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The Past and Future of Electroncis

June 9, 2014 2:46 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

Our parent company, Milwaukee Electronics was founded 60 years ago, in 1954. That's quite a long time in terms of electronics. 60 years back 1954 was a big year for transistor electronics. The first commercially produced transistor radio, the Regency...

This is what the terminator line looks like from the ISS

June 9, 2014 10:27 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

NASA has been very into social media lately, and I could not be more excited. It’s a great way to inspire younger generations and remind everyone why the space program—despite its not insignificant costs—is so important. NASA has been capitalizing on the “space is cool again” trend...

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Individual routed boards - not panelized

June 6, 2014 1:05 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

Some people, especially in the manufacturing industry, refer to PC board panels by the term "palette." I can't seem to avoid thinking of the big wooden thing used for shipping stuff, so it's tough for me to call a panel...

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Maximize shelf life with a one-time, push-button switch

June 6, 2014 11:57 am | by Michael Hartshorne, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Comments

Many modern portable devices must be shipped with a battery installed so that a customer can power it up initially without any battery installation or charging. Any excessive current “leakage” from the components connected to the battery may result in a dead device in the hands of a customer.

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Photos of the Day: Porsche 918 Spyder

June 5, 2014 11:37 am | by Porsche | Comments

The Porsche 918 Spyder is a high-end vehicle created in the Porsche tradition of motorsports. It offers a naturally aspirated V8-enginer with the torque of two electric vehicles. It has a top speed of 93-mph running soley on electric and offers a fuel consumption of 3.1 - 3.0 liters per 100km. 

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This technology can hack your car from 1500 miles away

June 4, 2014 5:15 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Automotive security is odd in that it’s basically nonexistent. We drive around every day in giant, metal contraptions completely controlled by a central computer (more or less) and that computer is essentially open to whoever is bored (or mad) enough to hack it.

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Before recalls, safety was low in GM hierarchy

June 4, 2014 12:18 pm | by Tom Krisher, AP Auto Writer | Comments

To understand how General Motors allowed a problem with a small part to balloon into a crisis, look at the organization chart. As of early last year, the director of vehicle safety was four rungs down the ladder from the CEO, according to a copy of the chart obtained by The Associated Press. Finance, sales and public relations had a direct path to the top.

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Photos of the Day: Solar Impulse 2 takes flight

June 3, 2014 3:57 pm | by Solar Impulse | Comments

Solar Impulse 2, a.k.a. the "Round-the-World" solar airplane, is a single-seater airplane made from carbon fiber with 17,000 solar cells that supple four electric 17.5 CV (each) with energy. Those solar cells recharge the lithium batteries that allow the plane to fly at night.

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Tab Routing panelization

June 2, 2014 4:12 pm | by Screaming Circuits | Comments

In my prior post, I covered V-sore panelization. The other very common panelization method is called tab-routing, as in routed, but with tabs. (That's "routed" like using a router, not as in Napoleon being chased out of Russia.) Following this...

Photos of the Day: ISEE-3 Reboot project breathes life into 1978 NASA mission

June 2, 2014 3:24 pm | by ECN Staff | Comments

The ISEE-3 Reboot project has brought together a group of civilians and engineers from NASA with the joint goal of rebooting the original 1978 mission of the explorer. The spacecraft was launched on August 12, 1978 as one of three crafts designed to study Earth's magnetic field and the solar wind. It was the first craft to visit a comet, passing within 7,800 km of the nucleus of Comet Giacobini-Zinner.

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Snipers aren’t enough to win the war

June 2, 2014 9:09 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Comments

A sniper is a powerful weapon. One sniper team on a battlefield can eliminate one opponent challenge after another with great effect. However, a sniper team can’t do it all. To win the war one must engage every asset at every level. The same is true for process improvement specialists and your business’ war on poor performance....

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Can this wind turbine reduce your energy bill by half?

May 30, 2014 8:43 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Two of the issues that come up frequently when discussing wind energy options are the noise and the actual output of the turbine. The noise issue is more of a problem for big turbines, that may look majestic from far away, when you live nearby they can make a bit of noise.

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Detroit is a 'hole'

May 29, 2014 9:07 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

So continues the era of the outspoken president. On a recent trip to Phoenix, AZ, I had the pleasure of listening to Ed Smith, president of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas (AEMA), give a presentation on the state of the company and more importantly, the state of the industry....

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iPhone case military drop-tested and editor-approved

May 28, 2014 3:36 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Like most people, I can be a tad … careless with my baby, aka, my iPhone 4S, but I can’t imagine life without it. Amazing that I grew up without the newfangled idea of portable phones. So finding suitable protection for what can only be described as my lifeblood is a top priority....

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Watch kids react to old computers

May 28, 2014 1:26 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

On the order of cheesy, manipulative internet memes, watching children befuddled by legacy technology ranks just above cat videos and duckfaces. And here’s another one. And let’s face it: Kids these days are spoiled. Kids are lucky to live in such an advanced technological age....

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