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Dr. Dobbs to close. Is this the end of the (B2B publishing) world?

17th Dec 2014 • Leave a comment

I shouldn’t be shocked by publications closing: there have been so many good titles fall by the wayside recently. But Dr. Dobbs? How can UBM possibly have made the decision to close it? (If you’ve never been involved in software development, just ask an engineer to find out how highly this publication is valued). Dr….

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Electronic Specifier to host round-table on security at electronica

18th Oct 2014 • Leave a comment

ElectronicSpecifier will be hosting an Industry Round-Table at electronica 2014, the 26 International Trade Fair for Electronic Components, Systems and Applications in Messe Munich, Germany, 11th to 14th November. The Round-Table will take place on Wednesday 12 in the electronica Forum Area in Hall A3. There will be two 90-minute sessions taking place between 10:00…

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PCIM South America 2014 attracts around 300 experts

17th Oct 2014 • Leave a comment

Around 300 specialists attended PCIM South America from 14 – 15 October 2014 in São Paulo, Brazil, to find out more about trends and current applications and solutions within power electronics. The key topics of the conference concentrated on applications for electrical vehicles, requirements for power converters and solutions regarding electrical drives. During the four…

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EMC Live 2014

4th Oct 2014 • Leave a comment

EMC LIVE is a brand new, online three day event hosted by Interference Technology. Featuring practical information and topics, this event will include roundtables, webinars and videos on everything EMC-related, and there’s no cost to attend. It’s happening on 14th to 16th October 2014. This will be a great event targeted at electronic, mechanical, and…

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Unprecedented turnout at electronica India and productronica India

2nd Oct 2014 • Leave a comment

At the recent electronica India and productronica India event there was a huge increase in turnout and a record in participation. This clearly reflects the optimism of the electronics components and the electronics manufacturing industry. In total 13,906 visitors attended the trade fairs in Bengaluru, which is 20 % more than its previous edition.  With…

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Electronica India 2014 and Productronica India 2014 to feature extensive technical programs

6th Sep 2014 • Leave a comment

Electronica India 2014 and Productronica India 2014 have announced they will be highlighting technology innovations and recent developments in the electronics manufacturing sector. With participation from leading companies from the electronics hardware industry, the opportunity to witness the changing landscape of the sector is one that cannot be missed by the stakeholder community. The trade…

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Introducing the new electronics Spanish magazine

2nd Sep 2014 • Leave a comment

Nueva Electrónica, a restyled monthly magazine has released their first edition that provides innovative information and projects on various aspects of electronics, including embedded, digital, analog and Wireless. More specifically, the magazine is geared towards those who work in Research and Development labs and Technical Departments of small and medium sized companies, as well as…

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National Electronics Week and Vehicle Electronics Magazine

28th Aug 2014 • Leave a comment

Vehicle Electronics Magazine has joined as a partner at National Electronics Week and will be providing a conference within the Embedded and Software Zone. The conference will look specifically at ‘Driver Assistance and the Move towards Autonomous Vehicles’ in the Embedded and Software zone as part of next year’s National Electronics Week in Birmingham, UK….

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PSD launches German language multimedia content

27th Aug 2014 • Leave a comment

Power System Design (PSD) has launched some online content in German language. This section of the site will be populated with videos and podcasts, many of which will showcase the impressive language skills of editor, Alix Paultre. You can view the German Multimedia department here.

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Embedded Masterclass returns to NEC in 2014

3rd Aug 2014 • Leave a comment

After joining forces with National Electronics Week 2014, Embedded Masterclass will return to the NEC with National Electronics Week 2015 from 21st-22nd April. Embedded Masterclass is a dedicated engineering design conference for the embedded community. The 2015 event will grow on the first year’s performance by offering to create a strong marketing platform for electronics…

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Call for papers – Smart Systems Integration 2015

10th Jul 2014 • Leave a comment

The organisers of Smart Systems Integration (SSI) 2015, which will be held in Copenhagen, Denmark from 11th to 12th March 2015, have issued a call for papers. Submissions are invited in a variety of categories. Applications that can be addressed in papers include: Smart mobility Smart health Smart energy Smart society Smart production The other…

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Weka to publish official show daily for SPS IPC Drives 2014

4th Jul 2014 • Leave a comment

The official show daily for SPS IPC Drives will be published by the editorial teams from Weka titles Computer&AUTOMATION, Elektronik and Markt&Technik. It’s great to see Weka again supporting this event, which will be held from 25th to 27th November, especially in an electronica year, which places even greater demands on the journalists during that…

