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An Engineer Reflects on 20 Years at DesignCon

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

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

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

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.


Non-Traditional Security in a Digital World

January 25, 2018
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Cybersecurity is really the hot topic of the day. Issues related to it impact virtually all of us in both our personal and business lives.