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Breakthrough antenna technology enabling high-order MIMO for LTE

October 6, 2014 10:17 am | by Bob Giometti, SkyCross | Articles | Comments

With consumers demanding faster, more reliable connections to support exciting, real-time capabilities like video streaming, the LTE industry is under increasing pressure to deliver higher-speed service offerings, enhanced data rates, and improved network range....

IoT soup: Four ingredients for a successful smart product

October 6, 2014 9:57 am | by Adam Justice, Grid Connect | Articles | Comments

One of the most intriguing reality television shows today is Chopped on the Food Network....

Shrinking wireless cells challenge power supplies

October 3, 2014 9:03 am | by Michael Naglich, Senior Field Applications Engineer, GE’s Critical Power business | Articles | Comments

With demand for wireless 4G services skyrocketing, service providers are looking to fill in the...

It’s a wireless world

October 3, 2014 8:50 am | by Ramon M. Cerda, VP of Engineering, Crystek Corporation | Articles | Comments

An explosion of wireless communications has taken place in the past 25 years. Most of us now...

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The importance of unifying software and hardware in development

October 1, 2014 12:37 pm | by Jason Gouw, CEO, Qfusion Labs, LLC | Articles | Comments

The unity of software and hardware is so vital in today's technological developments but developers constantly struggle to form a symbiotic connection between the two. Development platforms strive to bridge this gap but it is a difficult challenge....

August 2014: Motion Control

August 6, 2014 2:56 pm | Digital Editions | Comments

In this day and age, anywhere you have a large crowd of people, you will have a large crowd of people using their phones. Technologically, this is a challenge when it comes to designing wireless networks capable of handling the load. In the August issue, we explore the problems and solutions for today's wireless companies and also discuss how motion control is changing the engineering landscape.

Converging trends for cloud and HPC – Taking the next step

July 15, 2014 1:54 pm | by Sanjay Bhal, focused end equipment manager, cloud and HPC, TI | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

We are living in an exciting time of change. The era of cloud computing has come upon us over the last few years bringing profound changes in the way we conduct our day to day lives. We are seeing a lot of changes in the way traditional high performance computing (HPC) applications are developed and deployed....

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From cloud automation to cloud orchestration: Migrating and managing applications painlessly

July 15, 2014 11:09 am | by Nati Shalom, CTO and Founder, GigaSpaces Technologies | Articles | Comments

With use of the cloud comes the ability to use as many resources as needed, essentially endless resources on demand, using a “pay-as-you-go” model.  In a world where everything is dynamic and IT environments are constantly changing, this is becoming an ever-growing necessity....

Why PLM is moving to the cloud

July 15, 2014 11:02 am | by Steve Chalgren, Vice President of Product Management and Strategy, Arena Solutions | Arena Solutions | Articles | Comments

This is a golden age of innovative electronics. Lowered barriers to entry for innovators in the form of lowered costs, funding, and more ubiquitous manufacturing options are making it much easier for anyone with a good idea to become an entrepreneur. So what does all this have to do with cloud-based product lifecycle management (PLM)?

Powering remote wireless devices: Extreme environments demand extreme batteries

June 11, 2014 2:30 pm | by Sol Jacobs, VP and General Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Articles | Comments

Harsh environments complicate the choice of power management system, especially if a wireless device is to be deployed in a remote, inaccessible location. When reliable, long-term power is required, and battery replacement or recharging are not viable options, lithium chemistry is preferred due to its intrinsic negative potential....

Are small cells the answer to the Internet of Things spectrum crunch?

June 11, 2014 9:11 am | by Greg Fischer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Carrier Access, Broadcom Corporation | Articles | Comments

Recently, the technology industry has been abuzz with talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), a term used to describe an ecosystem of consumer electronics and appliances that have the ability to connect to the network and communicate with one another....

Selecting the right MCU can squeeze nanoamps out of your next IoT application

May 29, 2014 8:20 am | by Evan Schulz, Microcontroller Product Manager, Silicon Labs | Articles | Comments

Industry leaders predict that the number of connected devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) will surpass 15 billion nodes by 2015 and top 50 billion by 2020. Most of these connected devices will not be traditional PCs or even smartphones but smaller, less expensive, simpler ultra-low-power embedded systems....

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Creating "smartphone-like” user interfaces in resource-limited embedded graphics applications

May 29, 2014 7:33 am | by Paolo Tamayo, Principal Applications Engineer, Microchip Technology Inc. | Microchip Technology Inc. | Articles | Comments

I blame the smart phones! Everyone now expects to see “smartphone-like” user interfaces in everything that has a display. Coffee makers, security systems and thermostat panels are just a few of the examples where you will see integrated colored screens....

Top five design opportunities for MCUs in the Internet of Things

May 28, 2014 2:48 pm | by Ritesh Tyagi, Vice President of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America | Articles | Comments

There will be significant opportunities available to the embedded MCU market in 2014, specifically for 40nm MCUs targeting Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Thanks to their high performance, low-power consumption, abundant on-chip memory and peripheral resources ...

