Mechatronics Zone Blog

Software Tools Key for IIoT Application Expansion

By Al Presher | July 11, 2017

A primary challenge in developing industrial control systems, and an issue that is only amplified as we more fully embrace the Industrial Internet of Things, often centers on an ability to rapidly develop and deploy software applications. Software is the special sauce in networked automation, and the availability of easy to use, effective software tools has become a necessity in delivering software that is becoming ever more complex.

AR and Mixed Reality Have More Potential, But VR Has All the Hype

By Chris Wiltz | July 10, 2017

Developers are seeing more long-term potential for mixed reality (MR) and augmented reality (AR) over virtual reality (VR), as well as a need for more enterprise applications, according to a new survey.

CV Joint Delivers More Torque in a Smaller Package

By Charles Murray | July 10, 2017

A clever new constant velocity (CV) joint is smaller and lighter, freeing up room for space-constrained automotive designers.

The VL3 CV joint, currently being used on the side shaft of independent rear suspensions on the BMW 5 Series and 7 Series luxury vehicles, is said to deliver 27% more torque with no increase in packaging size.

DuPont, TactoTek Ratchet Up In-Mold Electronics Efforts

By Charles Murray | July 7, 2017

DuPont accelerated its efforts in the nascent field of structural electronics last week, teaming with a supplier that makes molded parts for automobiles and home appliances.

Robot Sumo Is the Most Elegant of Robot Combat Sports

By Chris Wiltz | July 7, 2017

By now you're probably well familiar with BattleBots, the mixed martial arts (MMA) of robot combat.

Caltech, Berkeley Lab Team Up on New Materials for Future of Clean Solar Fuels

By Elizabeth Montalbano | July 6, 2017

Researchers have in two years nearly doubled the number of materials with potential for use as a water-splitter to create solar fuels thanks to a new process they developed that speeds their discovery.

MinnowBoard Turbot Quad-Core Brings Open Source Development to IoT

By Chris Wiltz | July 6, 2017

I'm typing this on a MinnowBoard Turbot Quad-Core running Ubuntu Linux while Netflix plays in the background, and all is running smoothly. The latest edition to the MinnowBoard family of open source developer boards has more than enough under the hood to function as a small DIY productivity PC, but the MinnowBoard Foundation, the non-profit behind the MinnowBoard, has loftier goals than that.

Volvo Will Say Goodbye to Internal Combustion in 2019

By Chris Wiltz | July 5, 2017

Volvo Cars made a historic announcement on July 5 that every car it produces from 2019 forward will have an electric motor.

Electronics Help Cut Costs of Hydraulic Hybrid Trucks

By Charles Murray | July 5, 2017

By driving down costs and raising efficiencies, a startup company wants to take the hydraulic hybrid powertrain from the level of technical curiosity to major player in the world of medium- and heavy-duty trucks.

Develop Software Earlier: Panelists Debate How to Accelerate Embedded Software Development

By Lauro Rizzatti | July 5, 2017

At the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) Boston in May, I moderated a panel titled, “Develop Software Earlier.” Joining me were Jason Andrews, Principal Solutions Architect in the Software Group at ARM; Mike Dini, Mike President of DINI Group; and Russ Klein, Technical Director in Mentor Graphics' Emulation Division.

What follows is an excerpt from our lively and open discussion on tools and methodologies to accelerate embedded software development.