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Building digital video encoding systems: What’s your approach?

October 23, 2013 2:51 pm | by Mike Perkins, Ph.D, and Mike Deeds, Cardinal Peak | Comments

Since its humble beginning more than 80 years ago in Farnsworth’s lab, video has grown to be a ubiquitous part of life. Devices like HDTVs, smartphones, and tablets coupled with services like YouTube, Netflix, and Facebook have put video near the center of most people’s lives.

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What technology changed board-level assembly in 2013?

October 18, 2013 2:54 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design. This month we're focusing on board-level assembly. From adhesives to thermal gap pad management, we want to know what's happening in your lab and on your benches! We know our readers have varied opinions and valuable experiences...

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The challenges and increased demands of the datacenter

October 18, 2013 9:36 am | Comments

Our increasingly connected world and the oceans of data we generate has put the datacenter under tremendous pressure to accommodate our demands efficiently and reliably. ECN recently interviewed Ajith Jain, Vicor’s director, global communications and computer unit about the trends and the challenges facing designers of datacenter devices.

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Mastering virtualization challenges

October 17, 2013 12:29 pm | by Alastair Waite, Head of Enterprise Data Center Business, EMEA & India TE Connectivity | Comments

While cutting costs, and without increasing physical resources, companies can exponentially increase workload capacities by virtualizing their existing servers. However, despite the many obvious benefits of virtualization, it can also present challenges regarding the actual location of data on servers....

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Projected capacitive touch panels designed for marine applications

October 16, 2013 12:47 pm | by Tony Gray, Director of Product Technology, Ocular | Comments

As projected capacitive (PCAP) touch panels continue to gain market share in the industrial and embedded markets, they are also branching out into new markets, including the marine industry. The marine environment presents unique challenges to a PCAP sensor, requiring specialized designs to overcome these challenges and provide optimum performance.

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Cloud computing: The next frontier for silicon photonics

October 15, 2013 3:52 pm | by Arlon Martin, VP of Marketing, Contracts & Government Affairs, Kotura | Comments

The movement to tap silicon photonics as an underlying technology for higher performance, low-power consumption data centers is well underway. In fact, fast interconnects have become a pacing factor for the industry, particularly as data centers become the backbone for cloud computing, which continues to accelerate with market demand.

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Q&A with Karim Wassef of GE Energy Management

October 15, 2013 3:11 pm | Comments

Our increasingly connected world and the oceans of data we generate has put the datacenter under tremendous pressure to accommodate our demands efficiently and reliably. ECN recently interviewed Dr. Karim Wassef, general manager of the Embedded Products business unit for GE’s Critical Power business about the trends and the challenges facing designers of datacenter devices.

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Faster network processing and throughput with C-RAN

October 15, 2013 1:45 pm | by Gilad Garon, CEO, ASOCS | Comments

Video traffic from a myriad of devices, including smart phones, tablets, laptops and other devices, is overloading today’s networks. What’s more, the increased traffic must co-exist with legacy 2G and 3G protocols and anticipated new standards as the industry moves forward to 4G and beyond.

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How test instrument manufacturers can design to meet the expectations of new and experienced engineers

October 14, 2013 2:36 pm | by Jonathan Tucker, Keithley Instruments, Inc. | Comments

A recent industry study indicates one out of five electrical engineers now in the global workforce has started his or her career within the last 10 years. These newer engineers tend to be more software-oriented than some of their more experienced colleagues due to recent changes in universities’ electrical engineering curricula.

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JTAG/Boundary Scan – a method for eliminating access problems in electronic assembly development

October 11, 2013 10:20 am | by Enrico Lusky and Mario Berger, Goepel | Comments

JTAG/Boundary Scan has become an increasingly valuable application, in particular in the development departments of small and large companies. On the one hand, this is due to the enormous potential the technology provides and, on the other hand to the problems increasingly compact assemblies and components place on test technologies with respect to mechanical access.

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Precision signal viewing

October 8, 2013 12:16 pm | by Joel Woodward, Agilent Technologies | Agilent Technologies | Comments

The need for seeing additional current and voltage detail is increasing.  Many scope users want better ability to see small signal changes on a large signal (high dynamic range measurements). Power rails, biomedical technology developed to interact with human physiology, high-energy physics experiments that produce small pulses....

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High-speed data streaming with PXI Express platforms

October 8, 2013 11:08 am | by Louis Hsu, manager of Measurement and I/O Platform Verification and Application, ADLINK | Comments

Electronic systems, both analog and digital, are processing and managing increasing amounts of information at continually increasing data rates. The information age continues to amplify demands on developers of high accuracy and reliability systems and subsystems.

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How the DEA gets its cell phone data fix

October 3, 2013 9:55 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

In the early 1980s, the old, pre-Cingular AT&T came out with an ad campaign urging us to "reach out and touch someone” to market its long distance products. It seems that today’s AT&T has been helping the government access its enormous database of phone records – dating back 26 years with 4 billion call records being added everyday....

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E-Meters turn to smart relay drivers for remote grid management

September 26, 2013 4:20 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

Smart meters have been touted to consumers as being integral in helping them lower their utility bills. Armed with accurate information – such as consumption pertaining to specific times of day – consumers can then adjust their behaviors to shrink their bills and their carbon emissions and, if regulations allow, even select from different pricing structures....

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Power plants and water treatment facilities diagnose motor problems without highly trained personnel

September 17, 2013 4:58 pm | by Jacob Beck, Electrom Instruments | Comments

The electronic devices used to test and analyze electric motors and other equipment have become much more powerful than in the past. Yet, in many instances these sophisticated devices have also introduced a high degree of complexity for users, requiring that highly trained and experienced personnel perform the testing.

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