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Designing better materials for the 21st Century

August 8, 2014 8:46 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The U.S. Defense Department recently named Jian Luo, professor of nanoengineering and materials science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego as one of 10 new National Security Science and Engineering Faculty Fellows (NSSEFF). The award provides up to $3 million over five years to develop a new materials design tool called interfacial phase diagrams....

Butterflies could hold key to probes that repair genes

August 6, 2014 9:17 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

New discoveries about how butterflies feed could help engineers develop tiny probes that siphon...

Chemists demonstrate 'bricks-and-mortar' assembly of new molecular structures

July 31, 2014 11:02 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Chemists at Indiana University Bloomington have described the self-assembly of large,...

Saving seeds the right way can save the world's plants

July 31, 2014 9:08 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Exotic pests, shrinking ranges and a changing climate threaten some of the world's most rare and...

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Decisions, decisions, decisions

June 12, 2014 8:28 am | by Rondekka Moore Vice President, Demand Creation, Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas | Articles | Comments

The distribution channel provides tools, services, and training to support our customers’ engineering communities. A question I am often asked is: just how does that help? With the exceptions of pure play engineering design services and reference designs, just how does our contingent of account managers ...

Why are we being plagued by product recalls?

June 11, 2014 3:39 pm | by Keith Nichols, Research Analyst, Cambashi, www.cambashi.com | Articles | Comments

Manufacturing companies build their reputation on the quality and safety of their products. Serious design faults, manufacturing errors and even incorrect labeling often result in widely publicized product recalls, which carry the risk of unwelcome commercial and brand image fall-out....

When to build, when to buy: Points to consider for outsource design services

June 11, 2014 2:41 pm | by Mike Sims, Director of Marketing and Sales, Attero Tech, LLC | Articles | Comments

How often do you here a company’s sales team bemoan the fact that there are far more hot new product development opportunities than there are in-house engineering resources to support them.  If you’re like most companies designing electronic products these days, this is a constant refrain....

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2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Newark element14 wins for Distributer Innovation

May 30, 2014 10:04 am | Newark | Product Releases | Comments

Open source hardware allows people the opportunity to control the technology and share their knowledge through a free exchange. Newark element14’s (Chicago, IL) open source offering includes volumes of information on some of the most popular single board computers (SBCs)....

Engineering service portal supports LED design projects

May 22, 2014 9:46 am | Osram Opto Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

OSRAM Opto Semiconductors' Premium Application Support Services is a a service portal that gives its commercial customers access to application engineering expertise, resources and lab services to support LED lighting design projects of all sizes, at any point in the design cycle.

A whole new EDS

May 19, 2014 7:27 am | by ECN Staff | Articles | Comments

After nearly six months of meetings, strategy, and execution, EDS was proud to present a new look and brand position. A board of directors’ sub-committee led by Craig Anderson, Sumer, Fred Bell, Molex, Jim Banovich, Marsh Electronics, and Kris Whitehouse, Omron took a deep dive to define EDS moving forward....

The "Talk of the Town" from EDS 2014

May 16, 2014 12:10 pm | by ECN Staff | Blogs | Comments

Global economic development, rising Internet traffic, and the ubiquitous popularity of mobile devices are among key societal trends driving design innovation and industry growth. As consumers, we want smaller, more powerful devices with near limitless functionality....

ECN IMPACT Awards honors outstanding achievement in design engineering

May 7, 2014 2:35 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

On Tuesday, May 6th, ECN held its first annual IMPACT Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in electronic design and headlining a marvelous EDS 2014. The awards recognized the top products and services across 18 categories spanning the design engineering landscape, and in 2013, the industry beheld no shortage of innovation....

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Vishay wins top prize at prestigious Supplier Excellence Awards

May 6, 2014 3:30 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Vishay Intertechnology, Tti, Inc., Molex, Nichicon America Corp, Fci | News | Comments

Since 1995, TTI has recognized the industry’s achievements in distribution with the Supplier Excellence Awards, and 2014 saw a number of repeat honorees, including a 14-time winner and a company which took home a trophy every year since the program’s inception in ’95....

TTI kicks off EDS 2014 with the “Unbreakable Supply Chain”

May 6, 2014 1:43 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | News | Comments

EDS bills itself as the “premier distribution event of the year”, and fittingly, the festivities kicked off with a breakfast/awards show/networking event hosted by TTI, a Fort Worth-based distributor of passive, interconnect, and electromechanical components....

Real-time simulation of textiles

March 21, 2014 9:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Fashion designers, pattern makers and tailors produce new collections using computer programs. The Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research is working on connecting both worlds so the design process can be virtually simulated. A new software technology depicts clothing samples....

Photos of the Day: HAV 304 Hybrid airship

March 17, 2014 11:10 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

A UK design firm recently unveiled the Airlander, a football field-sized airship that they hope will become the new standard for transportation for supplies. Each Airlander costs around $40 million to construct.Weighing in at 44,000 pounds, this airship uses 80 percent less fuel than airplanes and helicopters.

