In October, we asked you for your words of wisdom for a brand-new design engineer and boy, did you guys have advice in spades. The responses we received were so good in fact, we’ve decided to open up our December Roundtable to our faithful readers in hopes that you can offer more words of wisdom.
One of the most important factors in the purchase of home appliances is how the product looks and what high-end features it supports. With today’s highly integrated System-on-Chip (SoC) processors, designers can introduce not only a new UI based on capacitive sensing but also incorporate other system functions to lower system cost and save board space.
The 25th International Trade Fair for Electronic Components, Systems, and Applications (i.e., electronica 2012) starts next week (or now, depending on when you see this), so ECN thought it fitting to interview one of the leading OEM vendors, Standex Electronics about industry trends, especially as it relates to sensors.
Harking back to the good-old-days, before social media, before texting, before mobile phones – all the way back to when we (not me literally) received news from the wireless (radio), this new-fangled invention came along called the TV and sat down in living rooms everywhere.
The idea of using wind to create energy isn’t exactly new. The first examples can be traced back to 200 B.C. in Persia – a creation of Heron of Alexandria. That particular device simply harnessed the wind to power a machine, so a case could be made that the first real windmills were built a little bit later, in the 7th century in Sistan, modern day Iran.
Imagine a bike that sends its location to your smart phone if moved; a camera that can talk to a GPS module and suggest scenic locales when you are on a hike; a refrigerator that would send you a reminder text message when the milk runs out; a smart meter that can turn on your washing machine during off-peak hours...
It has become increasingly more common in portable, handheld devices to use white backlighting for display illumination. The use of white LEDs, are practical in mobile applications due to the need for color reproduction and balancing. For a low cost, simple alternative, an inductive-based DC-DC converter can be used...
The semiconductor technology that underlies solid-state illumination represents the epitome of precision manufacturing. Production of these devices begins with creation of blue light-emitting diodes (LED chips) through the nanoscale deposition of semiconductor materials onto a wafer...
As incandescent bulbs are phased out, the two options that offer significant energy savings are compact fluorescent (CFL) and LED. While CFL’s are a mature technology, white LEDs are still advancing rapidly with higher lumens per packaged LED as well as increased efficacy.
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Over two-thirds of all TVs and desktop monitors shipped in 2012 will be LED backlit models (source: DisplaySearch, July 2012). The explosion of LEDs as the dominant technology for backlighting LCD panels has been enabled by the improvements in LED device performance that have provided increased efficiency and light output.
Roundtable: What new electronics packaging materials or techniques do you expect to gain popularity in 2013?November 1, 2012 12:02 pm | Comments
Customers are demanding smaller, thinner, faster and more power efficient semiconductor solutions, especially for mobile applications, consumer electronics and the growing “Internet of Things.” Substrate advancements can help address these needs. New techniques are delivering materials with lower expansion and higher stiffness, resulting in thinner and/or coreless packages with reduced warpage.
Touch panel demand continues to rapidly increase and applications utilizing this advanced technology are expanding into a wide variety of markets. According to DisplaySearch, projected capacitive touch panels have surpassed resistive touch panels in shipments and revenue.
Most drivers wouldn't feel comfortable just handing over control of their vehicle to, well, their vehicle, but a new system from Nissan may do just that. The Autonomous Emergency Steering System, as the name suggests, will take over steering in emergency situations in which a crash could be avoided when you remove human error from the equation.
A gift from decades of telecoms-industry development, bullet-proof models for high-availability power-supply systems and key standards documents are freely available online to tempt adventurous designers into exploring their own solutions for safeguarding processes that cannot afford unplanned downtime.