While Hollywood often focuses on technology that’s not quite available in the real world, sometimes what’s depicted on-screen eventually makes its way into the market or even into a military convoy. Displays from the big screen: Motion sensor systems from Hollywood follows the evolution of the display technology seen in Steven Spielberg’s Minority Report as it moves from just an idea on a screen to a real-life communication tool.
Electric cars are finally becoming a serious contender in the automotive world. The mileage is increasing, the price is decreasing, and the batteries are no longer on fire. But it’s been a long road for the technology and with over 175,000 plug-in vehicles on the road today, the challenges won’t stop anytime soon.
In our May 15 issue, ECN is proud to announce the winners of the 2014 ECN IMPACT Awards. These 27 winners represent the products, services, and companies that changed the design engineering landscape in 2013. David Mantey, ECN’s Editor-in-chief, offers his congratulations to the winners and finalists of this prestigious award and writes about the award ceremony on May 6 in his Editor’s View note.
In the May 1 issue, ECN takes a look at one of the fastest growing and most challenging technologies: portable power. With electronics design trending towards miniaturization and mobility, power has become a constant balancing act between efficiency, weight, and necessity.
In the April issue, ECN is proud to announce the 2014 ECN IMPACT Award Finalists chosen to recognize the top products, tools, and services from 18 categories across the electronics design engineering field. The finalists were picked by our panel of esteemed judges selected for their expertise in one or more product category. We’ll announce the winners on May 6 at the EDS Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Counterfeit components cost the electronics industry billions of dollars each year. They also create dangerous situations and increase the risk of product failure. In this March issue of ECN, we identify the key battlegrounds in the fight against fake components.• Seeing through the lies explores the idea of using x-ray techniques as a way of identifying counterfeit components, walking readers through the most common indicators of a counterfeit. • Invisible bar codes offers up a solution to counterfeit components in the form of a covert micro-bar code that are virtually indestructible and invisible to the naked eye. • Counterfeit mitigation looks at a report by the Semiconductor Industry Association detailing the ideal defensive maneuvers against counterfeit components.
We’re always looking to expand our expertise and knowledge base here at ECN, so we’re using this Power issue to introduce our brand-new editorial advisory board. Our new board is made up of the industry elite with a broad range of engineering expertise that we’ll be utilizing throughout the year....
Here at ECN, we love hot topics. So in our first issue of 2014, we’re talking about three important issues in the industry and the news: defense spending, transportation and healthcare. In the United States, defense is a serious business with a serious budget.
We decided to do something a little bit different with our December 15 issue this year, so with that in mind: Welcome you to a very special edition of ECN. While you’ll see a few of your favorites including Everything E (page 10) and Leading Off (page 8), you might notice a few sections are missing. That’s because we decided to focus this issue on four different areas in the Electronic Design field.
The December issue focuses on Test and Measurement and the challenges in the community when it comes to the push in the consumer market for faster, smaller, better electronics. The cover story focuses on predicting end-of-life for future mobile devices and is accompanied by a story exploring the options for reducing the effects when the systems do fail. The issue also featured our first OnDesign column by our newest writer Joshua Israelsohn who focused on Smart Grid technology.
ECN’s November 15 edition deals with Military Electronics. In the Editor’s View, Managing Editor Kasey Panetta introduces the military issue and also announces the new “Everything E” section. The Cover Story focuses on “Test and Measurement for advancing military systems”, and Executive Editor Chris Warner writes a piece on bridge devices translating into longer life for NTDS systems.
The November 2013 issue of ECN deals with Industrial Electronics. The Cover Story focuses on the “battle of endurance” between wireless technology and harsh environments, and Jim McWilliams of Integra Enclosures compares polycarbonate with fiberglass and stainless steel enclosures.
Engineers responsible for mechatronics development have always known that it’s not just PCs that can suffer from malware. A study in 2011 used experiment rather than theory to identify vulnerabilities of in-vehicle automotive systems. Not only was this a strong reminder of the seriousness of the issue...
The October 2013 issue of ECN focuses on Telecom and Data Storage Systems. In the Editor’s View, Executive Editor Chris Warner talks about the DEA’s “cell phone data fix”. The Cover Story, by Managing Editor Kasey Panetta, discusses “Precision Agriculture,” or the practice of using modern technology to grow better crops, and the Design Talk section deals with Test & Measurement.
The September 2013 issue of ECN deals with Medical Electronics. Managing Editor Kasey Panetta focuses on “fighting an invisible enemy” with UV robots in hospitals, and in the Editor’s View, Executive Editor Chris Warner discusses the controversial practice of license plate scanning.