THE EDUCATION MISSION


As technology continues to evolve, so does teaching! In the past when there was a huge emphasis on rote learning, the mindset is shifting to a more hands-on kind of training methodologies. At the heart of it, engineering colleges in India are realizing the importance of preparing their students to think creatively.

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At Tektronix, we have understood this and are working closely with many educational institutes in the country. With the rapid pace of change in the electronics industry, educators are finding it increasingly challenging to keep their curriculum current with the latest advances. Staying current is particularly important – and daunting – in embedded systems design. For example, our Educator’s Resource Kit is designed to help you prepare your engineering lab curriculum with the latest standards and techniques for test and measurement. The comprehensive kit includes six different labs with accompanying instructor’s guides, reference fact sheets a basic concept book for students, in addition to a training board to provide real-world signals during the labs.

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The Educator’s Resource Kit offers an easy-to-implement method to keep electrical engineering curriculum up to date. We have had a long history of partnership with leading educational institutions throughout the world, and this is the most recent product of those relationships.

This goes a long way in helping educators to impart problem-based learning skills, a design to match lab time; which can scale from 2-4 hours and provide detailed instructor guides. These instructor guides comes with helpful hints to students to perform experiments, gives answers to exercises and supports all experiments.

Further, the reference fact sheets is designed specifically for students, covers basic test and measurement theory and the reference tools that come along with it can be used during lab time.

The kit is designed to help ensure that students are prepared to be immediately productive in the workplace and able to use the latest in test and measurement instrumentation. Today, virtually every electronic product developed has an embedded system, may contain microprocessors, microcontrollers, DSPs, RAM, Flash, EEPROMs, FPGAs, A/Ds, D/As,serial and parallel buses, embedded audio and switch-mode power supplies. Students need to be trained on the test equipment and procedures used to design and troubleshoot these multi-component embedded systems. The labs in the Educator’s Resource Kit address the most common challenges faced in the electronics industry today.

The new kit provides a complete set of instructional materials to upgrade lab curriculum to feature the latest and most commonly used test equipment. Materials include six different scalable, problem-based laboratory experiments with an instructor’s guide and student reference fact sheet for each experiment, a training board to provide real-world signals for the lab experiments and an Oscilloscope Reference Guide that mounts directly on the oscilloscope and details the common controls and features of today’s digital oscilloscopes.  Labs cover such topics as Introduction to Oscilloscopes, Introduction to Arbitrary/Function Generators, Parallel and Serial Bus Analysis and Debugging a Digital Design.

In addition to the new Educator’s Resource Kit, we believe in empowering them by offering a free Fundamentals Library of 15 technical papers covering basic concepts to advanced test and measurement techniques. For example, Oscilloscope Fundamentals explains how oscilloscopes work, describes different types of oscilloscopes, outlines electrical waveform types, reviews basic oscilloscope controls, and explains how to take simple measurements.

The industry has been doing the bulk of work to get the academia to understand the importance of enabling their students to on-hands training. Colleges like BVB College of Engineering and Technology, H.R.H. The Prince of Wales Institute of Engineering & Technology, Nettur Technical Training Foundation, amongst other engineering colleges are using some of the latest equipments.

The successful future engineer will have to possess strong analytical skills, creativity, good communication skills, business and management knowledge, leadership, high ethical standards, dynamism, agility, a pursuit of lifelong learning, as some of the many skill-sets. These skill-sets combined with exposure to tools that will help an engineer in putting to practice the acquired practical knowledge would shape the person’s future.

 In the past, educators could afford to take their time in learning about things. However, in a dynamic world that we live in, there is a constant need to create an environment that makes it easier to develop and distribute lab material to students. The sooner educators understand this, better it would be for students and the country. In a country which has an estimated 4,000 engineering colleges with 15 lakh seats, there is a crying need to look at hands-on training methodologies.

 By Team Debug Right

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BERTScope Bit Error Rate Tester from Tektronix for 100G testing


BANGALORE, India, 20th June, 2014: Tektronix introduced the BSA286CL BERTScope Bit Error Rate Tester for the testing of 100G communications standards including OIF-CEI, CAUI, and InfiniBand Standards.

BSA286CL supports testing of higher levels of jitter tolerance and can generate the requisite degree of impairments with a low enough jitter noise floor.

