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Engineering Update #113: World’s first facial-recognition ATMs

June 4, 2015 9:27 am | by by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

The world’s first facial-recognition ATMs will soon be available in China. To take out cash using the new ATMs, users will stand in front of a camera that compares the facial features of the withdrawal with a photo database. No match? No cash....

The next phase of the quantum dots revolution

June 4, 2015 8:34 am | by John Volkmann, CMO, QD Vision | Articles | Comments

In the world of digital content production, the Adobe RGB color model reigns supreme.  Introduced in 1998...

Will a robot steal your job in the future?

June 3, 2015 10:19 am | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

For every one time I use a self-checkout, I hear ten evil robots laughing off in the distance. And every time I hear DING DING DING HELP IS ON THE WAY, I lose it. No, my case of water does not fit in your plastic bag that barely holds a cereal box...


Amateurs locate Air Force's super-secret space plane (again)

June 2, 2015 11:48 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The U.S. Air Force's super secret, super cool, super stealth spy satellite has been spotted by not so secret amateur satellite trackers...

Why open source is the future

June 2, 2015 9:10 am | by Scott Hoot, CEO of Sage Electronic Engineering | Blogs | Comments

It seems like yesterday, but it was more than a decade ago that I started down the road to believing in open source solutions...

Engineers aren't (just) nerds

June 1, 2015 9:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Engineers have a bit of a bad reputation as curmudgeonly, paper-pushing nerds. But they're not all paper-pushing nerds...

Whose flag do we use to claim Mars?

May 29, 2015 4:23 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When you think of a trip to Mars or perhaps even a colony on Mars what are you thinking about? Are you considering the ethical implication...

What it's like to design custom fire trucks

May 28, 2015 3:48 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

The company I currently work for builds and designs custom fire trucks. I primarily work on exhaust and intercooler systems, but I also help design other chassis components...


Watch a robotic cockroach launch a robotic bird off of its back

May 28, 2015 1:55 pm | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

2 robots are better than 1, especially when they work as a team...

Saving the environment with lower voltage mobile terminals

May 28, 2015 11:57 am | by Rick Wietfeldt, Chairman of the MIPI Alliance Technical Steering Group, Senior Director, Technology at Qualcomm, and EAB board member | Articles | Comments

The mobile industry is poised to lower the operating voltages for the control/data interfaces that interconnect low-speed...

This engineer graduated high school with her associate's in engineering

May 28, 2015 11:11 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

I am a naturally nosy person. It's actually a good trait for a writer to have since nosiness leads to great stories (but also restraining orders...

Engineering Update #112: Record-breaking hydrogen car

May 28, 2015 9:40 am | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

A hydrogen powered racing car built by Tu Delft has successful completed a lap on the Nurburgring Nordschleife, which makes it the fastest...

STEM dominates Forbes’ Most Powerful Women list

May 27, 2015 2:31 pm | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

Forbes announced its annual list of The World’s Most Powerful Women for 2015 and STEM continues to be a common variable amongst leaders...


Announcing the ECN IMPACT Award Winners

May 26, 2015 2:14 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

The beginning of the year is a very busy time at the ECN offices. The magazine has always sought to showcase some of the best and most interesting products in the industry...

The 2015 ECN IMPACT Award winners

May 26, 2015 2:07 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

On Wednesday, May 13th, ECN held its second annual IMPACT Awards, honoring outstanding achievement in electronic design. With 26 winners in 19 product categories, three service categories and four special recognition categories, it was a banner second year for the annual awards....

Why the birth of PCs led to fewer women in STEM

May 26, 2015 9:26 am | by Muriel Kolker, MHS Engineering Teacher and Mechnical Engineer | Blogs | Comments

We are the product of our environment. Although it may account for the low numbers of girls and minorities in STEM careers...

Why you should pursue a STEM career in agriculture

May 26, 2015 9:10 am | by Jamie Wisniewski, Associate Editor, @JamieECNmag | Blogs | Comments

Try explaining STEM to students and you probably get blank stares, eye rolls or even yawns. Sure, you can spell out the acronym (science, technology, engineering, math) but that doesn’t make it any more exciting...

Why studying engineering was the best decision of my life

May 22, 2015 10:55 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @Kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

My least favorite thing is the continued perception that more women don’t want to be in STEM – that they’re choosing to not go into STEM...

Engineering Update #111: Bladeless wind turbines

May 21, 2015 12:33 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Kasey Panetta, Jamie Wisniewski, & Janine E. Mooney | Videos | Comments

A company called Vortex Bladeless utilizes a different aspect of wind power called vortices. Vortices are created when wind moves around a barrier in its path.

Jitter measurement in waveform generators

May 20, 2015 1:47 pm | by Chris Kelly, Keysight Technologies, Inc. | Articles | Comments

Jitter is an important characteristic of waveform quality, and low jitter in a clock waveform is an important feature in reducing error in communications systems. Low jitter is an important component of low Error Vector Magniture (EVM) in high quality digital communications networks. The latest generation of ...

Designing power management ICs for modern uses

May 20, 2015 1:38 pm | by Peter Wilson, Sr. Staff Product Marketing Manager, Renesas Electronics America | Articles | Comments

Power management ICs have evolved and are now standard in applications like standard 12 V rail supplies and embedded systems that require high efficiency and low power usage. With new technology innovations, more features are being incorporated into power management ICs.

Digital power controller IC delivers benefits to power supply manufacturers

May 20, 2015 1:28 pm | by Chance Dunlap, Senior Marketing Manager, Intersil | Articles | Comments

It's not news that a power supply's performance is critical to an efficient and reliable system. Even so, the supply often doesn’t get the appreciation and respect it deserves. Very often, whether the product is a low-power, portable device operating from a battery or ...

Thermal management and the biology of cool

May 20, 2015 1:11 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

While ever-smaller semiconductor-process nodes move from cutting edge to leading edge to mainstream, in percentage terms, smaller devices aren’t driving faster processor clocks or memory busses nearly so much as they are increasing functional density.

Curbing the spread of conflict minerals

May 20, 2015 12:26 pm | by ECN Staff | Articles | Comments

A recent ECN article described conflict minerals as natural resources found within war zones and plundered by militias to perpetuate the fighting. How would you define conflict minerals and their collective impact on design engineering?

IoT for the smarter home

May 20, 2015 11:53 am | by Pushek Madaan, Senior Application Engineer, Cypress and Gagan Luthra, Product Marketing Engineer, Cypress | Articles | Comments

The advent of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) has revolutionized the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT), helping take it from concept to commercial reality. The biggest reason for the proliferation of BLE has been its presence in smartphones, tablets and laptops.

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