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Jul 11, 2013

Passive Components Still See Ink And Innovation

Electronic Design's editor-in-chief, Joe Desposito, notes that ten percent of the Top 101 Components of the past year are passives such as resistors....More
Jun 17, 2013

Engineering an IndyCar Victory Is More About Data And Simulation Than The Car’s Electronics

Sophisticated electronics can only do so much to propel a race team to victory in the Indianapolis 500. In the case of 2013 winner, Tony Kanaan, his....More
Jun 11, 2013

Flexible And Not So Flexible Displays Set To Soar?

Are flexible displays ready to play a major role in smartphones and other electronics? Joe Desposito gives you his take on this burgeoning technology....More
May 22, 2013

What’s The Reach Of Your Wireless Router?

WiFi connectivity gaps are more prevalent in homes now that tablets and Smart TVs are stretching the areas that wireless-N routers need to cover. A....More
Apr 25, 2013

NASA Engineer Recounts Curiosity’s Landing On Mars And Then Some

Luke Dubord, NASA avionics engineer, gave an interesting and inspiring keynote presentation at Design West. This blog covers a few of the details he....More
Apr 10, 2013

An Easy Way To Get An Apple iOS Device To Print To A USB Printer

A review of the Lantronix xPrintServer....More
Feb 13, 2013

President Obama’s Executive Order On Cybersecurity Focuses on Information Sharing

As you have undoubtedly heard by now, President Obama has signed an executive order regarding cybersecurity. This was done ostensibly to protect....More
Dec 04, 2012

Stony Brook U.’s Reality Deck Is A Dazzling Visual Display

Joe Desposito visits the Reality Deck at the CEWIT building at Stony Brook University for a tour and interview with Dr. Arie Kaufman....More
Oct 01, 2012

Time Travel, Anyone?

This review of the time travel film, Looper, indicates that the movie falls short on this topic, and that time travel buffs should turn to some of....More
Sep 18, 2012

Hands On With the Motorola Droid Razr M

A hands on look at the Motorola Droid Razr M as it compares with the author's Blackberry Bold and iPod Touch....More
Aug 07, 2012

National Instruments Changes the Test Game—Again

National Instruments introduced a Vector Signal Transceiver (VST) at NI Week 2012, calling it a new paradigm in test. The PXIe-based instrument....More
Aug 06, 2012

Curiosty Landing Shows NASA At Its Best

Curiosity, NASA's 2000-lb Mars rover, landed safely on Mars with 10 scientific instruments in tow, ready for a two-year investigation of the Red....More
May 22, 2012

Contemplating the Arrival of a $49 Android PC

VIA Technologies is about to launch a $49 Android-based PC. Editor-in-Chief Joe Desposito comments on the specs and the hype....More
May 03, 2012

What’s Worse, the Kindle Fire or the Nook?

Editor-in-chief Joe Desposito compares the new 8 GB Nook to the Kindle Fire and concludes that neither one is a compelling buy....More
Apr 26, 2012

Turning Recycled Electronics Into A Real Business

I was paging through Newsday, my local newspaper here on Long Island, when I came across an article about a company called Guzu (, which....More

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Joe Desposito has held the position of editor-in-chief of Electronic Design since July, 2007. He first joined the publication in 1998 as a technology editor covering test and measurement but quickly...
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Nov 11, 2014

How to Outsource Your Project to Failure 3

This article will address failure to carefully vet a potential manufacturing or “turnkey” partner and/or failure to transfer sufficient information and requirements to such a partner, a very common problem I have seen again and again with my clients over the years, and have been the shoulder cried upon by several relatives and clients in the past....More
Nov 11, 2014

Transition from the Academe to the Industry Unraveled 1

There have been many arguments here and there about how short-comings of universities and colleges yield engineers with skill sets that do not cater to the demands of the industry. There have been many arguments here and there about an imminent shortage of engineers lacking knowledge in the sciences. There have been many arguments here and there about how the experience and know-how of engineers in the industry may vanish due to the fact that they can’t be passed on because the academic curriculum deviates from it....More
Nov 11, 2014

Small Beginnings 5

About 10 years ago I received a phone call from an acquaintance. He had found a new opportunity selling some sort of investments and he wanted to share it with me in case I was interested. Ken had done fairly well for many years as a contract software developer primarily in the financial services sector. His specialty was writing RPG code. (RPG is often referred to as a write only language.) But he was seeing the handwriting on the wall as the industry moved on to other methods, and saw himself becoming a fossil....More

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