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'Holy Grail' of Battery Design Achieved: A Stable Lithium Anode

July 27, 2014 | by Stanford School of Engineering | News | Comments

Engineers across the globe have been racing to design smaller, cheaper and more efficient rechargeable batteries to meet the power storage needs of everything from handheld gadgets to electric cars. Researchers at Stanford University report that they have taken a big step toward accomplishing...

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Tektronix Adds Support for Automated APCO P25 Transmitter Compliance Testing

July 29, 2014 6:54 pm | by Tektronix | News | Comments

Tektronix announced a cost-effective compliance transmitter test solution for the Project 25 Common Air Interface Phase 1 and Phase 2 standard. The new software gives RF test engineers and safety agencies the convenience of push-button measurements with automated pass/fail reporting...

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Simplifying Wide Input Voltage DC-DC Converter Design with COT Topology

July 29, 2014 5:22 pm | by Vijay Choudhary, Applications Engineer, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Constant-on-time (COT) regulators provide transient performance with minimum design effort and component count without the requirement of loop compensation. The adaptive on-time provides immediate input voltage feed-forward and fixed switching frequency, making COTs suitable for many low power and bias applications...                

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Testing Times in the Continuing Evolution of WLAN

July 29, 2014 3:52 pm | by Yu Qian, Marketing Engineer, Keysight Technologies | Articles | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) — forecast by some companies to host up to 50 billion wirelessly-connected devices by 2020 — demands yet more network capability and capacity. Equipment based on the 802.11 wireless LAN (local area network) standard is forecast to fulfill a major part of this need...                 

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NST Series Negative Temperature Thermistors

July 29, 2014 1:31 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

NIC Components has announced the expansion of surface mount negative temperature thermistors with the NST series. NST continues the expansion of surface mount construction with the availability of 3 standard sizes.

New PLLs Deliver Wide Frequency Range Coverage and Low VCO Phase Noise

July 29, 2014 1:22 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices introduced today three new phase-locked loop devices one of which features the industry’s widest frequency coverage and lowest voltage-controlled oscillator phase noise in a single device...

Handheld Thermal Imager and Insulation Resistance Testers

July 29, 2014 1:13 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies announced the addition of two new ranges of instruments to its portfolio of handheld tools. The U5855A TrueIR thermal imager provides clear and sharp thermal images with its unique Fine Resolution capability...

Bridge-Saving Sensors

July 29, 2014 12:45 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Articles | Comments

According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), “One in nine of the nation’s bridges are rated as structurally deficient."1 In order to eliminate bridge infrastructure deficiency, the Federal Highway Administration (FWHA) claims that $20.5 billion needs to be invested on an annual basis...                

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Wirelessly Charged Microchip Opens Doors into 'Electroceutical’ Devices'

July 29, 2014 11:58 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In their quest to integrate microchip technology with internal medical devices, a team of Stanford engineers, led by Professor Ada Poon, and John Ho, an electrical engineering student, have invented a groundbreaking solution for wirelessly charging devices implanted in the body...               

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Beyond GPS: DARPA's PNT Portfolio

July 29, 2014 11:01 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

It is difficult to imagine the modern world without GPS, which provides real-time positioning, navigation and timing data for countless military and civilian uses. Thanks in part to early investments that DARPA made to miniaturize GPS technology, GPS today is ubiquitous...

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Wearable Device for the Early Detection of Common Diabetes-Related Condition

July 29, 2014 10:24 am | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

A group of researchers in Taiwan has developed a new optical technology that may be able to detect an early complication of diabetes sooner, when it is more easily treated. If the device proves safe and effective in clinical trials, it may pave the way for the early detection and more effective treatment of this complication...

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C&K Components’ Surface Mount Jumper Dip Switches

July 28, 2014 9:38 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components has developed a series of surface mount jumper DIP switches that are sealed with a removable top tape to enable them to be used in reflow soldering and washable assembly processes...

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Bluetooth Smart Arduino Solution

July 28, 2014 9:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Ultra low power RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor announced that Hong Kong-based Arduino specialist, RedBear Company Ltd, has developed a Nordic nRF8001 Connectivity IC-based single board Bluetooth Smart Arduino solution...

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Physicists Unlock Nature of High-Temperature Superconductivity

July 28, 2014 8:24 pm | by University of Illinois at Chicago | News | Comments

Physicists have identified the "quantum glue" that underlies a promising type of superconductivity -- a crucial step towards the creation of energy superhighways that conduct electricity without current loss. The earliest superconducting materials required operating temperatures...

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Rohde & Schwarz Upgrades MW200A High-End Vector Signal Generator

July 28, 2014 4:53 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Rohde & Schwarz has expanded the frequency range of its R&S SMW200A high-end vector signal generator to 20 GHz. The R&S SMW200A is the only instrument on the market to combine a baseband generator, RF generator and fading simulator in a single box...

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High-Performance OEM LVDT/RVDT Signal Transmitter

July 28, 2014 4:34 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties has developed a compact OEM signal conditioning transmitter designed for high performance across a wide temperature range of -25° to +85°C...

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