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IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) 2015 Preview

April 27, 2015 11:34 am | by WDD Staff | Blogs | Comments

Industry experts answer the question at hand: As the 2015 IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS) approaches, what exciting products or technologies do you see on the horizon?

5 Reasons Why EMC Testing Should Start Early

April 24, 2015 4:09 pm | by Dunstan Power, ByteSnap Design | Blogs | Comments

You have built a great product that meets market demands. You are confident that it radiates...

Photo of the Day: Hubble Celebrates 25 Years With This Incredible Photo

April 24, 2015 10:06 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

First of all, let's wish a happy 25th birthday to the NASA Hubble Space Telescope, which will...

Autonomous Driving: A Problem Solved?

April 24, 2015 9:45 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Editor, PDD, @melfass | Blogs | Comments

Musk once warned us that artificial intelligence is more dangerous than nuclear weapons – but he...

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Wi-Fi Development Challenges - Software for Wi-Fi Enabled Devices

April 7, 2015 8:40 am | by Costas Pipilas, VP of Software Development and Co-founder, Econais | Blogs | Comments

For design engineers creating new Wi-Fi edge devices—whether for home or for industry, knowledge of the latest Wi-Fi software configuration and software is essential. This is especially true if these devices are destined to be connected to the cloud. You would need ... 

International Approvals Corner

April 6, 2015 9:16 am | by Lina Kwee-Nguyen, Manager, Market Access Group, TUV Rheinland | Blogs | Comments

When selling products in multiple markets, manufacturers must comply with each market’s regulations: from designing and testing the product to the specific standards to following each country’s customs and shipment rules. Following is an update on the major ... 

Keeping Engineers Better Informed

April 2, 2015 10:46 am | by David Mantey, Editorial Director, @djamesmanny | Blogs | Comments

I wanted to reach out and share some of the new things that we’re doing in Advantage Business Media’s Design Engineering Group to make sure that you are the industry’s most informed design engineers at every stage of the development process ...

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New Law Requires Solar Panels (or Plants) on all Commercial Buildings

March 24, 2015 12:33 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Though the Step In Time dance from Mary Poppins is not longer an accurate depiction of the world above us, roof tops still play an interesting role in society. They're used as bars, patios, and places to hang out, but they can also serve as much better purpose. A new law ... 

Electric Vehicles Could Reduce Global Warming, Cool Down Cities

March 24, 2015 12:27 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

We’ve heard the claim (and I stress claim) that gas-guzzlers contribute to global warming, but hybrid and pure electric vehicles could reduce an entirely different sort of heat. According to researchers, electric vehicles (EVs) emit only 19.8% of the heat spewed by conventional ... 

Inflatable Satellite Antennas Reduce the Military’s Burden

March 18, 2015 2:24 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

GATR Technologies’ portable satellite antennas aren’t hot off the presses, but seeing them in person at the Satellite 2015 Expo in Washington DC was mesmerizing. The inflatable communications hubs are amongst ...

Manufacturing Shouldn’t Be a Dirty Word for Today’s STEM Talent

March 9, 2015 5:03 pm | by Vicki Holt, CEO, Proto Labs | Blogs | Comments

When most people hear the word “manufacturing”, a few images tend to come to mind: low skill, wrench-turning, physically draining work; dirty, grease-stained workplaces; a male-dominated workforce. For whatever reason, these stereotypes persist, and they are antiquated ... 

This Star Wars Drone Might Be The Coolest Thing Ever

March 6, 2015 10:40 am | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

Forget military UAVs. For my money, there’s nothing cooler than sweet DIY projects like a chocolate drone or a custom-built quadcopter that looks like a TIE Interceptor from Star Wars. The intrepid creator — who goes by the social media handle “Olivier C” ...

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Database Management in the IoT: Relational, NoSQL…or Both?

March 4, 2015 2:50 pm | by Tom Gregor, KORE Wireless Group | Blogs | Comments

Interested in the Internet of Things (IoT)? Who isn’t these days? For application developers, it’s a chance to chart new territory and design apps that can bring new efficiencies to their favorite vertical markets ...

Ensuring Reliable Protection Without Compromising Sound Quality

March 4, 2015 9:53 am | by Susan Chambers, UK Sales, GORE® Portable Electronic Venting, W. L. Gore & Associates | Blogs | Comments

Sepura plc, Cambridge, England, is a global leader in digital radio products, systems and applications for business and critical communications. Customers include emergency services and users in the public safety, transport, utilities, oil and gas, manufacturing, construction and ... 

Ensuring the Usability of your Design: The Case for User Research

February 25, 2015 11:55 am | by Victor Yocco, PhD vyocco@intuitivecompany.com | Blogs | Comments

Wireless product design is complex and constantly evolving. The usefulness of any wireless product only extends as far as its usability. User research allows wireless design and development teams to ensure products are usable, and to identify trouble areas that might require redesign or more focused user training ...        

Driverless Cars Are Not High-Speed Trains

February 4, 2015 11:16 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

When talking about driverless vehicles, handwringing and fits that would be better received in a "the sky is falling" version of Chicken Little have become pretty commonplace. Despite the fact that cars driven by human beings would be much safer if operated by machines, many people argue against ... 

