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Engineers can prevent the intellectual downfall of the nation

April 11, 2014 | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

According to several outlets, a dearth of science and engineering students, coupled with the underqualified workforce unable to fill current need, is leading to the intellectual downfall of the nation.If you strike up a conversation with “that guy” in the office, he may even tell you a yarn about the once great superpower falling....

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Solar-powered plane can "fly forever"

April 15, 2014 4:25 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Aviation pioneers Bertrand Piccard and Andre Borschberg — who previously had circumnavigated the globe in a balloon — plan to make history again with the Solar Impulse 2, which will undertake the first solar-powered flight around the world....

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The GM ignition switch recall: Too little too late?

April 15, 2014 1:18 pm | by Karl Stephan, Consulting Engineer, Texas State University, San Marcos | Comments

How much stuff do you carry on your keyring? Besides keys, I mean. Some minimalists like my wife carry car keys separately from other keys, with nothing attached except maybe a small plastic tag to make it easier to find in her purse....

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Watch a V-22 Osprey fold itself for storage

April 14, 2014 3:07 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

 It’s pretty crazy to think that a huge aircraft with an 85’ foot wingspan is possible of folding itself up to reduce the amount of space it occupies on a massive ship. Yet, the V-22 Osprey does just that. This video is a little dated—it was taken in 2010 at Nellis Airforce Base in Las Vegas....

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How to avoid conducted EMI problems – Part I

April 14, 2014 10:14 am | by Brian King, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Comments

Most conducted EMI problems are due to common mode noise.  Furthermore, most common-mode noise issues are caused by parasitic capacitances in the power supply. For Part I of this discussion, let’s focus on what happens when the parasitic capacitance couples directly to the input wires to the power supply.

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Simplifying M2M data networking

April 14, 2014 7:54 am | by Bill Conley, B&B Electronics | Comments

There is currently no universal standard for cellular network certification and provisioning in North America. Instead, the North American cellular carriers and standards bodies like CTIA/PTCRB force mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and M2M device manufacturers to navigate a labyrinth of different certification processes....

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Five from EELive, part two

April 10, 2014 3:59 pm | by Editor | Winsystems, Versalogic Corp., Rigol Usa, Texas Instruments, Cymbet Corporation | Comments

Here are five more notable products, plus one soon to be released product, from EELive 2014. Be sure to check out Part 1 of this series for more. Embedded computers were well represented, with announcements by WinSystems and VersaLogic. For rugged applications, WinSystems’ The SBC35-CC405 Series multi-core Intel Atom E3800 embedded computers feature onboard USB, Gigabit Ethernet, serial ports, and

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This technology could save your car from disaster

April 10, 2014 8:11 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

The automotive industry is making some pretty large improvements in terms of technology. In the past few years, there have been improvements in vehicle communications—including V2V and V2X systems—as well as in areas like vehicle safety and infotainment systems....

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How trends in electronics are affecting connectors

April 9, 2014 8:14 am | by Bob Stanton, Director of Technology, Omnetics | Comments

Rapidly changing demands and designs in product performance and electrical integrity are having a huge effect on electronic connector systems. New smaller and more portable electronics in aerospace, defense, and other stressful environments, like those encountered in robotics....

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Watch an engineer deal with moronic requests from marketing

April 8, 2014 10:34 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

This sketch provides a decent approximation of what meetings feel like for engineers — or anyone with a technical job, really — as they try to interpret the vague, confusing, and otherwise bizarre requests from non-technical people. I’m sure I’ve been guilty of this on occasion....

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This ‘electronic skin’ will revolutionize medicine

April 8, 2014 8:56 am | by Allegra Sparta, Contributor | Comments

It’s as thin as a temporary tattoo, but you definitely won’t get one in a cereal box. The creators of this “electronic skin” say that the technology could “one day aid patients with movement disorders or epilepsy.” It’s the first of its kind that can store information and deliver medicine through the skin....

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Five from EELive, part one

April 8, 2014 8:27 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | eConais, Inc., Microchip Technology Inc., Icon Labs | Comments

The 2014 edition of EELive is in the rear-view mirror. Along with the damp weather, spirits were dampened, too. Perhaps the show is going through an identity crisis given the recent name changes or the success of Embedded World. In fact, when I spoke to exhibitors about their new product offerings that coincide with the show, some responses began with

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Keep politics off of the space station

April 7, 2014 8:37 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

When the Ukraine v. Russia (winner gets Crimea) battle began, one of the first things I said was, “Man, I bet it’s super awkward in space right now.” While Russian and U.S. relations have never been great, there hasn’t been an international issue to this degree between the two countries in quite some time.

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Samsung dupes Obama: Why “selfie advertising” needs to stop

April 4, 2014 2:05 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

What do President Obama, Brad Pitt, and Jennifer Lawrence have in common? They’ve all become unwitting props in a viral Samsung advertising campaign that relies on spontaneity, selfies, and tricking people — including the most powerful man in the world — into becoming brand ambassadors....

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Understanding ultraviolet LED applications and precautions

April 4, 2014 9:47 am | by Vincent C. Forte, Chief Technology Officer of Marktech Optoelectronics | Comments

Ultraviolet light occurs between the visible and x‐ray spectrums. The Ultraviolet wavelength range is specified as 10 nm to 400 nm; however, many optoelectronic companies also consider wavelengths as high as 430nm to be in the UV range. Ultraviolet light gets its name due to the “violet” color it produces....

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Putting the 'long term’ in long-term evolution

April 4, 2014 8:22 am | by Francis Sideco, Senior Director Consumer, Mobile, and IT Electronics at IHS | Comments

Unlike its predecessors, many of which by this same point in their adoption cycle were already being prepared to transition to the next generation of cellular air interface technology; LTE appears to be living up to its long-term promise.  LTE, while gaining momentum...

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