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Building a connected home, one fiber at a time

December 16, 2014 9:15 am | by Nathan Tracy, Technologist and Manager of Standards for TE Connectivity, Datacomm | Comments

With the Internet of Things now upon us, it has the potential to dramatically change our lives at a dizzying pace. Gartner believes that the IoT market will grow from 0.9 billion units today to 26 billion units by 2020, an almost 30-fold increase resulting in ...

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Magnetometer 2D calibration for accurate angle computation

December 15, 2014 1:04 pm | by Jacques Trichet and Benoit Marchand, Freescale Semiconductor | Comments

In the last couple of years, magnetic sensors have emerged in consumer electronics end products such as smart phones, computer tablets, gaming accessories, audio/video devices and personal electronics. This proliferation was enabled by advances in ...

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Communication for first responders

December 15, 2014 12:46 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Comments

One of the well-acknowledged lessons from the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks was that federal, state, and local authorities had failed to prepare properly to support first responders with logistics, inter-agency coordination, and ...

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Securing the Internet of Things

December 12, 2014 8:40 am | by Lance Dover, Director of Product Architecture for Micron’s Embedded Business Unit, and Amit Gattani, Senior Director, Segment Marketing for Micron’s Embedded Business Unit | Comments

By now most people involved in the electronics industry have heard of the onslaught of Internet-connected devices that will become part of our lives over the next several years. It is not hard to conceive of a day in the not too distant future where ...

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The cell phone is the key

December 12, 2014 7:56 am | by Steve Spatig, General Manager, Electronic Access, Southco | Comments

The widespread proliferation of smart phones and wireless communication technologies continues to inspire innovation in the many ways these connected devices can be used, from monitoring home energy usage to remotely unlocking your automobile or ...

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Bring on the STEM students

December 11, 2014 10:48 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

One of the best parts about being the Editor of ECN, besides the fancy title and adoring(ish) fans, is that it offers a platform to speak about issues that are near and dear to my heart and important to the industry. For the past year, the ECN team ...

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Rethinking power delivery to the processor

December 11, 2014 10:39 am | by Robert Gendron, Vice President, Semiconductor Power Solutions, Vicor | Vicor Corp. | Comments

The computing load shouldered by modern data centers is growing exponentially, driving server performance requirements ever higher. To keep pace, server designers continue to increase the number of processors per board, with rack density and rack ...

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Designing your perfect inverting rail

December 11, 2014 8:38 am | by Anston Joel Lobo, System and Applications Engineer, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Comments

We often come across designs needing an operational amplifier (op amp) and confoundedly ask, where can I source that pesky negative supply? The quest for a cost-effective, simple and flexible solution often descends down a path of topologies and ...

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Switch mode power supply measurement and analysis with a bench oscilloscope

December 10, 2014 1:56 pm | by Varun Merchant, Tektronix | Comments

The power supply is integral to virtually every type of line-powered and battery-operated electronic product, and the switch-mode power supply (SMPS) has become the dominant architecture in many applications. A single switch-mode power supply’s performance ...

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New solutions and challenges for digital control of power converters

December 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by Stephen Pimpis, Vice President, Strategic Product Marketing; Bill Smith, Director of Marketing, Board Mounted Power; and Paul Knauber, Murata University Coordinator: Murata Power Solutions | Comments

Advancements in semiconductor technologies and system-level performance requirements, particularly in the telecom and datacom markets, have had a tremendous impact on the board level power infrastructure. Moore’s Law has been driving device ...

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Low power? No power!

December 10, 2014 11:25 am | by Matthias Kassner, Product Marketing Director, EnOcean | Comments

This article describes the benefits associated with using energy harvesting wireless sensor nodes within the context of an Internet of Things. It discusses key architectural requirements and design trade-offs of such devices and gives examples of current ...

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Controller, converter, or module — which is right for my design?

December 10, 2014 10:57 am | by Chris Ammann, Global Technical Marketing Engineer, Power Avnet Electronics Marketing | Comments

Power supplies come in many shapes and sizes. As technologies have advanced, more and more integration has become commonplace when designing a power system. In a lot of instances, integration makes for a simpler design process. However ...

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What is the most creative way LEDs have been implemented?

December 10, 2014 10:11 am | Comments

The next generation of lighting is addressing the increasing demand for solutions that produce higher light output, higher optical density and better heat dissipation with fewer LED placements — ultimately resulting in system cost reductions that can ...

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The age of rapid development

November 24, 2014 8:48 am | by Jason Gouw, CEO, Qfusion Labs, LLC | Comments

The evolution of technology has come to a point that enables bootstrap developers to create rapid prototypes even faster than some established companies. But this effect isn't caused by the advent of new technology alone. Instead, intuitive UI ...

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The race to find a strong and lightweight design

November 19, 2014 5:24 pm | by Kevin Balben, Product Specialist, DELO Industrial Adhesives LLC | Comments

Last month I wrote an overview about the classic advantages of bonding. This month I would like to discuss the increase in demand by companies for lightweight constructed products and what challenges this demand brings. In industries like ...

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