“Inphi’s commitment to leading the industry in optical technology, both at 100G and beyond, is helped by testing tools which provide precision impairment and lower noise to validate performance to key specs like OIF-CEI 3.0,” said Mark Marlett, senior principal engineer, Inphi.

BSA286CL features the best modulation technology supporting 100G PHY Layer testing. The 28.6 Gb/s BERTScope supports higher levels of Sinusoidal Jitter (SJ) and other jitter impairments while maintaining low sub 300 fs intrinsic jitter floor performance at key 100G data rates.

“The BSA286CL rounds out the comprehensive Tektronix high performance BERT portfolio which support key industry standards. These products are all integral players in supporting the emerging 100G ecosystem,” said Brian Reich, general manager, Performance Oscilloscopes, Tektronix. “In addition, with our recent acquisition of Picosecond Pulse Labs, Tektronix now offers the industry’s broadest selection of BERT-based technology combined with high performance oscilloscopes, giving customers a total solution to all their 100G needs.”

Another new capability in the BSA286CL is Combined Random, Bounded Uncorrelated and High Frequency Sinusoidal Jitter (RJ, BUJ and SJ) impairments up to 28.6G offering combined levels exceeding 7.5UI over a broad range of required jitter tolerance (JTOL) frequencies. An industry first, this capability is key to meeting OIF-CEI 3.0 JTOL specifications as well as similar needs found in IEEE802.3bj 100G specifications.

Pricing & Availability: General availability is June 2014. Prices start at $347,000 US MSRP.

Source: EE Herald

 

Electronic manufacturing cluster in Odisha receives in-principle approval from DeitY


NEW DELHI, India 20th June: India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA) has obtained in-principle approval for setting up the first Greenfield electronic manufacturing cluster (EMC) in collaboration with the Government of Odisha, under the Electronic Manufacturing Clusters Scheme of Department of Electronics and Information Technology (DeitY), providing a boost to the electronics manufacturing industry and job creation in the state.

The proposed Greenfield EMC cluster, located at Harapur, Gaudakasipur and Durgapur village of Khurda District in Odisha, is expected to house over 100 electronics manufacturing units. The project, with an estimated cost of Rs. 209.64 crores, has an employment potential of 10,000 – 12,000 jobs.

Odisha-MapThe EMC scheme of DeitY supports grant assistance for setting up Greenfield and Brownfield EMCs. For Greenfield EMCs, the assistance is 50% of the project cost subject to a ceiling of Rs. 50 crore for every 100 acres of land.

The total investment in the cluster is projected at Rs. 979 crores, including investment by individual units in plant, machinery and park infrastructure. IESA has asked Infrastructure Leasing & Financial Services (ILF&S) clusters to prepare a detailed project report for the proposed EMC Park.

“The state government is committed towards the development of the Electronic System Design and Manufacturing (ESDM) sector in the state and both IDCO and OCAC (Odisha Computer Application Centre) are lending admirable support for the project.

 “In addition to this, the state government is providing attractive incentives for the ESDM sector under the recently announced state IT policy-2014,” said Odisha Industrial Infrastructure Development Corporation IDCO CMD, Vishal Kumar Dev.

The proposed Greenfield cluster will include common facilities for production support services like tool room, test and measurement labs, incubation centre, training centre, and have provisions for common infrastructure support like power and water for potential investors, IESA said in a statement.

Source: The Economic Times

Students bring laurels to Jain College of Engineering


BANGALORE, 20th June: Three students of Jain College of Engineering got their innovations published at the Fourth International Congress on Interdisciplinary Research and Development at Bangkok recently. Suhas Mithare, Abhay Kulkarni and Suneet Dixit — all final year students of Mechanical Engineering and Electronics engineering branches — were among students from 16 countries who presented 103 papers at the event titled ‘Interdisciplinary and ASEAN community’, said college director and principal K.G. Vishwanath.

The conference was organised by the Royal Institute of Thailand under the patronage of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and the presentations were held on June 1.

They innovated on a technology of monitoring water content in agricultural soil and automatic regulation of the pump. This helps in conserving water and electricity. The farmer is not required to monitor watering of crops. Electronic sensors measure moisture and the feedback circuit operates the pump. They co-authored the paper under the guidance of D.G. Kulkarni.

In another paper, Kavita and Pallavi, final year students of mechanical engineering, designed fuel briquettes from leaves. Villagers can make this briquette by mixing leaves, camphor, waste engine oil and some additives to generate maximum heat for a stove. These briquettes are more efficient than industrial briquettes, they said.

