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The changing face of distribution: 3D isn’t just for the TV ... or the printer

January 29, 2013 4:49 pm | by Chris Sullivan, Technical Marketing, Newark element14 | Newark | Articles | Comments

Distributors distribute, right? Common sense dictates this to be, well obvious and true. But the past 5 years has seen a transformation of the high-service electronics distribution industry where business models and service levels have been redrawn to become more relevant, more competitive and more attractive.

ams and Mouser form worldwide distribution partnership

January 23, 2013 10:33 am | Mouser Electronics | News | Comments

ams AG and Mouser Electronics Inc. announced a new distribution partnership. ams provides innovative solutions to the most challenging applications that require extreme precision, accuracy, dynamic range, sensitivity and power efficiency.

What technology do you expect to take the consumer space by storm in 2013? (Part II)

January 21, 2013 11:31 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The question of, "What technology do you expect to take the consumer space by storm in 2013?" continues in part II of the February Brainstorm series as experts take on the question of what will be popular in consumer electronics and the consumer technology space in the next 12 months.


How to get more than 8 bits from your 8-bit scope

January 16, 2013 10:54 am | by Joel Woodward, Agilent Technologies | Keysight Technologies | Articles | Comments

Measurements are key to all scientific and engineering disciplines. For the electronics industry, oscilloscopes provide a number of critical measurements required by engineers to conduct real-world testing and gain needed insight. The majority of today’s oscilloscopes are designed with 8-bit ADCs (analog-to-digital converters).

Would you like to contribute to our Brainstorm section?

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....

Epoxy adhesive films and preforms optimize electronics manufacturing

December 19, 2012 12:10 pm | by Robert Michaels, Master Bond, Inc., | Articles | Comments

Electronics manufacturers are constantly looking for ways to improve product quality, speed time to market, and reduce production costs. To optimize manufacturing, engineers carefully consider the three major aspects of production: technology, processes, and materials.

Avoid cracked screens: An airbag for your smartphone

December 19, 2012 9:34 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

 As the proud new owner of an iPhone 5, I have but one concern: Can this phone survive my clumsy self? For the past three years, I’ve been the increasingly less proud owner of a Blackberry Bold. It was slow, bulky, people mocked me for having it, and viewing a website was as much fun as going to the DMV, but, man, could that thing take a hit like Floyd Mayweather.

Will the Blackberry 10 save RIM?

December 13, 2012 10:55 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Though Research in Motion (RIM) is banking on the Blackberry 10 release in early 2013 to save the company, Karl Volkman,  the Chief Technology Officer of SRV Network, isn’t convinced.“I think it might be too little too late,” Volkman says of the Canadian communications company.


Roundtable: Predictions for 2013

November 29, 2012 3:20 pm | Articles | Comments

Experts in the  industry weight in on the question: What trends and technologies have impacted the industry in 2012 and what does that mean for 2013?  In their responses the industry experts talk about LEDs, chips and what will be coming up in the next year.

Looking for information?

November 12, 2012 2:23 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Up to now, mechanics carrying out complex repairs relied mostly on information from handbooks to guide them. But leafing through books tended to break concentration and repairs took longer. This situation is by no means improved by using PCs or laptops to call up the information;

Do you have what it takes to be a Roundtable expert?

November 8, 2012 11:11 am | Articles | Comments

In October, we asked you for your words of wisdom for a brand-new design engineer and boy, did you guys have advice in spades. The responses we received were so good in fact, we’ve decided to open up our December Roundtable to our faithful readers in hopes that you can offer more words of wisdom. 

How butterfly wings can inspire new high-tech surfaces

November 8, 2012 9:07 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A South American butterfly flapped its wings, and caused a flurry of nanotechnology research to happen in Ohio. Researchers here have taken a new look at butterfly wings and rice leaves, and learned things about their microscopic texture that could improve a variety of products.For example, the researchers were able to clean up to 85 percent

U.S. judge tosses Apple vs. Google lawsuit over patents

November 6, 2012 8:59 am | by Dan Levine and Alexei Oreskovic, Reuters | News | Comments

  An Apple lawsuit against Google's Motorola Mobility unit over alleged patent abuse was thrown out on Monday just hours before trial, a setback for the iPhone maker in its efforts to gain leverage in the smartphone patent wars. The two rivals were set to square off in a Madison, Wisconsin federal court over the library of patents  


Top 10 must-see posts from October

November 1, 2012 1:49 pm | by The ECN Editors | Articles | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.

