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Detroit is a 'hole'

May 29, 2014 9:07 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

So continues the era of the outspoken president. On a recent trip to Phoenix, AZ, I had the pleasure of listening to Ed Smith, president of Avnet Electronics Marketing Americas (AEMA), give a presentation on the state of the company and more importantly, the state of the industry....

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....

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Real-time spectrum analyzer raises high-performance bar

May 28, 2014 4:08 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Signal Hound (Tampa, FL) today announced the Signal Hound BB60C, successor to the popular Signal Hound BB60A. The Signal Hound BB60C is a real-time spectrum analyzer and RF recorder. It has significantly enhanced performance compared to the BB60A....

iPhone case military drop-tested and editor-approved

May 28, 2014 3:36 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Like most people, I can be a tad … careless with my baby, aka, my iPhone 4S, but I can’t imagine life without it. Amazing that I grew up without the newfangled idea of portable phones. So finding suitable protection for what can only be described as my lifeblood is a top priority....

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 ...

Photos of the Day: Google's self-driving car with no steering wheel

May 28, 2014 1:55 pm | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Google has been working on a self-driving that won’t include a steering wheel and, eventually, any sort of pedals. While the car won’t initially be sold publicly, Google announced on Tuesday that it hopes to have 100 prototypes on public roads by next year....

Watch kids react to old computers

May 28, 2014 1:26 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

On the order of cheesy, manipulative internet memes, watching children befuddled by legacy technology ranks just above cat videos and duckfaces. And here’s another one. And let’s face it: Kids these days are spoiled. Kids are lucky to live in such an advanced technological age....

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2014 IMPACT Award Winner: LSI Corporation wins for Boards and Modules

May 28, 2014 12:57 pm | Lsi Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Syncro CS from LSI Corporation (San Jose, CA) provides administrators with MegaRAID RAID 5, 6 data protection in the event of a drive failure. In the event of a server failure, Syncro CS delivers shared storage and failover, keeping applications up and running....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Agilent Technologies wins for Boards and Modules

May 28, 2014 12:51 pm | Agilent Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The Agilent U5303A PCIe 12-bit High-Speed Digitizer with on-board signal processing is a compact dual-channel PCIe Digitizer, sampling up to 3.2 GS/s. It delivers unprecedented analog fidelity, high effective number of bits, and very low noise, according to Agilent....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Keithley wins for Test and Measurement

May 28, 2014 12:43 pm | Keithley Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

The Model 2450 SourceMeter SMU Instrument from Keithley (Cleveland, OH) includes a touchscreen graphical user interface and offers 5-inch, full-color touchscreen and icon-based menu structure allow for intuitive user interaction and speed test configuration by eliminating cumbersome multi-layer menus....

Mentor Graphics and Digi-Key bring professional EDA software to the engineering masses

May 28, 2014 12:26 pm | Digi-Key, Mentor Graphics Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Digi-Key Corporation has collaborated with Mentor Graphics Corporation to create a unique concept-to-prototype design tool targeted for green-field projects before transition to production. Available from Digi-Key, the Designer Schematic product from Mentor Graphics addresses escalating demand from professional engineers for Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software at an affordable price point for new R&D projects, while facilitating access to the latest parts.

2-kVAC isolated 1.5-W low noise micromodule converters are UL60950 Recognized

May 28, 2014 11:49 am | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation (Milpitas, CA) introduced the LTM8057 and LTM8058, 1.5-W output µModule (micromodule) DC/DC converters with 2-kVAC galvanic isolation (production tested to 3 kVDC) in a 9-mm x 11.25-mm x 4-mm BGA (ball grid array) package. The devices operate from an input voltage...

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Multi-standard wireless charging SoC targets smartphones

May 28, 2014 10:42 am | Broadcom Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Broadcom Corporation (Irvine, CA) introduced a new multi-standard smartphone power management unit (PMU) that drives Rezence technology into the mainstream while providing compatibility with existing deployed standards.

Power modules are positioned as cost-effective solution for low power motor drive applications

May 28, 2014 9:55 am | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier (El Segundo, CA) introduced the µIPM-DIP family of highly integrated, compact Integrated Power Modules (IPM) for low power motor drive applications including fans, pumps, air purifiers and refrigerator compressor drives.

SMT PCB terminal block includes wire release

May 28, 2014 9:38 am | Wago Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

WAGO Corporation's (Germantown, WI) 2059 SMT PCB terminal blocks are appropriate for extremely small LED modules, offering a fast alternative to soldering leads. With a height of 2.7 mm, the 2059 positioned to

Cars of the future aren’t just cars

May 28, 2014 9:36 am | by Ilya Gelfenbeyn, CEO, Speaktoit | Blogs | Comments

The future has always been a playground for imagining possible innovations for the motor vehicles that are ubiquitous to our lives. Recently, much of that focus has been directed at self-driving cars. As always, improvements to cars aim to make them safer, smoother, and more hassle-free....

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....

TBEA SunOasis Set to Overtake First Solar as World’s Largest Solar EPC Company in 2014

May 27, 2014 3:49 pm | News | Comments

U.S.-based First Solar delivered on expectations in 2013 to become the leading Engineering, Procurement and Construction (EPC) company in the global photovoltaic (PV) industry, even though it is likely to be surpassed in 2014 by Chinese EPC TBEA SunOasis, according to a new report from IHS Technology.

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: Signal Hound wins for Test and Measurement

May 27, 2014 3:35 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The BB60A Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer / RF Recorder from Signal Hound (La Center, WA) is powered and controlled solely over USB 3.0 link and a PC with an Intel Core i7 processor. The BB60A circumvents the traditional need for a processor, display, keyboard, and power supply by using a PC....

2014 IMPACT Award Winner: LED Engin wins for Solid-State Lighting

May 27, 2014 3:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The first intelligent, compact, single-emitter light engine from LED Engin delivers directional light with halogen-style dimming, hugging the black body curve from 3000K down to1800K. Luminous flux is 1100 lumens, equivalent to a 60W halogen lamp....

Fast MCUs target developers’ functional safety industrial, medical, automotive and transportation designs

May 27, 2014 10:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments Incorporated (Dallas, TX) introduced its latest 32-bit dual-core lockstep Hercules RM57Lx and TMS570LCx microcontrollers (MCUs) for developers’ functional safety applications. Unique to the Hercules MCU platform, these two new floating-point devices offer…

The IoT and PoE: A Perfect Match

May 27, 2014 10:25 am | by David Abramson, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

For those of you who regularly read my blog posts to keep up with the goings on of IEEE802.bt task force, I am going to change things up a bit and talk about one potential application for Power-over-Ethernet (PoE)—Connecting the Internet of Things (IoT).  Normally, a description of the IoT involve...

Stylish and functional enclosure houses the Raspberry Pi Model B

May 27, 2014 9:01 am | Hammond | Product Releases | Comments

Hammond Manufacturing (Cheektowaga, NY) has developed a new molded enclosure specifically designed to house the Raspberry Pi Model B credit card sized computer. The enclosure features a stylish rounded design with apertures for all the I/O interfaces and supported accessories.

Engineering Newswire: Iron Man suit designed for U.S. Special Forces

May 27, 2014 8:39 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Special Ops Iron Man Suit: The Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit project is being coordinated through the Special Operations Command headquarters, but the team is turning to professional engineers, students, and even, what they described as local "garage tinkerers"....

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