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HotSpot: IMS2014 Top Ten

June 25, 2014 8:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

At this year’s IMS2014 event in Tampa Bay, FL, Wireless Design and Development saw a lot of cool and innovative new products, and we’re excited to provide you with our Top Ten list from the show. First up is Signal Hound. Signal Hound was this year’s ECN Impact Award winner in the test and measurement category....

Smart Systems Integration Conference

June 24, 2014 4:59 pm | Events

Mesago Messe Frankfurt GmbH has announced that the Smart Systems Integration Conference and Exhibition will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark, from 11 – 12 March 2015. It is the international communication platform for research institutes and manufacturers to exchange know-how on smart systems integration and to create a basis for successful research cooperations.

Engineering Live: Emerging Test & Measurement Tech in Wireless Communications

June 24, 2014 10:14 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

Developing next-generation wireless communications technologies and specifications requires advanced test and measurement instrumentation that is not only capable of supporting advanced designs, but also legacy technologies that still exist in the market....

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Engineering Update #63: Boeing's newest space ship

June 19, 2014 9:57 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

On June 9th, Boeing unveiled its CST-100 commercial space taxi. The company’s main goal is to restart the U.S. ability to get to the ISS and beyond without spending 60 million for a seat on a Russian soyez. The company is referring to this capsule as a “space taxi” due to its simplicity and cost effectiveness....

3 reasons you’d kill yourself with a lightsaber

June 13, 2014 11:02 am | by JF Stackhouse, Engineerjobs.com | Blogs | Comments

When I was eight years old, there was only one thing I wanted more than for someone to invent the lightsaber. I wanted one to fall off the back of a truck and land in my front yard.Fortunately, neither occurred; lightsabers are dangerous, poorly designed, and unstable. Here are three of the many reasons they should be preemptively outlawed....

Com exCu: Industrial wireless

June 12, 2014 3:46 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Like general-purpose computational resources in commercial enterprises, factory automation systems have evolved from highly centralized structures with fixed peripheral connections to flexible models with distributed intelligence and networked I/O nodes. In the factory environment, networking and distributed intelligence increased resource availability....

Engineering Update #62: The first commercial drone

June 12, 2014 11:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Recently, the Federal Aviation Administration approved the first commercial drone, AeroVironment'S RQ-20A Puma AE, a small hand-launched UAS with endurance of 3.5 hours and the capability to extend its range with solar or fuel cell options. It also includes electro-optical and infrared cameras....

Powering remote wireless devices: Extreme environments demand extreme batteries

June 11, 2014 2:30 pm | by Sol Jacobs, VP and General Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Articles | Comments

Harsh environments complicate the choice of power management system, especially if a wireless device is to be deployed in a remote, inaccessible location. When reliable, long-term power is required, and battery replacement or recharging are not viable options, lithium chemistry is preferred due to its intrinsic negative potential....

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Are small cells the answer to the Internet of Things spectrum crunch?

June 11, 2014 9:11 am | by Greg Fischer, Senior Vice President and General Manager, Broadband Carrier Access, Broadcom Corporation | Articles | Comments

Recently, the technology industry has been abuzz with talk about the Internet of Things (IoT), a term used to describe an ecosystem of consumer electronics and appliances that have the ability to connect to the network and communicate with one another....

With decreasing prices and increasing efficiency, are LEDs finally poised to gain universal acceptance?

June 10, 2014 12:58 pm | Articles | Comments

Prices have been falling dramatically for LEDs. As recently as two years ago, a 60W consumer LED bulb cost between $40 and $50, but today buyers can find them for as little as $13. The dramatic decrease in prices is due to several factors — some related to technological advances in LED design....

Engineering Update #61: A planet that shouldn’t exist

June 5, 2014 9:51 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Announced at a press conference at meeting of the American Astronomical society, was the discovery of a planet that is 17-times heavier than earth called Kepler-10c. The planet exists in the Draco constellation, about 560 light-years from earth. The latest smart phone security: If someone does something suspicious with a phone...

Photos of the Day: The Liam F1 Urban Wind Turbine

May 30, 2014 8:43 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

The Archimedes tech firm has designed a wind turbine based on the real (Ancient Greek Mathmetician) Archimedes’ screw pump design. Its design allegedly reduces the noise associated with traditional wind turbines. It also supposedly has an energy yield that is “80 percent of the maximum that’s possible,” which compares favorably to the conventional 25-50% of most turbines....

