The term mechatronics engineering was coined in Japan during the 1970s, used to describe working in robotics. It has since developed as a practise encompassing electrical, mechanical, electronic and control engineering. Mechatronics combines these areas of the industry to allow the development, design and application of smart devices in an integrated, cross-disciplinary manner.
Today there is a huge industry demand for those who can work in interdisciplinary engineering environments. A career in mechatronics can lead a number of challenging roles especially in fields such as vehicle testing and manufacturing, building space, defence and industrial systems and the marketing and sales of engineering products. There is ample opportunity to work both in the UK and overseas and the field offers excellent benefits to those who work within it. Read the rest of this entry »
Parts.io is a new service for finding electronics parts that just opened its doors to the public:
Parts.io has its sights set on a better path to part discovery. Yes, this is parametric search but it will return data for all parts from all manufacturers. The distinction may not be completely obvious, but for example if you are searching on Element14 you’re only getting data on the parts that Element14 carries. Once you have drilled down to a reasonably manageable pool of components you get what you would expect: one-click datasheets and a roundup of pricing and availability from worldwide distributors. The presentation of the parts is grouped into families that differ in trailing parts designators, and I must say I am impressed at the interface’s ability to roll with you. It feels easier to find alternative parts after the drilldown where in my past searches I would have started completely over again.
Parts.io Electronics Parts Search is Open - [Link]
This is a website down alarm using a Tessel module. Check it on projects.tessel.io:
If your website goes down, you want to be the first to know. Make it obvious when there’s a problem by hooking up a big alarm light to a Tessel, which will ping your website every few seconds to check for trouble.
Continuously off: all is well
Continuously on: website being monitored is down
Two-second bursts (on or off): system error; monitoring isn’t working (reset the Tessel)
Website Down Alarm using Tessel board - [Link]
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The NXP Flyback SMPS Design Tool helps you design flyback power supplies using NXPs TEA1721, TEA1723, TEA1733 and TEA1738 family. The TEA1721(A, B, D, F) family, the TEA1723(A, B, D, F) family, the TEA1733(A, B, C, M, L) family and TEA1738(F, G, L) family are low cost Switched Mode Power Supply (SMPS) controller IC’s intended for flyback topologies.
The latest update of the tool combines the TEA172x family and the TEA173x family into one tool. It comes along with a new style and an improved flow. Now it is also possible to export all design parameters, results and graphs automatically into an Excel sheet for post-processing or presentation purposes. Furthermore the database of transformer cores is extended.
Flyback SMPS Design Tool - [Link]
Introducing PCBWeb Designer, our new desktop schematic capture and layout tool that’s free and easy to use. Create multi-sheet schematics, use the parts toolbar that includes the Digi-Key parts catalog, in a browsable and searchable database. The PCB view is always in sync with your schematic, and includes all the tools you need to create a design with up to 12 layers. Then you can keep your gerber files locally or send them off to one of our manufacturing partners for production from within the tool. Download at www.pcbweb.com
Introducing PCBWeb Designer - [Link]
The deadline for the 2014 European Design Freedom Contest is fast approaching and we’d love to see you win a variety of Apple products, a football table, espresso machine, or shiny new bicycle! Using the Freescale Freedom Kinetics ARM based development platform and free online tools from Digi-Key Corporation, you’ll generate a block diagram of a project of your choosing. In Phase 2, create a PCB design that brings your creativity to life! Enter today!
Contest link: http://www.eeweb.com/freedomcontest
“Hardwired TCP/IP” instead of a software solution? The result is higher performance and reliability. This time the webinar is focused on TCP/IP chips and modules from Wiznet
17.9.2014 – 10:00 CET
Programme of webinar:
- WIZnet company and short core tech. introduction
- “Serial-to-Ethernet” and “Serial-to-(serial) WiFi” by WIZnet chips and modules
- Live presentation and hand on demo how-to-start and – use new S2E-modules
SOS webinar: Internet of Things by one chip - [Link]
PyroElectro.com proudly presents their new contest:
View the Pyro Propeller Clock POV Project to learn more about the concept Persistence of Vision (POV) – a phenomenon where an afterimage persists for roughly one twenty-fifth of a second on the retina after the stimulus that produced it is removed.
Build an original electronic device demonstrating POV and photograph in action in a darkened environment. You may use any electronic parts desired as long as the POV signals are driven by either an FPGA or CPLD.
Submit your entry to email@example.com with the subject line “PyroElectro POV Contest.” Your entry must contain two photos of the device – one of its components in a well-lit environment and one of it in action in a darkened environment – as well as a circuit diagram and the VHDL code to run the device.
Who Can Build The Best P-O-V Contest - [Link]
Imagine specifying the types of components needed for an electronics project and letting an algorithm take care of the component selection and pin matching. Well, eda_solver makes this idea a reality.
I just launched a site called edasolver.com where users translate their project requirements into a JSON format and let the algorithm take care of finding components and pin connections that support each other. For example, it can be used to find the cheapest Arduino model that supports 10 servo motors and match the pins in such a way that the I2C ports are still preserved. It can be thought of a project requirements to schematic generator.
edasolver.com – A functional EDA - [Link]