If Sandy taught us anything, it’s that rapid response is utterly critical in times of crisis. Be it on a city-wide scale, or a circuit sized scale, bad decisions can result in catastrophe.
And when you’re dealing with something as volatile as electricity, it’s always better to be safe than sorry. At least, that’s what fuse maker Littelfuse believes, and the reason why the firm is putting its not so little weight behind an initiative that promises to deliver rapid responses, in real time, to engineers working on designs requiring circuit protection.
We’ve all heard the horror stories from engineers about what happens when voltage goes awry, and Littelfuse is incredibly keen to avoid those shocks from happening inside or outside the lab environment. After all, it’s all well and good making pretty electrical appliances, but if you’re going to get a shock from your phone every time you pick it up, that’s not tolerable. The fact of the matter is, designers need to bear circuit protection in mind, no matter how thin and light the device they’re building.
Because modern design cycles are so short, however, Litelfuse says it’s adamant about not slowing down the design process in any way.
Littelfuse's director of global marketing and communications, Cathy Whittaker, recently told us that the company is working on a Web environment intended to specifically to tackle the urgency faced by engineers on the front line of invention. They place a premium on getting to the right information at the right time. To that end, the site will feature a Q&A forum, blogs, live chat, tutorials, selector guides, design kits, Webcasts, sample circuits, and frequently asked questions.
“Quick turnaround cycles are a problem for design engineers” said Whittaker, noting that there was increasing pressure for products to be released at a lightning quick pace.
You can see more from Cathy about the philosophy of Speed2Design in the following video.
Thanks to Sylvie for bringing attention to the continuing mission of Speed2Design. As the world’s leader in circuit protection, Littelfuse is committed to being the premier destination for solutions to even the most challenging CP applications.
I appreciate all the insightful and valuable comments. As we strive to provide meaningful value to our customers and design engineer stakeholders, feedback is critical in helping us understand how to structure Speed2Design.com to deliver the greatest benefit to those it was created for. I am encouraged that the interest shown in this concept is proof, as Chuck said, that the idea is a good one. The new LED Lighting Design Guide e-book is a shining example of the type of new content we’ll be providing through Speed2Design.
Over the next several weeks, we will continue to add more content and interactive components, while evolving the site to make it easy-to-use and more focused on providing design solutions and support. Also, I’d like encourage the design engineering community to share feedback and ideas as we look to exceed your expectations. Feel free to email us at Speed2Design@littelfuse.com.
What a joke! I went to the Speed2Design website. It is piled high with adds and pictures of race cars, but no content, no tutorials, nothing useful. That is certainly what I need to help in with my busy design cycles.
David Patterson, known for his pioneering research that led to RAID, clusters and more, is part of a team at UC Berkeley that recently made its RISC-V processor architecture an open source hardware offering. We talk with Patterson and one of his colleagues behind the effort about the opportunities they see, what new kinds of designs they hope to enable and what it means for today’s commercial processor giants such as Intel, ARM and Imagination Technologies.