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IoT soup: Four ingredients for a successful smart product

October 6, 2014 9:57 am | by Adam Justice, Grid Connect | Articles | Comments

One of the most intriguing reality television shows today is Chopped on the Food Network. Chopped features four chefs who are challenged to take a mystery basket of ingredients and turn them into a dish that demonstrates their creativity....

Counterfeit electronic components in weapons systems cost lives

October 6, 2014 9:05 am | by Joe Bilotta, CEO and Co-Founder, Component Search International | Blogs | Comments

According to a survey by the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security’s (BIS) Office of Technology Evaluation (OTE), all segments of the commercial, industrial and defense supply chains have been impacted by counterfeit electronic components....

Engineering Newswire: Lockheed Martin wreaks havoc in extreme off-road testing

October 3, 2014 11:26 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

After ten days of testing, Lockheed Martin’s Havoc 8x8 Armored Modular Vehicle has successfully completed the Nevada Automotive Test Center’s Butte Mountain Trail course. A mile long course, and one of the most intense off-road test tracks in the world ...

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Infographic: 6 engineering inventions that connect people

October 3, 2014 10:00 am | by Ohio University Russ College of Engineering and Technology | News | Comments

As modern technology continues to advance, many people have the chance to enjoy a wide variety of technologies that connect them with others. Advances and inventions made possible through electrical engineering have enabled people all over the world to connect....

Shrinking wireless cells challenge power supplies

October 3, 2014 9:03 am | by Michael Naglich, Senior Field Applications Engineer, GE’s Critical Power business | Articles | Comments

With demand for wireless 4G services skyrocketing, service providers are looking to fill in the gaps in their coverage areas so they can hold onto their subscribers. Strangely enough, that means finding a power-efficient, conduction-cooled power supply....

How field application engineers are changing the engineering world

October 3, 2014 9:01 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor and Eileen Whitmore, Art Director | Blogs | Comments

Field application engineers, also known as FAEs or Sales engineers are a hybrid of exactly what the title implies: Sales and Engineering. These folks are unique because they’re essentially in the position of selling a product but they can also offer....

It’s a wireless world

October 3, 2014 8:50 am | by Ramon M. Cerda, VP of Engineering, Crystek Corporation | Articles | Comments

An explosion of wireless communications has taken place in the past 25 years. Most of us now carry a “smart” cell phone that contains more than one physical layer for wireless communications. There is one RF transceiver, such as the GSM standard ...

Engineering Live: The Global Explosion of M2M Connections

October 2, 2014 3:24 pm | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

New research from Berg Insight states that the global number of mobile network connections used for wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) communication will increase by 21% in 2014 to reach 213.9 million at the year-end. Over the next five years ...

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UK’s Watchkeeper UAV becomes operational

October 2, 2014 3:11 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

We’ve previously discussed the Thales Watchkeeper WK450, a rotary-engine Intelligence, Surveillance, Target Acquisition and Reconnaissance (ISTAR) UAV for use by the British Army. Four years ago marked the Watchkeeper’s UK maiden flight, and it recently became operational....

Dangerous drilling: The hot world of oil and gas

October 2, 2014 10:48 am | by T. Zednicek, M. Biler, J. Petrzilek, AVX Czech Republic | Articles | Comments

New oil and gas exploration and drilling equipment designs, especially those intended for use in deep and difficult geological conditions, continuously demand electronic components capable of reliable, longer lifetime operation in extremely harsh ...

The greatest advancement in software simulation in the next decade

October 2, 2014 10:20 am | Articles | Comments

The future of software simulation is driven by the increasing wish of engineers to simulate a specific device in its real world, working environment where different physical phenomena occur. The increasing simulation complexity, driven by the multiphysics nature....

Engineering Update #78: Clothing that thwarts government surveillance

October 2, 2014 8:51 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

If you’re really worried about the government or other agencies hacking your cellphone, feel free to go ahead and take off that tin foil hat because now you can buy clothing that ensures nobody has access to your phone or your credit cards....

