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Projected capacitive touch panels designed for marine applications

October 16, 2013 12:47 pm | by Tony Gray, Director of Product Technology, Ocular | Comments

As projected capacitive (PCAP) touch panels continue to gain market share in the industrial and embedded markets, they are also branching out into new markets, including the marine industry. The marine environment presents unique challenges to a PCAP sensor, requiring specialized designs to overcome these challenges and provide optimum performance.

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Cloud computing: The next frontier for silicon photonics

October 15, 2013 3:52 pm | by Arlon Martin, VP of Marketing, Contracts & Government Affairs, Kotura | Comments

The movement to tap silicon photonics as an underlying technology for higher performance, low-power consumption data centers is well underway. In fact, fast interconnects have become a pacing factor for the industry, particularly as data centers become the backbone for cloud computing, which continues to accelerate with market demand.

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Q&A with Karim Wassef of GE Energy Management

October 15, 2013 3:11 pm | Comments

Our increasingly connected world and the oceans of data we generate has put the datacenter under tremendous pressure to accommodate our demands efficiently and reliably. ECN recently interviewed Dr. Karim Wassef, general manager of the Embedded Products business unit for GE’s Critical Power business about the trends and the challenges facing designers of datacenter devices.

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Faster network processing and throughput with C-RAN

October 15, 2013 1:45 pm | by Gilad Garon, CEO, ASOCS | Comments

Video traffic from a myriad of devices, including smart phones, tablets, laptops and other devices, is overloading today’s networks. What’s more, the increased traffic must co-exist with legacy 2G and 3G protocols and anticipated new standards as the industry moves forward to 4G and beyond.

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How test instrument manufacturers can design to meet the expectations of new and experienced engineers

October 14, 2013 2:36 pm | by Jonathan Tucker, Keithley Instruments, Inc. | Comments

A recent industry study indicates one out of five electrical engineers now in the global workforce has started his or her career within the last 10 years. These newer engineers tend to be more software-oriented than some of their more experienced colleagues due to recent changes in universities’ electrical engineering curricula.

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JTAG/Boundary Scan – a method for eliminating access problems in electronic assembly development

October 11, 2013 10:20 am | by Enrico Lusky and Mario Berger, Goepel | Comments

JTAG/Boundary Scan has become an increasingly valuable application, in particular in the development departments of small and large companies. On the one hand, this is due to the enormous potential the technology provides and, on the other hand to the problems increasingly compact assemblies and components place on test technologies with respect to mechanical access.

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Precision signal viewing

October 8, 2013 12:16 pm | by Joel Woodward, Agilent Technologies | Agilent Technologies | Comments

The need for seeing additional current and voltage detail is increasing.  Many scope users want better ability to see small signal changes on a large signal (high dynamic range measurements). Power rails, biomedical technology developed to interact with human physiology, high-energy physics experiments that produce small pulses....

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High-speed data streaming with PXI Express platforms

October 8, 2013 11:08 am | by Louis Hsu, manager of Measurement and I/O Platform Verification and Application, ADLINK | Comments

Electronic systems, both analog and digital, are processing and managing increasing amounts of information at continually increasing data rates. The information age continues to amplify demands on developers of high accuracy and reliability systems and subsystems.

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How the DEA gets its cell phone data fix

October 3, 2013 9:55 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

In the early 1980s, the old, pre-Cingular AT&T came out with an ad campaign urging us to "reach out and touch someone” to market its long distance products. It seems that today’s AT&T has been helping the government access its enormous database of phone records – dating back 26 years with 4 billion call records being added everyday....

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E-Meters turn to smart relay drivers for remote grid management

September 26, 2013 4:20 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Comments

Smart meters have been touted to consumers as being integral in helping them lower their utility bills. Armed with accurate information – such as consumption pertaining to specific times of day – consumers can then adjust their behaviors to shrink their bills and their carbon emissions and, if regulations allow, even select from different pricing structures....

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Power plants and water treatment facilities diagnose motor problems without highly trained personnel

September 17, 2013 4:58 pm | by Jacob Beck, Electrom Instruments | Comments

The electronic devices used to test and analyze electric motors and other equipment have become much more powerful than in the past. Yet, in many instances these sophisticated devices have also introduced a high degree of complexity for users, requiring that highly trained and experienced personnel perform the testing.

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Everything you need to know about picking the right circuit protection

September 11, 2013 3:33 pm | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Comments

When it comes to circuit protection, the first line of resistance is resistance. Resistance limits current flow and resistance, in conjunction with capacitance, slows the rate of increase of voltage, giving other protection measures in the circuit time to act. But, resistance has its drawbacks. If the current through the resistance is significant, it wastes power....

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Fighting an invisible enemy: How UV robots are clearing the way for germ-free hospitals

September 11, 2013 2:17 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Comments

Though medical devices are always moving towards less invasive, more effective technology, they face a constant, persistent and ever-evolving enemy in deadly bacteria and infections. Healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) can be caused by any infectious agent and result in 99,0000 deaths per year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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Adding a personal touch to automotive interior lighting via LIN

September 10, 2013 3:59 pm | by Michael Bender, Melexis | Melexis | Comments

Solid-state lighting is now becoming commonplace in automotive designs, replacing more costly, less energy efficient and not as reliable incandescent lamps. Though it is only in recent times that it has started to be considered for the parking lights, brake lights, side lights and front lights on the car’s exterior...

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How to design backlights for LCD TV displays with scrolling LEDs

September 9, 2013 5:42 pm | by Girish Ramesh, Sr. Marketing Manager, Atmel Corporation and Kevin Hempson, Staff Applications Engineer, Atmel Corporation | Comments

You can improve contrast and reduce motion blur by sequentially flashing zones in an LCD display that is back lit with edge-mounted LEDs. You achieve this scrolling illumination with improved LED driver ICs. With the help of some timing diagrams this article will reveal how this works in principle and will give a description of the different modes of operation.

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