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Key Metrics for Understanding Color Quality for LED Lighting

February 27, 2012 5:03 am | by Gui-Rong Zhou, Synopsys, Inc., www.synopsis.com | Articles | Comments

Terminology used to describe the color quality of an LED light source is often reduced to three letters: CCT and CRI, which are probably the most familiar, and CQS and GAI, which are relatively new. What do these abbreviations stand for, and how are they used?

Tips Help Engineers Write Well -- Part 1

February 24, 2012 6:45 am | by Jon Titus, Senior Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

Many engineers see engineering and writing as mutually exclusive skills. They think people can do one or the other, but not both. Engineers can write well, although it takes some practice.

Congress Opens Market for Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Systems

February 22, 2012 11:52 am | by Paul Dempsey, Senior Correspondent, Footwasher Media | Articles | Comments

Buried deep in this month’s controversial Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) funding bill, passed by the Senate in an unusually bipartisan 75-20 vote were provisions to boost commercial potential for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Assuming President Obama’s signature, the four-year $63B budget bill mandates the FAA to

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It’s been fun

February 17, 2012 9:49 am | by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

This is the last column I’ll write as an editor and journalist...at least for now, as I’m moving on to another job where I will continue to serve the electronic design industry. Since joining this publishing group five years ago, I have had a fantastic time working with a great team...

Don’t be alarmed - SIMS keeps you protected

February 15, 2012 11:02 am | by Steve Ryckman, VP Technical Services, SIMS | Articles | Comments

It’s no secret that alarm systems provide crucial functions for homes and business, but what would happen if the technology that keeps an alarm system up and running failed? There’s about a million different scenarios that come to my mind alone...

Five Reasons You Need Effective WAN Optimization For Cloud Storage

February 15, 2012 5:25 am | by Robert MacIntyre, Vice President of Business Development and Marketing, NetEx | Blogs | Comments

Cloud storage is positioned to be one of the hottest IT trends of 2012. At the same time network WAN performance has been identified as a key inhibitor to cloud storage adoption, according to NetEx...

The Tinker's Toolbox - Sasha Gurke of Knovel on the Next Generation of Engineers

February 14, 2012 6:06 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Sasha Gurke,  Senior Vice President and co-founder of Knovel, about inspiring and creating the next generation of engineers to serve the industry.

Technical Training Series in China Shows How To Move Applications Among 8, 16 and 32-bit

February 13, 2012 5:48 am | News | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced a series of technical training seminars in China-beginning in February - that will show designers how to easily adapt to changing product requirements by migrating a real-world application from 8, to 16, to 32-bit PIC microcontrollers (MCUs). The seminars will run from

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A Digital Power System Demonstration from Texas Instruments

February 10, 2012 7:34 am | Videos | Comments

This is a video shot at the Applied Power Electronics Conference at the Texas Instruments booth of their latest PM-BUS-compatible digital power system solutions.

Maxim's Power Measurement Technology Demonstration at APEC 2012

February 9, 2012 8:29 am | Videos | Comments

Maxim demonstrates their latest single-, three-, and multiphase power measurement solutions at their booth at the 2012 Power Electronics Conference.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Energy Management and Device Efficiency

February 9, 2012 7:16 am | Podcasts | Comments

Here we talk to J. Francois Crepin and James Ashe of Akros Silicon about energy management vs. power managment, and how proper energy management impacts device efficiency.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Mrinalini of Motorola on Civic Infrasturctures and Large Scale Systems of Intelligent Subsystems

February 7, 2012 10:25 am | News | Comments

Hosted by ECN's Editorial Director, Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is ECN's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Dr. Scott Nelson of Logic PD on Developing Smart Devices

February 6, 2012 4:43 am | Podcasts | Comments

Hosted by ECN's Editorial Director, Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is ECN's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community.

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The Tinker's Toolbox - Mark Adams of CUI on Advanced Power System Design

February 3, 2012 4:45 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this episode of the Tinker's Toolbox we talk to Mark Adams, VP of Advanced Power Marketing at CUI, about designing next-generation power systems.

Dungeons and Dragons Dice Gauntlet

February 3, 2012 4:33 am | by Dia Campbell, TechStyle Specialist at Spark Fun | Blogs | Comments

The D&D bracer is a fairly quick, fun, nerdy LilyPad project. The final product is a wearable bracer with a display that will randomly generate numbers between 1 and 4, 6, 8, 10, 12, 20, or 100 in response to arm movement, so it can effectively replace all of the dice in your bag for a D&D session.

Sustainable?

February 2, 2012 4:02 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

I'd like some genius to define sustainable. Could we count something that we can keep doing for 100 billion years - beyond the death of the Universe as we currently understand such things - as sustainable? How about a billion years?

Jim Williams Remembered

February 1, 2012 7:36 am | by Jon Titus, senior technical editor | Articles | Comments

Analog guru Jim Williams died in mid 2011, but his work lives on in circuits, magazine articles, books and photographs. Part of his lab lives on, too, in the exhibit, "An Analog Life: Remembering Jim Williams," at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA.

ThreadX RTOS and NetX Duo TCP-IP Stack Enhance Cortex-M4 Performance

February 1, 2012 4:35 am | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

Express Logic announced that it has ported its popular ThreadX RTOS and NetX TCP/IP stack to support a wide range of processors based on ARM’s Cortex-M4.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Mark Lefebvre of IBM Rational on Next-Generation Automotive Electronics Integration

January 31, 2012 5:29 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Mark Lefebvre, Strategic Alliances and Integrations, IBM Rational, about next-generation automotive electronics and the challenges facing system integrators.

Remote Testing: the Achilles Heel of Cloud Services

January 30, 2012 4:52 am | by Daniel Joseph Barry, Napatech (www.napatech.com) | Blogs | Comments

The availability of smartphones and the expectation of immediate and simple access are driving demand for centralization of IT services and the related competence required to support these effectively.

Flowcode Developers Kit Integrates Graphical Programming to Ease Electronic Design

January 30, 2012 3:22 am | Product Releases | Comments

element14, the collaborative global electronics community from Premier Farnell, has teamed up with Microchip and Matrix to introduce the PIC18 Flowcode Developers Kit.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Melissa Chee of Fresco Microchip on Consumer Product Design

January 26, 2012 4:56 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Melissa Chee of Fresco Microchip, a leader in RF, analog and digital semiconductors, about consumer product design.

PIC32 Multimedia Developers Kit Eases Development of 10-100 Ethernet Applications

January 24, 2012 8:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Targeted at 10/100 Ethernet applications, the new PIC32 Multimedia Developers Kit from element14 offers comprehensive design software support for rapid evaluation and engineering development projects.

The Tinker's Toolbox - An Exclusive Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson

January 24, 2012 6:16 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to  astrophysicist, technology evangelist, and futurist Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Andy Zynga of NineSigma on Product Development

January 23, 2012 7:53 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Andy Zynga of NineSigma on Product Development issues in the design community.

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