Wi-Fi Critical for Retail Analysis & Offloading 3G/4G Mobile Data

January 26, 2015 10:06 am | by Drew Sproul, Director of Marketing, Adax | Blogs | Comments

Free Wi-Fi is a potential money pit if the business providing this service isn’t utilizing the vast possibilities that Wi-Fi access offers in terms of business gain. Businesses have the opportunity to turn the cost of an expected convenience into a revenue stream, at the same time as enhancing customer experience and brand loyalty ...                 

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Microsoft Creates Wearable Star Trek Holodeck

January 23, 2015 10:16 am | by Sam Brusco, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

In case you missed it, earlier this week Microsoft unveiled their latest peripheral gadget to accompany Windows 10, theHoloLens. Star Trek fans in particular will enjoy the “holodeck” style augmented reality the goggles produce – rather than the completely immersive world previous virtual reality software offers, the HoloLens ... 

Design Guidelines for RF & Microwave Frequencies

January 8, 2015 10:29 am | by William J. Garner, Sr. Engineer, Consultant.url | Blogs | Comments

Here are some guidelines and rules for that young engineers should be aware of when designing RF and Microwave circuits ...                                      

Security Threats in LTE: Devices, Access, Core Elements & Services

January 8, 2015 10:27 am | by Robin Kent, director of European operations, Adax | Blogs | Comments

As LTE is deployed worldwide, seamless communications amongst all forms of devices and access methods to the All-IP LTE core are advancing daily. There are more new services at higher speeds and with greater reliability than ever before. These advances bring new revenue opportunities as well as new and advanced security threats ... 

A Note From the Editor: The 2015 ECN Impact Awards

January 8, 2015 1:17 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

With the craziness of the holidays behind us and a new year ahead, it's time to look forward to 2015 and the ECN IMPACT Awards! These awards, now in their second year, are designed with the idea that companies doing impressive work in the engineering world should be recognized for their achievements ... 

If You Talk to Your Thermostat, Will it Listen?

January 7, 2015 12:07 pm | by Vineet Ganju, Conexant | Blogs | Comments

“TV power on.” “Set thermostat to 65 degrees.” “Speaker, play classical music.” Interacting with the devices in a Smart Home using voice is a trend that has the biggest players in the consumer electronics space taking notice. From speakers that hear and respond to commands to intelligent thermostats ... 

CES: Is IoT Too Low-Concept for Consumers?

January 7, 2015 12:02 pm | by Jason Lomberg, Digital Editor, @JasonECNMag | Blogs | Comments

The Internet of Things will connect the world as never before — with all internet-ready devices and the supporting infrastructure — and the tech is burning up the 2015 International Consumer Electronics Show. But given that this is the Consumer Electronics Show, I’m forced to ponder whether IoT ... 

3D-Printed Robotic Spider Dress Fights Off Strangers

January 7, 2015 10:33 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor, @kcpanetta | Blogs | Comments

Germaphobes rejoice! There is, at long last, a clothing option designed especially with you in mind. Well, at least if you're okay with wearing a terrifying contraption. Objectively speaking, the look of this dress alone should have people keeping their distance from you, but it also will reach out (and freak out) anyone who ... 

NFV in 2015: Reducing Burn Rate for Operators

January 6, 2015 4:27 pm | by Ravi Chittimoori, Senior Product Manager, Tektronix Communications | Blogs | Comments

The shift to an app-centric mobile environment has had a severe impact on the operator bottom line. No longer the masters of their own domain, they have found themselves on the back foot as subscribers are making fewer calls and sending fewer texts ...                       

CES: A Doorway to the Future of the Smarthome and IoT

December 24, 2014 10:12 am | by Cees Links, CEO and Founder of GreenPeak Technologies | Blogs | Comments

This year’s CES will be marked by a big change — this is the year that it seems everyone is excited by potential of the Internet of Things. CES has recognized this movement by essentially concentrating all the activities in this space and ...

Ethernet Will Replace Legacy Industrial IoT Technologies

December 23, 2014 9:10 am | by Martin Nuss, Vitesse Semiconductor | Blogs | Comments

Conceived over four decades ago as an inexpensive local area network (LAN) technology, Ethernet has come a long way from its humble origins. Ethernet is now the dominant standard network protocol to deliver wired and wireless high-bandwidth communications services – voice, data, video, and Internet traffic – in most of the ... 

The Internet of People Before the Internet of Things

December 19, 2014 9:26 am | by Oleg Logvinov, IEEE | Blogs | Comments

As you might imagine, within the IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) a lot of conversation takes place around determining how best to foster the continued development and implementation of the Internet of Things (IoT) around the globe. A colleague ... 

Using Bluetooth Smart in Industrial Lighting

December 16, 2014 10:07 am | by Joakim Lindh, Applications Engineer, Bluetooth Smart Solutions, Texas Instruments | Blogs | Comments

Light sources are important. Did you know that there are professional interior designers that focus on composing the “right” light scenery in order to bring happiness and unconscious satisfaction into your home or work place? Lights can affect your mood and enhance it, or change it. A romantic ...

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