Engineering Update Episode 60 Bloopers

May 29, 2014 1:29 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Technical Editor Jason Lomberg and Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such great sports!

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Engineering Update 60: The most secure drone in the world

May 29, 2014 1:21 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

DARPA has been developing a program called High Assurance Cyber Military Systems, which uses software to thwart all manner of cyber-attacks on drones. The project originated at the University of California, San Diego and the University of Washington, and according to the program manager for DARPA, the software is allegedly mathematically invulnerable to large classes of attack....

Solar micro inverter design with ease using MCUs

May 29, 2014 12:58 pm | by Manish Bhardwaj, systems application engineer, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Solar micro inverters are an emerging segment of the solar power industry. Rather than linking all solar panels in a solar installation through a central inverter, solar micro inverter systems instead place smaller, or “micro,” inverters in line with each individual solar panel....

Selecting the right MCU can squeeze nanoamps out of your next IoT application

May 29, 2014 8:20 am | by Evan Schulz, Microcontroller Product Manager, Silicon Labs | Articles | Comments

Industry leaders predict that the number of connected devices for the Internet of Things (IoT) will surpass 15 billion nodes by 2015 and top 50 billion by 2020. Most of these connected devices will not be traditional PCs or even smartphones but smaller, less expensive, simpler ultra-low-power embedded systems....

Creating "smartphone-like” user interfaces in resource-limited embedded graphics applications

May 29, 2014 7:33 am | by Paolo Tamayo, Principal Applications Engineer, Microchip Technology Inc. | Microchip Technology Inc. | Articles | Comments

I blame the smart phones! Everyone now expects to see “smartphone-like” user interfaces in everything that has a display. Coffee makers, security systems and thermostat panels are just a few of the examples where you will see integrated colored screens....

Top five design opportunities for MCUs in the Internet of Things

May 28, 2014 2:48 pm | by Ritesh Tyagi, Vice President of Marketing, Renesas Electronics America | Articles | Comments

There will be significant opportunities available to the embedded MCU market in 2014, specifically for 40nm MCUs targeting Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Thanks to their high performance, low-power consumption, abundant on-chip memory and peripheral resources ...

5 reasons why media execs top CEO pay lists

May 28, 2014 2:09 pm | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Once again, media company CEOs are among the highest paid executives in the nation, occupying six of the top 10 earning spots according to an Associated Press/Equilar study. Compensation experts say a variety of factors are at play, including the gain in media stocks, the intangible value of talent in a hit-or-miss business ...

What technology creates the biggest challenge for cooling and thermal management?

May 28, 2014 9:13 am | Articles | Comments

As far as products are concerned, all design engineers are under pressure to create solutions that are smaller, more powerful, and can operate faster. In a way these three elements are the perfect storm relative to all of the thermal management issues engineers need to work through....

How is rapid prototyping affecting engineering?

May 27, 2014 6:30 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

We have a VERY exciting Brainstorm about Rapid Prototyping for our July issue. Nothing has the potential to change the landscape of design engineering (and every other industry) like rapid prototyping. Now that the technology is rapidly gaining traction, we want to know how it’s really affecting your job or life.

Engineering Update #59: Fastest motorcycle in the world

May 22, 2014 1:41 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

In this week's episode of the Engineering Update: Fastest production motorcycle in the world: The Lightening LS-218 is set to be the fastest motorcycle on the planet. With a top speed of 218 mph 200 horsepower and 168 foot pounds of torque, this bike is set to blow its competitors out of the water after its release this summer....

Engineering Update #59 Bloopers!

May 22, 2014 1:26 pm | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Who says ECN's editors can't have a bit of fun? Enjoy these bumbles, stumbles, and hilarious outtakes from the latest edition of ECN's premier video series, Engineering Update. Thanks to Technical Editor Jason Lomberg and Managing Editor Kasey Panetta for being such great sports!

Light UAVs serve both military and civilian missions

May 22, 2014 9:10 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Articles | Comments

Modern weaponized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) made headlines in the United States after the first remotely executed air-to-ground missile strike in Afghanistan’s Paktia province in February 2002. Seemingly more mundane, and thus, less covered by the popular press, are the many observational and communication applications....

Energy, everywhere: What’s next for energy harvesting and portable power?

May 21, 2014 12:23 pm | by Dan Rogers, Smithers-Apex | Articles | Comments

Rapid industrialisation, development of infrastructure and the growing use of electronics is happening quickly around the globe. As a result, managing energy supplies is becoming an increasingly urgent problem, calling for a more sustainable society....

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