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April 7, 2015 3:29 pm Comments

Solar and wind often dominate the alternative energy conversation, but a rarely discussed, though increasingly popular, third option exists in gathering energy from the tides. Among its many attributes, tidal power or marine and hydrokinetic power (MKP) is cyclical, which means that twice a day ...

April 7, 2015 2:34 pm Comments

This month’s digital issue of ECN explores the worlds of passives, displays and smart readers. A breakthrough in nanotechnology research could result in electric cars that are powered by their own body panels. Electric vehicles rely on lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries for propulsion.....

January 12, 2015 4:17 pm Comments

In the January editor of ECN, we explore the world of the military in the form of MILSPEC-required extreme environments and Smart UAVS. As military technology continues to evolve towards more durable, smarter technologies, the components must also change. We’re also...

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January 8, 2015 4:01 pm Comments

Security. It’s a topic that you can’t seem to escape whether you’re reading a news story about a security breach at Sony or a hacker who is capable of taking over your car. In this issue of ECN, we’re talking about security in the ever-changing, ever-evolving world of connectivity.

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November 7, 2014 3:45 pm Comments

Robotics are slowly creeping into every facet of life, from creepy humanoids who are just a little "off" to exoskeletons that allow paralyzed people to walk to helping the military shoulder the weight of supplies. Face it, robots are everywhere (including in this issue of ECN.)

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October 28, 2014 3:53 pm Comments

Oil and gas drilling offers some of the most challenging and intense rugged environments in the industry. As the projects call for deeper drilling, engineers are encountering even more difficult geological conditions with increasing temperatures and a need for long-lasting equipment.

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October 28, 2014 3:50 pm Comments

Military and aerospace can be some of the most stressful environments to design for. Not only do they have rigorous specifications, the challenge of creating components or designs that function under such extreme conditions can be a trying task. High in the sky: New materials offer high-reliability capacitors for aerospace explores the solutions for designing in space.

August 6, 2014 2:56 pm Comments

In this day and age, anywhere you have a large crowd of people, you will have a large crowd of people using their phones. Technologically, this is a challenge when it comes to designing wireless networks capable of handling the load. In the August issue, we explore the problems and solutions for today's wireless companies and also discuss how motion control is changing the engineering landscape.

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July 1, 2014 5:01 pm Comments

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.

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June 10, 2014 10:04 am Comments

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.

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May 27, 2014 9:28 am Comments

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.

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May 8, 2014 10:13 am Comments

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.

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April 4, 2014 12:17 pm Comments

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.

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March 13, 2014 4:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor Comments

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.

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February 6, 2014 3:49 pm | by ECN Staff Comments

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....

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