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Impact of the Japanese Disaster on the PV Industry

March 15, 2011 8:02 am | by Charles Annis – Vice President, Manufacturing Research | Comments

The magnitude 9.0 earthquake that struck Northeast Japan on March 11 and the tsunami that followed later killed thousands and devastated huge parts of the country. In the process, multiple nuclear reactors at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station were damaged...


Aegis Software and MetricStream Partner to Deliver Total Enterprise Quality Management

March 14, 2011 2:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Aegis Software is partnering with MetricStream Inc., the market leader in enterprise-wide Governance, Risk, Compliance (GRC) and Quality Management solutions, to deliver a unique and comprehensive solution for total quality management across a manufacturing enterprise. The solution...


RS Components upgrades DesignSpark PCB with 3D

March 14, 2011 2:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

RS Components has announced the release of DesignSpark PCB version 2, its free PCB design software package. Working in partnership with Number One Systems, new features in DesignSpark PCB include unique 3D visualisation of PCB layouts, and increased library management …


Family of GreenChip low-power adapters

March 14, 2011 2:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

NXP Semiconductors announced a new generation of GreenChip power solutions which feature the lowest standby capability in the industry, reaching levels below 10mW. The NXP GreenChip power ICs, also known as Switched Mode Power Supply controller ICs, are designed for …


A New World Order for Tech Computing

March 14, 2011 11:02 am | by Eric Broockman, Alereon ( | Comments

This years CES and the recently completed Mobile World Congress in Barcelona indicate that we are be on the verge of a tipping point in the computing ecosystem versus what we have known for the past 20 years.


FIRST Robotics Regional Competition Tips

March 14, 2011 10:32 am | by Scott McMahon | Comments

I attended the regional FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) in San Antonio last week, providing technical support and mentoring to young innovators of tomorrow. The FRC was a great event! I walked away with a few tips for students, mentors and volunteers, so I thought I’d share...


Why science fiction action movies need a little comic relief

March 14, 2011 7:16 am | by Alasdair Wilkins, | Comments

Comedy does have a very particular purpose in sci-fi and action movies. It's a safety valve, a way for the movie to help soothe the audience's suspension of disbelief.


Downloadable Application Modules for ThreadX RTOS

March 11, 2011 2:21 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Embedded World 2011 – Express Logic announced the introduction of downloadable application modules for its ThreadX RTOS. Downloadable application modules enable ThreadX-based applications to dynamically receive additional instructions from local mass storage or a network. Applications...


Single Channel Hi-Speed USB to UART/FIFO Interface IC

March 11, 2011 1:22 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Embedded World 2011 – Future Technology Devices International Limited (FTDI) has further strengthened its portfolio of USB interface IC products with the release of the FT232H USB2.0 Hi-Speed device. This versatile single channel USB to UART/FIFO interface device can be …


LDRA Boosts Automation and Transparency of Test Process

March 11, 2011 1:21 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Embedded World 2011 – LDRA, the leading provider of automated software verification tools, has extended TBmanager, a test management and traceability component within the LDRA tool suite. With the adoption of process-oriented standards such as IEC 62304, IEC 61508:2010 and …


Making Boundary-Scan more comfortable

March 10, 2011 1:21 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

Embedded World 2011 – JTAG Technologies has updated its ProVision suite of boundary-scan development tools with the addition of 11 enhancements. When JTAG Technologies launched ProVision in 2006 it changed the way users work with boundary-scan. There have been a …


Less handling steps with Multitest MT2168

March 10, 2011 1:20 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

The MT2168 benchmark pick and place test handler from Multitest has proven its high production performance in the field. Best jam rate statistics are evidence of the successful new design concept. The design concept of the MT2168 is optimized for …


Modular PXI Solution for CAN Communication

March 10, 2011 6:20 am | by ECN Europe | Comments

Goepel electronic introduced PXI 6153, a modular communication controller for CAN, based on the Series 61. The scalable architecture provides an extensive range of options for individual and flexible controller configurations and functional upgradability at a later date. The basic …...


How much is a pay phone call these days, anyway?

March 9, 2011 11:17 am | by Charles Birkhead, Macrovision, Inc. ( | Comments

I don’t even know. I’ve used a pay phone once in the last 15 years when I was running a grocery errand for my wife and forgot the list she gave me along with my cell phone. I stood there peering at the phone in front of the 7-Eleven to find out how much change I needed (35 cents, at that time.)


Cameras out of the salt shaker(3)

March 8, 2011 4:22 pm | by ECN Europe | Comments

There have been gloves and shavers for one-off use for a long time. In future, there will also be disposable endoscopes for minimally invasive operations on the human body. A new microcamera is what makes it possible. It is as …



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