Relevance: The Key to Consumer Electronics Brand Survival
by Dan Ashcraft, Creative Director and Principalle, Ashcraft Design
For years, technology reigned supreme in consumer electronics. Brands successfully wooed customers with new technical developments and ever-increasing advances in performance.
Engineering Compressor Motors for Energy Efficiency
Striving for a Greener Environment
Michael Cui, senior engineer at the Trane Company in LaCrosse, WI, U.S.
An HVAC manufacturer digs deeper and searches wider to improve energy efficiency and reduce impact on the environment.
The Open Door
Greater Chip Integration Drives Down System Costs
by Scott Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Transportation & Standard Products Group, Motorola Semiconductor Products Sector
Semiconductor chips that combine microcontroller (MCU) and digital signal processor (DSP) capability, along with flash memory and other peripherals, are rapidly driving advanced features and functions into appliances.
Engineering: Dryer Technology
Microwave Clothes Drying - Technical Solutions to Fundamental Challenges
by John F Gerling, president, Microwave FabriCare Technology, a division of Gerling Applied Engineering, Inc.
The following discusses the use of microwave heating technology in laundry appliance applications, and recent solutions that address the technology's historical challenges.
Flash Memory Cards with Wi-Fi Connectivity
SanDisk Corporation (Sunnyvale, CA, U.S.) has introduced a line of wireless Wi-Fi (802.11b) cards that are said to be the world's first to include both memory and wireless communications technology.
Efficient Refrigeration Fan Motors
An electric motor system and fan from ebm Industries, Inc. (Farmington CT, U.S) are said to benefit refrigeration equipment due to their relatively long on-cycles.
1-MHz Operational Amplifiers
Technology, Inc.'s new family of 1-MHz
operational amplifiers reportedly reduce supply voltage demand, making
them an ideal
solution for extending battery life in portable devices, security systems,
and other appliance applications.