Their classmates Mallikarjun G.B., Ramesh Kotre and Bhimraddi Mankani designed and fabricated a low-cost stove for burning briquette, which will save them the cost of fuel. Both projects were guided by Prof. Kulkarni.

Kavita and Pallavai presented a paper on their project at the All-India Conference on ‘Waste management’ recently and also published in the Institution of Engineers’ proceedings.

Source: The Hindu

Telangana to set up electronic manufacturing clusters


HYDERABAD, India, 20th June, 2014: After promising to make Hyderabad a wifi enabled city and to create a separate fund for incubators, Telangana IT minister K Tarakarama Rao announced that efforts will be made to set up two electronic manufacturing clusters in Hyderabad.

These clusters that would come in about 700 acre in Maheshwaram mandal of Rangareddy district would compliment the software segment in Hyderabad, which was now in the second position in the country. Hyderabad had earlier announced a fabcity but that has not met with success. Later, only a few solar module manufacturing units came up.

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Telengana

According to Rao, Centre has accorded approval for these clusters and assured to provide 50 per cent of the funds. “There is local interest in the clusters. We are hoping that global gadgets and consumer electronics players too would set up their units here,” said the

A policy that would foster the growth of the hardware segment too would be brought out shortly, he said.

The government would set up a technology development bank to nurture entrepreneurship in hardware and software sectors, he said adding that technology development bank would provide seed fund to budding entrepreneurs.

Consortiums of software companies would adopt engineering colleges to impart skills to make them industry ready, he said adding that the government was setting up the country’s largest incubation centre at IIIT-Hyderabad campus to promote entrepreneurship. With over 100,000 sft of incubation space, the centre would be ready six months, he said.

JA Chowdary, co-chair of Ficci for Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, said the opportunity in the electronic manufacturing is huge. The investment potential in the segment could be $ 400 billion in the country, he said adding incentives like exemption from excise and income tax could bring OEMs to Hyderabad.

Meanwhile, Hitachi Consulting, to which the state government had earlier allotted 7.3 acre land at Nanakramguda SEZ, said it would expand its operations here. It now had over 1900 software professionals working at the development center here.

Source: Financial Chronicle

Powered by great ideas, hard work


Ayesha Banerjee, Hindustan Times, New Delhi, June 20, 2014: From developing adult and infant ventilators to simulating industrial business processes and addressing manufacturing design challenges, PSG College of Technology in Peelamedu, Coimbatore, is leveraging its ties with the industry for research and development work.

The strengths of the institute are  electronics and communications and it boasts of a number of centres to develop cable technology, embedded systems, CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and manufacturing) processes.

Industry collaborations have proved beneficial. The PSG-Lapp Centre for Excellence in Cable Technology has been set up with support from the German cable manufacturing Lapp Group. It has facilities for designing suitable electrical cables for various applications. The PSG-Infineon Embedded Systems Centre, which has facilities for designing and testing of embedded systems, is supported by German semiconductor manufacturing Infineon Technologies.

Dr R Rudramoorthy, principal, says his students and faculty use these facilities for R&D. “Our PG students are involved in research and development work. Working at the centres improves their technical skills for meeting industry expectations. The current technical problems associated with these industries are very useful for research work,” he adds.

Students have the benefit of familiarising themselves with actual engineering practices and also use the facilities for their project work. Faculty members take the students to the shopfloor to help them understand manufacturing processes. Single semester programmes in universities such as South Australia, Dayton,  Arkansas, Luxembourg and Toledo, also give students ample international exposure.

International internships help. Recounting his experience at switchgear manufacturing company ETA PCS, Ajman, UAE, A Abdul Rahim says, “It was like any job meeting HR on the first day and being briefed on the company and schedules for the next two months. Safety induction training was given by the health and safety engineer.” In the first month, Rahim was given a week in each department to learn about the outline of each. Then, he opted to work in the quality assurance and internal testing department “because I can learn stuff technically and get hands-on experience on testing of panels and relays.” Every day was about learning something new. “Apart  from technical stuff I have learnt many lessons from my superiors regarding professional behaviour and communication. Overall, my stay at ETA-PCS was technically and professionally enriching with a right blend of knowledge and fun,” he adds.

