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Improving communications between electronic engineers and and PCB designers

October 10, 2011 1:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Zuken has launched its Cadstar Placement Planner, which helps electronic engineers communicate their intent and provide guidance to the PCB designer more effectively, without time-consuming iterations that can cause unnecessary delays. Zuken developed Placement Planner, an add-on to...


Hey Baby I Hear the Blues A-Callin'.....

October 10, 2011 12:21 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

Week number two of the SolidWorks 2012 Road Show continues this week in the Northwest US.  After a short weekend at home, I'm leaving today for Seattle. Washington and three events this week. Tuesday, October 11th - Seattle, WashingtonHawk Ridge SystemsSeattle is home to the original...

Wires Are Good

October 8, 2011 8:57 am | by Chris Anderson, Spectrum Design Solutions - a division of Digi International,; posted by Chris Warner | Comments

I do radio for a living. I chose it because people said it was hard, (“we choose to go to the moon…”) maybe hard isn’t the best word, but esoteric at least. The arcane specialty of the magic everybody uses and less than five percent of the population understands. Like many things, the more you know about it


What Do You Think About Solar Decathlon?

October 7, 2011 11:22 am | by Energy Savers Blog | Comments

Solar Decathlon 2011 ran from Sept. 23 - Oct. 2, and the event was a great success! This week we highlighted a story from the Solar Decathlon News Blog, which announced Appalachian State University as the winner of the People's Choice award. Drew gave us a thoughtful recap of the event...


Differential probes appeal to users with high signal fidelity and easy operation

October 7, 2011 8:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Rohde & Schwarz’s newly developed differential probes offer very low noise (typ. 3 mV) and a wide dynamic range. Their high DC input impedance of 1 megaohm and low input capacitance (0.6 pF) ensure that the load on the DUT’s …


Farnell stocks Amphenol’s TMM contact spacing connectors

October 7, 2011 7:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Farnell says it’s the first European distributor to stock Amphenol’s TMM range of contact spacing connectors. The new components are designed for wire-to-wire and board-to-board interconnections in a wide range of industrial and telecoms applications. These new Amphenol TMM connectors...


Neul appoints David Smyth as CFO

October 7, 2011 7:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

TV white space radio start up Neul has announced the appointment of David Smyth as its Chief Financial Officer (CFO). Smyth joins Neul with over twenty years Telecoms experience in ambitious, high-growth Telecom companies. Having sat on the Boards of …


Another Successful ECOC Exhibition

October 7, 2011 6:13 am | by Beverley Lucas, Group Event Manager, Nexus Business Media ( | Comments

The ECOC (European Conference on Optical Communications) 2011 exhibition last month saw an increase in visitors , with over 5,000 attending – a figure that has continued to rise for the past three years.


Audio-Visual Industry Case Study: Channel D

October 6, 2011 11:42 am | by Ken Tumblison, President of Buckeye Shapeform | Comments

Behind every successful theatrical production, rock concert, or television broadcast is a tightly-coordinated production crew making sure all goes smoothly. From lighting and sound to wardrobe changes and directors, the behind-the-scenes hustle and bustle of the production crew...


Freescale opens Automotive RD Centre in East Kilbride

October 6, 2011 9:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor has opened a Research and Development Centre of Excellence (CoE) in East Kilbride, Scotland. This automotive R&D program employs more than 170 highly skilled employees primarily involved in the development of new products for Freescale’s automotive customers...


Nordic Semiconductor ships 500 million 2.4GHz chips

October 6, 2011 9:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor shipped its 500 millionth 2.4GHz ULP (ultra-low power) wireless chip earlier this summer. The Norwegian fabless semiconductor company specialises in ULP short-range wireless communication in the license-free 2.4GHz and sub-1-GHz Industrial, Scientific...


Testing LTE Network Capacity Over the Air Interface - Benefits and Challenges

October 6, 2011 8:17 am | by Nick Carter, Aeroflex Test Solutions ( | Comments

The advent of LTE introduces a number of new challenges for capacity testing and requires different techniques and expertise from those used for 3G networks.


GreenArrays Is Having A Contest

October 6, 2011 5:50 am | by M. Simon | Comments

Green Arrays in conjunction with Schmart Board announced a hobbyist board for the Green Arrays GA144 chip. Things have progressed some since that announcement was made. You can now buy the mounting PC board and the GreenArrays GA144 chip together...


MTC Micro Tech and EMC Innovation acquired by Acal

October 6, 2011 2:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Acal has acquired MTC Micro Tech Components GmbH and its affiliate EMC Innovation Limited, for €2.4m. MTC is a specialist provider of Electromagnetic shielding products to the European and Asian industrial electronic markets. Based in Germany, with a manufacturing operation …


The SolidWorks 2012 Road Show Continues

October 5, 2011 10:21 am | by Richard Doyle's Community Blog | Comments

I'm sitting in yet another "What's New in SolidWorks 2012" session today - my third this week.  I never get tired of it though, especially considereing that each presentation is "a little different", and each presenter brings something new to the table.  There are some afternoon sessions...


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