Electronics

Coming Soon - Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of TBMG: Advances in Wearable Technologies

Wearable devices are gaining widespread use in industries such as medical, military/defense, and consumer products. These devices range from passive monitors and diagnostic systems to complex surveillance devices. One area where great strides are currently being made are robotic prosthetics and powered exoskeleton bionic devices to help people with severe disabilities live more normal lives. As the technologies incorporated in these wearables – including sensors and electronics – become increasingly more complex, design engineers must learn how best to package and integrate them for maximum comfort, durability, and efficiency.

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Virtual Hardware ECU: How to Significantly Increase Testing Throughput

In Conjunction with SAE

Both the complexity and software content of automotive electronic systems are increasing rapidly. At the same time, the demand for more software and system testing is growing. This need is being driven by requirements from the ISO 26262 standard and the necessity to reduce software-driven recalls, which have been significantly rising over the past few years.

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Applying Wiring Harness Changes Without Damaging Your Electric System Design Flow

When an engineering change must be made to a wiring harness—and let’s face it, there is always going to be late-stage changes—it means you will make a change in multiple design steps. This Tech Talk discusses the challenges of applying changes and how to better handle them. For example, you might need to change an electric component that drives more current than the previous one. A change such as this can cause issues throughout your design flow: System Design, Wiring Design, and the Harness Design. The resulting inconsistencies lead to poor quality and prevent you from achieving your design cycle goals.

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Key Considerations for Powertrain HIL Test

Safety, availability, and cost considerations can make performing thorough tests of embedded control devices using the complete system impractical. Hardware-in-the-loop (HIL) simulation is a real-time test technique used to test these devices more efficiently. During HIL test, the physical system that interfaces to an embedded control device is simulated on real-time hardware, and the outputs of the simulator mimic the actual output of the physical system. The embedded controller “thinks” it is in a real system. HIL simulation meticulously tests embedded control devices in a virtual environment before proceeding to real-world tests of the complete system. This application note covers recommended best practices for powertrain HIL testing.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Simulation Software, Software
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Basics of Electric Heaters

Hotwatt has manufactured specialized electric heating elements for over 64 years, all made in the USA. Products include cartridge, air process, immersion, strip and finned strip, tubular and finned tubular, band, compressor crankcase, foil, flexible rope and ceramic heaters. We are a quality supplier to OEM's in the in industrial, medical, commercial appliance, packaging, instrumentation, aviation, transportation and military fields.

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PRINTED ELECTRONICS: THE FUTURE IS FLEXIBLE

Chances are that most of us have used a printed electronic device, whether it's a security tag on a piece of clothing, or a plastic badge used to open the door of our workplace. Printable electronics have diverse potential applications in flexible solar cells, batteries, sensors, lighting products, medical diagnostic devices, drug delivery devices, smart packaging and clothing, and displays. Following are several innovative applications incorporating printable electronics.

Low-Cost Printable Electronics Fabrication

The need for low-cost and environmentally friendly processes for fabricating printable electronics and biosensor chips is rapidly growing. NASA has developed a unique approach for an atmospheric pressure plasma-based process for fabricating printable electronics and functional coatings. This system involves aerosol-assisted, room-temperature printing in which an aerosol carrying the desired material for deposition is introduced into a cold plasma jet operated at atmospheric pressure.

Posted in: Articles, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Electronic equipment, Sensors and actuators, Additive manufacturing, Magnetic materials, Nanomaterials
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Radar Waveforms for A&D and Automotive Radar

There are many similarities between commercial radar and those used in defense electronics applications. The same technology used in high-end automobiles may be considered for autonomous vehicles and unmanned systems. However, one similarity that transcends the sensor application is choosing the right radar waveform.

Posted in: White Papers, Aerospace, Defense, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Sensors
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Selecting the Right Material for 3D Printing

Materials must be suited to the application in order to have successful results. The properties of any material become increasingly important as a product progresses from concept and functional prototyping to production.

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IEC 60601-1-2 Edition 4: New Requirements for Medical EMC

Plan now to ensure your medical devices comply with new IEC 60601-1-2 EMC 4th Edition standard requirements by the December 2018 effective date. Since the development cycle can be 2-3 years, it is important to understand the new standard now when designing medical devices.

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New Stamping Technique Enables Printable Electronics

The carbon nanotube stamp can print electronic inks onto rigid and flexible surfaces. (Sanha Kim and Dhanushkodi Mariappan)

The next time you place your coffee order, imagine slapping onto your to-go cup a sticker that acts as an electronic decal, letting you know the precise temperature of your coffee. Engineers at MIT have invented a fast, precise printing process that may make such electronic surfaces an inexpensive reality. The stamp is made from forests of carbon nanotubes and can print electronic inks onto rigid and flexible surfaces. The stamping process should be able to print transistors small enough to control individual pixels in high-resolution displays and touchscreens. It could also offer a relatively cheap, fast way to manufacture electronic surfaces for as-yet-unknown applications.

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