Students have also been accessing Agilent, SAP and Cordys centres with software facilities for simulating industrial business processes, open source softwares and cloud computing.

Training of faculty is a key area. Dr P V Mohanram, a senior faculty of mechanical engineering, was trained in pneumatic automation by FESTO. Ashok Leyland trained him in the area of automotive engineering.  He feels he is better equipped to teach related subjects with appropriate emphasis on the industrial standards and practices.

The Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (Tifac) and Pricol Industries, manufacturer and supplier of complete automotive products, have helped  set up the PSG Tifac Core. This centre has advanced facilities in CAD/CAM (computer-aided design and manufacturing) laboratories. For the uninitiated this refers to computer software used for design and manufacture products. CAD/CAM applications are used to design a product and programme manufacturing processes, especially for CNC machining, which involves the use of computers to control machines.

Experienced faculty of the institute are engaged in research in product design and development. The centre has full-fledged rapid prototyping facility (to quickly fabricate a scale models, using three-dimensional computer aided design data. Usually done using 3D printing or ‘additive layer manufacturing’ technology). Faculty services are extended to industries in rapid prototyping, reverse engineering (reproduction of another manufacturer’s product after examination of its construction or composition) and rapid tooling (fabricating tools from a rapid prototyping process).

“So far,” says Rudramoorthy, “about a 1,000 companies have used its facilities for product development and  it is doing very well.”

It is promoted jointly by PSG-Pricol and the Department of Science and Technology (DST), with all three contributing equally. Pricol, too, has used the centre for developing its automobile dashboard components.

Joint research and development projects include a bench model for  an adult ventilator. Funded by the Society for BioMedical Technology, Bangalore, technology transfer of the ventilator took place in 2005 between PSG and Pricol.

With the lessons learnt, another project on an infant ventilator was taken up with Pricol Medical Systems Limited, one of Pricol’s group companies.

The funding and expert guidance came from DST. Because of the earlier experience, there was more to add to the infant ventilator and ensure it had  elegant aesthetics. Its features included advanced modes of ventilation, touchscreen display, user-friendly menu and, interestingly, more than 60% indigenous components. The equipment was also tested for trouble-free operation and reliability and maintainability.

 The institute established an Entrepreneurship Development Cell in the early 80’s and upgraded it as PSG Science and Technology Entrepreneurship Park (PSG STEP) in 1998 with financial support from DST. It has seen about a 100 startups  and both faculty and alumni have benefited from the project.

Looking ahead, PSG is now establishing a research and development centre for industrial textiles with the ministry of textiles at a cost of Rs. 25 crore. The objective is to develop new industrial textile products.

The institute also plans to bring more industries to the Science and Technology Entrepreneurial Park it established in 1988 and engage them in research with the faculty for product development.

An ambitious plan is being drawn up to connect the Indian industry with others in the developed countries by collaborative arrangements through foreign universities. Finally, in the next few years, PSG wants to keenly focus on product development, patents and technology transfer.

Principal’s cut, Dr R Rudramoorthy

We understand the requirements of the industry and their operating technologies through our centres and train our students to develop knowledge and skill in these technologies. The industry gets trained manpower and our placement records have improved because of these centres.Engineers of the industry engage our faculty and ­students. Industries get lots of ideas through students’ projects. They train their engineers using the faculty in these centres. Joint research projects have also been taken up

What the faculty has to say

I have been trained well by Danfoss Ltd, Chennai, a Denmark-based ­company engaged in manufacturing and sales of air conditioning and variable speed motor drives. I am currently professor of robotics and automation engineering department of PSG Tech. Faculty members of PSG Tech have been offering ­training programmes to industries right from refresher courses on ­fundamentals of engineering to highly advanced topics. Companies like Ashok Leyland send their new recruits for intensive training ­programmes of about three months. Departments like robotics and ­automation engineering provide training programmes on advanced CNC programming, programming and maintenance of robots etc. These are very focused on the requirements of the industry and highly customised. So any such training programme requires lot of interaction, visits and networking between the industry and the ­institute. Local industries that have benefited from such tailor-made programmes to name a few are Pricol and Elgi Equipment.