The importance of unifying software and hardware in development

October 1, 2014 12:37 pm | by Jason Gouw, CEO, Qfusion Labs, LLC | Articles | Comments

The unity of software and hardware is so vital in today's technological developments but developers constantly struggle to form a symbiotic connection between the two. Development platforms strive to bridge this gap but it is a difficult challenge....

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My internship experience with ECN Magazine

September 30, 2014 10:25 am | by A.J. Watts, Editorial Intern | Blogs | Comments

It was exciting, nerve-wracking, and a priceless learning experience. My time as the brand new editorial intern for ECN magazine was definitely unforgettable. At first, I was a little bit nervous, hoping that I was the right guy for the job. I wasn’t....

Home automation: Conserving energy, lowering your bills

September 29, 2014 2:16 pm | by Christian DeFeo, eSupplier and Innovation Manager, element14 | Blogs | Comments

Home automation is typically discussed in the context of convenience, but the engineers taking part in element14’s Forget Me Not Challenge also recognize IoT technology can save users a significant amount of money. For example, data collected by My Alarm Center shows households with installed home automation systems see an average savings of 15 percent on monthly energy bills.

How to improve system efficiency for electric motors

September 29, 2014 10:51 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Ams-Taos Usa Inc, Honeywell, Texas Instruments, Digi-Key, Freescale Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Energy efficiency and environmental impact are becoming increasingly important considerations for engineers designing an electric motor system. Several IC vendors have made significant offerings that help deliver system efficiency, environmental benefits and cost savings....

Engineering Newswire: SkyOrbiter flies for 5 years without stopping

September 29, 2014 9:27 am | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Quarkson plans to use unmanned aerial vehicles to transmit internet access to every inch of the planet. These unmanned vehicles, known as SkyOrbiters, are capable of flying for extremely long periods of time without landing or refueling....

How three teenage girls are solving world hunger

September 26, 2014 11:50 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The key to beefing up the country (and world) supply of engineer and technology superstars is giving them the opportunity to do great things, even if they can’t legally drive yet. The Google Science Fair is a competition for students between the ages of 13 and 18 with prizes ranging...

Why the Society of Women Engineers beats Miss America (every time)

September 26, 2014 4:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Who knew that a HBO show could change the lives of girls who dream of being engineers?Last Week Tonight with John Oliver has a Daily Show/Colbert Report feeling to it and this past Sunday, Oliver used part of the time to do a decent take down of how ridiculous the Miss America Pageant is.

Engineering Update #77: A portable artificial kidney

September 24, 2014 3:15 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Because kidney failure can mean being attached to a non-mobile machine for three times a week for up to four hours at time, the wearable artificial kidney could offer a more normal lifestyle to those dealing with the condition. The 10 pound unit ...

11 ways to keep data safe when traveling overseas

September 24, 2014 2:41 pm | by Jeff Multz, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

For business travelers going to foreign lands, the old “Don’t leave home without it” slogan should be brought back with one slight change: “Leave home without it.” Computers, mobile phones and any other electronic devices that contain personal ...

China developing subsonic stealth bomber

September 24, 2014 12:00 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor | Blogs | Comments

According to early reports, China is developing a new stealth bomber to counter American influence in the Far East and firm up its own leadership and force-projection ability. We’ve previously discussed America’s plans to replace the illustrious SR-71 Blackbird ...

This is what an iPhone 6 Plus in liquid nitrogen looks like

September 23, 2014 9:09 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The short answer is that it doesn’t actually look as bad as you might think. For all of the advantages of an iPhone, one drawback is they generally have to be handled fairly daintily. Apparently, that’s not how RatedRR thinks it should be. He’s made....

ECN Time Warp: November 2004

September 22, 2014 10:03 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Keysight Technologies, Texas Instruments, Digi International, Kontron | Blogs | Comments

Some old covers of ECN Magazine have been making the rounds, and we thought it would be fun to have a look back at ECN covers through the years.This week’s cover goes back to November 2004. During that month, Senator John Kerry would concede ...

4 design fails of the week

September 22, 2014 9:31 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Managing Editor, PD&D, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

After four reports of suspension fittings breaking during use, IKEA is recalling its GUNGGUNG child’s swing. In one of these incidents, a child fell and fractured a leg. The recall involves 2,000 units in the U.S., and 300 in Canada....

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