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How is rapid prototyping affecting engineering?

May 27, 2014 6:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

We have a VERY exciting Brainstorm about Rapid Prototyping for our July issue. Nothing has the potential to change the landscape of design engineering (and every other industry) like rapid prototyping. Now that the technology is rapidly gaining traction, we want to know how it’s really affecting your job or life.

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Would you use a drone to walk your dog?

May 23, 2014 4:37 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Just when you think you’ve seen everything, right? We’ve seen drones be used for a number of interesting applications including, but not limited to, delivering packages, deterring poachers in vast animal reserves, and even for target practice. However, this is the first usage of a drone as a way to walk pets.

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DoD plans for the zombie apocalypse (seriously)

May 23, 2014 11:44 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

You probably suspected that the Department of Defense has a plan for every possible contingency, so a land war with China? Totally covered. A nuclear war with a renewed Soviet Union? Covered. But a zombie apocalypse? Not the first (or 10th) contingency that springs to mind....

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Cutting the cable for digital signage

May 22, 2014 12:39 pm | by Stephanie Lubrano, Marketing Communications Specialist, Laird | Comments

In response to the worldwide growth in technology, the signage industry is no longer limited to just static implementations. In order for a company to remain relevant, competitive signage needs to be easily updated for the latest news, advertisements, and promotions. Traditional methods of running cable to signs and billboards are not always ideal....

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What does 'Made In America' really mean?

May 21, 2014 12:45 pm | by Anna Wells, Executive Editor, MBT | Comments

Imported products sold in the United States, from clothing to cars, contain far more U.S. parts or other value, and support significantly more American jobs than consumers or policymakers realize, according to a new report prepared for the National Retail Federation....

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Deal negotiation: How chip makers can stem revenue erosion

May 20, 2014 1:12 pm | by Chanan Greenberg | Comments

Consumers expect more performance from their computing devices, whether it’s a laptop, tablet or smartphone. It needs to have more capabilities, be faster and use less power. But, there’s a catch – it needs to cost the same or less than last year’s model....

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Technologies to watch in the rapidly evolving white box tablet market

May 20, 2014 8:04 am | by Robert Wang, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Actions Semiconductor Co., Ltd. | Comments

The white box tablet market has been booming for the past three years. Although this rapid pace has slowed somewhat, with white box tablet shipments projected for modest growth in 2014, innovative OEMs and forward-looking chip companies both see significant market opportunities....

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Kim Jong-un rides unicorns, defeats United States military

May 19, 2014 3:25 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Political statements take many forms. Sometimes, they’re a modest sit-in, a protest, or an op-ed agitating for change. And sometimes, they’re a farcical video game starring North Korea’s “glorious leader,” Kim Jong-un, singlehandedly taking down the United States with the help of unicorns and Dennis Rodman. Seriously....

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The "Talk of the Town" from EDS 2014

May 16, 2014 12:10 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

Global economic development, rising Internet traffic, and the ubiquitous popularity of mobile devices are among key societal trends driving design innovation and industry growth. As consumers, we want smaller, more powerful devices with near limitless functionality....

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Politician proposes hoverboard lanes in city budget

May 16, 2014 11:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Though it seems like transportation talk of future is looking only towards improved public transportation and driverless cars, Washington D.C. councilwoman Mary Cheh things we should be investing in a different type of transport option: hoverboards.

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Russian diplomat's tweet dooms the International Space Station

May 16, 2014 7:09 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

 Lest you think Twitter breakups are just for the younger generation, Russian deputy prime minister Dmitry Rogozin let fly with a tweet that confused a lot of people on Tuesday. After a press conference with the media, Rogozin tweeted, “@fka_roscosmos doesn’t plan

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V-Score panelization

May 15, 2014 10:23 am | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

My last post talked a bit about panelization, in general. Today, I'm taking a look at V-Score panelization. V-score is created by running a V-shaped blade across the top and bottom of the panel without cutting all the way through....

How to Avoid Conducted EMI Problems – Part II

May 14, 2014 9:50 am | by Brian King, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Comments

Following these four basic tips can help ease your pain when it comes to EMI compliance.  Of course, the topic of EMI is a broad one, and there are many other tips that could be mentioned. Recall that in Part I of our discussion, we focused on what happens when...

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Solar-powered UAS provides “silent operation”

May 13, 2014 3:51 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Imagine a flying Prius with all the blather of a mime and you’ve got the Silent Falcon sUAS. This solar-powered small unmanned aerial system (sUAS) was one of the cooler wares on display at the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) 2014 in sunny Orlando, Florida....

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How To: Improve power factor and THD using DFF control

May 13, 2014 10:56 am | by Bosheng Sun | Comments

For decades, average current-mode control has been used in power factor correction (PFC), and various PFC control chips that employ this control algorithm can be found in the commercial market. The performance of average current-mode control is often considered adequate for most commercial power applications with 50/60 Hz AC line input. However...

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