Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Corning - Engineered Glass and Ceramics

American manufacturer of glass, ceramics and related materials, primarily for industrial and scientific applications.

Corning - Engineered Glass and Ceramics

The company was known until 1989 as Corning Glass Works, The Corning Museum of Glass

They Specialize in developing technologies and products in Displays, Telecommunications, Life Sciences, Specialty Materials and Environmental.

Corning - Engineered Glass and Ceramics

Corning Optical Fiber, part of Corning's Telecommunications segment, invented the first low-loss optical fiber in 1970 and today remains the worldwide market leader, offering a full line of single-mode and multimode optical fibers for all network applications

Labware and Equipment from Corning - Scientific laboratory products. Consumable glass and plastic laboratory tools for life science research.

Gorilla Glass (wiki) is the registered trademark for an alkali-aluminosilicate sheet toughened glass manufactured by U.S. glassmaker Corning Inc. Engineered for a combination of thinness, lightness, and damage-resistance, it is used primarily as the cover glass for portable electronic devices including mobile phones, portable media players, laptop computer displays, and some television screens.

It is manufactured through immersion in a molten alkaline salt bath using ion exchange to produce compressive residual stress at the surface. This prevent cracks from propagating - for a crack to start, it will first have to overcome this compressive stress.

Casio Computer Company

Japanese manufacturer of consumer electronics, business equipment, clocks, musical instruments, cameras, and electronic dictionaries.

Casio Computer Company

December: 1954 First prototype of all-electric compact calculator (relay model) completed

June 1957: Marketing the world' s first compact all-electric calculator, Casio 14-AO and establishing Casio Computer Co., Ltd. - History of Casio

BT-9100 - The All-In-One PC POS Touch Terminal

"The BT-9100's solid cabinet design is built around a high resolution 15" TFT flat panel display to emphasize minimum space requirements"

BT-9100 - The All-In-One PC POS Touch Terminal

History of Calculators

Monday, July 04, 2016

Panasonic and Matsushita Electric

The brand Panasonic was created by Matsushita in 1955 for the US, Canada and Mexico because the National brand was already registered by others The Panasonic brand was created from the elements "pan" meaning "all" combined with "sonic" meaning "sound", because it was first used for audio equipment.

Panasonic and Matsushita Electric

Panasonic radio receivers

1918 - Matsushita Electric Factory was founded
1927 - National brand name was introduced
1931 - Production of radios began

Matsushita Electric Industrial Co. - Panasonic - Wikipedia

It was founded by Konosuke Matsushita in 1918, with its first product being a duplex lamp socket. In 1927, it produced a bicycle lamp, the first product it marketed under the brand name National.

8-in-1 Multifunction Communication Center - Panasonic

8-in-1 Multifunction Communication Center

Not only does the KX-MB2061 include standard printing, color scanning, copying, and fax capabilities; it also includes a built-in digital answering system and DECT 6.0 cordless telephone system with corded handset, which is expandable up to 6 handsets.

Thursday, June 09, 2016

Siemens - Industrial Technology

Siemens is one of the world's largest technology companies. Siemens has six major business divisions: Communication and Information, Automation and Control, Power Generation, Transmission and Distribution, Transportation and Automotive, Medical, and Lighting.

Siemens - Industrial Technology

Siemens & Halske was founded by Werner von Siemens and Johann Georg Halske on 12 October 1847. Based on the telegraph, his invention used a needle to point to the sequence of letters, instead of using Morse code. The company, then called Telegraphen-Bauanstalt von Siemens & Halske, opened its first workshop on October 12. - Wikipedia - Siemens

Analog Integrated Circuits 1976 - Siemens

In 1999, Siemens' semiconductor operations were spun off into a new company called Infineon Technologies.

Analog Integrated Circuits 1976 - Siemens

In 1881, a Siemens AC Alternator driven by a watermill was used to power the world's first electric street lighting in the town of Godalming, United Kingdom.

Siemens Console 1988

Siemens Console 1988

Siemens Industry Automation and Drives

Complete and integrated line of products, systems and solutions for production and process automation. Customized automation solutions based on Totally Integrated Automation (TIA) and Totally Integrated Power (TIP).

Toshiba - Advanced Electronic Technology

Toshiba, a world leader in high technology, is a diversified manufacturer and marketer of advanced electronic and electrical products, spanning information & communications equipment and systems, Internet-based solutions and services, electronic components and materials, power systems, industrial and social infrastructure systems, and household appliances.

