Recent Articles

April 17, 2014 4:32 pm
David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief
Last year, ECN opened up nominations for the 2014 ECN Impact Awards in an effort to recognize the top products and services spanning the design engineering landscape. At first, I was skeptical of this new endeavor coming out of a recent economic slump that seemed to halt....
April 17, 2014 9:14 am
Marc Harvey, Verotec Inc.
There is an urban myth that the US standard width for railroad track can be traced back to the Roman chariot, where the distance between the ruts was determined by the width of the back-end of two horses. The truth is in fact stranger – the 4 foot 8½ inches that was adopted had previously been used by Stephenson in the UK....
April 17, 2014 9:03 am
Steve Spatig, General Manager, Electronic Access Solutions
As strict enforcement of data protection regulations continues, data centers require an increased level of physical security in order to ensure full compliance and avoid costly penalties. Protecting assets within the data center is a crucial aspect of the overall security system....
April 17, 2014 10:16 am
Bharat Shenoy, Director of Technical Marketing, Littelfuse, Inc.
A blade server is essentially a single circuit board populated with components such as processors, memory, and network connections that are usually found on multiple boards. The explosive growth of mobile applications and the increasing use of Software as a Service (SaaS) has made protecting the blade servers...
April 16, 2014 4:27 pm
ECN Staff
Design engineers must take into account the type of harsh environments to which end-products may be exposed. In several industries, harsh environments are inherent with every-day operation, and not having the proper preventive measures in place could mean thousands of dollars lost in maintenance repair costs....
March 27, 2014 9:13 am
ECN Staff
ECN is proud to announce the finalists for the 2014 ECN IMPACT Awards. The 78 finalists were chosen for each of the 18 categories across the electronics design engineering field. The winners will be announced on May 6, 2014 at the EDS show in Las Vegas.
March 18, 2014 3:44 pm
Jeff Elliott for Renassance Electronics & Communications
Millimeter waves are being used to deliver critical course correction to sub-atomic particle beams travelling at 99.995 percent the speed of light in the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider (RHIC). For those engaged in R&D of next generation products, incorporating
March 17, 2014 8:49 am
TOBY STERLING, Associated Press
Hundreds of years after wealthy merchants began building the tall, narrow brick houses that have come to define Amsterdam's skyline, Dutch architects are updating the process for the 21st century: fabricating pieces of a canal house out of plastic with a giant 3-D printer and slotting them together like oversized Lego blocks.
March 17, 2014 8:55 am
Michael Liedtke, AP Technology Writer
The U.S. government is relinquishing its control of the Internet's address system in a shift that may raise questions about the future direction of online innovation and communications. The decision announced Friday begins a long-planned transition affecting the stewardship of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN.
March 14, 2014 11:05 am
Alan Lowne, CEO, Saelig Co. Inc., www.saelig.com
With around 2 billion people connected to the Internet and the advent of IoT, there may already be more connected ‘things’ than connected people. In 2013, by some estimates, there were over 10 billion connected devices, and this will climb as high as 50 billion by 2020....
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