Ensuring LED lamps are the light source of today

May 21, 2014 9:16 am | by Jan Kemeling, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer of Ledzworld, http://ledzworld.com/ | Articles | Comments

LED is only the 4th lighting technology developed in human history. Well over a century old, lighting has remained largely unchanged but the recent development of LED is set to revolutionize lighting the world over. The potential ahead of LED lighting to deliver real and measurable advantages is limitless....

LED phosphor IP trends and licensing

May 21, 2014 9:03 am | by Julian Carey, Senior Director of Marketing, Intematix Corp. | Articles | Comments

While phosphors were used for decades in fluorescent lighting, they were deep-ultraviolet driven and not suited for use with blue LEDs, which emit light at a frequency of around 455nm.As adoption of LEDs for general lighting applications has grown, so has the demand for new phosphor solutions developed....

Please retain the packaging for future reference

April 17, 2014 9:14 am | by Marc Harvey, Verotec Inc. | Verotec Electronics Packaging | Articles | Comments

There is an urban myth that the US standard width for railroad track can be traced back to the Roman chariot, where the distance between the ruts was determined by the width of the back-end of two horses. The truth is in fact stranger – the 4 foot 8½ inches that was adopted had previously been used by Stephenson in the UK....

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Integrating physical security at the rack level inside the data center

April 17, 2014 9:03 am | by Steve Spatig, General Manager, Electronic Access Solutions | Articles | Comments

As strict enforcement of data protection regulations continues, data centers require an increased level of physical security in order to ensure full compliance and avoid costly penalties. Protecting assets within the data center is a crucial aspect of the overall security system....

Introducing advanced security in low-power applications with FRAM MCUs

March 14, 2014 11:29 am | by Priya Thanigai, product marketing engineer, MSP430 microcontrollers, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Security is becoming increasingly important in a wider range of applications. Numerous methods have been developed to force systems to expose confidential information or even application code, resulting in the development of countermeasures to ensure the security of Flash and EEPROM ICs.

Securing the Internet of Things

March 14, 2014 11:05 am | by Alan Lowne, CEO, Saelig Co. Inc., www.saelig.com | Articles | Comments

With around 2 billion people connected to the Internet and the advent of IoT, there may already be more connected ‘things’ than connected people. In 2013, by some estimates, there were over 10 billion connected devices, and this will climb as high as 50 billion by 2020....

March 2014: Counterfeiting

March 13, 2014 4:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Digital Editions | 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.

Bluetooth Smart for connected gadgets

January 14, 2014 4:56 pm | by Sid Shaw, worldwide business and marketing manager, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

The introduction of Bluetooth low energy technology as part of the Bluetooth specification v4.0 has tremendously expanded the types of products using Bluetooth connectivity. Designed from the very beginning for ultra-low power, Bluetooth low energy uses short bursts of data transmission instead of a continuous stream....

Hot tech at CES: Sensor hub solutions

January 14, 2014 1:34 pm | by Chad Lucien, Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Hillcrest Labs (www.HillcrestLabs.com) | Hillcrest Labs | Articles | Comments

Hillcrest Labs believes sensor hubs will be all the rage in consumer electronics this year and will be seen in mobile, wearable and Internet of things (IoT) devices. Let’s explore why. The latest generation of smartphones uses sensor-based functionality such as motion gestures as key differentiating features.

What is the Smart Home? What is the Really Smart Home?

January 14, 2014 11:01 am | by Cees Links, founder and CEO of GreenPeak | Articles | Comments

We are currently experiencing the first phases of the Smart Home with much more to come as the Really Smart Home finally becomes a reality. The adaption of ZigBee remote controls and ZigBee set top boxes by most of the world’s cable TV and broadband service providers is the launching platform for the rolling out of various Smart Home-Connected Home services....

December: Test and Measurement

January 9, 2014 9:55 am | Digital Editions | 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.

US Department of Energy cracking down on idle adapters

December 13, 2013 4:24 pm | by Michael O’Loughlin, Senior Systems Solutions Engineer, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Portable devices such as cell phones, MP3 players and tablets have become popular over the years. Most people own at least two of these devices. Each device requires a power adapter to charge and provide power for these portable electronics.

Understanding the ambiguity of the peak power rating of TVS devices

December 13, 2013 3:55 pm | by Robert Ashton, Sudhama Shastri, ON Semiconductor | On Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

All electrical systems, including computers, entertainment systems, mobile phones, medical instrumentation and automotive electronics, need to be immune from damage due to electrical transients encountered on a day-to-day basis. Electrical transients can come from many sources.

Semiconductor parts: Distinguishing real from fake requires a trained eye

December 5, 2013 1:40 pm | by Steve Martin, EVP of Sales for Components Direct, an Avnet Company | Components Direct | Articles | Comments

Detecting counterfeit electronic components is not easy — if it was, our industry would not be suffering the $160 billion in annual risk identified by IHS Research. The industry is being forced to take action, with recent federal legislation setting an example for the entire supply chain....

Protecting industrial PCs: Early discovery and containment with CIFS monitoring

November 26, 2013 1:59 pm | by Dan Schaffer, Phoenix Contact | Articles | Comments

A large number of legacy industrial PCs (IPCs) are still deployed in active control and monitoring roles. Most of these IPCs are running older, out-of-support operating systems such as Windows 2000 or XP. Microsoft Windows 2000 support expired July 2010, and Windows XP support ends April 2014.

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