Moving to Open-Source PCB Design

Electronic design trends include the use of open-source hardware designs and the open-source schematic and PCB layouts that accompany them. This growing trend is explained by the ease with which engineers can adopt designs and, in turn, improve their efficiency and time to market. With better understanding of the design differences between traditional PCB designs…

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I’ll Take Watson for 2014, Alex

IBM's Watson supercomputer made history in 2011 by trouncing the two best human Jeopardy players ever. Not content to rest on its laurels, IBM is moving headlong into commercializing Watson technology as it boldly pushes the technology through work with partners to create Watson applications. Healthcare could be a key beneficiary of such efforts. Is…

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Aluminum for Cars & Consumer Electronics

A battery of questions about the implications for the electronics industry came to mind when Ford Motor Co. (NYSE:F) recently announced the new F-150 pickup’s aluminum construction. My initial question was “What are the downsides of switching from steel to aluminum?” Without a doubt, the issues involving safety and overall strength become primary consumer concerns…

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IPC: PCB Sales Declined 1.9% in 2013

IPC — Association Connecting Electronics Industries® announced today the December findings from its monthly North American Printed Circuit Board (PCB) Statistical Program. PCB sales in 2013 ended the year at -1.9 percent compared to 2012. The book-to-bill ratio in December improved slightly, but remains below parity at 0.92. Slow Growth Continues Total North American PCB shipments…

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Micrel Reports Solid Q4

Micrel, Incorporated (NASDAQ: MCRL), a leading global manufacturer of IC solutions for the worldwide high performance linear and power, LAN and timing and communications markets, today announced financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013. Revenues for the fourth quarter were $60.0 million, a $1.8 million or 3.2% increase, compared…

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Student Pays Engineering Forward

“Helping is more than our hobby.” That's the slogan for Freedom Chairs, a charity started by a young engineer that refurbishes wheelchairs for those in need. Tim Balz is the president and CEO of Freedom Chairs, which he started three years ago as a sophomore at Plainfield High School in Indiana. His path to engineering…

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EPS Adds to Roster of Executive Bloggers

Continuing its mission to empower, inform and connect professionals within the underserved global electronics purchasing and supply chain community, Electronics Purchasing Strategies (EPS) has engaged five consultants and strategists to contribute perspectives, share best practices and discuss the latest industry developments via monthly blogs. Beginning in February, EPS will feature blogs by the following contributors:…

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