Each week, the editor of Planet Analog finds items of interest and then features them in two sections, entitled “Also of Interest” and “Elementals”. Each cites items from publications outside the Planet Analog and EETimes portfolios. Please note : our backlog queue for both sections has grown much faster than we're listing them, so we're running more of them each week to clear the backlog (for now), and all at no charge to you!
“Also of Interest” and “Elementals” is an extension of our belief that engineers are interested in on-going tutorial on obviously relevant topics, as well as the serendipity of exploring topics which are not directly related to their jobs, but which will broaden their knowledge and sometimes spurs innovative and creative approaches. The first box highlights a few items of general interest to the engineer, while the second highlights some basic and tutorial electronic-engineering material.
Among the publications we check are IEEE Spectrum , Machine Design , Design News , Laser Focus World , EDN , Electronic Design , NASA Tech Briefs , Portable Design , and Physics Today , plus others.
Consider these items as “online-only” extras, and worth a look! (Please note: there are also links to the previous weeks' editions, at the bottom).
Also of Interest:
- Electro-textiles for connecting electronic devices might eventually be embedded in clothing:
“Testing Silver-Coated Nylon Fibers as Electrical Conductors,”
Defense Tech Briefs , August 2008
- Potential applications include optical communications, detection of chemicals, signal processing, and sensing:
“Hybrid Micro-Electro-Mechanically Tunable Optical Filter,”
Defense Tech Briefs , October 2008
- An automobile rear-view mirror that has a field of view more than twice as wide as that of a conventional flat rear-view mirror and which introduces almost no distortion to the field:
“REFLECTIVE OPTICS: Free-form reflector eliminates driver’s blind spot,”
Laser Focus World , October 2008
- Here's a way to calculate the reliability for designs with several subsystems:
” Weibull Plots Predict System Reliability,”
Machine Design , October 9, 2008
- Researchers in England are creating specialized sprinting shoes with selective laser sintering, athlete testing, and one tough plastic:
“Building the World’s Fastest Shoes Using 3D Systems Technology,”
Desktop Engineering , November 2008
- In building a strategy for effective integrated-circuit design, it is important to understand the characteristics of different printed transmission lines:
“Setting Strategies For Transmission Lines,”
Microwaves & RF , October 2008
- Implementation of a full 3-D simulation technique for anechoic chambers at low frequencies using a commercial transient solver package:
“Low Frequency 3-D Electromagnetic Analysis of Anechoic Chamber Performance,”
Microwave Journal , October 2008
- A water-tolerant design offers a higher level of safety in white-goods applications, and it's cost-effective to boot:
“Build A Touch-Sensor Solution For Wet Environments,”
Electronic Design , October 23, 2008