Startup develops printable, low-cost solar cell News & Analysis 1/18/2011 6 comments Oxford Photovoltaics Ltd., a company recently spun out from the University of Oxford has developed a solar cell technology that is manufactured from low-cost, abundant, non-toxic and non-corrosive materials and can be scaled to any volume.
Advanced HMI technologies enable integrated automotive center console design Design How-To 1/14/2011 3 comments Incorporation of a multifunction console control panel allows HMI designers greater flexibility in styling as well as greater control over uniform look and feel. Such a design also reduces tooling charges and increases reliability. Because of overall integration and a reduce set of controls, these designs also reduce the total cost of systems.
TSMC, Centrosolar sign solar module deal News & Analysis 1/11/2011 2 comments Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC), the world's largest pure-play foundry manufacturer of integrated circuits, has signed an agreement that makes Centrosolar Group AG (Munich, Germany) its exclusive European manufacturer of crystalline solar modules.
What are the engineering and design challenges in creating successful IoT devices? These devices are usually small, resource-constrained electronics designed to sense, collect, send, and/or interpret data. Some of the devices need to be smart enough to act upon data in real time, 24/7. Are the design challenges the same as with embedded systems, but with a little developer- and IT-skills added in? What do engineers need to know? Rick Merritt talks with two experts about the tools and best options for designing IoT devices in 2016. Specifically the guests will discuss sensors, security, and lessons from IoT deployments.