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TTI builds on 2014 momentum at EDS

May 20, 2015 12:41 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Comments

TTI kicked off the first full day of the 2015 EDS Summit with a filling breakfast spread followed by the traditional executive briefing. Momentum was the theme this year, as TTI Senior VP, and master of ceremonies, Michael Knight discussed TTI’s plan to ...

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How to combat counterfeit semiconductors

May 20, 2015 12:31 pm | by Peter Marston, Rochester Electronics | Comments

As semiconductors have reached into more and more applications, the threats posed by counterfeit components have become increasingly serious.

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Curbing the spread of conflict minerals

May 20, 2015 12:26 pm | by ECN Staff | 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 | 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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Digi-Key focuses on expanding customer base

May 20, 2015 9:17 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | 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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Harting University supports STEM, enables informed buying decisions

May 19, 2015 3:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | 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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The future was on display at EDS 2015

May 19, 2015 1:44 pm | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Comments

The EDS 2015 Summit kicked off in the Mirage’s Grand Ballroom with a reception that was highlighted by a keynote speech from featured speaker Grant Imahara, the famed electrical engineer who spun his expertise into an unlikely career in the entertainment industry (Mythbusters, Galaxy Quest ...

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The building blocks of mobile IoT devices

May 18, 2015 2:52 pm | by Matt Burns, Avnet’s global IP&E technical marketing specialist | Comments

The concept of IoT connected devices connotes many different ideas. Some think of data centers full of servers, network switches, and storage arrays aggregating untold gigabytes of random data. Others identify with Ethernet-enabled devices in their place of work, home or school. More recently ...

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Harsh environment design necessities for miniature cables and connectors

May 18, 2015 1:47 pm | by Robert Stanton, Director of Technology, Omnetics Connector Corp. | Comments

Cable and connectors must often be selected or designed for the specific environment or application they are to be used. Silicon chip capabilities continue to expand where electronic systems are used. Sensors, detectors, and complete circuits are placed farther out ...

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Developing high-speed interconnects for data-rich applications

May 18, 2015 8:41 am | by Joe Dambach, new product development manager, Molex Incorporated | Comments

Like NASCAR drivers, today’s electronic device designers have a need for speed. Resource-intensive applications demand higher data transmission speeds, and connector suppliers are creating systems that deliver those data rates.

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IC socket selection criteria

May 18, 2015 8:36 am | by Ila Pal, COO, Ironwood Electronics Inc. | Comments

Many products are designed with high-performance integrated circuits (IC). Without IC sockets, the design, testing, and/or production phases of a new product development process will be chaotic. In response to these demanding needs, sockets featuring a wide variety of ...

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IDC and poke-home connectors overcome challenges in harsh applications

May 15, 2015 11:48 am | by Tom Anderson, Connector Product Manager, AVX | Comments

Connecting wires to a printed circuit board (PCB) in demanding applications presents a challenge for connector manufacturers and design engineers meet the cost, size, and performance goals of a product. Connector manufacturers must keep developmental pace with customer demands....

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Let’s talk about space

May 12, 2015 9:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Comments

Most of the time, my job is just like any other job. I have day-to-day responsibilities like debating topics with commenters, writing blogs about things that annoy the commenters, and then writing up blogs about the terrible things commenters sometimes say.

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The quantum dots revolution

May 11, 2015 3:05 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Comments

Quantum dots are the most important technological development that no one has heard of. At least not when compared to the buzz about 4K, curved displays, the Internet of Things, or other Consumer Electronic Show (CES) titans.

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Ensuring security in the connected home

May 11, 2015 8:34 am | by Ogi Brkic, VP of Marketing and Business Development, Elliptic Technologies | Comments

If you recently visited one of the many consumer trade shows, it was hard to miss the proliferation of Internet of Things (IoT) devices targeting home automation.

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