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DFI Chapter 129: Morgans Law
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1/30/2012   Post a comment
If we didn't make things, we'd be "standing in the yard, cold, naked and hungry." Thus spaketh Don Morgan, a tech teacher in a tiny Georgia town, where he's making a difference.
Time Lapse Tear Down of the Chevy Volt
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1/30/2012   Post a comment
Munro & Associates tears down a Chevy Volt to its electronics subsystems as part of the Avnet Express and EE Times program Drive for Innovation.
DFI Chapter 121: Cutting-edge NFL
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1/29/2012   Post a comment
Zephyr Technology CTO Jonathan Woodward describes his company's body-monitoring technology used at the NFL Scouting Combine.
DFI Chapter 120: What makes a good engineer? (Think snacks)
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1/29/2012   Post a comment
Steve Yauch, CEO of Carolina Electrronic Assemblers, argues that the days of fueling good engineering with Snickers bars and Diet Cokes are over. Or are they...?
DFI Chapter 119: Making manufacturing work
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1/29/2012   Post a comment
Executives at ACDI, a contract manufacturer in Maryland, describe steps they've taken to become more competitive in the PCB design and manufacturing business.
Obama vs. Steve Jobs: will US manufacturing revive?
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1/27/2012   Post a comment
Should Steve Jobs be considered such a saint if he refused to even consider Obama's suggestion to bring manufacturing jobs back to the U.S? Junko Yoshida, editor in chief of EE TImes, wonders if we've given up.
DFI Innovation Panel: Mathworks
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1/24/2012   Post a comment
Mathworks executives talk about how to fix the education system, inspire young engineers and make the country more competitive.
DFI Chapter 113: Shock and Awe
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1/22/2012   Post a comment
Analog Devices engineering Matt Hazel describes two novel ADI gyroscopes designed to filter out unwanted inputs.
DFI Chapter 115: Innovating innovation
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1/22/2012   Post a comment
Arun Mulpur of Mathworks talks about the challenge to increasing productivity through hardware-software codesign.
DFI Chapter 116: Measuring the tipping point
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1/22/2012   Post a comment
Bluespec CEO Charlie Hauck and CTO Rishiyur Nikhil talk about when tipping points occure in EDA software abstraction levels.
DFI Chapter 117: Building the right thing
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1/22/2012   Post a comment
Bluespec CTO Charlie Hauck and CTO Rishiyur Nikhil talk about the origins of their company's EDA technology and the need to move to higher levels of design abstraction.
DFI Chapter 118: Express your behavior
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1/22/2012   Post a comment
Bluespec CTO Rishiyur Nikhil talks about his company's software and how broad design intent can be expressed at a higher level of abstraction now.
Volt Teardown Day 3-How EV electronics are really different
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1/18/2012   Post a comment
We get an up-and-close and obvious look at how much different (and more sophisticated) electronics control systems are in EVs compared with internal-combustion-engine cars.
Volt Teardown Day 3-The funky knobs
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1/18/2012   Post a comment
What were those funky knobs soldered onto the Volt entertainment board? Or were they soldered on in the first place?
Volt Teardown Day 3-Which modules to analyze first
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1/18/2012   Post a comment
Munro and Associates' Al Steier and TechInsight's John Scott-Thomas discuss which Chevy Volt electronics modules to examine in the next phase.
Volt Teardown Day 2-Taking voltage measurements
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1/18/2012   Post a comment
Munro and Associates' Al Steier walks us through the three main lithium-ion battery modules and what's next on the teardown of the Volt.
Volt Teardown Day 2-The battery pack revealed
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1/18/2012   Post a comment
Munro and Associates Al Steier and a colleague slide the lithium-ion battery pack from the Volt and prepare to uncover the cells.
Volt Teardown Day 2: Getting ready for the battery pack
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1/17/2012   Post a comment
Volt Teardown Day 2: Getting ready for the battery pack
Volt Teardown Day 2: What's under the hood?
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1/17/2012   Post a comment
Munro and Associates' Al Steier pulls over the engine hood and dives into the power electronics under the hood.
Volt teardown Day 2-John Scott-Thomas
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1/17/2012   Post a comment
John Scott-Thomas of TechInsights discusses what he's looking forward to analyzing as part of the Chevy Volt teardown.
Volt teardown: The service disconnect-plug
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1/16/2012   Post a comment
Volt teardown: The service disconnect-plug
Volt Teardown Day 1-early insights
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1/16/2012   Post a comment
Munro and Associates' Al Steier talks about what his team has seen in the early hours of the Volt teardown.
Volt Teardown Day 1 Raw Footage
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1/16/2012   Post a comment
Munro & Associates' Al Steier talks about what he's seen in the first hours of the Chevy Volt teardown
DFI Chapter 113: A grid-tie first
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1/12/2012   Post a comment
John Santini of TDI Power in Hackettstown, N.J., talks about a power-supply system his engineers developed to power tools or generators from a truck.
The importance of isolation in solar inverters
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1/12/2012   Post a comment
Video Interview discussing the need for isolation in solar inverters.
What's Next. Right Now.
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1/11/2012   Post a comment
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Environmental Commitment
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1/11/2012   Post a comment
By identifying EOL, obsolete and NRND products, Mouser delivers the newest components to advance greater energy efficiency and longer product life. And that’s good for the consumer and the environment.
CFI Chapter 114: Future of fuel cells
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1/3/2012   Post a comment
University of Maryland engineering professor Eric Wachsman describes his research into lower the operating temperature of high-density solid oxide fuel cells (SOFC).


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