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December: Test and Measurement

January 9, 2014 9:55 am | Digital Editions | Comments

The December issue focuses on Test and Measurement and the challenges in the community when it comes to the push in the consumer market for faster, smaller, better electronics. The cover story focuses on predicting end-of-life for future mobile devices and is accompanied by a story exploring the options for reducing the effects when the systems do fail. The issue also featured our first OnDesign column by our newest writer Joshua Israelsohn who focused on Smart Grid technology.

Out with the old, in with the new: Enabling the proliferation of large-area touch devices with transparent conductive materials

December 20, 2012 1:52 pm | by John LeMoncheck, President and CEO of Cambrios Technologies for ECN | Articles | Comments

What trends and technologies have impacted the industry in 2012 and what does that mean for 2013...

Roundtable: Predictions for 2013

November 29, 2012 3:20 pm | Articles | Comments

Experts in the  industry weight in on the question: What trends and technologies have...

7 things I am thankful for...

November 20, 2012 3:21 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

When I was little, at some point during the Thanksgiving season we would write down things we...

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Roundtable: What must designers of portable devices do to deal with power and performance demands?

November 12, 2012 11:57 am | Articles | Comments

Experts in the power industry weight in on the question: What must designers of portable devices do to keep pace with increased power and performance demands?  In their responses the industry experts talk about the future of portable devices and the design changes necessary to power them.

Do you have what it takes to be a Roundtable expert?

November 8, 2012 11:11 am | Articles | Comments

In October, we asked you for your words of wisdom for a brand-new design engineer and boy, did you guys have advice in spades. The responses we received were so good in fact, we’ve decided to open up our December Roundtable to our faithful readers in hopes that you can offer more words of wisdom. 

Do you have what it takes to be a Roundtable expert?

September 14, 2012 9:58 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We asked you for your words of wisdom for a brand-new design engineer and boy, did you guys have advice in spades. The responses we received were so good in fact, we’ve decided to open up our November Roundtables to our faithful readers in hopes that you can offer more words of wisdom.  Check out the October Roundtable, here.

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Roundtable: What advice would you give to a newly minted design engineer?

September 14, 2012 9:38 am | Articles | Comments

"What advice would you give to a newly minted design engineer?" Industry experts and ECN readers dish out their best advice for new design engineers. A ton of great advice flooded our inbox: Find a mentor, be a mentor, learn from your own mistakes, but also from other engineers.

Do you have what it takes to be a Roundtable expert?

July 31, 2012 4:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We here at ECN love to hear what you have to say, so for our October issue we’re opening up the Roundtable discussion to our faithful readers. Typically, the Roundtable is an editorial section consisting of short commentary by five or six experts in a particular vertical market. Check out the most recent Roundtable from August here.

In what application areas are end users getting the most ROI from green technology?

July 18, 2012 11:54 am | Articles | Comments

The greatest ROI in green technology is undoubtedly in the manufacturing sector. First, “green” technologies provide great branding and a competitive advantage. Taking advantage of advanced low-power electronics is one major way to do this. With the added intelligence of programmable devices, manufacturing becomes more efficient, faster, and more flexible at the same time.

Wireless networking's effect on the industrial environment

July 2, 2012 10:46 am | by Brian Buchanan, On Semiconductor, www.onsemi.com | Articles | Comments

Within the Industrial segment, there are many functional wireless networks deployed and many more in the various stages of deployment. A system of connected machines can increase productivity, reduce costs and improve operational efficiencies for the industry. The idea of machine-to-machine landscape has the potential to allow multiple devices to communicate through a common network feeding real-time data back to processing centers.

The Roundtable - Industrial

June 25, 2012 3:18 pm | Articles | Comments

Thanks to rapid advances in both the software and hardware, network engineers are able to use wireless to fill in the old communications gaps. They’re extending the network’s edge to include devices of every description, and turning those devices into nodes on modern, intelligent data communications systems.  Wireless makes it possible to network-enable just about any device, just about anywhere.

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The Roundtable - MEMS & Nanotechnology

May 24, 2012 1:08 pm | Articles | Comments

I trust that we are all familiar with the recent notoriety of large volume MEMS applications in mobile phones and tablets. However, based on recent research, I believe that there are many other high volume application opportunities that are quickly emerging for MEMS. I would like to take this opportunity to discuss wireless autonomous sensor networks (WASNs)...

