10 PCBs That Merge Function & Art

The artistic impulse is human nature. Sometimes artistic passion spills over into the technical, or perhaps it is the technical inclination that effects the art. Either way, the results can amaze us, make us laugh, or in the very least, admit that, hey, that was cool. To the creators of these pieces — we applaud…

Leveraging Existing Designs for New Products

True originality is not often a priority when creating a new product. Design engineers would rather borrow from existing designs. Think of the similarity in design elements and functionality in Apple products introduced over the past 15 years. The reasoning is simiple: resuing design speeds time-to-market, reduces validation efforts, and sustains the overall look and…

Multi-layer security needed for Industrial IoT

The Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is proliferating across industrial plants, connecting sensors, connecting machines to machines, and sending condition data on plant equipment to outside vendor. The result is improved efficiencies and increased optimization. Yet with that connectivity, there are also a few headaches in the form of cyber security challenges. Cyber attacks on…