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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.

Avnet, Inc. announces a tender offer for Internix, Inc.

July 5, 2012 10:38 am | News | Comments

Avnet, Inc. announced that, through a wholly-owned subsidiary, it has launched a tender offer bid for all outstanding shares of Internix, Inc. , a publicly traded company on the Tokyo Stock Exchange , substantially expanding its presence in the Japanese market. Established in 1970 by founder the late Yoshiharu Fujisawa, Internix is an electronics components distributor representing both Japanese and foreign suppliers serving


Mobile payment apps: Good for the seller, good for the buyer

July 2, 2012 4:35 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

A few months ago, I was buying a large photograph for my dad at a Christmas market in Bethlehem, PA. When it came time to pay, the vendor gave me the “cash or credit” option.  Intrigued by the lack of a credit card machine and rarity of having the credit option at a craft show, I went for my card. The vendor whipped out his iPad, swiped the card through a Square card reader attachment...

element 14's distribution deal with Freescale

June 28, 2012 2:34 pm | News | Comments

ECN recently had the chance to interview Jeff Jussel, Senior Director of Technical Marketing, at Newark element14 regarding their new distribution deal with Freescale Semiconductor. element 14 is the only distributor to accept pre-orders for Freescale's Freedom development platform. Click to see the transcript.

Researchers 'heal' plasma-damaged semiconductor with treatment of hydrogen radicals

June 14, 2012 8:58 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Gallium nitride (GaN) is a highly promising material for a wide range of optical and high-power electronic devices, which can be fabricated by dry etching with plasmas. However, the plasma-induced defects and surface residues that remain after such processes tend to degrade the optical and electrical properties of the devices. A team of Japanese researchers has developed and tested a new way to "heal" such defects.

PNA-L vector network analyzer models offer high performance, low cost

June 13, 2012 3:44 pm | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. (NYSE: A) today introduced five new PNA-L vector network analyzer models, offering design and manufacturing engineers the highest performance (up to 50 GHz) in a mid-range VNA, along with lower cost and future-proof capabilities.

New test solution utilizes cloud computing technology

June 8, 2012 12:18 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Advantest Corporation today announced that it will launch a new test solution, dubbed CloudTestingTM Service (CTS), which utilizes cloud computing technology to offer cutting-edge test technology for semiconductor device R&D and design applications.

Intel inspired by aerospace to make sturdier laptops

June 4, 2012 9:08 am | by Noel Randewich, Rueters | News | Comments

Engineers at Intel Corp are applying lessons from aircraft design to create sturdier laptops in a bid to reduce the prices of the new ultra-thin computers the top chipmaker is promoting heavily.

Call for freelancers

May 31, 2012 2:32 pm | by the Editors | Articles | Comments

Electronic Component News is looking for a few good writers...some talented wordsmiths to excite the imagination, gin up controversy, and illuminate the masses. Interested? Our award-winning website boasts some of the most dynamic, thought-provoking content in the industry. We’re looking to supplement that content with a stable of freelancers.

Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas adds quartz timing devices from Epson to offering

March 7, 2012 8:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas, a business region of Avnet, announced a distribution agreement with Epson Electronics America, Inc. (EEA). This agreement makes EEA quartz-based products available to Avnet’s customers in the Americas.

Webinar Covers Proactive Electronic Parts Counterfeit Risk Algorithm

March 2, 2012 9:59 am | News | Comments

SiliconExpert Technologies will conduct a webinar on March 8th for a first look at its new proactive electronic parts counterfeit risk algorithm. The Counterfeit Risk algorithm forecasts

March 2012 Supplement: Distribution & Design Services

March 2, 2012 12:00 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Check out the March 2012 Distribution & Design Services supplement.

LDRA Opens Division Dedicated to Comprehensive Certification Services

February 16, 2012 5:23 am | News | Comments

LDRA has created LDRA Certification Services (LCS), a division devoted to helping customers develop certification-ready products.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Andy Zynga of NineSigma on Product Development

January 23, 2012 7:53 am | Podcasts | Comments

In today's podcast we talk to Andy Zynga of NineSigma on Product Development issues in the design community.

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