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Great Expectations

November 3, 2011 8:37 am | Comments

I have heard customers and suppliers express frustration about what they get or do not get from th e distributors with whom they do business.   Much of that is simply a function of distribution being an easy target, since they are the ultimate middlemen. Customers are reluctant to place a value on the services that distribution provides and suppliers often don’t want to recognize distribution’s contribution to their sales strategy.

Composite Enclosures Prove To Be The Best ChoiceFor Protecting Wireless Controls

November 2, 2011 10:59 am | by Jeff Seagle, President, Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures | Comments

Since the early 1960's, Stahlin Non-Metallic Enclosures has been manufacturing fiberglass enclosure housings to protect electrical connections as well as sensitive controls, instrumentation and measurement systems. Applications of our enclosures are useful in a diverse range of industries including water and wastewater, solar, wind, food, marine, oil and gas, and many more.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Mark Moran of Atollic on Software Development Tools

November 2, 2011 5:54 am | Comments

 Hosted by Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is the Advantage Design Group's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the  electronic  design engineering community. In this podcast we talk to Mark Moran, US General Manager of Atollic, about software development tools and the advantages they provide the engineer.

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Build Your Discrete Workbench

November 2, 2011 5:00 am | Comments

This video from NXP about your workbench shows how you can optimize the efficiency of your design with an ideal balance of power, size and value. It shows how using NXP's on-bench samples have great performance with low VCEsat (BISS) transistors, rectifiers, small signal and power MOSFETs, all in industry-leading packages.

The Fall of Solyndra was Expected and the DoD is Happy

November 1, 2011 3:13 pm | Comments

The collapse of   Solyndra  has been the subject of both major news coverage and a foundational bit of political discourse recently.  A closer look at the facts reveals that the reality of Solyndra and the solar industry is far from the speculation, especially when viewed from a military perspective.

Printed Electronics Invigorates Old Electronics

October 31, 2011 11:35 am | Comments

by Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx Most of the well-known objectives of printed electronics remain elusive because they are glamorous, Olympian dreams based on some very exciting demonstrations in laboratories. For example, we plan stretchable, invisible solar cells to go over the whole of a car or building and tightly rollable colour screens and keyboards that unfurl from inside a tiny mobile telephone.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Jason Kridner of Texas Instruments on the Beagleboard

October 31, 2011 7:51 am | Comments

 Hosted by Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is the Advantage Design Group's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community. In today's podcast we talk to Jason Kridner of Texas Instruments to discuss the BeagleBoard in its third anniversary  year and other tools engineers can use to ease development pains.

Embedding Systems

October 28, 2011 6:53 am | Comments

The impact of convergence on the design community is not just increasing in scope, it's also speeding up. Consolidation of functionality and integration of subsystems has meant that the very definition of what an embedded system is becomes more elusive. Even editorially in the industry, the situation has gotten to the point that "ordinary" semiconductors like MOSFETS and diodes are lumped in with passives in the new product sections, and even complex devices like switches and op amps aren't even really considered ICs anymore.

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Steve Jobs' Full Legacy Yet to be Written - What's Next?

October 28, 2011 4:27 am | Comments

Steve Jobs’ has left a legacy that is hard to capture. His vision and product from Pixar to Apple are still growing. It is also widely believed that there are more cool products in the pipeline that have Steve’s touch to them – such as a rumored Apple iOS central HDTV. This blog however addresses what I believe will be a tectonic shift in the high technology ecosystem which is likely to happen over the next 12 months.

Create a Decorative Conductive Fabric Button

October 27, 2011 10:11 am | Comments

These instructions can be used to create a variety of switches- not just the one I've made here. Feel free to change it up and make a button that works with your project, such as a cat button with conductive thread whiskers you can stroke or a guitar button with strummable strings! The type of switch you're making is called a 'momentary' button or switch.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Bruce Douglass of IBM Rational on Ubiquitous Computing

October 27, 2011 7:49 am | Comments

Hosted by Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is the Advantage Design Group's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community.  In today's podcast we talk to Bruce Douglass of IBM Rational on Ubiquitous Computing and the challenges it presents to the design engineering community.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Venkat Mattela of Redpine and Øyvind Strøm of Atmel on Wireless Embedded Systems

October 26, 2011 12:23 pm | Comments

Hosted by Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is the Advantage Design Group's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community.    Venkat Mattela Øyvind Strøm In today's podcast we talk to Venkat Mattela, CEO at Redpine Signals, and Øyvind Strøm, senior director of wireless marketing at Atmel about enabling wireless embedded systems  .

Chip Package System Convergence Requires Holistic Approach to Design and Verification

October 26, 2011 8:15 am | Comments

New technology trends and complex design requirements necessitate revisiting the way the industry approaches IC design and validation. With extreme demands on power, performance and regulatory specifications, it becomes essential to view the chip, package and system as a cohesive network of interdependent parts.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Richard Macary of SelectConnect on Laser Direct Structuring

October 25, 2011 5:59 am | Comments

 Hosted by Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is the Advantage Design Group's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community. In today's podcast we talk to Richard Macary, President of SelectConnect Technologies, about Laser Direct Structuring.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Eran Eshed of Altair on LTE Development

October 24, 2011 7:29 am | Comments

  Hosted by Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is the Advantage Design Group's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community. In today's podcast we talk to Altair Semiconductor's Co-Founder and VP of Marketing and Business Development, Mr.

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