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posted in December 2012
DesignCon's 5 Toughest Tech Questions
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12/28/2012   11 comments
FPGA or ASIC? What are the issues for 3-D interconnects? Enquiring tech minds want to know.
Top 10 smart energy articles of 2012
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12/21/2012   Post a comment
The year’s most popular contributed articles to Smart Energy Designline include design features on energy harvesting, energy conversion, smart metering, powerline communications, batteries and more.
CAN transceivers target extremely harsh environments
Design How-To  
12/20/2012   Post a comment
Holt Integrated Circuits has launched the HI-3000H, a family of CAN transceivers that can operate in temperatures from -55°C to 200°C. Compatible with ARINC 825 and ISO 11898-5 standards, the HI-3000H is suitable for high temperature avionics and industrial applications such as aircraft braking systems, engine controls and down-hole drilling.
Compatibility per watt, meaningful metric for dimmable LEDs
Design How-To  
12/19/2012   1 comment
Victor Zwanenberg of NXP Semiconductors explains which aspects of phase-cut dimmable LED lamp electronics should be considered in evaluating performance in terms of dimmer compatibility.
Energy harvesting textile woven into solar cells
Design How-To  
12/11/2012   1 comment
Japan's Sphelar Power Corp. claimed it has developed the first energy harvesting textile that is combined with micro-spherical solar cells.
Gas meter market to surpass $2B in 2013
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12/11/2012   Post a comment
The adoption of advanced metering systems is good news for the conservative gas meter market which typically sees little activity outside the replacement of worn-out meters and the installation of meters during construction.
Smart meters tackle water conservation
Design How-To  
12/10/2012   8 comments
Higher global living standards require more advanced handling of water, including an increased technological innovation to reduce water waste and strengthen consumer awareness.
Flow battery project seeks to store green energy
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12/4/2012   Post a comment
Harvard University researchers said they will use an Energy Department grant to develop commercially practical flow batteries to store solar and wind power.
MCU-based LED drivers inspire designs
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12/3/2012   1 comment
Technical features, catalyzed by economic and other constraints, are boosting the spread of LEDs in the lighting industry.


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Future Engineers: Don’t 'Trip Up' on Your College Road Trip
Rishabh N. Mahajani, High School Senior and Future Engineer
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A future engineer shares his impressions of a recent tour of top schools and offers advice on making the most of the time-honored tradition of the college road trip.

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Juggling a Cornucopia of Projects
Max Maxfield
20 comments
I feel like I'm juggling a lot of hobby projects at the moment. The problem is that I can't juggle. Actually, that's not strictly true -- I can juggle ten fine china dinner plates, but ...

Larry Desjardin

Engineers Should Study Finance: 5 Reasons Why
Larry Desjardin
41 comments
I'm a big proponent of engineers learning financial basics. Why? Because engineers are making decisions all the time, in multiple ways. Having a good financial understanding guides these ...

Karen Field

July Cartoon Caption Contest: Let's Talk Some Trash
Karen Field
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Steve Jobs allegedly got his start by dumpster diving with the Computer Club at Homestead High in the early 1970s.

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