Platform design for testing vibration to electrical power generators Design How-To 3/25/2011 4 comments Recently, the use of sensor networks has expanded into all sorts of applications to collect ambient or industrial data such as temperature, humidity, acceleration, pressure and any other relevant process information. Thanks to a new breed of microcontrollers that rely on partial circuitry activation or watchdogs to achieve power consumptions of only a few microamperes, battery size can be reduced or their operational life can be extended for a given size.
Capacitive sensing applications widen Design How-To 3/18/2011 3 comments HMI technologies have gone through a paradigm shift. This article highlights the importance of capacitive sensing in HMI evolution as well as applications beyond automotive infotainment systems.
Why you should use LXI instruments in your next T&M system Test & Measurement Designline Blogs 3/9/2011 Post a comment Once, combining separate instruments into an integrated test system meant GPIB interfaces. Today, a world of interface options are available, including Universal Serial Bus (USB) and LAN eXtensions for Instrumentation (LXI). Although there’s definitely a role for USB in T&M system integration, from the perspective of a test system integrator, I think LXI offers an edge.
Test tools to empower engineers for PCIe 3.0 designs Design How-To 3/9/2011 3 comments The introduction of PCI Express 3.0. will mean that new test tools will be needed to ensure the hardware and software are functional and work together and here is a survey of the hardware and software tools for validation, compliance and general testing.
Agilent adds geolocation for RF sensor networks Product News 3/1/2011 Post a comment The new Agilent N6854A-AG1 software estimates position of a non-cooperative intermittent or short-duration RF signal using measurements from the sensor network and calculations using enhanced time-difference-of-arrival (TDOA) and received-signal-strength (RSS) techniques
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.