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Accelerating Engineering Innovation Contents February 2013 vol. 68 no. 2 www.designnews.com 38 46 50 Cover Story 38 Meet the Finalists! After weeding through an impressive number of entries,and even more impressive products, Design News is pleased to present the finalists in our 2012 Golden MousetrapAwards. Features 42 Extending the Reach of an Application Processor Using Customizable Silicon A CSSP offers a flexible method to add just the functionality that's needed for your applications. 46 Specifying Captive Panel Screws By design Understanding the key drivers that influence the choice of captive panel screws helps engineers select the best ones for their application. Columns 12 Manufacturing in the US is making a comeback. By lillyAnnA PEnn 50 the Role of Embedded Platforms in nextGeneration designs By RiChARd nASS 20 It's important to match the right hardware with the right software and tools. made by monkeys Error Code Boggled the Boiler The error code should have led to a solution,but it did not. By VinEEt AGGARwAl 52 PACs Combine the Best Features of PlCs, PCs, and dCSes my opinion on ... Manufacturing Coming home By JACoB BRodSKy 22 captain hybrid why Ford Chose lithiumion for 2013 hybrids PACs provide a single platform for process and motion control,and also add extensive data handling and communication capabilities. Ford engineers are convinced that lithium-ion could maintain its performance over an eight- or 10-year life. By dAVid BARK By MEhUl KoChAR And GEoRGE nAKAtA By ChARlES J. MURRAy continued Cover Image: Debee rommel Design News | February 2013 | www.d esign n ews.com –5–

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