Toshiba - Advanced Electronic Technology

1875 -Hisashige Tanaka opened a telegraph equipment factory in Shimbashi, Tokyo.

1890 - Ichisuke Fujioka and Shoichi Miyoshi established Hakunetsu-sha & Co., Ltd. in Kyobashi, Tokyo. Manufactured Japan's first electric incandescent light bulbs.

1895 - Produced Japan's first induction motors.

1930 - Manufactured Japan's first electric washing machines and refrigerators.

1978 - Launched medium-sized experimental broadcast satellite, Yuri. Released the first Japanese word processor.

Toshiba : History

Piggyback40 Toshiba

Piggyback40 Toshiba

Ceramic DIL Package, 40 Pins + 14pin Socket, Toshiba TLCS90-TMP90G840E, 1988

Toshiba is organised into four business groupings: the Digital Products Group, the Electronic Devices Group, the Home Appliances Group and the Social Infrastructure Group. In 2010,

Toshiba Corporation - Wikipedia

Toshiba Vacuum Tube

Toshiba Vacuum Tube

Toshiba Electronic Components

Toshiba Electronics Europe (TEE) offers a wide IC and discrete product range. high-end memory, microcontrollers and ASIC. Optoelectronic Semiconductors include Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs) and Photocouplers.

Sunday, June 05, 2016

Android Virtual Instrumentation

Any Tablet with an external Hardware can make a nice Instrument. The professional part lies in that external hardware and usability of the software or app. Windows Virtual Instrumentation are well known. Things like USB Scope and Data Loggers have been there for decades.

Now we have Android in which an Open Source product can be developed. The Open Source is both in Hardware and Software.

Android Virtual Instrumentation

See a android virtual instrument - OsciPrime is an Open Source Android high speed data acquisition hardware platform and Android oscilloscope application.

Open Source Android Oscilloscope

Virtual Instruments for Android has a nice future in Industrial, Automotive and Measurement areas. You could start by Interfacing with Bluetooth, USB and then move to IoT and WSN.

Android OPC UA SCADA and Client

TeslaSCADA is a SCADA for accessing production and process data through smart phones and other Android devices, using the industrial communication standard – OPC Unified Architecture (UA).

These were some questions i got a few years back...

1 - If i had to create a crude "Lux Meter" and "db Meter" using the built-in camera and microphone on a Android Device - How would i Calibrate it ?

2 - Is there a Component(software) for Android to interlace with a Arduino Device as an external interface, This will help us make a DMM/Scope or even a Entire Lab Test bench centered around a Tablet and a Plug-in Mini Instrument Rack.

Both Sound or db Meters and Lux or Light Level Meters are in the Google Play nut need calibration. All These Instrument Needs a USB/Bluetooth Sensors.

Add Bluetooth you can carry your Tablet away from the instrument probing the DUT. (Device under Test)

Tuesday, May 03, 2016

Protect your Design or IP

If you have made an electronic product with a new circuit or code and need to protect it, then these are some Methods. If your Intellectual Property is an Idea, A Hardware Innovation or Software Application; It may need some protection other than patents. Sometimes patents are used for general applications and generic designs. Patent only an Original Idea or Innovation or an Exclusive and Unique Method.

Microcomputer Circuits in Process Control.

Protect your Design or IP

If you are small and the innovation very big, tie up with established companies with reputed brands. If you are a source for a certain product component or module, make certain restriction on patenting products made from it. Else, your Module or Application Sales may be jammed by Panic Patents.

That is the reason, the Platform that fosters innovation is Open Source.

1. Security Bit -

Use for digital logic area, an atmel uC with security bit protection or any uC-uP with internal memory read protected with security bit. the firmware should be kept in tight control from both external people and your employees and must be on a non-networked and non-internet machine.

2. Hermetically seal -

This is a crude and ancient way, delete the chip part numbers and pot it in a plastic can with ciba araldite epoxy with alumina filler, this way product may not be copied and it will be immune to vibration and corrosive environment. but heat dissipation and serviceability is affected, so make a epoxy potted module of only some part of the circuit.

3. Make ASIC or FPGA -

ASIC is only for volume production and is copy protected, if you design in-house and the chip maker you order is trustworthy, then this is ok, for small volume production use FPGA, CPLD, DSP uC or uP with read protection as practical.

Embedded Systems - More about uC based designs are here.

4. Go open source -

Design a circuit and put it on the internet to share, let the community use it and improve it, here also revenue is made by service of product, custom design and customer support and this will work long term free of tensions. This way has proved to foster greater innovation and stable technologies.

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