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These Solar Windows Change Tint as They Generate Energy

December 8, 2017

Developing aesthetically pleasing, yet utilitarian, photovoltaic windows that can generate solar energy for home, offices, and other buildings is at the moment a Holy Grail of sorts for the green building industry.

HCL Adds Real-Time Analysis to Its Design-for-Manufacturing Software

December 8, 2017

HCL Technologies has released version 5.0 of its design-for-manufacturability solution, DFMPro. The new version supports the latest Creo Parametric version 4.0 and offers enhanced functionality for real-time analysis of product design. The enhancement was developed to provide quick and instant feedback on the manufacturability of CAD designs.

Machine Control Logic Design in 3 Basic Steps

December 7, 2017

Automation continues to push Industry 4.0 with various sensor and embedded technologies. In an industrial panel, the machine controls are designed to perform specific work. The operation of machines includes analog, digital, and motion control capabilities. The machine controls must operate with full functionality as designed. To design machine controls for such industrial applications as parts transfer, material handling, and processing a design process must be established. To develop these industry systems, a design methodology is required.

DoE Identifies Material as Fastest Solid-State Conductor for Magnesium Battery

December 7, 2017

Magnesium batteries are one of the energy-storage chemistries in line to replace lithium-ion batteries, which are eco-unfriendly and can even be dangerous. However, to date magnesium batteries have had a number of limitations to being suitable to the task.


Now researchers at the Department of Energy (DoE) have made a significant breakthrough in developing solid-state magnesium-ion batteries that are both energy dense and safe by discovering the fastest magnesium-ion solid-state conductor to date, researchers said.


UBM Announces the 2017 Annual Creativity in Electronics Awards Winners

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

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.