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  • This is a Story About Tape-Out Day

    This is a Story About Tape-Out Day

    All of the little details were squared up when the check-plots came out for "final" review. Those same preliminary files were shared with the fab and assembly units and, of course, the vendors have c

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  • Using Patient-Reported IoT Data to Improve Health Outcomes

    Using Patient-Reported IoT Data to Improve Health Outcomes

    The world recognizes the American healthcare system for its innovation in precision medicine, surgical techniques, medical devices, and drug development. But they’ve been slow to adopt 21st century t

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  • The First Helpful or Intelligible Guide Anyone Has Ever Given You

    The First Helpful or Intelligible Guide Anyone Has Ever Given You

    Introducing the culmination of months of handwork and collaboration. The Hitchhikers Guide to PCB Design is a play off the original Douglas Adams novel and contains over 100 pages of contains...

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  • Give me an L. Give me a T, Give me an E. What’s that spell? 4G!

    Give me an L. Give me a T, Give me an E. What’s that spell? 4G!

    The media darling of the season is the hot new 5G protocol. Of course, a large part of that ecosystem is vaporware or pre-5G demonstrations. We will be riding the 4G (LTE) wave at least for a while. I

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  • Five Reasons to Teach Children Robotics

    Five Reasons to Teach Children Robotics

    Parents and educators with an eye to the future are starting to see why teaching robotics can be beneficial for their kids. They’re right to pay attention to robotics — it has a lot to offer for kids.

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  • Using Machine Learning to Analyze Customer Usage Data for IoT Devices

    Using Machine Learning to Analyze Customer Usage Data for IoT Devices

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is a tech buzzword—but what does that actually mean?The definition is simple: the Internet of Things is the concept of connecting any device with an on/off switch to the

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  • A Tale of Two Currents: AC vs. DC

    A Tale of Two Currents: AC vs. DC

    Ever wonder why you need a wall adapter to charge your phone while your toaster plugs directly into the wall? The answer lies in the difference between alternating current (AC) that’s supplied to yo

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  • Predictive Maintenance for Automobiles

    Predictive Maintenance for Automobiles

    In most commercial sectors where delivery of goods and services is essential, reliable road transportation is key. For organizations with a large vehicle fleet, staying on top of maintenance schedules

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  • How Do You Manage Customer Data For Your IOT Devices

    How Do You Manage Customer Data For Your IOT Devices

    In recent years, Internet of Things (IoT) devices have become commonplace in our daily lives. We wear fitness trackers, have smart home thermostats, and even use medical devices that remotely transmit

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  • Time to go to the Library

    Time to go to the Library

    The PCB can be no better than the underlying footprints and symbols. A lot of boards end up as scrap or are only partially useful due to improper footprints. Extra design cycles to fix these preventab

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  • Why Reliability Is Important in Automotive

    Why Reliability Is Important in Automotive

    A vehicle is likely one of the largest purchases that many people will ever make. Such an investment deserves some research to be sure that you are meeting the most important requirements for your veh

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  • The End Game - Winding Down a Successful Product

    The End Game - Winding Down a Successful Product

    The invention launched and took the market by storm. After climbing the mass production ramp and catching up with demand, the object of desire settled into a nice run rate. That is always the plan, bu

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  • Using Smart Electronic Design in Autonomous Vehicles

    Using Smart Electronic Design in Autonomous Vehicles

    In 2016, there was an average of 102 car crashes a day in the U.S. And according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA), nearly 94% of automobile accidents are caused by

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  • Sustaining Engineering - What to do After You Hit a Homerun

    Sustaining Engineering - What to do After You Hit a Homerun

    Success! Oh, the sweet, sweet problems of success. The first problem is that we just cannot build these (insert product) fast enough. The second is that suddenly there is a new cash cow in the room. T

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  • Recent Developments in the Power Supply World

    Recent Developments in the Power Supply World

    In the future, we are likely to see even more hybrid approaches to energy innovation where multiple renewable methods are paired together to offer energy solutions that are robust and scalable. One ea

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  • Machine Learning for Household Chores

    Machine Learning for Household Chores

    In the not-too-distant near future, a robot might be folding your clothes, doing your dishes, or mowing the lawn. In fact, robots exist today with the mechanical capability to perform all these tasks

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  • Using VR and Flexible Electronics for Innovations in the Operating Room

    Using VR and Flexible Electronics for Innovations in the Operating Room

    A round-up of emerging ways that virtual reality is reshaping remote surgery. Using virtual reality technology in surgery sounds like something that’s out of a sci-fi novel, but that reality is a lot

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  • Why Do Cell Phones Get Hot?

    Why Do Cell Phones Get Hot?

    How many times have you noticed your mobile device getting a little warm to the touch? Most of the time, it’s not a big deal. But sometimes it is: A few models of phones have gotten so hot that they h

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  • How Do I Keep My Data Cool?

    How Do I Keep My Data Cool?

    In 1965, Gordon Moore predicted that computing power would double every two years at the same cost. This model is known as Moore’s Law. In theory, Moore’s Law is the very definition of rapid progress—

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  • 3 Ways to Train Doctors with VR/AR

    3 Ways to Train Doctors with VR/AR

    Technological innovation and teaching go hand in hand, and medical training isn’t an exception. These days, one of the hottest new tech trends is virtual or augmented reality (VR or AR). It shouldn’t

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