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How a film major became an electrical engineer

December 12, 2014 8:37 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Meet Nick Danyluk, a senior electrical engineering student at Syracuse University focused on electronics and robotics with a specific focus on design and prototyping. Nick began school with a focus in television radio and film before moving on to a more technology-focused major.

The cell phone is the key

December 12, 2014 7:56 am | by Steve Spatig, General Manager, Electronic Access, Southco | Articles | Comments

The widespread proliferation of smart phones and wireless communication technologies continues to inspire innovation in the many ways these connected devices can be used, from monitoring home energy usage to remotely unlocking your automobile or ...

Connecting machinery to the IoT

December 11, 2014 4:30 pm | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Everything is about Internet of Things (IoT) nowadays. What does that really mean? Fundamentally, it means that a device, a thing, can connect to the Internet. This opens up many opportunities for a product. For industrial application, as an example, it means that machinery can...

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Engineering Newswire: The 10 worst toys for kids

December 11, 2014 12:27 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, the World Against Toys Causing Harm, or W.A.T.C.H., released its 42nd annual 10 Worst Toys report … So we bought them … It was near impossible to secure a Catapencil or Bottle Rocket Party, so if you have a bead on ...

Bring on the STEM students

December 11, 2014 10:48 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Articles | Comments

One of the best parts about being the Editor of ECN, besides the fancy title and adoring(ish) fans, is that it offers a platform to speak about issues that are near and dear to my heart and important to the industry. For the past year, the ECN team ...

Rethinking power delivery to the processor

December 11, 2014 10:39 am | by Robert Gendron, Vice President, Semiconductor Power Solutions, Vicor | Vicor Corp. | Articles | Comments

The computing load shouldered by modern data centers is growing exponentially, driving server performance requirements ever higher. To keep pace, server designers continue to increase the number of processors per board, with rack density and rack ...

Engineering Update #89: The newest solar power plant

December 11, 2014 10:37 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

The tulip-concentrating solar power plant is officially opening its first commercial site in Ethiopia. This will be the third tulip site to be created. There is one in Israel and one in Spain, but the previous operations have been focused on research and ...

Designing your perfect inverting rail

December 11, 2014 8:38 am | by Anston Joel Lobo, System and Applications Engineer, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

We often come across designs needing an operational amplifier (op amp) and confoundedly ask, where can I source that pesky negative supply? The quest for a cost-effective, simple and flexible solution often descends down a path of topologies and ...

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Watch the Navy blow up boats with their new laser

December 10, 2014 3:53 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

It's official. The U.S. Navy has deployed its newest laser weapon prototype to the Persian Gulf and (as an added bonus) has released footage of the laser being used to blow things up. Your government tax dollars at work, folks. But on a more serious note, the LaWS Laser Weapons ...

Maximizing solar power on electrical grids

December 10, 2014 3:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

The Energy Department's National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) and SolarCity have entered into a cooperative research agreement to address the operational issues associated with large amounts of distributed solar energy on electrical grids. The ...

Switch mode power supply measurement and analysis with a bench oscilloscope

December 10, 2014 1:56 pm | by Varun Merchant, Tektronix | Articles | Comments

The power supply is integral to virtually every type of line-powered and battery-operated electronic product, and the switch-mode power supply (SMPS) has become the dominant architecture in many applications. A single switch-mode power supply’s performance ...

New solutions and challenges for digital control of power converters

December 10, 2014 1:30 pm | by Stephen Pimpis, Vice President, Strategic Product Marketing; Bill Smith, Director of Marketing, Board Mounted Power; and Paul Knauber, Murata University Coordinator: Murata Power Solutions | Articles | Comments

Advancements in semiconductor technologies and system-level performance requirements, particularly in the telecom and datacom markets, have had a tremendous impact on the board level power infrastructure. Moore’s Law has been driving device ...

Could prettier, quieter wind turbines make it in the city?

December 10, 2014 12:18 pm | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, PD&D, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

Despite many complaints about noise, size, and appearance, wind turbines are one of the most innovative and productive sources of clean energy to date. However, because of these grievances most wind turbines have been exiled to the countryside or ...