Dr M Sundaram Professor, department of robotics and automation engineering, PSG College of Technology

Hear it from the students

I gained knowledge about the overall functioning of various departments of Lapp USA, a cable manufacturing company and their goals. During my internship I learned both ­technical and non-technical skills. I performed all types of electrical, mechanical and ­physical tests for engineering and laboratory projects and ­created test reports for the tasks completed. An important aspect of having this internship experience was that it helped me acquire professional ­etiquette. There are small things about the professional ­environment that are not taught in school like being on time, responding to emails in a timely manner, not being loud on the phone, acting responsibly etc

Athiban S

My overall internship experience in Lapp USA was good. It helped me gain knowledge on various processes, die blocks, materials used in the production like PVC, nylon and colouring agents, ­difference in various processes and methodology adopted by Lapp USA, manufacturing ­techniques, standards etc

Krishak E

Techprofile: PSG College of Technology – Peelamedu, Coimbatore

Commended for  Electronics and communications engineering

Founded In 1951 by Dr G R Damodaran, also its first principal. The first private engineering institute in Tamil Nadu

Status Autonomous, government  aided private engineering college and affiliated to Anna University

Industry backup Located on the same campus as PSG Industrial institute. Is among a few to have an industry attached to it

Faculty facts Faculty training programmes are organised in-house to which industry people are invited. Faculty members also attend training programmes organised by industry to ensure updating of knowledge

Linkages Has visiting faculty and guest lecturers from the industry. There were 11 visiting faculty and eight guest lecturers for the electronics engineering departments in 2012-13

Strengths Has 15 engineering and technology departments besides the computer applications, management sciences, basic sciences and humanities departments

Company contributions Several labs and facilities have been set up by industry. College also provided funds for doing the same. In 2005, an open source software laboratory was set up and in 2006 a PSG-LAPP Centre for Excellence in Cable Technology was inaugurated. The same year a PSG-Infenon Embedded Systems Lab was set up

Tie-ups with The institute also has close partnerships with Agilent, SAP, Cognizant and Cordys. It has links with industries in the field of automotive, aerospace, defence, textile, software\development and consumer durables

Power centre Was selected by the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (Tifac) of the department of science and technology to set up a Centre of Relevance and Excellence in product design, optimisation and collaborative product commerce. PSG Tifac Core was set up under public – private partnership model by TIFAC, PSG College of Technology and Pricol Industries in 2001

 Source: Hindustan Times

‘Soft machines’ to power new-age robots


New York, 20th June, 2014: Researchers have developed a technique that might be used to produce “soft machines” made of elastic materials and liquid metals for potential applications in robotics, medical devices and consumer electronics.

“However, new manufacturing techniques must be developed before soft machines become commercially practical,” said Rebecca Kramer, assistant professor of mechanical engineering at Purdue University.

She and her students are working to develop the fabrication technique which uses a custom-built 3D-printer.

The researchers embedded liquid-alloy devices into a rubber-like polymer called polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS), a silicon-based “elastomer”.

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The liquid gallium-indium alloy was used to create patterns of lines to form a network of sensors.

“It has some odd properties,” Kramer said.

“We exploit its oxide skin by using it for structural stability. This means you can print liquid on a surface and it will maintain stable structures without moving around,” she said.

Once you print it, you can flip it over or turn it on its side, because the liquid is encased by this oxide skin.

The new process also can be used to fabricate pressure sensors, capacitors and conductors.

“While this is a huge step forward, we need to continue to decrease scale and increase density to develop sensors and electronics that are comparable to traditional, rigid devices and that mimic the functionality of human skin,” Kramer added.

The findings appeared in the journal Advanced Functional Materials.

Source: Business Standard

 

 

ENHANCING AN USER’S SCOPE


Mixed Domain Oscilloscopes can be considered as a revolutionary leap as it lets a user see both the time and frequency domains in one glance, which, in turn, helps in analyzing your designs in a way never before possible.

But first, let’s take a step back and assess the significance of MDOs. There have been two major shifts in oscilloscope technology since the 1970’s that have significantly enhanced the way these instruments are used. The first was the switch from cathode ray tube (CRT) displays to pixel based displays. Pixel based display technology allowed scopes to shrink in depth considerably and it enabled easy overlay of text and cursors, which tremendously enhanced the presentation and examination of waveform data. The second had to do with the coming of digital technology that allowed for automated measurements, analytical math functions, mixed signal and mixed domain measurements, amongst other features.

