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Top Industrial Control How-To's of 2008 (complete)
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12/30/2008   Post a comment
Here's the complete list of Industrial Control DesignLine's 20 most popular how-to articles of 2008.
Mobile robotics platform tops 2008 robot gift ideas
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
12/23/2008   Post a comment
A great beginner's robot platform is included among Robots.net's top ten robot gift ideas for hobbyists and aspiring roboticists.
Bot builder not 'Lost in Space' in moon mission
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
A former Air Force pilot's passion for space exploration has led him from a cottage business building sci-fi models to a real-life robotic mission to the moon as part of the $30 million Google Lunar X Prize.
Elma : cooling elements serve as front or rear panel in the 19 inch technology
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12/23/2008   Post a comment
Elma introduces cooling elements for use as front or rear panel in a 19 cabinet.
C and K : Surface-mount snap-acting detect switch is designed for ATCA applications
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12/19/2008   Post a comment
The MDS Series surface-mount, micro-miniature, snap-acting detect switch is designed for ATCA applications.
Dark Fire robot guitar debuts
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12/16/2008   Post a comment
Dark Fire, a new "robot guitar" based on a Les Paul guitar body, features improved automatic tuning functions plus tone technology.
Knitter-Switch : Pushbutton switches are rated up to IP67
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12/16/2008   Post a comment
The MAV series of pushbutton switches from knitter-switch is designed to satisfy applications where resistance to vandals, water ingress and difficult environments is important.
Gartner slashes power IC growth forecasts
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12/15/2008   Post a comment
Power management devices are expected to represent the fastest growing opportunity in the analog ICs segment, according to market research group Gartner, but al a lower rate than previously forecast.
1 A protected high-side load switch provides user-selectable current limit
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12/10/2008   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology, Inc., has added to its family of current limit protection load switches with the release of a new protected high-side load switch that can operate under a supply voltage range of 2.4 V to 5.5 V and handle a continuous output current of 1 A.
Rotary Arc element segments for industrial applications
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12/10/2008   Post a comment
Spectrum Sensors and Controls announces their expanded line of rotary arc element segments that are now available with several different linear and non-linear tapers, taps and electrical angles of 340° and 350°.
Ford trumps Prius
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
12/8/2008   Post a comment
Next generation technology makes hybrid power trains more compact and efficient.
Test drive: Zap's new electric car
Design How-To  
12/8/2008   9 comments
During a casual drive in San Jose, Calif. on Saturday, my wife and I stumbled upon the first electric car dealership in Silicon Valley.
Iraq and defense tech--a personal story
Signal Processing DesignLine Blog  
12/6/2008   1 comment
My cousin got hit by a roadside bomb in Iraq. It didn't have to happen--the TALON robot might have saved him.
Omron : RF MEMS switch-relay has miniature dimensions
Product News  
12/2/2008   Post a comment
Contained in an LGA12 package of just 5.2 x 3.0 x 1.8mm, Omron's type 2SMES-01 10GHz RF MEMS switch is aimed at automatic test equipment (ATE), RF test instruments and similar applications.
Industrial robot is real "Iron Chef"
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
12/1/2008   Post a comment
The latest creative demonstration of an industrial robot's capabilities brings a new - and literal - meaning to the term from the popular cult-favorite cooking show.


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