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

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

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.

AI Inspection Catches Defects Before They Become Recalls

November 30, 2017

Instrumental, a company that produces optical detection systems for manufacturing, has added Monitor, a capability designed to automatically recognize and triage abnormal units as they are being built on an assembly line. Monitor was developed to detect differences and then learn whether those differences are actually defects.

7 Reasons Open Source Software Should Be Avoided

November 29, 2017

Throughout my travels I encounter quite a few development teams that seem to live by the adage, “The best software is free software.” The moment they hear the words “Open Source” the heavens open, the choirs begin singing, and all thought about doing due diligence on the open source code is gone. That’s the direction, no matter the integration costs, no matter how badly support is lacking, that’s it! Put the blinders on, kick back, put the safety belt on and enjoy the ride.

New Ethernet MCU Could Simplify Creation of Sensor Networks

November 29, 2017

A new family of microcontrollers (MCU) from Texas Instruments Inc. promises to simplify the process of creating wired and wireless sensor networks for factory automation, building control, and other IoT applications.

Don’t Miss These 6 ESC Silicon Valley Events

November 29, 2017

After great events in Boston and Minneapolis, the Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) makes its final 2017 stop in Silicon Valley next week, coming home to the heart of embedded engineering and innovation in San Jose.