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January 21, 2013 10:36 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

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January 2, 2013 4:50 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We here at ECN love to hear what you have to say, so for our February issue we’re opening up the Brainstorm discussion to our faithful readers. We want to hear your thoughts about consumer electronics and the future of technology. Typically, the Brainstorm is an editorial section consisting of short commentary....

The challenges of miniaturization

December 20, 2012 1:16 pm | by Bruno Fauvel, Segment Manager, Portescap | Portescap | Articles | Comments

With miniaturization often comes the challenge to produce the same amount of work as in large design, thus creating more power in a smaller envelope. Engineers should look at the different impact of dimension on motor performance criteria (efficiency, power, thermal dissipation, inertia, etc.).


Significant challenges remain for miniaturization of devices

December 14, 2012 4:20 pm | by AJ Smith, Honeywell Sensing and Control | Honeywell Sensing And Control | Articles | Comments

Device miniaturization is integral to the design and development of a wide range of medical devices, including analytical test equipment, ventilators, and infusion pumps. Making devices smaller and lighter helps conserve valuable real estate in patient rooms, enabling equipment to be placed closer to the patient as well as allowing more space for medical professionals to work.

Laser-structured, high-performance polymers are ideal combination for miniaturization

December 6, 2012 4:15 pm | by Anthony Verrocchi, Technical Marketing Engineer, Ticona Engineering Polymers | Articles | Comments

As the requirements for medical devices become more demanding, accessing new technologies and materials to miniaturize components is essential. Miniaturization of medical devices is dependent upon the reliability of their assembled components, which is crucial for proper functioning devices.

Brainstorm: Holiday wish lists

November 28, 2012 3:56 pm | Articles | Comments

Like many engineers, all of my best ideas happen in the shower ... along with bad singing. So, for my Christmas this year, I’m hoping for a waterproof, wireless headset. There appear to be one or two on the market, but I need one coupled with an app that can cancel out background noise (say from a shower head)....

Brainstorm: Software tools

October 3, 2012 10:54 am | Articles | Comments

Traditional embedded development tools assist engineers as they implement their applications. Innovative tools assist engineers as they implement their ideas, without imposing a predetermined solution or outcome. Such solutions abstract the implementation and accelerate the “idea to product” process.

Brainstorm: LEDs

August 30, 2012 9:45 am | Articles | Comments

Although LED lighting is still in the early adoption phase, high brightness lighting class LED devices are currently used in a wide variety of different applications due to the many advantages they offer over traditional light sources such as incandescent light bulbs and fluorescent tubes. The development of ever more efficient LED devices is ongoing as device technology continues to be improved.


Lowering the cost of healthcare from a design perspective

August 15, 2012 4:47 pm | by Ron Moore, Avnet Electronics | Blogs | Comments

There are two advances (among many) that will lower healthcare costs in the future. The growing ubiquity of high speed connectivity will allow for remote telemetry and monitoring of patients. Advanced sensors will allow doctors to keep track of patients well being without them venturing to the doctor's office. If they do need to come in all the basic tests will be completed, reducing time to treatment.

Brainstorm: Power

July 23, 2012 1:44 pm | Articles | Comments

Power sources in the future will be used and developed based upon economic, political, environmental and technological considerations.  Changes will be dramatic but evolving over decades; the changes will be both in the sources of power and perhaps more so in the consequences of creating and using that power.

Brainstorm: Medical Electronics

May 29, 2012 1:49 pm | Articles | Comments

Medical device companies deploy technologies to address unmet clinical needs, and of course, to make a profit in so doing. In some cases, the cost of new generations of medical devices increases, sometimes substantially, but that’s actually not what’s important. We have to evaluate the total cost of healthcare. In some instances, a substantially more expensive medical device can actually reduce the overall cost of healthcare.

Brainstorm: Trains, Planes, & Automobiles

May 24, 2012 12:30 pm | Articles | Comments

Advanced vehicle and aircraft systems contain a significant amount of embedded software supporting virtually every operation, from entertainment and engine control to critical safety functions. A recent IEEE Spectrum article noted that a premium-class automobile” probably contains close to 100 million lines of software code.

The most challenging part of the testing process

April 16, 2012 12:33 pm | by Chad Hall, Ioxus, | Articles | Comments

Testing in the ultracapacitor industry is challenging because manufacturers are not required to adhere to compliance standards. The lack of specifications means that tests vary from company to company, making it extremely difficult for customers to compare products.


Brainstorm: Test and Measurement

April 6, 2012 2:11 pm | Articles | Comments

What is the most challenging part of the testing process?

Brainstorm: Smart Grid & Alternative Energy

March 21, 2012 6:44 am | Articles | Comments

What market segment is in the direst need of an alternative energy overhaul and why?

Brainstorm: Transflective displays

February 23, 2012 4:03 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

What are the intrinsic advantages of transflective displays and how will they benefit the industry?

Brainstorm: Consumer Electronics

December 27, 2011 8:14 am | Articles | Comments

What consumer technology will make the biggest splash in the New Year?

The top of my Holiday wish list

December 15, 2011 5:44 am | by Joe Graves, Stratus Technologies, | Blogs | Comments

The cool product at the top of my list is the AR quadicopter ( drone by Parrot. It is a small helicopter that is remotely controllable from an iphone, ipad or android-based device.

Brainstorm: Smart Grid & Alternative Energy

December 13, 2011 9:13 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

What impact is the build-out of the smart grid having on the electronics industry?

Brainstorm: Holiday Wish List

November 30, 2011 9:58 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

With the holidays approaching, what product or technology is on your wish list?

Brainstorm: Medical Electronics

November 3, 2011 9:00 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Articles | Comments

How could solid state lighting benefit the medical device sector?

Brainstorm: Test & Measurement

September 20, 2011 8:16 am | Articles | Comments

Discuss the importance of test and measurement, especially as it relates to the development of advanced design software.

Brainstorm: Solid State Lighting

August 9, 2011 8:23 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg | Articles | Comments

What application area will benefit most from the integration of solid state lighting?

Brainstorm: Automotive Electronics

July 13, 2011 6:31 am | by Edited by Jason Lomberg | Articles | Comments

How can we increase the commercial viability of advanced technology vehicles?

Brainstorm: Power

July 11, 2011 4:55 am | Articles | Comments

What business or developmental opportunities do you see in your space for the smart grid?

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