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Elektronik automotive to stage two events on 24 September 2014

3rd Jul 2014 • Leave a comment

On 24th September 2014, Elektronik automotive will stage two parallel congresses at the Landshut University in Germany: the Wiring Harness Congress and the Automotive Software Congress. The magazine will also publish a special issue focussed on Wiring Harness and Vehicle Electrical Systems on September 19th. The events will address a variety of automotive topics, including:…

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Elektra Awards 2014 deadline slips to 11th July

30th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

Nice to see some consistency – the traditional extension of the Elektra Awards deadline means that this year you don’t need to get your entries in until Friday 11th July. Good luck!

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IET to close Flipside

30th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

Sadly the IET has decided to close its magazine for teenagers, Flipside. The last issue will be out in early July. This is disappointing news. Although it is clearly difficult for an organisation to keep such a publication running – I’m sure they probably made a loss from it – I hate to see publications…

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Danish title redesigns to provide more options for advertisers

27th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

Danish title Elektronik & Data *www.elek-data.dk) has redesigned it’s online presence, providing more opportunities for advertisers. Banner sizes have been significantly increase and there is now an opportunity to place white papers and brochures on the home page. The site has also introduced “Product Links”, which can be thought of as an “intelligent directory” –…

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NEW to continue collaboration with PXI Show in 2015

27th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

Good news for anyone who is interested in test and instrumentation: the PXI Show confirmed today that it will again run alongside National Electronics Week at The NEC, Birmingham from 21st – 22nd April 2015. The PXI Show will also introduce a dedicated breakout area in addition to stand space in 2015. Exhibitors will have…

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Get a space flight by contributing to open source

27th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

OK, I have to admit that this is a pretty cool prize. The Hackaday Prize will give one lucky [talented] engineer a chance to take a trip into space. SupplyFrame, the guys behind Hackaday, will let the winner go into space using a carrier of their choice (wow, are we really in a world where…

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Device Developers’ Conference shows small events can grow

12th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

The organisers of the Device Developers’ Conference have announced that more than 280 engineers, computer scientists and developers attended the Conference in 2014, an increase of 65% over the previous year. Whilst large shows really struggle in the UK, it seems that there is still an appetite amongst engineers to attend these smaller, focussed events….

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Bits&Chips to launch new show in 2014: Smart Systems

11th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

Bits&Chips have launched a neww show, Smart Systems, with the aim of “Connecting professionals in connected devices – from microsystems to square kilometer arrays”. The first event will be held on 19th and 20th November 2014, and is a combination of Techwatch’s established Dutch embedded and hardware events. Bits&Chips Smart Systems targets all industries and…

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Marcus Plantenberg appointed by PSD as sales director for DACH

11th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

Marcus Plantenberg has joined Power Systems Design (PSD) as Sales Director for Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (DACH). this is a positive move, strengthening the title’s European presence although editorial control remains in the USA. Marcus is an experienced media representative, adding PSD to the other publications he represents, including SupplyFrame and the design publications of…

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Call for papers – DATE 2015

11th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

The organisers of DATE 2015, which will take place from 9th to 13th March 2015 at Alpexpo in Grenoble, France, have issued a call for papers. DATE addresses all aspects of technologies for electronic and embedded system engineering, covering the design process, test, and automation tools, and includes both hardware and embedded software design. The…

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EDN launches tablet edition

6th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

EDN has launched a tablet edition of the publication. Whilst many consumer publications have successfully adopted tablet formats, publications for electronics design engineers have been slow to make the move to iPad and Android, and typically have relied on browser-based digital editions. The tablet version of EDN certainly looks nice. It’s laid out specifically for…

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Subcon invests in quality

5th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

I was pleased to see that Centaur has decided to invest in the Subcon show, and that the results of this investment were clearly visible as this year’s event looked rather more classy than previous years. With many of the exhibitors being SMEs that choose shell scheme stands, it was great to see the improved…

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ICC Media running Embedded Forum at electronica again

4th Jun 2014 • Leave a comment

ICC Media has confirmed that it will again run the Embedded Forum at electronica 2014. As a Premium Partner of the show, ICC Media has built up the 4 day electronica Embedded Forum to be an important part of the event. In addition to presentating live, all presentations at the forum are recorded and converted…

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