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April 2014: Digital ICs

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.


March 2014: Counterfeiting

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.


February 2014: Power

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....


January 2014: Military

January 9, 2014 11:08 am | Comments

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.


December 15 2013: Special Issue

January 9, 2014 10:33 am | Comments

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.


December: Test and Measurement

January 9, 2014 9:55 am | Comments

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.


November 15, 2013: Military

November 22, 2013 11:16 am | Comments

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.


November 2013: Industrial

November 22, 2013 11:08 am | Comments

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.


October 2013 Supplement: Security & Counterfeiting

November 22, 2013 11:00 am | Comments

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...

October 2013: Telecom and Data Storage Systems

November 22, 2013 10:45 am | Comments

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.

September 2013: Medical

November 22, 2013 10:32 am | Comments

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.


August 2013 Supplement: Lighting, Optoelectronics & Displays

November 22, 2013 10:13 am | Comments

Touchscreens are everywhere! While the means by which they detect a touch has evolved over the years, more recently you might say they have revolved as old technologies are reopened and rechristened anew (I’m looking at you optical touch).


August 2013: Power

November 22, 2013 10:08 am | Comments

ECN’s August 2013 edition focuses on the Power vertical. The cover story by Managing Editor Kasey Panetta details Solar Impulse’s solar-powered plane and its history making flight. In the Editor’s View, Executive Editor Chris Warner urges his readers to “reclaim your name” from big data brokers.


July 2013: Networking Systems & Hardware

November 22, 2013 9:58 am | Comments

ECN’s July 2013 edition deals with Networking Systems & Hardware. Executive Editor Chris Warner discusses datacenters and their ability to meet the cloud’s requirements, and Managing Editor Kasey Panetta goes into “self-healing circuits”. Meanwhile, Design Talk deals with cooling and thermal management, and Brainstorm asks about the biggest challenge for contemporary LED technology.

June 2013 Supplement: Enclosures, Packaging, & Interconnects

November 22, 2013 9:49 am | Comments

In recent years, unmanned vehicles, be they the Predator Drones that we watch on the evening news letting loose with pinpoint-precision Hellfire Missiles that take out enemy targets from high above the earth, a bomb-detecting/disposal ground vehicle that keeps soldiers and law enforcement people out of harm's way....


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