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Widespread license plate scanning presents an open road for abuse

September 9, 2013 5:09 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

“If you didn’t do anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about.” Well that’s good. But for those of us who are only human and occasionally make mistakes or sometimes do things that are nobody’s business but our own, please keep reading.

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Advanced decoupling capacitors for aerospace applications

September 9, 2013 4:46 pm | by Ron Demcko, AVX Fellow, AVX | Comments

To keep pace with the ongoing technological advancements in the aerospace industry, electronics destined for use in aerospace applications must not only meet a stringent set of safety and reliability qualification requirements, but must also satisfy continual market pressures to provide maximum functionality....

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Fundamentals of transformer testing

September 9, 2013 9:33 am | by Faride Akretch, Tektronix | Comments

Transformers are widely used in electronics and power, so it is important to have an understanding of how transformers work, what they are composed of and test and analysis techniques. The most common type of transformer is called an AC input line, or Mains transformer.

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Will 3D-printing change the world of engineering?

August 12, 2013 2:33 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design and make life better for our engineers. This month we're focusing on Time-to-Market strategies. We're looking at it a little bit differently and discussing the issues from the viewpoint of 3D printing and rapid prototyping.

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Battery harvesting versus energy harvesting

August 6, 2013 3:06 pm | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Comments

Should you use primary batteries or energy harvesting for your low power isolated from the grid application? Are primary batteries better or worse than energy harvesting? Can you use one or the other or do you need both? Neither? It is an interesting question depending on the application, the power required, and the costs involved.

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Making aviation history: A solar-powered plane

August 6, 2013 2:01 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

While most of the country is still struggling with the concept of solar power on land, one team was busy using the panels to power something a little more ambitious: a plane. The program, called Solar Impulse, is devoted to designing a plane powered entirely by solar panels, in hopes of demonstrating the potential of alternative energy.

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New approach to reducing standby power

August 6, 2013 1:03 pm | by Tim Kaske, Product Marketing Manager, ON Semiconductor | On Semiconductor | Comments

Figures published by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) show that US electricity usage is more than double what it was back in the mid 1970s, however it has started to plateau in recent years due to increasing awareness of energy efficiency and more stringent government regulations.

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Now’s a good time to "reclaim your name" from data brokers

August 6, 2013 12:12 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

What’s in a name? Juliet Capulet didn’t see much value in a name in her famous, fictional dialog with Romeo Montague but in the age of “big data,” try telling that to today’s big data brokers. As our modern, personal conveniences put more of our information out there to be gathered and sold, a consumer’s confidence that information or misinformation isn’t going to harm them is usually limited....

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What remains as the biggest challenge for current LED technology? (Part II)

July 31, 2013 10:00 am | Comments

The biggest challenge is that LED chips are quickly approaching their theoretical limits for efficient light output. As they do, incremental improvements to the LED die are providing diminishing returns on investment. Fortunately, innovations in optical silicone packaging materials are introducing new, more cost-effective ways to enhance efficiency (lm/W), as well as cost (lm/$) and light density (lm/cm2).

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What remains as the biggest challenge for current LED technology?

July 31, 2013 9:46 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Adeline Chan, product marketing manager, Cree, Inc.: LED technology has been evolving rapidly over the years. From a performance perspective, lumen output and efficacy numbers have been improving. Other “areas” of the LED technology have also progressed such as thermal properties, substrate materials, light distribution pattern,

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Wi-Fi for embedded Internet of Things applications

July 30, 2013 12:39 pm | by Dana Myers, Channel marketing manager, Wireless Connectivity Solutions, Texas Instruments | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot topic these days and for good reason — the market offers a tremendous opportunity to create products that make consumers’ lives easier and will touch many things in our daily life with over 30 billion Internet connected devices expected by 2020.

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Multilayer Organic (MLO) technology for RF/wireless components in multiband applications

July 30, 2013 11:43 am | by George White, PhD, and Michael Ulrich, AVX Corporation, www.avxcorp.com | Comments

Today, low-temperature co-fired ceramic (LTCC), multilayer ceramic (MLC) and ceramic mono-block technologies are the dominant choices for the implementation of surface mount components for RF passive filters, diplexers, baluns and front end modules. LTCC is the most popular ceramic technology since it uses miniature lumped components....

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Solve high power consumption challenges in active RFID systems

July 30, 2013 11:12 am | by Shawn Rezaei, ams, www.ams.com | Comments

Active RFID usually operates at 455 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz or 5.8 GHz. It is suited to applications such as asset and people tracking, access control, passive keyless entry in cars, parking management systems and temperature monitoring. Active RFID tags have greater transmission power than passive tags.

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A guide to ZigBee device developers for the smart connected home

July 29, 2013 11:15 am | by Cees Link, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies, www.greenpeak.com | Comments

For decades, technology experts and home automation enthusiasts have been talking about and promising the emergence of the smart, connected home. They have foretold a home connected by multitude of sensors, monitoring applications such as HVAC, home security, and even the health of the inhabitants, and all controlled remotely over the web via a smartphone or a tablet.

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MEMS Innovations in Semiconductor Testing

July 25, 2013 2:02 pm | by David Schroll, Field Applications Engineer andJeff Rumowski, Assistant Manager – Test & Measurement market Omron Electronic Components LLC | Comments

In the semiconductor industry, precision testing is key to ensuring proper functionality and quality.  Two types of testing are traditionally performed: 1) wafer testing 2) chip set testing Both types of tests require the use of relays with fast switching speed to carry various types of signals.  Test boards are designed with as few as two relays or as many as several thousand per board. 

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