Designed By Putting the Users First

The MDO has taken it a step further and has made significant enhancements to make it simple and easy to use. For instance, the feature of capture time-correlated analog, digital and RF signals which ensures that all channels are fully integrated, so you can trigger on any of your signals and the oscilloscope will capture all channels simultaneously. As a result, all signals—analog, digital and RF—are time-correlated for accurate analysis.

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Further, the MDOs captures a long time period of your RF signal, which was difficult to do in the past. By capturing this long period of RF signal, you can choose the precise spectrum you want to see at any point in time. By simply moving Spectrum Time through your acquisition, you can see how your RF spectrum is changing over time or device state.

Also, most traditional spectrum analyzers are narrowband, showing you only a small portion of your spectrum at any point in time. The MDOs offers up to a 3 GHz capture bandwidth, so you can see your whole spectrum of interest at once. This helps in viewing your whole spectrum with up to 3 GHz capture bandwidth.

Another key feature with MDOs has to do with fast and efficient analytsis with built-in spectral analysis tools. With this, a user can define threshold and excursion values, and the oscilloscope will automatically search your entire spectrum and mark all peaks that meet your criteria, enabling you to quickly see each peak’s frequency and amplitude. By using the built-in spectrogram display to see how your spectrum’s peaks are changing in both frequency and amplitude— attributes that are ideal for monitoring slow-changing RF phenomena, which were not available in the past generations of oscilloscopes.

Other features such as DPO technology, with a greater than 50,000 waveform/second capture rate, over 135 trigger combinations, including runt, glitch, setup/hold violation, serial packet and parallel data, Wave Inspector, automated search and navigation tools, over 44 automated measurements, advanced waveform math and histograms and serial and parallel bus analysis tools—trigger, decode and search—for common protocols are significant enhancements over the previous generations of oscilloscopes.

On the user interface side, the large 10.5″ diagonal screen is a very important feature to consider in modern digital oscilloscopes. As measurement and analytical features are enabled, it can cause clutter in turn cramming signal space on the screen, which would not make for easy reading and analysis. There is a fairly robust dedicated spectrum analyzer woven into the instrument. Additionally, a spectrum analyzer on the MDOs is time correlated with the analog and digital channels, which helps in exploring the real time relationship between analog, digital signals and an RF signal in two domains. Time and amplitude information is gathered on the analog and digital channels while frequency domain information is gathered simultaneously on the RF channel.

Customer’s Take

Customers look for a software-based approach to instrumentation that allows them to customize their own solutions, and PC-based oscilloscopes are able to take advantage of the power and versatility of PCs. While the concept of a software-based approach to testing has been around for more than two decades, it has gained prominence over the past few years because of two key technological trends that have helped customers improve throughput while reducing cost of tests.

Companies like Tektronix are starting to increase the bar again for the oscilloscopes of the future. Versatility and investment protection have been built in the next range of oscilloscopes, which are popularly called as 6-in-1 Mixed Domain Oscilloscopes (MDO). These MDOs are packed with time saving tools to help you discover, capture, search and analyze problems in your design faster.

Industry's first 6-in-1 integrated oscilloscopes- Tektronix MDO3000 Series of Mixed Domain Oscilloscopes

Industry’s first 6-in-1 integrated oscilloscopes- Tektronix MDO3000 Series of Mixed Domain Oscilloscopes

The old protocol analyzers are a thing of the past. In the new ones, protocol analysis packages enable you to decode your bus right on your scope. You’ll not only see when you have an error in your data transmission, but most importantly, see why. Decoded bus packets are synchronized with actual waveforms, so you can quickly identify errors and their root causes.

Another critical aspect is measurement and testing is the accuracy of a voltmeter. Part of the problem in making an accurate voltmeter is that of calibration to check its accuracy. It addresses this issue by making the monitor voltage values of critical signals or power rails in your system without having to connect a separate meter. Also, it gives a graphical readout, which provides information on stability of the measurement. The next versions may even come with a touch screen technologies.

While you may not know what the future holds, you can rest easy knowing your oscilloscope is ready for it, especially at a time when software-based enhancements are changing technology faster than before. These are fully upgradeable, giving you the ability to add instruments and upgrade bandwidth as your test needs evolve. You can add functionality, increase bandwidth or spectrum analyzer frequency range over time as your needs change or as and when you have the budget. It’s the scope you need today that’s ready for tomorrow.

In conclusion, MDOs will pack in more and more features as they evolve. Suffice to say, the revolution has begun.

