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Electromechanical Relays 101: Versatility, Flexibility and Ruggedness
9/22/2014

The electromechanical relay can be used to switch AC and DC signals as well as power; the control voltage on the coil and the load current through the switched contacts are isolated and independent circuits. As a result, this simple-to-understand component is well-suited to solving many applications and interface challenges.
FPGAs Support Bridging to Improve Design Efficiency and Reuse
9/22/2014

Many designers may remember the early days of programmable logic when simple programmable logic devices (PLDs) such as PALs and FPLAs were used to replace SSI or MSI devices. Engineers could create their own IC that did just what they wanted.
3-D Printing Maximizes Design Flexibility in Defense and Aerospace
9/22/2014

The aerospace and defense industries have long been developers, and early adopters, of cutting-edge technology. Aerospace and defense companies, for example, have been using 3-D printing (also called additive manufacturing) technologies for nearly three decades.
Gesture Recognition, Proximity Sensors Drive Advances in Automotive Infotainment
9/15/2014

​Safety must remain paramount when designing interactive interfaces for automotive applications, including guarding against distracted driving. Unlike interactions with smartphones and other mobile devices in which our main focus is on the device screen, in a car the driver must be focused on the road even while controlling the vehicle’s infotainment system. But with in-vehicle audio/visual options growing immensely in their breadth and capability — including navigation, music or phone calls — too often drivers become distracted.
Def/Aero Heads-Up Displays Expand Into Consumer Markets
8/26/2014

Many technologies that consumers take for granted — RF and microwave, for example — were originally developed for military use. Heads-up displays (HUDs) — technology that projects images directly in front of viewers, usually on glass — were developed for military fighter jets so pilots could view flight-related data without removing their eyes from the windshield.
Top 5 Energy Harvesting Options for Wearable Devices
8/25/2014

We've  grown accustomed to new releases of technological advancements that are hitting  the shelves on an almost daily basis. And most — if not all — of the technology  now part of our lives requires a power source. As the demand for new technology  grows, so too does the demand for relevant power sources, bringing new focus  and emphasis to energy harvesting. On a micro level, wearable devices are  driving demand for energy harvesting methods that enhance, monitor or support  our lives in some way, usually through devices that are attached, sewn, or  affixed to an individual.
LEDs Shed Light on New Applications — From Fighting Insomnia to Healing Wounds
8/25/2014

LED use has dramatically increased as performance improves and costs decrease. Recently, nontraditional applications of LEDs delivering surprising quality-of-life improvements have grown in number. From applications in NASA’s International Space Station to the functional lighting of white goods and a possible sleep solution, the continued use of LED lighting for new applications has been surprising in simplicity, yet increasingly impactful in results.
Internet of Things: Low Power, Low Cost Connected Devices Fuel Demand for Microcontrollers
8/22/2014

At the  heart of the devices that make up the Internet of Things (IoT) are a variety of  ultra low power microcontrollers (MCUs), sensor networks, systems-on-chip (SoC)  and communications protocols such as ZigBee.​
FPGA High-Speed Serial Interfaces Drive the 'Internet of Anything'
8/22/2014

Remember when programmable logic was just used as the glue logic that connected processors and ASSPs to memory and peripherals? Not anymore. With the addition of on-chip advanced serial interfaces, FPGAs have broken out of the traditional glue logic applications to become the "system glue" that connects one networked system to another.​
Top 5 Tech Trends in Advanced Driver Assistance Systems
8/20/2014

​Advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS) promise to enhance vehicle safety by helping to simplify the driving process, reducing sources of driver distraction and inattention that often lead to accidents. With ADAS support, drivers and their passengers can hope to find safer roadways, countering deadly trends in motor vehicle accidents.
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