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America Semiconductor’s differentiator is go-to-market strategy

May 19, 2014 8:41 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief, ECN | Comments

In March 2014, America Semiconductor introduced a new series of standard-recovery, stud-mount rectifiers in DO8 and DO9 packages. While the new rectifiers are suited for a range of commercial, industrial, and military applications, the company’s CEO and co-founder Jeffrey Simon admits that “when it comes to product, we’re not re-inventing the wheel here”....

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A whole new EDS

May 19, 2014 7:27 am | by ECN Staff | Comments

After nearly six months of meetings, strategy, and execution, EDS was proud to present a new look and brand position. A board of directors’ sub-committee led by Craig Anderson, Sumer, Fred Bell, Molex, Jim Banovich, Marsh Electronics, and Kris Whitehouse, Omron took a deep dive to define EDS moving forward....

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ECIA & ERA leaders discuss industry challenges, expectations

May 16, 2014 8:42 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

EDS 2014 is a joint effort by the Electronic Components Industry Association (ECIA) and the Electronic Representatives Association (ERA), two of the industry’s top member organizations. As the industry descended upon Las Vegas for the annual deluge of meetings, ECIA President and CEO John Denslinger and ERA President Paul Nielsen discussed the critical issues....

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How to select the world’s most reliable off-the-shelf capacitors

May 16, 2014 7:17 am | by Kemet | Comments

Companies developing high-tech equipment for defense, aerospace, medical and other high-reliability applications seek Commercial Off The Shelf (COTS) – rather than custom - solutions to deliver high-performance products, quickly and at the lowest possible cost....

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UK Space Scientist Colin Pillinger Dies at 70

May 8, 2014 9:14 am | by The Associated Press | Comments

Colin Pillinger, an ebullient British space scientist who captured the popular imagination with his failed attempt to land a probe on Mars, has died. He was 70. Pillinger's family said Thursday that he died at Addenbrooke's Hospital in Cambridge after suffering a brain hemorrhage while sitting in his garden in the university town.

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Infrared technology for touchscreens

April 29, 2014 9:02 am | by Sevugan Nagappan, Marketing Manager, Infrared Laser Products, Osram Opto Semiconductors | Comments

Touchscreens are the input media of the future. Users appreciate the fact that they are so easy to use. The industry is making increasing use of touchscreens for various devices and controllers. From the small display on a smartphone to huge screens suitable for several people to operate...

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Choosing the right cabling option

April 23, 2014 12:40 pm | by Uwe Schenk, Global Segment Manager – Wind, Helukabel USA | Comments

Renewable energy industry reports suggest that more than 60% of all future power capacity will come from renewable technologies, only 25% will be in the form of gas or oil, with the remainder being nuclear. Furthermore, experts estimate in the next 10 to 15 years, the market share of renewables will increase by more than 35% worldwide....

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The new Wild West

April 22, 2014 12:11 pm | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a myth, legend, buzzword, Microsoft misfire (Intelligent Systems, anyone?), market disruptor, as well as an elusive term that many are trying to corral into some microcosm of sustainable profitability in an emerging market. Any new product that features something remotely relatable to wireless connectivity...

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Hardware-based solutions counter medical device security concerns

April 21, 2014 9:18 am | by Nelson Quintana, Director of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America Inc. | Comments

The rapid growth of personal healthcare and medical products has focused renewed attention on the security of underlying device hardware and software. Ensuring authorized use and protecting critical data within these devices depends on deep security features that cannot be bypassed by traditional software methods....

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Always connected: How the Internet of Things utilizes digital ICs

April 18, 2014 12:14 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

A tremendous convergence of technology is taking place at homes across the globe. The number of wireless sensing Internet of Things (IoT) devices is expected to reach 5 billion by 2019, according to ON World. For one, the Internet has moved beyond letting consumers access oceans of information from their living room....

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Auto elocution: Vehicle-to-vehicle communication mitigates driving hazards

April 18, 2014 11:55 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Comments

It’s not often that in-vehicle technologies take a sudden step. The automotive industry is, historically, quite conservative. However, in February, the US Department of Transportation’s (DOT) National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) announced its vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication initiative....

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Excellence in electronics

April 18, 2014 8:32 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

Last year, ECN opened up nominations for the 2014 ECN Impact Awards in an effort to recognize the top products and services spanning the design engineering landscape. At first, I was skeptical of this new endeavor coming out of a recent economic slump that seemed to halt....

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Smart physical fusing can help secure datacenter uptime

April 17, 2014 10:16 am | by Bharat Shenoy, Director of Technical Marketing, Littelfuse, Inc. | Littelfuse, Inc. | Comments

A blade server is essentially a single circuit board populated with components such as processors, memory, and network connections that are usually found on multiple boards. The explosive growth of mobile applications and the increasing use of Software as a Service (SaaS) has made protecting the blade servers...

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Please retain the packaging for future reference

April 17, 2014 9:14 am | by Marc Harvey, Verotec Inc. | Verotec Electronics Packaging | Comments

There is an urban myth that the US standard width for railroad track can be traced back to the Roman chariot, where the distance between the ruts was determined by the width of the back-end of two horses. The truth is in fact stranger – the 4 foot 8½ inches that was adopted had previously been used by Stephenson in the UK....

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Integrating physical security at the rack level inside the data center

April 17, 2014 9:03 am | by Steve Spatig, General Manager, Electronic Access Solutions | Comments

As strict enforcement of data protection regulations continues, data centers require an increased level of physical security in order to ensure full compliance and avoid costly penalties. Protecting assets within the data center is a crucial aspect of the overall security system....

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