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An on-shore wind

March 28, 2013 2:16 pm | by Robert Sergio Simon, USTEK Inc. | Articles | Comments

When to choose a contract assembly source in North America five to seven years ago, the push to off-shore contract assembly was at its peak and with good reason. US demand was up, and volumes were increasing. US labor and raw material costs had risen dramatically. Cheap knock-offs from Chinese companies were flooding the market.

The best way to improve distributors, according to engineers

March 22, 2013 4:43 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

How do you deal with distributors? Distribution is a key aspect of the engineering process, and it's important to choose the right distributor. You need dependibility, reliability and transperency to make the relationship between distributor and manufacturer work. 

Raspberry Pi Breadboard PCB Kits are 100% compatible with Pi Cobbler

March 22, 2013 3:52 pm | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

Making permanent connections is as easy as pie for fans of the credit-card size computer sensation known as Raspberry Pi. Available in full, half and quarter sizes at leading electronics distributor Newark element14, Adafruit’s Perma-Proto for Pi Breadboard PCB kits feature the same labelled breakouts as their Pi Cobbler, assuring a seamless transition.

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Counterfeit devices take us all the way to the scene of the crash

March 22, 2013 10:44 am | by George Karalias, Director of Marketing & Communications at Rochester Electronics | Rochester Electronics, Llc | Articles | Comments

In early January 2013, the CBC News concluded its investigation about Canada’s new Hercules C-130J aircraft military transport aircraft containing counterfeit Chinese parts in the cockpit instrumentation. The report confirms what a leading U.S. testing lab has known since 2010 — that the parts are fake and could leave pilots with blank instrument panels in mid-flight.

Stereotyping prime obstacle to women in commercial science

March 13, 2013 9:14 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Female professors are almost 50 percent less likely than their male counterparts to be invited to join corporate scientific advisory boards (SABs) and start new companies mainly because of gender stereotyping, says University of Maryland researcher Waverly Ding, an assistant professor of management at the Robert H. Smith School of Business.

Forget 3D, say hello to 4D

March 6, 2013 12:08 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Leave it to MIT to come out with 4D printing, just as 3D printing seems to be really hitting its stride. They can’t just leave well enough alone, can they? We’ve talked a little bit about the potential of 3D printing and the pretty amazing things they can do, so now we’re moving on to 4D.

Why 3D-printable guns are a terrible idea

March 1, 2013 9:45 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Mention the words "3D printed guns" and you’ve got an instant, increasingly heated debate on your hands. When you consider there were 16 mass shootings—defined as a shooting with multiple, random victims—in 2012 with at least 88 people dead including children, it’s definitely a topic worth discussing. My take? No one needs a 3D printed gun or the ability to create one.

Graphene: A material that multiplies the power of light

February 25, 2013 8:57 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Bottles, packaging, furniture, car parts... all made of plastic. Today we find it difficult to imagine our lives without this key material that revolutionized technology over the last century. There is wide-spread optimism in the scientific community that graphene will provide similar paradigm shifting advances in the decades to come.

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Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

February 19, 2013 4:18 pm | by Polygon Solutions Inc. | Blogs | Comments

On February 21, 2013, women engineers, along with their male counterparts, will engage and mentor as many as one million girls around the country during National Engineers Week Foundation’s 12th Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.

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).

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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., www.masterbond.com | 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 www.ecnmag.com 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 Engineering.com | 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.

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