The ZigBee Alliance and a group of leading smart-metering and Smart Grid member companies are developing a communication profile aimed at achieving true plug-and-play interoperability between the members’ wireless Smart Grid neighborhood-area network (NAN) products and solutions.
Self-driving or autonomous vehicles will soon be providing independent transportation, minus the road rage. From China to Virginia to Berlin, from Baidu and Google to Apple and Ford, the race is on to realize a viable driverless car.
A new power-management chipset from Texas Instruments exploits intelligent digital control and a body-diode sensing feature that optimizes secondary-side synchronous rectification in ac-dc and isolated dc-dc power supplies....More
I have designed many early-stage proof-of-concept (POC) circuits, and observed many others do the same thing. It seems that there is often a huge disconnect between clients and engineers, though, when it comes to the goals of a POC design. In simple terms, an engineer worth his salt will overdesign an early POC circuit. This is because Murphy’s law always applies, and POCs are about overcoming unknowns. By overdesigning the circuit, one is able to prove the client’s product POC can be made to work, and quickly....More
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