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The insatiable demand for analog spectrum technology

November 10, 2014 8:21 am | by Luc Langlois, Director, Global Technical Marketing, Digital Signal Processing, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

The need for higher performance in all technology segments from consumer to military, is relentlessly pushing the bandwidth limits of the analog signals that carry information through the physical universe. This has prompted dramatic improvements....

Simplifying the measurements of mobile devices’ current pulses

November 7, 2014 5:07 pm | by David Wyban, Keithley Instruments | Articles | Comments

As both businesses and individuals become increasingly dependent on (or some might say, addicted to) mobile communication products, the portion of integrated circuits and electronic sub-assemblies being designed for use in these applications is growing rapidly. Being mobile means these devices typically operate on battery power, so they have a limited supply of power available to them.

November 2014: Robotics

November 7, 2014 3:45 pm | Digital Editions | 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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Home Depot: Hackers also stole 53M email addresses

November 7, 2014 10:48 am | by ANNE D'INNOCENZIO and SARAH SKIDMORE SELL, AP Business Writers | News | Comments

Hackers stole 53 million email addresses in addition to customers' card data, Home Depot said Thursday. The nation's largest home improvement chain had disclosed the massive, months-long breach of 56 million debit and credit cards in September.

Buck regulator offers a thermally enhanced 3mm x 3mm DFN package

November 6, 2014 2:05 pm | Alpha And Omega Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Alpha and Omega Semiconductor Limited (Sunnyvale, CA) announced the release of the fifth-generation EZBuck with the AOZ3103, a high-efficiency, simple-to-use synchronous buck regulator, with an operating input voltage range from 4.5V to 18V....

Windowless planes could be the future of air travel

November 5, 2014 8:06 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Those who hate flying or have any sort of general anxiety need not apply. A Paris-based design company, Technicon Design, has been touting its idea of a windowless airplane, and a UK tech innovation firm wants to bring it to life within 10 years....

Photos of the Day: 29 terrifying creatures that will give you nightmares

October 31, 2014 11:10 am | by Juste Semetaite, Community & Content Manager at CGTrader.com | News | Comments

Some clinicians believe that having nightmares is a sort of therapy, a way to deal with traumatic events and stress. But if you were blessed with a reasonably sweet night's sleep, we suggest you don't scroll down, because these out-of-hell creatures ...

Infographic: 6 engineering inventions that connect us all

October 30, 2014 9:28 am | by Ohio University: Russ College of Engineering and Technology | Blogs | Comments

As modern technology continues to advance, many people have the chance to enjoy a wide variety of technologies that connect them with others. Advances and inventions made possible through electrical engineering have enabled people all over the world....

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3D-printed gun includes the Declaration of Independence

October 30, 2014 8:36 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

3D-printed guns are the vanguard of a political movement which rejects any and all attempts at gun control. They’re as much a political statement as an engineering marvel. So if you want to speak loudly and carry a big stick, why not inscribe the Declaration of Independence on the grip?

Engineering Update #83: An exoskeleton for feeling virtual objects

October 30, 2014 8:33 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Back in the ‘80s, Nintendo released its infamous Power Glove, a rudimentary motion-sense device more famous for its brief appearance in a kitschy ‘80s flick than any real functionality. And since then — for better or worse — most hand motion-sense devices have been gloves....

SMT detect switches include ultra-low, board-mounted profile

October 29, 2014 5:29 pm | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components (Newton, MA) has developed a new series of microminiature, side-actuated detect switches with an ultra-low, board-mounted profile. The HDP Series switches measure just 5.7mm x 8.35mm in the "free" position and feature a very low profile....

Current sense resistors offer a 0.25W power rating

October 29, 2014 3:14 pm | Stackpole Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Stackpole’s (Raleigh, NC) CSRF Series is now available with the option for higher power ratings for the 0402 and 0603 chip sizes. The higher power option of the CSRF0402 (denoted with a “-HP” suffix) offers a 0.25W power rating in resistance values ...

