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The Changing Face of Robotics

Around the world, customers in a diverse range of industries and technical disciplines are using Maplesoft solutions to rapidly accelerate their design projects, as they develop the next generation of products that shape the changing face of robotics:

Posted in: White Papers, Machinery & Automation, Robotics

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Are Internet-connected cars worth the risk?

This week's Question: Last week, researchers from the University of California - San Diego discovered a vulnerability that allowed a 2013 Corvette to be hacked. The security flaw was found in dashboard hardware commonly used by insurance firms and transportation companies to monitor location, speed, and efficiency. By sending carefully crafted SMS messages, the hackers were able to control the vehicle's driving components, including its wipers, locks, and even brakes (when driving at slow speeds). The Corvette hack is one of a recent string of vulnerabilities found in vehicles, including cars from automakers like Tesla, GM, and Jeep. What do you think? Are Internet-connected cars worth the risk?  

Posted in: Question of the Week

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Benefits of Low-Volume Production

Learn how to decrease your time to market as well as reducing risk and cost associated with injection molding. Although low-volume production is typically used at the beginning of the product life cycle, it can also be useful at the end of a products life. In this presentation you will not only learn about plastic injection molding but also liquid silicone rubber, metal and magnesium injection molding. Learn the ins and outs of low volume production and how it can benefit you and your product.

Posted in: Tech Talks, Plastics

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Coming Soon - Delivering Roadworthy Designs: Automotive Electronics Circuit Protection Overview, Applications & Standards

Today’s automotive designs include nearly 100 microprocessors; that number is expected to double in five years. And from in-dash displays to connected technologies to safety systems, all on-board electronics require circuit protection designed-in.

Posted in: Upcoming Webinars, Electronics

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Coming Soon - ZMDI Motor Control Technology – Control and Design for Automotive Exterior Mirror Systems

Demand is expanding for intelligent actuator/motor controllers in industrial, medical, and automotive applications. Often a small form factor and minimal external components are also required. In response, actuator/motor controller ICs with higher levels of built-in functionality, user-configurability, and integrated current and temperature sensing are needed. Many applications, for example automotive, also require safety and diagnostic features, minimized power consumption, and standard communication interfaces.

Posted in: Upcoming Webinars, Motors & Drives

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Coming Soon - How to Avoid PCB Re-spins when IC’s Change or are Obsoleted

It can get ugly out there; you have your expensive military, aerospace, or medical system finalized and deployed and then, someone wants or requires an “upgrade”. Oftentimes it’s simple; however other times the complexity involved can make “Mr. Murphy” blush.

Posted in: Upcoming Webinars, Electronics

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Newly Discovered Property Could Help Keep Computer Chips Cool

The heat that builds up in the shuttling of current in electronics is an important obstacle to packing more computing power into ever-smaller devices; excess heat can cause them to fail or sap their efficiency. Now, X-ray studies at the Department of Energy's SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory have for the first time observed an exotic property that could warp the electronic structure of a material in a way that reduces heat buildup and improves performance in ever-smaller computer components.

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