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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.’


Origami inspires research into materials that self-assemble when exposed to light

August 23, 2012 2:57 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

A multi-university research team led by North Carolina State University will be developing methods to create two-dimensional (2-D) materials capable of folding themselves into three-dimensional (3-D) objects when exposed to light. The effort, which is funded by a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), is inspired by origami and has a broad range of potential applications.

SiliconExpert Webinar on Counterfeit Electronic Component Detection & Avoidance

August 23, 2012 1:45 pm | News | Comments

SiliconExpert Technologies, a provider of electronic component management tools, is hosting a webinar with guest speaker Dr. Diganta Das, a member of the research staff at the University of Maryland’s Center for Advanced Life Cycle Engineering (CALCE)

A look at how Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 compares with iPad, Tab 2, Surface

August 15, 2012 4:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co. on Wednesday announced its latest tablet computer, the Galaxy Note 10.1. Here's a look at its key specifications, compared with key competitors and an earlier Samsung model.

A model designed to balance the bolting load of wind turbines is developed

August 14, 2012 10:47 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

An advance simulation could save time and money in their construction and maintenance, according to Mikel Abasolo, an engineer at the University of the Basque Country

What makes Paris look like Paris? Carnegie Mellon software finds stylistic core

August 7, 2012 2:26 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

PITTSBURGH—Paris is one of those cities that has a look all its own, something that goes beyond landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower or Notre Dame. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University and INRIA/Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris have developed visual data mining software that can automatically detect these sometimes subtle features, such as street signs, streetlamps and balcony railings, that give Paris and other cities a distinctive look.

EBay tests same-day delivery with big retailers

August 6, 2012 4:23 pm | by Alistair Barr, Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - EBay Inc is testing a same-day delivery service with big retailers including Target Corp, Best Buy Co and Toys "R" Us Inc, as the world's largest online marketplace steps up competition with rival Inc.

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

July 31, 2012 4:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We here at ECN love to hear what you have to say, so for our October issue we’re opening up the Roundtable discussion to our faithful readers. Typically, the Roundtable is an editorial section consisting of short commentary by five or six experts in a particular vertical market. Check out the most recent Roundtable from August here.

When Coke goes green

July 20, 2012 11:03 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

You know the ECN editors love a good vending machine (also a good pizza). Now we’re thinking green. Introducing the A011 — the name isn’t catchy but the idea sure is. Not only is the A011 vending machine good for the drinks, it’s good for the environment. At a time when a lot of companies are looking for ways to make home appliances smarter and more energy efficient, it appears Coke is doing its part.

Programmable switching DC power supplies offer increased power density

July 20, 2012 9:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision introduced its new line of bench switching mode DC power supplies, models 1685B, 1687B, and 1688B.

Google's hardware makeover to get uneasy welcome on Wall Street

July 17, 2012 8:35 am | by Reuters | News | Comments

(Reuters) - Wall Street has a long-running love affair with Google the search engine. But will it feel the same way about Google the hardware maker?

A plea from the trenches: Common sense in the supply chain

July 10, 2012 9:54 am | by George "Jr" Thompson, Strategic Supply Chain Manager | Blogs | Comments

I recently read a report that the Department of Defense received over 80,000 counterfeit components from a now-defunct Shenzhen-based broker named "Hong Dark Electronics." After reading this, I felt two things: amusement and terror. I felt amusement that the DoD has been authorizing purchases from a Shenzhen-based broker (and in turn receiving various types of counterfeit components)...

Samsung's Galaxy powers record $5.9 billion profit; euro a worry

July 6, 2012 8:37 am | by Miyoung Kim, Reuters | News | Comments

Soaring sales of the Galaxy smartphone drove record quarterly profit of $5.9 billion at Samsung Electronics, though the South Korean tech giant is sweating over how Europe's debt crisis is denting demand in its biggest market for televisions and home appliances.

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