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Linear Guides For The Next Generation Of Medical Machines

At IKO, we offer an extensive line of miniature linear motion products that can meet the requirements of size-constrained medical applications. Among them are the world’s smallest recirculating ball linear guide, which has a track rail width of just 1-mm and a cross sectional height of 2.5-mm. We also offer a tiny ball-spline guide which has a shaft diameter of 2-mm and a cylinder diameter of 6-mm.

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Solving Engineering’s Calculation Compromise

Performing calculations is a core design function. Yet, engineers have been forced to compromise in their choice of software calculations tools for years. However a new type of software specifically built for engineering formulas has arrived. And there are serious implications for the team and individuals.

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Multiphysics Modeling of MEMS Devices

There are many excellent reasons to simulate microelectromechanical system (MEMS) devices. For example, if you're going to create a new product or process, such as a capacitive pressure sensor, you'll first want to get the concepts right. The most important decisions are often made early in the product development cycle when multiphysics simulation can give you the valuable insight you need. The benefits of multiphysics simulation can also extend easily to the design and optimization of a product by reducing the time and money spent on prototypes. And, if you integrate multiphysics simulation with manufacturing and quality assurance, you'll end up with a product that's much better understood and better characterized.

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Complete Guide to Building a Measurement System

Data acquisition (DAQ) is the process of measuring an electrical or physical phenomenon such as voltage, current, temperature, pressure, or sound with a computer. A DAQ system consists of sensors, DAQ measurement hardware, and a computer with programmable software. Download this technical white paper series to help you build a more powerful, flexible, and cost-effective measurement solution.

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White Paper: MIL-STD-1553 IP Cores - An Emerging Technology

The MIL-STD-1553 serial data bus is widely used for control purposes in avionics, aircraft and space systems. Forty years since its release, 1553 is evolving from traditional integrated circuits (IC) to intellectual property (IP) cores integrated with Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) logic. The history of MIL-STD-1553, the advantages and requirements of 1553 IP cores compared to standard ICs, and IP core design best practices are discussed in this white paper.

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White Papers: Using FPGAs to Improve Embedded Designs

Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) are semiconductor devices that are programmed after manufacturing to accomplish application specific functionality. FPGAs experienced rapid technology advancement in the 1990s, and today are found in a vast variety of products ranging from simple consumer items to highly complex military systems.

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White Paper: Computer System Design for Critical Applications

"Industrial computer" is a widely used term that unfortunately can be quite ambiguous, often applied to computers that have little real advantage over commercial PCs but may outwardly appear "rugged". However, there are many applications that need a computer system that is truly built to a higher standard for reasons that include:

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