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Active spoon helps tremoring hands

For people with Parkinson’s disease, scientists and engineers in California have developed a spoon with active movement cancellation. Called Liftware, the rechargeable utensil includes a battery-powered servo system. Clip-in ends to replace the spoon are planned. The organisation behind it is Lift labs (click link for video…

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Round table: The emulation think tank

Specialists in semiconductor design and design tool technologies from Imagination Technologies and Broadcom have been brought together by Electronics Weekly in partnership with Mentor Graphics, to discuss the importance of emulation for the verification of complex IC designs The use of hardware and software emulation is being driven by design…

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Sensorless control turns stepper into servo motor

Sensorless control of stepper motors, in which the speed of the rotor is determined through a virtual encoder within the controller, is possible, claims German firm Nanotec. “This enables the stepper motor to be operated as a servo-motor, with no step loss, no resonance and no risk of overheating…

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Symtavision and Lauterbach integrate flow

Symtavision and Lauterbach have further integrated the SymTA/S and TraceAnalyzer timing design tools with Lauterbach’s TRACE32 suite of microprocessor development tools…

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More on: Newbury Electronics tracks animals

Yesterday it was announced that Newbury Electronics is to start a new electronic design services division called Newbury Innovations, and that the team transferring to the new entity had already designed some interesting electronics, including tags for tracking wild animals. Here is some more on those tags. They were created…

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RS gives DesignSpark PCB prototyping tools

RS Components has announced the latest release of DesignSpark PCB,  its free downloadable PCB design tool, which now can draw the approximate routing path and allow algorithms to draw the best tracks in schematics and PCB layout. The tool will now update part numbers to the bill of material at…

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Green Hills Software and MEN Mikro Elektronik develop pre-certified safety platforms

Green Hills Software has teamed with embedded computer firm MEN Mikro Elektronik to develop pre-certified safety platforms for applications in the industrial and transportation sectors. Green Hills Software’s Netherlands-based technical centre will provide customer support and a safety BSP (board support package) for the industrial safety (IEC…

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Pulsonix tool adds netlist export and Gerber X2 outputs

The latest release of Pulsonix the PCB software design tool has been announced by Westdev. The latest release of the design tool, Pulsonix 8.5, can now support IPC-2581 netlist export and Gerber X2 manufacturing outputs. A new Panel Editor will allow multi-PCB designs to be panelised ready…

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