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Bench Talk for Design Engineers

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Bench Talk for Design Engineers | The Official Blog of Mouser Electronics


New Tech Tuesdays to Tackle Fresh Design Ideas, Technologies Tommy Cummings
The New Tech Tuesdays feature on this blog will aim to keep developers, designers, and innovators updated on cool new product ideas. We need your input, too.

When Design Engineers Meet Security Concerns Clive Maxfield
Design engineers must develop sophisticated systems that keep security at the forefront. We’ll explore challenges and some solutions, as well as the impact the Internet of Things has on the development of these designs.

How a Distributor Makes Sense for Engineers Tommy Cummings
One big advantage for an engineer buying via a distributor: You don't have to navigate to dozens of manufacturers’ websites. A distributor's website offers a comprehensive selection of parts in stock or available for order.

A Combo for Innovation: Open Source and Crowdfunding Bruce Byfield
In the last few years, open source and crowdfunding have become a joint force multiplier, leading to new product innovations and a deeper expansion of open source into business.

Technical Content Is Blazing New Trails Deborah Ray
On Halloween afternoon, Mouser’s technical content team was hard at work developing the company’s latest technical articles, ezines, blogs, videos, projects, and web pages. A simple observation—and the team discussion that ensued—highlights the many areas of expertise, personalities, and passions that developing technical content requires. What’s more, it underscores how the thriving trend in technical content marketing exemplifies the changing roles and skills required for today’s engineers and technical professionals.

Doing the Low-Power Limbo John Donovan
Back when they still made vinyl records the Limbo was a popular dance craze. Imported from the Caribbean via Chubby Checker, you’d try to dance yourself under a horizontal bar without falling flat on your back. The lower the bar went the more people would clap—up until the point where you crashed out and everyone laughed. The challenge was, “How low can you go?”

Physics for Nuns Lynnette Reese
When I was in college, I held 3 part time jobs, of which one of them was tutoring Physics. Not that I was an expert or anything, but someone had to do it. Most of the time I spent the tutoring hours working on my own assignments. All of it is just a blur now, except one person, a nun. She was determined to make a passing grade, and she started coming in about a third of the way through the semester. I quickly figured out that algebra is kind of important to physical laws like F=mA. It seemed so simple to me, so intuitive, so I started out rattling off what force was, mass, and how acceleration played a part. The glazed look in her eyes told me I needed to step back a bit. So we began exploring the mathematical relationship.

Engineer's Week 2014 and the Next Generation of Engineers Erik Smith
It’s Engineer’s Week, and outside of celebrating by reading Col. Chris Hadfield’s new book, “An Astronaut’s Guide To Life On Earth”, I’m also doing some volunteer work, representing Mouser Electronics at the Fort Worth Museum of Science and History. We have both a display, showing kids various functioning LEDs, chips, speakers and a nifty little robot built from a Parallax kit, and a hands-on table showing young kids how to build their own homopolar motor. This fascination with how things work and being able to build it yourself is a common trait I’ve seen in engineers of all ages.

Remember USENET? Lynnette Reese
One of the most fascinating developments to me is open source. The internet is the ultimate in open source. Everyone considers the internet to be “free,” but the cost is borne by every server that is connected to the internet, and open source is like that. A few make it possible for the unknown many.

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