The cloud's impact on product development

May 16, 2012 8:59 am | by Paul Washkewicz, vice president of marketing, Computing and Storage, Inphi | Articles | Comments

Anyone involved in high-performance computing understands that among the most crucial elements of a successful cloud implementation is storage and memory technology that complements all ingredients of the computer system.  Memory, in particular, must provide speed, capacity and scalability.

The Roundtable - Wireless

May 10, 2012 10:14 am | Articles | Comments

Wireless connectivity and Smart Energy are the name of the game for 2012. As the fringe of the internet rapidly expands to include individual sensors and control nodes, many of these are implemented as small, battery-powered wireless nodes. Design-in activity for ubiquitous protocols like Wi-Fi and Bluetooth is still increasing.

The Roundtable - Intelligent Systems

May 10, 2012 9:38 am | Articles | Comments

Today’s MCUs have helped to redefine what a system-on-chip looks like. MCUs have adapted to service the needs of an almost infinite number of applications. To meet the needs of their customers, MCU designers have integrated more features onto the device, while at the same time pushing for lower price points...

The Roundtable - The Cloud

March 21, 2012 7:24 am | Articles | Comments

How do you feel the Cloud will most impact product development in the coming year?

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The ECN Roundtable - The State of the Mil-Aero Market

February 16, 2012 10:13 am | Articles | Comments

The roundtable this month deals with the state of military and aerospace applications and their demands. The question is: "What do you think will make the greatest impact on the military electronics community in 2012?"

The ECN Roundtable - Adoption Issues of Solid-State Lighting

February 15, 2012 3:12 am | Articles | Comments

Our question this month is: "What do you think is keeping Solid-State Lighting from gaining greater acceptance in the marketplace?"

The ECN Roundtable - Standards Issues

December 22, 2011 6:16 am | Articles | Comments

Our roundtable this month deals with regulatory issues, and the question is: “How can the many standards organizations better cooperate with one another to improve the way things are done?”

The Roundtable - a Year in Review

December 6, 2011 9:39 am | by Edited by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

Every year around this time we look back on the year that was, trying to get a handle on the forces and technologies that shaped it.

The Roundtable - Power Predictions

November 18, 2011 4:35 am | by Edited by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

This month's question is: “What application area do you feel will lead the pack in finding increased energy efficiencies in technologies or processes in 2012?”

The Roundtable - Test & Measurement Trends

October 14, 2011 10:08 am | by Moderated by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

This month's question is: What functionality and/or features will drive the next generation of test & measurement products? What will be the most radical emphasis? Lower cost, better accuracy, robustness, speed, the ability to function in hazardous environments? What are you looking for in your next test device? Our answers come from people at Honeywell, Rohde & Schwarz, and Texas Instruments.

The Roundtable - Interactive Intelligent Devices

September 27, 2011 9:05 am | Articles | Comments

This month's question is: Now that today’s products must not only be intelligent, they must be interactive with users and fellow devices over a network. What do you feel the greatest challenge to the engineer is to achieve that functionality?

The Roundtable - Solid State Lighting

August 23, 2011 9:00 am | by Moderated by Alix L Paultre, Editorial Director | Articles | Comments

This month's question is:What emerging technologies or processes do you believe are the most promising to improve the performance of solid-state lighting?

The Roundtable - What does 'Green' Mean to You?

July 14, 2011 7:33 am | Articles | Comments

This month's question is: Everyone talks about “Green” technology, but it means a great many things to a great many people. What does “green” technology mean to your company?

The Roundtable - Military Electronics

June 23, 2011 12:14 pm | Articles | Comments

This month's question is: With the continuous improvement in the reliability of commercial parts, will harsh environment performance remain a major focus in military electronics?

The Roundtable - Standards and Regulations

April 11, 2011 7:19 am | by Edited by Alix Paultre | Articles | Comments

This month's Roundtable question is “How important do you feel regulation and standards are to the electronics industry? Do you feel they help development, or hinder it?” Our answers come from engineers at Fraunhofer, Microsemi, GreenPeak, and Texas Instruments.

The ECN Roundtable - Mil-Aero Trends

March 21, 2011 5:01 am | Articles | Comments

This month's Roundtable question was "What technology will most impact the military and aerospace market in the near future?" Our answers this month come from Matt Behr of MathWorks and Joe Moxley of Custom Electronics.

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