Megger raises close to $4,000 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation

February 21, 2014 10:22 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Megger raised close to $4,000 for Phoenix Children’s Hospital Foundation on Saturday, January 25 at its 13th annual Megger Distributor Golf Event. The outing, which took place at the Lakes of Ahawatukee Golf Course in Phoenix, Arizona, is held each year in honor of 17 year old cancer graduate, Tyler Danner.

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How outsourcing went horribly wrong

February 5, 2014 11:56 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

If your own organization hasn’t jumped onto the bandwagon and outsourced most or all of its manufacturing to specialty houses or to lower-cost countries, then you have been reading a great many articles and posts about the trend. There is much debate over the effectiveness of the strategy....

Solving the supply chain bottleneck

January 31, 2014 7:43 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I spent some time on the show floor at DesignCon today, and learned about some serious supply chain and manufacturing glitches when it comes to designing. It’s not something our engineers have mentioned, but it’s an interesting and potentially costly set of problems nonetheless.   

The 4th Industrial Revolution is upon us

October 29, 2013 4:20 pm | by John Donovan for Mouser Electronics | Mouser Electronics | Articles | Comments

The first Industrial Revolution was driven by the steam engine and mechanization, the second by Henry Ford’s assembly line and the third in the 1970s, when computers revolutionized the workplace. Now the three have coalesced, putting us at the dawn of Industry 4.0....

Filtering out of all that ‘noise’

October 29, 2013 2:58 pm | by Bob Ydens and Brett Robinson, PhD, EMI Solutions, Inc. | Articles | Comments

As processing speeds in electronics continue to rise, and packaging continues to shrink, sensitive internal components are located closer and closer together. Higher clock speeds coupled with increased density of components leads to increasing amounts of electromagnetic interference (EMI) and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) noise.

More than just parts: Distribution in the e-commerce age

October 29, 2013 2:39 pm | by Dave Doherty, Digikey Corporation | Articles | Comments

Electronic component distributors historically have simply been an outlet from which to source parts. Not so long ago, customers paged through gigantic catalogs searching for specific parts by category. Then, orders were often placed with multiple distributors selected by order type – a single part or a volume order.

Distribution keeps automotive moving

October 28, 2013 12:52 pm | by Rondekka Moore, Vice President, Demand Creation Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas | Articles | Comments

The automotive industry is undergoing two major paradigm shifts that each will demand more involvement from the distribution channel. The first of these is the race to more fuel efficiency for vehicles that will be coming down the pike in the future. By 2025, automotive fuel efficiency must reach an average of 54.5 miles per gallon.

Tool promises to bring 3D design capability to all engineers

September 12, 2013 5:55 pm | Allied Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Allied Electronics (Allied) and RS Components (RS), the trading brands of Electrocomponents plc announced DesignSpark Mechanical, a new 3D solid modeling and assembly tool that is available to all –free of charge. Developed in conjunction with SpaceClaim, the new easy-to-use DesignSpark Mechanical are intended to...

Reducing multitasking at HP Digital Camera

August 5, 2013 8:50 am | by Sanjeev Gupta, CEO of Realization Technologies in San Jose, Calif. | Blogs | Comments

Like many consumer electronics organizations, HP Digital Camera saw that its people were working hard, but they also knew that they were not meeting deadlines and were not as productive as they needed to be. In the year before implementing the steps necessary to eliminate organizational multitasking, HP Digital Camera had released six different models of digital cameras,

Organizational multitasking: The secret killer of engineering productivity

July 29, 2013 9:38 am | by Sanjeev Gupta, CEO of Realization Technologies | Blogs | Comments

Nearly all of the research on multitasking to date has studied its effects on individuals. Researchers have not yet paid much attention to the effects of multitasking on organizations, but there are good reasons to believe that multitasking has similar effects at an organizational level. After all, people do not typically work independently in organizations

How standards boost business

July 23, 2013 12:16 pm | by S. Joe Bhatia, President and CEO, American National Standards InstituteEditor | Blogs | Comments

From the corner offices across America to the halls of Capitol Hill, leaders in the public and private sectors are sounding the call for economic reform and job creation. As the U.S. looks to forge a path for sustainable economic growth for the nation, there is a powerful business tool that can help U.S. industry to fuel business performance and drive growth.

Putting distributor relationships first

July 18, 2013 9:43 am | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, PD&D | Blogs | Comments

“We’re the breath of fresh air the industry needs,” states Jeff Simon, chief executive manager of America Semiconductor. Although the term “start-up” probably isn’t completely accurate, the four-month company represents a new entry to the semiconductor marketplace.

Microcontrollers include built-in 16-bit timers and up to 32 I/O touch-sense-enabled pins

July 16, 2013 2:57 pm | Mouser Electronics, Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Mouser Electronics is offering an expanded range of Texas Instruments’ ultra-low power MSP430 Value Line Microcontrollers, providing superior 16-bit MCU performance and industry leading ultra-low power consumption for cost-sensitive applications that have traditionally depended on low cost 8-bit microcontrollers.

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