By Team Debug Right

New 2D transistors lay foundation for faster electronics


BANGALORE, India, 5th June, 2014: Electronic device architectures may soon become a lot faster as researchers have now unveiled the world’s first fully two-dimensional field-effect transistor (FET) that provides high electron mobility even under high voltages.

Unlike conventional FETs made from silicon, these 2D FETs suffer no performance drop-off under high voltages and provide high electron mobility, even when scaled to a monolayer in thickness.

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“The results demonstrate the promise of using an all-layered material system for future electronic applications,” said Ali Javey, a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at University of California, Berkeley in the US.

The 2D heterostructures were fabricated from layers of a transition metal dichalcogenide, hexagonal boron nitride and graphene stacked via van der Waals interactions, or relatively weak electric forces that attract neutral molecules to one another in gases, in liquefied and solidified gases, and in almost all organic liquids and solids.

“Our work represents an important stepping stone towards the realisation of a new class of electronic devices in which interfaces based on van der Waals interactions rather than covalent bonding provide an unprecedented degree of control in material engineering and device exploration,” Javey said.

The van der Waals bonding of the interfaces and the use of a multi-step transfer process present a platform for making complex devices based on crystalline layers without the constraints of lattice parameters that often limit the growth and performance of conventional heterojunction materials, he added.

The study appeared in the journal ACS Nano.

Source: Business Standard

Govt plans incubation centre for electronics product companies


STPI to anchor initiative that aims at nurturing 10 companies every year

Surabhi Agarwal  |  New Delhi  June 05, 2014: After a host of initiatives by the private sector and some government agencies to provide boost to entrepreneurship in the country, the Centre is working on a proposal to incubate product companies specifically in the electronics sector.

The project titled the ‘Electropreneur Park’ is being anchored by the Software Technology Parks of India (STPI), which played a big role in incentivising and nurturing the IT services industry in its initial years.

As a part of the project, the government is planning to set up an incubation centre for electronics start-ups in the National Capital Region, with a target of nurturing 10 companies each every year over the next five years.

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The proposal, which has been made by STPI in collaboration with the Delhi University and industry body India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), is close to being approved by the Department of Electronics and Information Technology, according to government officials aware of the matter.

“The (incubation) centre aims at providing budding entrepreneurs with tools e that are generally very expensive,” said one of the officials, requesting not to be quoted.

The centre will not only provide the infrastructure but will also enable access to domain experts, mentors, shared consultants and services. It will also help innovators seek funding from foreign investors, venture capitalists and angel investors, added the official.

STPI has also proposed another incubation centre for companies working in the domain of fabless design or semi-conductor chip design in Bangalore. However, the NCR centre is closer to being approved, said another government official.

Under its National Electronics Policy, the government has launched various schemes to push domestic manufacturing of electronics. According to estimates, India would require $400 billion worth of electronics by 2020, most of which would be imported unless domestic manufacturing is not incentivised. It is feared that in that case, the country’s electronics import bill will exceed that of oil.

Faisal Kawoosa, lead analyst at CyberMedia Research said that such a centre which has been specifically oriented towards electronics will enable building blocks for developing product technologies in the country. “The fact that experts from technical, academic and business will provide handholding to these entrepreneurs, it will make sure that the solutions being developed by them are robust and industry-friendly.”

A board comprising of all stakeholders such as the government and the industry as well as academia will short-list the candidates and run the programme.

In order to nurture the start-up ecosystem in the country, industry body Nasscom launched 10,000 Start-up Programmes a year ago. So far, the programme has processed over 700 applications.

Similarly, the Department of Science and Technology, Technopark Trivandrum and MobME Wireless have jointly promoted the Startup Village, which is a technology business incubator in Kochi. Kris Gopalakrishnan, co-founder of Infosys, is the chief mentor at Startup Village.

Several industry executives are also promoting such ventures in their own way to ensure that the country’s technology industry moves up the value chain by creating its own intellectual property apart from just providing services.

The government of India set up the STPI in the early 1990s to provide support to the software exports sector, which was still in its infancy then. The body provided physical as well as technology infrastructure to software start-ups along with tax sops.

The deductions under the Income Tax act were phased out a few years ago after it was realized that the industry has attained a certain maturity. By repeating the software model for the product companies in the electronics sector, STPI will also be able to reinvent itself.

Source: Business Standard

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