AI is summoning demons

October 29, 2014 10:14 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Elon Musk, one of the most talked about names in the tech world, is warning us that we should be careful with artificial intelligence (AI) – as it might summon “the demon.” Musk expressed these concerns in a recent interview at the AeroAStro Centennial Symposium....

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Watch Steve Jobs change the world and introduce the iPod

October 28, 2014 1:36 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Happy 13th birthday to the music device that changed the world. There had been other (terrible) options for portable mp3 players, but the iPod was the one that blew the roof off the electronics industry. Introduced on October 23rd, 2001 and coming in at $400 ...

A farewell to Forget Me Not

October 28, 2014 1:06 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

Over the past few months, element14’s Forget Me Not Challenge has brought home automation into the forefront, asking its Community of engineers to design and construct IoT devices that allow homeowners to remotely control and manage everyday tasks....

Why Apple Pay IS all that

October 28, 2014 8:39 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Over at Wireless Week, Senior Editor Andrew Berg posed a question we’ve all been wondering, "Is Apple Pay all that?” Well, to quote my 90s brethren, it’s all that AND a bag of chips. I haven’t always been a fan of Apple’s decisions. Frankly, the iPad mini ...

Is Apple Pay really all that?

October 28, 2014 8:01 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | Blogs | Comments

The hype around Apple Pay is overblown. I'm generally not impressed when Android users scream from the mountaintop that they've had this or that feature for years. Having used a number of high-end Android phones, I know what first to market means....

This mouse of the future requires your whole body

October 27, 2014 11:44 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

If you thought Leap Motion was going to be the mouse of the future (ok, I thought it was) then you should brace yourself for what could be the next big thing in the world of the mouse. The Dynamic Chair is a full-body chair designed to replace the traditional mouse....

Engineering Newswire: A hybrid flying yacht

October 24, 2014 9:33 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Swiss company Hydros SA is on a mission: to create the Hybrid 'Fly & Float' hydrofoil motorboat. The HY-X the prototype uses a retractable hydrofoil system developed in cooperation with French firm JMKoncept. With a simple push of a button, two side foils ...

Why did wind power beat nuclear energy on Tuesday?

October 24, 2014 9:19 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Brace yourself, wind power is coming. On Tuesday, wind farms made up 14.2 percent of all power generated during the 24 hours, while nuclear power contributed 13.2 percent. It's not a huge gain, but it's a significant one. So what happened?

Flame-retardant polyester films certified with VTM-0 flame rating

October 23, 2014 12:07 pm | Dupont Company | Product Releases | Comments

New flame-retardant films from DuPont Teijin Films (Hopewell, VA) promise to help design engineers in the electronics, transportation, construction, and label industries deliver high performance at low cost. The halogen-free, white Teijin Tetoron ...

Grid-connected signal controller designed for IoT applications

October 22, 2014 1:56 pm | Semitec Usa | Product Releases | Comments

Semitech Semiconductor (Melbourne, Australia) announced its new SM2480. A single-chip, grid-connected signal controller, the SM2480 is ideal for solar inverters, smart lighting LED ballasts, home and building automation and other SCADA....

The most creative way to use LEDs

October 22, 2014 10:29 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

It’s time for the Brainstorm for our December issue on LEDs! LEDs have become increasingly popular due to falling prices and increasing life spans. We want to know what you are designing them into or what the coolest implementation you've seen is!

Photos of the Day: The world's first hoverboard

October 22, 2014 10:20 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Hendo Hoverboard, created by Jill and Greg Henderson, uses a similar technology as MagLev trains to create lift. The prototype can only be used over a non-ferrous metal surface like copper or aluminum, though production versions could solve that issue....

Our cups runneth over – the hoverboard is real!

October 21, 2014 4:10 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

Ladies and gentlemen, the pinnacle of nerd fantasies has come true — the hoverboard is real! Next year is 2015, which means we’ve finally caught up to Back to the Future II — and its quasi-plausible vision of the future. How’d it do? Well, we don’t have flying cars....

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