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Former Part-time Employee Heads Global Empire

July 12, 2013 10:46 am | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, PD&D | Comments

Glenn Smith celebrates his 40th anniversary with global distributor Mouser Electronics as the company’s president and chief executive officer. Smith recently took a moment to discuss disruptive technologies, the electronics industry’s inevitable slowing, and how some companies still inconceivably refuse to embrace the internet.

Filtering Out of All the ‘Noise’

July 12, 2013 9:38 am | by Ed Sullivan - Technical Writer - Los Angeles, CA - EMI Solutions | Comments

As processing speeds in electronics continue to rise and packaging continues to shrink, sensitive internal components are located closer and closer together. Higher clock speeds coupled with increased density of components leads to increasing amounts of electromagnetic interference (EMI) and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) noise.

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New Hardware Design Protects Data in the Cloud

July 3, 2013 8:54 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Cloud computing – outsourcing computational tasks over the Internet – could give home-computer users unprecedented processing power and let small companies launch sophisticated Web services without building massive server farms.But it also raises privacy concerns.

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Engineering for Change Ambassador Awarded for Global Engineering Efforts

June 27, 2013 10:27 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

The Society of Women Engineers, along with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers recently honored Noha S. El-Ghobashy with the Kenneth Andrew Roe Award. El-Ghobashy is an inspiring humanitarian working tirelessly to bring opportunities and advancement to underdeveloped nations.

Finding the Fit for Spintronics

June 25, 2013 8:53 am | by Laura L. Hunt, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee | Comments

An ongoing collaboration between physicists from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and the University of York, UK, is focused on probing, tailoring and tuning the electronic behaviors of TIs at nanoscale. In bulk these materials do, in fact, insulate. But on the surface, TIs are conductors.

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Tap That Device

June 21, 2013 10:55 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

If you look around the average home there are typically a few cell phones, maybe a tablet, and other electronic devices, like a DVD player or a smart TV, and these devices often have the capability to connect to each other. Designed to simplify this connectivity, Near Field Communications (NFC) technology makes the process easier and more convenient for consumers.

Top 5 Design Tools of the Week

June 21, 2013 10:48 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

An all-in-one evaluation kit, a CAD program that interprets your hand gestures, and a web-connected device for energy monitoring in this week’s top 5 design tools of the week.                           

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MOSFET Package Advances Help Deliver Mobile Functionality Ahead of the Chipset Roadmap

June 14, 2013 4:42 pm | by Sam Abdeh, Marketing Manager, ON Semiconductor | Comments

Mobile penetration has reached a high level in developed markets and is increasing in other areas around the world. According to information from the GSMA, leading European nations now have over 90% subscriber penetration. Developing markets are set to rise from an average penetration level of 39% in 2012 to 47% in 2017, and will be the largest factor spurring the global growth of mobile over the next five years.

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ANT Makes Inroads into Smartphone Market

June 13, 2013 6:41 pm | by Jack Shandle, freelance writer, Nordic Semiconductor | Comments

Convergence is a hot topic again. But this time its impact on people’s everyday lives will dwarf the computer-communications-consumer (3C) version of the 1990s. Today, the design community is being challenged to find ways to link any device that potentially can draw electric current with the rest of cyberspace. Watches, toasters, weight scales, and thermostats; bicycles, blood pressure monitors...

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M2M: A Growing Need for Reliable, Secure Data Communications

June 13, 2013 1:43 pm | by Ashish Sharma, CMO of FreeWave Technologies | Comments

The first Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications can be traced back to World War II, and the ability to have machines “talk” to each other (via data communication networks) is essential for monitoring and controlling assets within homes, businesses, and even critical national infrastructure projects of today.

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Brainstorm: Time Device Technologies

June 13, 2013 12:18 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

Any device or system that requires a clock or timing device to function will improve its performance as the quality of the timing device improves. Parameters that define the quality of a timing device include: phase noise, jitter, temperature stability, aging, PSRR, power dissipation, G-sensitivity, as well as other parameters that are sensitive to a particular application.

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Evolving Embedded Wireless Systems with FRAM-Based MCUs

June 12, 2013 5:46 pm | by Jacob Borgeson, Texas Instruments, and David Adams, Newark element14 | Comments

Embedded wireless networks are one of the fastest growing applications, outpacing the overall semiconductor industry, due to the rapid uptake of embedded wireless communication in the form of smartphones and portable medical devices. Embedded wireless networks are also found in automobiles, enabling smarter safety features, better engine performance management, and as networked infotainment devices

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Protection against the Elements

June 11, 2013 3:23 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

Demand for wireless communications has created an increase in telecommunications equipment, as well as a need for advanced, high-quality infrastructure to help prevent product failure, especially in hash environments. Outdoor telecommunication devices experience severe weather and daily temperature fluctuations, causing strong pressure differentials inside the equipment, which can stress and damage housing seals, allowing leaks to occur.

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The Natalia Project

June 10, 2013 10:39 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

Back in 2009, human rights activist, Natalia Estemirova, was found murdered as she was working on “extremely sensitive” cases of human rights abuses in Chechnya during armed conflicts in the republic and the North Caucasus Before her death, Estemirova documented and reported on human rights violations; such as forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, and torture. 

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Resolve Signal Integrity Issues in Cloud Computing Platforms

May 30, 2013 8:48 am | by Bill Weir, Pericom, www.pericom.com | Comments

While the cloud promises to reduce enterprise network infrastructure and operating costs, the remote execution of applications makes factors such as latency, performance, and reliability critical considerations in the design and deployment of cloud computing platforms. A key factor determining server performance, cloud or not, is maintaining a bit error rate (BER) on the order of 1.E-12 for the overall system.

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