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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Advanced Passive Thermal Management: Applications and Solutions

As device power levels increase and foot prints decrease, Design Engineers are facing increasingly difficult thermal management challenges. This Webinar will discuss high performance passive thermal management solutions that are being successfully implemented in a variety of applications throughout the defense, medical, and power conversion industries.

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Connectors Link Data Networks for Orion and Industry

Data network connectors on Orion find uses in aviation, oil and gas, and trains.

Spinoff is NASA's annual publication featuring successfully commercialized NASA technology. This commercialization has contributed to the development of products and services in the fields of health and medicine, consumer goods, transportation, public safety, computer technology, and environmental resources.

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Products of Tomorrow: October 2017

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that innovation.

Posted in: Articles, Electronic Components, Lighting, Medical
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6 Critical Errors to Avoid in Reusable Packaging Design

Designing a reusable, durable packaging solution for your product or service is much more than picking a type of package and a size. There are many things to consider about how your product will be used, where it will be used, and who will be using it. This list of six common errors will ensure your initial design decisions put you on the path to the most cost- effective case that combines the required protection with superior usability.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, White Papers, Defense, Electronics, Test & Measurement
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Self-Folding Electronics Could Enable Advanced Robotics

MIT researchers have developed a way to print flat electronics that can fold themselves into a desired shape. The researchers say the development could have applications in robotics and human-machine interfaces.

Posted in: INSIDER, Electronics, Motion Control, Robotics
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Critical Factors in Selecting an EMS Company for Aerospace Products

For aerospace products, where requirements are stringent and device failure is not an option, choosing an EMS partner can be critical. Knowledge of an EMS company’s certifications, processes, facilities, service, and support, can lead to success in your selection.

Posted in: White Papers, Aerospace, Electronics, Manufacturing & Prototyping
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The Powertrain Revolution

In Conjunction with SAE

The fast-paced, customer-driven automotive industry has taken on the challenges of rapidly changing power demands for electric, hydrogen, hybrid, and gas-powered vehicles. This 30-minute Webinar looks at how tightening regulations, global competition, and demands for safer vehicles have set the course for placing the powertrain front and center in technological development.

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5 Steps to a 15+ Year Rackmount Computer Lifecycle

Many applications, such as government, military, medical, and embedded system designs struggle with the typical computer product lifecycles. Most commercial-grade computers have a 1-2 year lifecycle before the computer is EOL (End of Life). There are also very few assurances that the rack mount computer is properly revision-controlled so you can rest assured that nothing inside the computer changes the form, fit, or function. Engineers spend a lot of time and energy determining the right specs, validating the product, getting industry certifications, and then finally getting to full production...and in many cases this spec, test, and certification process can take longer than the computer’s 1-2 year lifecycle.

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Researchers Print the Unprintable: Kapton

Kapton, a material used in electronics and aerospace applications, has only been available in sheet form. Researchers from Virginia Tech have found a way to 3D-print a polymer with Kapton's structural characteristics.

Posted in: News, News, Aerospace, Electronic Components, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials
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