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Blogs about Industrial Applications

Blogs about Industrial Applications

  • Is Number Five really Alive? (Number One is still pretty Dumb)

    Bill Marshall

    Finally, after months of late nights working in the lab, this collection of servomotors, microcontrollers and bits of bent metal is ready to come alive. All it needs now is a brain to give it intelligence, to allow it to think for itself, to operate autonomously: to be a robot. But what is ‘intelligence’ and can it be programmed in computer code? I have a ‘Smart’ phone, but what does ‘Smart’ mean? One thing’s for sure, a lot of research is required just to work out where to start.


    • Now you can afford to measure the future!


      From time to time, products emerge which are genuinely unique and offer exciting new opportunities. As a member of the DesignSpark team at RS I can honestly say that in my career spanning over three decades there have been very few of these. The Red Pitaya project is certainly one.


      • Could Intel’s New Haswell CPUs Herald a Breakthrough for Embedded Computing?

        Mark BVM

        It has always been a compromise between raw computing performance, power consumption and thereby heat generation, when designing an embedded system. Intel claims its new 4th generation Haswell CPU range means this compromise is reduced, giving designers the best of both worlds. When BVM got wind of the new Haswell chips in development, we were eager to see what the implications and possibilities might be for commercial applications and embedded systems. Having now had a chance to assess the new Haswell processors, here are our thoughts.


        • Panasonic Power Mount CSP MOS FET


          Panasonic Semiconductor has developed the New Power CSP MOSFET This MOSFET family is optimized for load switches that combine low RDS(on) in a smaller form factor, reducing the power management system size and minimizing power consumption to increase power efficiency.


          • How will your company measure up in the British Engineering Excellence Awards?


            The British Engineering Excellence Awards (BEEAs) aim to demonstrate and promote the quality of engineering design within the UK; to emphasise innovation and effectiveness in order to allow smaller companies to compete on an equal footing with larger ones; to act as an incentive to the design engineering industry to create world-class businesses; to provide a benchmark of excellence from which the industry can learn and from which it can build; and to demonstrate the power of engineering design innovation within the UK to the world.


            • BVM visits Computex

              Mark BVM

              There is no doubt that Computex in Taipei is a little different from other trade shows. At Computex, the high tech industry collides with Asian traditions, creating an enigmatic oriental fusion of magic lanterns, chop sticks and cutting edge technology. The expo continues to grow year-on-year and is now spread across two sites, encompassing everything from the USB cable manufacturer, to the particularly impressive latest liquid nitrogen cooled, over-clocked motherboard, striving to achieve the ‘impossible’ benchmark. Add to this, the world’s most powerful amplifier system and you get a flavour of Computex’s vibe.