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High-voltage Battery Simulator and Test Systems Critical for Hybrid Vehicle Development

January 8, 2013 3:03 pm | by Randall Beattie, SAKOR | Comments

High voltage battery simulator and test systems are essential for conducting testing of the high voltage DC power systems that are such a critical element of electric (EV) and hybrid/electric (HEV) vehicles. To accurately test a high voltage hybrid


Why the computer mouse will soon be obsolete

January 8, 2013 9:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Comments

If you thought being able to “pinch” your iPad screen to zoom was cool, hold on to your hats, because there is something even better coming: a way to use your computer without even touching it.To fully understand why this technology is so awesome, you have to ask yourself about the actual reason the computer mouse is designed the way is it.


Pecan Street demonstrates the potential of smart grid technology

January 7, 2013 11:33 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

When I first learned of Pecan Street, Inc. and the Smart Grid Demonstration Project, I knew little of the consortium’s mission. I had heard of smart grids before, but I was curious to know more about what the Pecan Street’s project was and how it was significant to the advancement of “green” technology.


Four pillars of power management to consider when selecting your next PDU

January 4, 2013 1:43 pm | by Dave Proli, Director of Engineering, Marway Power Solutions | Marway Power Solutions | Comments

As consumer, commercial and industrial electronic systems become more advanced; they require more precise and reliable power sources to function at optimum levels.  System integrators and designers are turning to more sophisticated power distribution units (PDUs) with customized specifications to better tackle power hurdles.


Why dual-mode Bluetooth makes sense

January 4, 2013 10:23 am | by Dana Myers, channel marketing manager, Wireless Connectivity Solutions, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Comments

Traditionally, Bluetooth has been associated with hands-free calling and peripheral applications requiring short-range wireless connectivity. After the introduction of the Bluetooth v4.0specification in 2010, which standardized Bluetooth low energy operation, a large amount of the industry buzz has been on Bluetooth low energy applications....


Top 10 must-see posts for December

December 21, 2012 12:34 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.


Big Brother takes the wheel

December 21, 2012 9:57 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, PDD Assistant Editor | Comments

Is placing black boxes in automobiles really an invasion of the driver’s privacy? While I am all for the advancement of automobile safety, I wonder if placing black boxes in  a cars is stepping over the privacy boundary? A recent article, “Black Boxes in Cars Raise Privacy Concerns” discussed the placement of event data recorders....


Out with the old, in with the new: Enabling the proliferation of large-area touch devices with transparent conductive materials

December 20, 2012 1:52 pm | by John LeMoncheck, President and CEO of Cambrios Technologies for ECN | Comments

What trends and technologies have impacted the industry in 2012 and what does that mean for 2013? The release of Windows 8 is revolutionizing the projected capacitive touch device market, increasing the already capacity constrained demand for large area touch screens. 


The challenges of miniaturization

December 20, 2012 1:16 pm | by Bruno Fauvel, Segment Manager, Portescap | Portescap | Comments

With miniaturization often comes the challenge to produce the same amount of work as in large design, thus creating more power in a smaller envelope. Engineers should look at the different impact of dimension on motor performance criteria (efficiency, power, thermal dissipation, inertia, etc.).


Top 10 must-see posts of 2012

December 19, 2012 3:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web from 2012. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.


The newest (and most invasive) surveillance technique

December 19, 2012 12:31 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Comments

Better watch what you say next time you take the bus; somebody could be listening in. We’re all pretty used to the increasing amount of cameras on public transportation, and a lot can be said in their favor. They provide a safer environment for the driver when dealing with unruly passengers.


Epoxy adhesive films and preforms optimize electronics manufacturing

December 19, 2012 12:10 pm | by Robert Michaels, Master Bond, Inc., | Comments

Electronics manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve product quality, speed time to market, and reduce production costs. To optimize manufacturing, engineers carefully consider the three major aspects of production: technology, processes, and materials.


Differential signaling best practices

December 19, 2012 11:45 am | by Clark Kinnaird, Industrial Interface Systems Engineer, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Comments

Differential signaling is used for noise immunity in Ethernet, RS-485, CAN and USB. In ideal cases, all common-mode noise is rejected. In real-world applications, there are several design techniques and component parameters to consider in order to keep the data flowing with high confidence.


Avoid cracked screens: An airbag for your smartphone

December 19, 2012 9:34 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Comments

 As the proud new owner of an iPhone 5, I have but one concern: Can this phone survive my clumsy self? For the past three years, I’ve been the increasingly less proud owner of a Blackberry Bold. It was slow, bulky, people mocked me for having it, and viewing a website was as much fun as going to the DMV, but, man, could that thing take a hit like Floyd Mayweather.


Stabilization systems and frequency response of inertial MEMS

December 18, 2012 10:00 am | by Mark Looney, Analog Devices | Comments

Stable platforms are a necessity for achieving the best performance in UAV-mounted surveillance equipment, maritime microwave receivers, vehicle-mounted infrared imaging sensors, and similar instrument systems. Yet these systems must operate through vibration and other undesirable kinds of motion.



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