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Looking behind, leaping ahead

December 9, 2011 10:52 am | by Alix Paultre, Editor in Chief | Articles | Comments

Electronic Component News has served the electronic design engineering community with tireless dedication through times of disruptive market and technology change since 1956, providing the electronic design engineer with the latest news in technology, devices, subsystems, software, and components to help them with their design efforts.

An Oscilloscope That Fits In Your Watch Pocket

December 9, 2011 4:39 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

The oscilloscope kit that Gabriel of Gabotronics sent me would fit in your watch pocket if you don't mind the pins. Or if you keep it in its electrostatic protective foam. The point is that it is a really small oscilloscope (1" X 1.6") suitable for embedding in your next project.

The Apple TV won't be AppleTV

December 8, 2011 4:14 am | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

The growing relationship between Sharp and Apple that was revealed last week put to bed conjecture whether Apple's next leap might be into television.  It is.  And that leaves an open question:Has Apple gone mad?

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Color Modeling in Solid-State Lighting

December 7, 2011 10:26 am | by Thomas Davenport, Systems Engineer, Optical Solutions Group at Synopsys (www.synopsys.com) | Blogs | Comments

Often with traditional, non-LED sources (e.g., incandescent, fluorescent tubes, or CFL) the source color is not the largest design challenge faced.

I Love The Sound Of Hetrodyne Whistles

December 7, 2011 5:57 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

As I promised in Engineering Power Adventures I have evaluated a kit for budding engineers from age 8 and up. The kit was kindly provided by the fine folks at Elenco. It is their Snap Circuits 300 Experiments kit. Actually you can probably do more than 300 experiments with the kit.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Peter Green of International Rectifier on Driving Solid-State Lighting

December 7, 2011 5:46 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Peter Green of International Rectifier about solid-state lighting and the circuits needed to drive them.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Bernard Aboussouan of GainSpan on Developing Low-Power Wireless Networks

December 6, 2011 5:18 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Bernard Aboussouan of GainSpan about next-generation low-power wireless networking, the Cloud, and what it means to the design engineer.

Using Ice-Cream Cones to make Sine Waves

December 5, 2011 6:17 am | by Dave Wilson, Motion Products Evangelist, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

I'm writing this blog the day after a very satisfying Thanksgiving holiday, and I still have food on my mind. So what does food have to do with motor control? Well, let me show you how to make beautiful three-phase sine waves using nothing but ice-cream cones.

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Some More Tools I Like

December 5, 2011 4:23 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

I was discussing my ECN article Some Tools I Use with the guys on the TinyCAD list and they suggested that I look into FreePCB for PCB layout. I did and it looks like a wonderful tool (I have just downloaded it and haven't had a chance to use it yet).

The Tinker's Toolbox - Marc Serughetti of Synopsys on Virtual Prototyping

December 5, 2011 4:09 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Marc Serughetti of Synopsys about next-generation virtual prototyping, systems simulation, and design.

Optimize MCU Code for Low Energy Operation

December 2, 2011 3:55 am | by Rasmus Christian Larsen, Energy Micro, www.energymicro.com | Articles | Comments

Once you’ve selected the right low power microcontroller, how important is your application code in achieving energy saving and efficiency goals? And how do you go about optimizing it for ultra low power operation? Answering such questions has always been difficult, since correlating current consumption with software code has traditionally been a somewhat inexact and cumbersome task. 

Engineering Power Adventures

December 1, 2011 4:56 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

First let me say that the design of the XP15K power supply kit by Elenco is a very functional design. It does what it is supposed to do. It is the engineer behind the soldering iron (me) that needs some adjustment.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Ashraf Elghamrawi of Analog Devices on RFICs

November 29, 2011 10:43 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Ashraf Elghamrawi, Product Marketing Manager at Analog Devices, about the RF landscape as it applies to smart devices and the challenges to the engineer.

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Solid State Radio

November 29, 2011 5:16 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

I belong to a vast underground of secret parts lovers. To wit the 365 pF air variable capacitor. Singles and duals. With ball bearing shafts and vernier control dials. I get all jiggy thinking about them and the smell of newly machined phenolic.

Jennifer Ernst of Thinfilm on Printed Electronics

November 28, 2011 10:38 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Jennifer Ernst, the VP of North America for Thin Film Electronics about the state of printed electronics today.

E Ink - A look at the Company Behind the E-Reader Screen

November 28, 2011 9:44 am | by Sriram K Peruvemba, E Ink | Blogs | Comments

First some definitions: E Ink is the name of the company. Electrophoretic is the name of the technology. Pearl is the brand name for the product. The product also has a generic name - ePaper or Electronic Paper.

The Tinker's Toolbox - IAR Systems CEO Stefan Skarin on Embedded Design Tools

November 28, 2011 5:32 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to IAR Systems CEO Stefan Skarin about Embedded Design Tools and the state of the design industry as it applies to microcontrollers, software tools, and standardization issues in the marketplace.

My View From the Line

November 28, 2011 3:53 am | by Ben Arnold, Director of Industry Analysis, NPD Group | Blogs | Comments

After doing much of the cooking for my family’s epic Thanksgiving dinner, I wrestled with the prospect of going out into the cold November night to meet up with 600 of my closest electronics buying friends.

Some Tools I Use

November 22, 2011 6:02 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

Operating an engineering shop on an extreme budget isn't easy. I have to watch my pennies. Let alone nickels. So here is what I use for schematic capture. TinyCAD. They don't have a lot of parts in their library but, making parts is easy. And the price is right.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Alan Grau of Icon Labs on Embedded System Security

November 21, 2011 10:35 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Alan Grau, President and CEO of Icon Labs on the issues of security in embedded systems.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Derek Phillips of Freescale on the Smart Grid

November 21, 2011 4:23 am | Podcasts | Comments

In this podcast we talk to Derek Phillips  of Freescale on the Smart Grid and the challenges it poses to the design engineer.

Kindle Fire may change the game… but not for Apple

November 21, 2011 3:10 am | by Lou Covey, Editorial Director, Footwasher Media | Blogs | Comments

The web is awash with reviews of the Kindle Fire, many positive (some scathingly negative), and the comparisons to the iPad are just as plentiful.  The question that keeps coming up, however, is the Fire a game changer in the tablet war?

Army developing self-aware, decision-making network

November 18, 2011 8:39 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. Army is developing a “self-aware, decision-making network” that will ultimately reduce human decision-making requirements and increase network performance. The Cognitive Algorithm & Network Design Experiment (CANDE) was designed to enable easier network maintenance, reduce human decision-making requirements, increase network lifetime, transfer data with less delay, and reduce energy consumption.

Soldiers test network, shape future of Army

November 17, 2011 5:07 am | by Lt. Col. Deanna Bague, Fort Bliss Public Affairs Office | Blogs | Comments

The Army has committed 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Armored Division, to evaluate new technologies and network capabilities that are shaping the Army's evolving tactical network.

Testing The GA144 Eval Board

November 16, 2011 8:14 am | by M. Simon | Blogs | Comments

The folks from GreenArrays were kind enough to send me a GA144 evaluation board. I have had it for about a month. I have taken my time because I was also rebuilding my shop while evaluating the board. And building a little gadget for testing. So now down to work.

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