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Curbing the spread of conflict minerals

May 20, 2015 12:26 pm | by ECN Staff | Articles | Comments

A recent ECN article described conflict minerals as natural resources found within war zones and plundered by militias to perpetuate the fighting. How would you define conflict minerals and their collective impact on design engineering?

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IoT for the smarter home

May 20, 2015 11:53 am | by Pushek Madaan, Senior Application Engineer, Cypress and Gagan Luthra, Product Marketing Engineer, Cypress | Articles | Comments

The advent of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) has revolutionized the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT), helping take it from concept to commercial reality. The biggest reason for the proliferation of BLE has been its presence in smartphones, tablets and laptops.

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Ultra-Bright LEDs deliver luminous intensity to 35500 mcd

May 20, 2015 11:20 am | by Vishay Intertechnology | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology Releases Super Red, Red, Amber, and Yellow Ultra-Bright LEDs in Compact SMD Packages With Dome Lenses Featuring Latest AllnGaP on Si Technology, Devices Deliver Industry-High Brightness With Luminous Intensity to 35500 mcd MALVERN, Pa. — May 20, 2015 — The Optoelectronics group of Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) has introduced a new series of super red, red...

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Digi-Key focuses on expanding customer base

May 20, 2015 9:17 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Articles | Comments

According to Dave Doherty at Digi-Key, the evolution includes customer base expansion. “Millennials don’t want to work for corporate America. They want to work for smaller companies, and many of them really rely on ...

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Offshore wind turbine construction could be putting seals' hearing at risk

May 20, 2015 9:12 am | by Wiley | News | Comments

Noise from pile driving during offshore wind turbine construction could be damaging the hearing of harbour seals around the UK, according to ecologists who attached GPS data loggers to 24 harbor seals while offshore wind turbines were being installed in 2012. Data on ...

Not Your Ma's Bell: AT&T evolves beyond phones

May 20, 2015 9:08 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The company whose name has long been synonymous with telephones is looking for new ways to reach out and touch someone. AT&T, which had a popular "Reach Out and Touch Someone" slogan in the 1980s, now wants to be on your TV, car and even trashcan.

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Review: Curves and 'self-healing' in super-premium phones

May 20, 2015 9:04 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

For those not satisfied with just a premium phone, Samsung and LG are offering two models best described as the Lamborghinis of smartphones. You're already getting a lot with flagship phones from those two companies. For about $100 more, you can get a ...

Power transistors break silicon’s previously unmatched cost-speed barriers

May 20, 2015 8:59 am | by Efficient Power Conversion | Efficient Power Conversion | Product Releases | Comments

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (EPC) announces the 60 V EPC2035 and 100 V EPC2036 eGaN power transistors designed to compete in price, while outperforming silicon. Price, the last barrier to widespread adoption of GaN transistors as silicon MOSFET replacements, has fallen. These products ...

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Army researchers develop cold-spray system, transition to industry

May 20, 2015 8:02 am | by U.S. Army | News | Comments

The U.S. Army Research Laboratory has developed a novel, hybrid cold-spray system, in collaboration with the South Dakota School of Mines, which is being transitioned throughout the Department of Defense and is anticipated to save millions of dollars in sustainment costs.

Sandia researchers first to measure thermoelectric behavior by ‘Tinkertoy’ materials

May 20, 2015 8:02 am | by Sandia National Laboratories | News | Comments

Sandia National Laboratories researchers have made the first measurements of thermoelectric behavior by a nanoporous metal-organic framework (MOF), a development that could lead to an entirely new class of materials for such applications as cooling computer chips and cameras and ...

Video-measuring microscope includes an integrated CCD color camera

May 20, 2015 7:01 am | by Mahr Federal Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Mahr Federal will feature the MarVision MM 320, a new video measuring microscope with image processing capability, the flagship product for a new line of Mahr optical measuring instruments, at MD&M EAST, June 9-11, 2015, Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, New York, NY, Booth #2315.

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Helping Atlanta’s underserved children see a future in STEM

May 19, 2015 6:02 pm | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

For low-income students, summer is a critical time. Many education experts say that is the time of year when underserved K-12 students fall behind their classmates. While other middle and upper class students are taking family vacations and heading off to summer camp ...

Harting University supports STEM, enables informed buying decisions

May 19, 2015 3:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Articles | Comments

At EDS 2015, Harting stepped fully into the world of STEM (and continuing education) with the launch of Harting University. Over the last several years, Harting has been the veritable toast of the industry, winning accolades ...

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EDS launches new professional group

May 19, 2015 2:47 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Spark is a new program being launched this year within the EDS Summit as a way to engage younger professionals and showcase the benefits of attending EDS each year. The program, which will supplement the EDS meeting schedule with other meetings and ...

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ERA elects new officers for 2015-17 term

May 19, 2015 2:34 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Electronic Representatives Association (ERA) reports that its board of directors recently elected new national officers for the 2015-17 term. They are: chairman of the board - Paul Nielsen, CPMR, of Brainard-Nielsen Marketing in Elk Grove Village, Ill ...

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