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What to expect when you’re expecting ... prototypes

October 7, 2014 1:12 pm | by Mike Sims, Director of Marketing and Sales, Attero Tech, LLC | Comments

In a previous article, some key points were identified to help companies identify a suitable design services partner. This article will offer suggestions about how to maximize the experience you have once you’ve selected a partner and move forward....

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What does a safe, reliable supply chain look like?

October 7, 2014 12:48 pm | by Jeffrey Simon, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of America Semiconductor LLC | Comments

Throughout the industry, we hear distribution managers, procurement professionals, organization leaders, government/defense experts, senators, congressman, and others preach the importance of a reliable, secure supply chain. It has almost become trendy....

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Deep-sea ROVs designed for Navy apps

October 7, 2014 9:17 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Comments

The vectored ROV’s high degree of capability and payload attracted the attention of militaries all over the world. Both the vLBV300 and vLBV300-5 come equipped with sonar and tracking systems — making it ideal for military applications....

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Taking power with you

October 6, 2014 10:39 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Comments

If one allows for it (or is simply lucky), travel can be a great opportunity for serendipitous discovery — a bit of chance and unexpected joy in our otherwise highly scheduled and programmed world. For example, during a recent business trip, I stayed over ....

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Breakthrough antenna technology enabling high-order MIMO for LTE

October 6, 2014 10:17 am | by Bob Giometti, SkyCross | Comments

With consumers demanding faster, more reliable connections to support exciting, real-time capabilities like video streaming, the LTE industry is under increasing pressure to deliver higher-speed service offerings, enhanced data rates, and improved network range....

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IoT soup: Four ingredients for a successful smart product

October 6, 2014 9:57 am | by Adam Justice, Grid Connect | Comments

One of the most intriguing reality television shows today is Chopped on the Food Network. Chopped features four chefs who are challenged to take a mystery basket of ingredients and turn them into a dish that demonstrates their creativity....

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Shrinking wireless cells challenge power supplies

October 3, 2014 9:03 am | by Michael Naglich, Senior Field Applications Engineer, GE’s Critical Power business | Comments

With demand for wireless 4G services skyrocketing, service providers are looking to fill in the gaps in their coverage areas so they can hold onto their subscribers. Strangely enough, that means finding a power-efficient, conduction-cooled power supply....

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It’s a wireless world

October 3, 2014 8:50 am | by Ramon M. Cerda, VP of Engineering, Crystek Corporation | Comments

An explosion of wireless communications has taken place in the past 25 years. Most of us now carry a “smart” cell phone that contains more than one physical layer for wireless communications. There is one RF transceiver, such as the GSM standard ...

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Dangerous drilling: The hot world of oil and gas

October 2, 2014 10:48 am | by T. Zednicek, M. Biler, J. Petrzilek, AVX Czech Republic | Comments

New oil and gas exploration and drilling equipment designs, especially those intended for use in deep and difficult geological conditions, continuously demand electronic components capable of reliable, longer lifetime operation in extremely harsh ...

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The greatest advancement in software simulation in the next decade

October 2, 2014 10:20 am | Comments

The future of software simulation is driven by the increasing wish of engineers to simulate a specific device in its real world, working environment where different physical phenomena occur. The increasing simulation complexity, driven by the multiphysics nature....

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The importance of unifying software and hardware in development

October 1, 2014 12:37 pm | by Jason Gouw, CEO, Qfusion Labs, LLC | Comments

The unity of software and hardware is so vital in today's technological developments but developers constantly struggle to form a symbiotic connection between the two. Development platforms strive to bridge this gap but it is a difficult challenge....

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How to improve system efficiency for electric motors

September 29, 2014 10:51 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Ams-Taos Usa Inc, Honeywell, Texas Instruments, Digi-Key, Freescale Semiconductor | Comments

Energy efficiency and environmental impact are becoming increasingly important considerations for engineers designing an electric motor system. Several IC vendors have made significant offerings that help deliver system efficiency, environmental benefits and cost savings....

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Component reliability in the automotive industry

September 16, 2014 8:08 am | by Ed Nakauchi, Technical Consultant, Orbel Corporation | Comments

Today’s cars are incorporating more and more electronics into vehicles, from engine control units to anti-collision controls to driver information to entertainment systems that enhance the overall driving experience with Bluetooth, GPS ...

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It’s a small world – and getting smaller

September 11, 2014 9:00 am | by John Beigel, Standex-Meder Electronics | Comments

Doing more with less is the mantra of our era. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the drive towards miniaturization in the next generation of electronic components and systems. The push for smaller parts is coming both from the need....

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Medical device miniaturization and thermal management

September 11, 2014 8:56 am | by Michael Bucci, Market Development Manager, Thermacore | Comments

Medical devices are trending toward miniaturization, driven by portability, performance and safety factors. As instruments get smaller, design engineers face new challenges in meeting their project’s performance, size, weight, operating temperature ...

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