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Low power? No power!

December 10, 2014 11:25 am | by Matthias Kassner, Product Marketing Director, EnOcean | Articles | Comments

This article describes the benefits associated with using energy harvesting wireless sensor nodes within the context of an Internet of Things. It discusses key architectural requirements and design trade-offs of such devices and gives examples of current ...

Controller, converter, or module — which is right for my design?

December 10, 2014 10:57 am | by Chris Ammann, Global Technical Marketing Engineer, Power Avnet Electronics Marketing | Articles | Comments

Power supplies come in many shapes and sizes. As technologies have advanced, more and more integration has become commonplace when designing a power system. In a lot of instances, integration makes for a simpler design process. However ...

What is the most creative way LEDs have been implemented?

December 10, 2014 10:11 am | Articles | Comments

The next generation of lighting is addressing the increasing demand for solutions that produce higher light output, higher optical density and better heat dissipation with fewer LED placements — ultimately resulting in system cost reductions that can ...

Bra stops sexual assault with 3,800 kilovolt electric shock

December 10, 2014 8:49 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

I’ve seen numerous devices and ideas for empowering women — pepper spray, tasers, self-defense courses, firearms — but I can honestly say I’ve never seen a bra used as a weapon. Engineering students Manisha Mohan, Niladhri Basu Bal, and Rimpi Tripathi ...

Engineering Live: How Do We Get More Kids Into STEM? (On Demand)

December 10, 2014 8:38 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

It’s easy to say we need more kids interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), the challenge comes in finding ways to accomplish it. Whether it’s the toys they play with as kids, or the classes they take as students ...

The key to STEM education

December 9, 2014 11:57 am | by Nick Soggu, Founder and President of Silvertech | Blogs | Comments

There is a constant challenge for educators and communities to find new ways to promote and encourage science, technology, engineering, and math interests to students at young ages as well as throughout a child’s educational development. My commitment to STEM education and personal interests and experiences with technology businesses drives my support for STEM learning and other educational community initiatives.

This is why you shouldn’t fly drones indoors

December 9, 2014 9:04 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Flying drones indoors is rarely a wise decision. Flying large drones indoors near innocent bystanders is asking for trouble. So when TGI Friday’s mistletoe-toting drones injured someone in a cramped restaurant in Brooklyn, well, we should’ve seen this coming....

How to use Bluetooth Smart in industrial lighting

December 8, 2014 9:02 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

ECN will be hosting a 6-part series from Texas Instruments about the benefits of using BlueTooth Smart in industrial applications. Light sources are important. Did you know that there are professional interior designers that focus on composing the ...

This is what happens when an editor gets a GoldieBlox

December 8, 2014 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Generally speaking, my job is really fun. I get to meet all types of people, write about really cool technology, and work on a lot of projects that are very important to me. One of those projects is ECN (and her sister publications) push for STEM education. In particular, many of the...

Why being a lifelong learner makes engineering a perfect career

December 5, 2014 2:49 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Welcome to this week's edition of STEM Student of the Week. Once a week, ECN features a student working on a degree (of any level) in engineering as part of our STEM initiative. Meet Alexis Noelli Peña, a student at Syracuse University focusing in biomedical engineering.

Engineering Newswire: Stephen Hawking gets an upgrade

December 4, 2014 4:07 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Intel has upgraded Stephen Hawking’s communication platform to help him better communicate with the world, increase ease of use for his daily routines, and empower him with continued independence. The tailored solution, Assistive Context Aware Toolkit ...

Engineering Update #88: Lockheed Martin’s supersonic commercial aircraft

December 4, 2014 11:20 am | by Jon Dipierro, Multimedia Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

Let’s face it — we’re no longer impressed by the ability to travel from New York to Los Angeles in five hours in a cramped 737. Doesn’t two and a half hours sound much better? Lockheed Martin thinks so, too, so they’re working on an aircraft for commercial ...

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