Effort to mass-produce flexible nanoscale electronics

October 17, 2012 9:08 am | by eurekalert! | News | Comments

Case Western Reserve University researchers have won a $1.2 million grant to develop technology for mass-producing flexible electronic devices at a whole new level of small. As they're devising new tools and techniques to make wires narrower than a particle of smoke, they're also creating ways to build them in flexible materials and package the electronics in waterproofing layers of durable plastics.

The evolution of product design tools

October 9, 2012 4:58 pm | by | Videos | Comments

Product concept design tools have come a long way from hand sketches. Even proper drafting rules made a big difference, and so have computer design tools. Now designers are using social media to bring consumer interaction into the concept stage of product design.

Mouser launches two new sites focused on the newest products and applications & technologies

October 4, 2012 2:15 pm | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics announced the launch of its Newest Products and Applications & Technologies sites on The Newest Products site highlights one of Mouser’s major strengths: the launch of new products. Seeding the marketplace with the newest products for the newest designs is what distinguishes Mouser from other distributors.  

10 must-see posts from September

October 1, 2012 12:28 pm | by The ECN Editors | Articles | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles for September. They all come with a witty, engaging summary just in case you missed them the first time or want to check up on an old favorite. Keep checking out the Lead and follow us on twitter @ecnmagazine for our most up-to-date articles.

Conductive elastomer compounds receive QPL certification

September 24, 2012 2:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Leader Tech announces that the company’s newly expanded line of TechSIL Conductive Elastomer compounds received QPL certification by the Defense Logistics Agency. This unrivaled commitment to excellence distinguishes Leader Tech as the only MIL-SPEC approved & certified manufacturer of all 12 conductive elastomer formulations.

Distributer qualifies for AS9100 Rev C recertification

September 19, 2012 5:05 pm | News | Comments

September 18, 2012 - Wake Forest, NC - BTC Electronic Components (BTC) – a 100% franchised/authorized connector, backshell and interconnect accessories distributor to the aerospace, military and commercial industries is pleased to announce they have successfully completed the requirements for

Agilent Technologies’ waveform generators with new Trueform technology are in stock at Newark element14

September 18, 2012 3:09 pm | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Newark element14, the leading distributor of electronic components and engineering solutions in the Americas and a business of Premier Farnell (LSE:pfl), today announced the availability of Agilent Technologies 33500B Series waveform generators for same-day shipping.

Putting technology adoption on a faster curve

September 18, 2012 2:22 pm | by Jeff Jussel, Sr. Technology Director, Newark element14 | Articles | Comments

Keeping up with the pace of changing technology is a challenge for even the most experienced embedded system developer. As new processor architectures, silicon chips and their peripherals come to the market, what is the quickest way for engineers to evaluate and successfully adopt technology to their next design?

Premier Farnell partners with Sony UK Technology Centre to manufacture the Raspberry Pi in the UK

September 6, 2012 4:55 pm | News | Comments

Premier Farnell has agreed to a multi-million pound deal with Sony UK Technology Centre (UKTec) that will see the revolutionary Raspberry Pi computer manufactured in the UK for the first time. This deal is a major coup for the UK manufacturing industry and represents a return home for the innovative British-designed Raspberry Pi...  

10 must-see posts from August

September 6, 2012 4:23 pm | by Editors | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles for August. They all come with a witty, engaging summary just in case you missed them the first time or want to check up on an old favorite. Keep checking out the Lead and follow us on twitter @ecnmagazine for our most up-to-date articles.

The most overdesigned shower ever created

August 29, 2012 9:49 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

If you’ve been dying to run your business empire without ever leaving your shower, but hadn’t found a good way to do that, you should probably check out Fei Chung Billy Ho’s ‘Le Terme.’

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