will be working alongside humans, or handling relatively fragile items, there will be concerns about damage or injury. One approach to this concern is the incorporation of compliant materials into robotic limbs and actuators, to provide flexibility as well as dampening to reduce the potential for harm. Of course, adding these kinds of conformable materials to a drive train can complicate the problem of controlling it. Add to that, the potential for interacting with humans, whose actions and responses may not always be predictable.

Share Your Insight at ESC Minneapolis 2018

By Jennifer Campbell | January 26, 2018

The Call for Speakers for Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Minneapolis 2018 is now open, and the Technical Program Committee invites presenters to

A Hardware Fix for the OT/IT Conflict

By Rob Spiegel | January 25, 2018

The clash between the Operations Technology (OT) team and the IT team at industrial facilities is not trivial. The conflict is an issue of two legitimate missions. OT is tasked with keeping the operation running at all costs, while IT is tasked with keeping the network secure no matter what. That’s all fine until the two networks are connected.