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Proper Data Security

February 12, 2013 9:37 am | by Dean Wiech, Managing Director at Tools4ever | Comments

There are really three sides to proper data security. The first step is ensuring that new employee accounts are created with the proper access rights when an employee joins the organization. The second is making sure those access rights remain accurate during the employee’s tenure, and the third is revoking all access rights when the employee leaves.

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TD-LTE – A Global Standard

February 11, 2013 2:09 pm | by Stephen Hire, General Manager for India, Aeroflex Limited | Comments

The “TD” (Time Domain) flavor of LTE can no longer be viewed as a niche technology exclusive to China. Other countries worldwide, including India and Sweden, are embracing TD-LTE for their broadband wireless access rollouts. Before long, close to half the world’s population will be within reach of a TD-LTE network. India will have a full commercial service ahead of its northern neighbour, China.

Moore’s Law Meets RF

February 8, 2013 9:09 am | by Bill Driver, National Instruments | Comments

The byproducts of Moore’s law have increased the performance and reduced the cost of electronic products across every industry for more than half a century.  The development pace and proliferation of mobile devices today have leveraged Moore’s law, growing at a projected 24.9% CAGR for 2011 – 2017 (ovum.com, May 3, 2012).

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Smartphones, Tablets Help UW Researchers Improve Storm Forecasts

February 7, 2013 9:49 am | by Hannah Hickey, University of Washington | Comments

The next advance in weather forecasting may not come from a new satellite or supercomputer, but from a device in your pocket. University of Washington atmospheric scientists are using pressure sensors included in the newest smartphones to develop better weather forecasting techniques.

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Optimizing Real-Time Application Software for Small Cells

February 1, 2013 4:06 pm | by Sridhar K V, Radisys | Comments

Operators are looking to deploy small cell technologies as quickly as possible to generate revenue, offload data traffic, and leverage the existing macro network efficiency. These small portable platforms have limited hardware, memory, and CPU speed so operators need real-time application software to manage their performance, stability, scalability, and efficiency to ensure customer satisfaction.

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System-Level Design and Verification of Wireless Embedded System to Meet Global Demands Using a Mixed Domain Oscilloscope

January 10, 2013 3:16 pm | by Faride Akretch, Technical Marketing Manager, Tektronix | Comments

Designing and implementing wireless systems so they can be used in different geographic regions around the world represents a significant challenge. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone all agreed on the use of frequency, modulation type, power levels, and bandwidth?

Brainstorm: Broadband Antenna Design

December 6, 2012 10:37 am | Comments

What are some key considerations when selecting a high frequency circuit board material? Art Aguayo, Sr. Market Development Manager, Rogers Corporation Determine the dielectric constant needed and the dielectric loss desired. There are many factors around these properties that are rarely captured in a data sheet or software property table, yet are very important in the selection of high frequency materials.

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Sensing the Wireless Future

October 10, 2012 6:52 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

Wireless sensors are applicable for a variety of applications, whether it be smart cities (smart parking, smart lighting, waste management), industrial control (M2M applications, indoor air quality, temperature monitoring), eHealth (fall detection, patient surveillance, ultraviolet radiation) and many more.

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Converting Ambient Energy to Power the Factory

October 8, 2012 7:45 am | Comments

Energy harvesting wireless technology monitors and controls large-scale industrial plant facilities By Jim O’Callaghan, President of EnOcean Inc. Essential factors for the success of a business include production up-time and process machinery efficiency. Real-time monitoring of machinery makes it possible to detect and prevent equipment failure proactively.

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Testing Interference in a Wireless Environment

October 8, 2012 7:07 am | by Rolland Zhang, Agilent Technologies | Comments

In wireless systems, interference in the wireless channel can be quite problematic, degrading the reception of desired signals. It can originate from a variety of intentional, unintentional and incidental radiators and occurs in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum. With the growing scarcity of radio frequency spectrum and ongoing efforts to improve its utilization for the highest capacity and performance (e.

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Brainstorm: M2M Communications

September 21, 2012 6:44 am | Comments

Brainstorm : How does the future of the wireless industry affect M2M communications? Dr. Erez Manhaimer, VP of Marketing, Alvarion As the demand for M2M communication grows, the wireless industry provides a common, mature IP infrastructure that can be deployed cost effectively making it an enabler of M2M communications.

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Brainstorm: High Reliability

July 30, 2012 11:36 am | by Christopher Brink, Mechanical Design Engineer for Phoenix Contact's Americas Business Unit | Comments

Brainstorm : With the advent of wireless equipment designs being challenged for high reliability demands, what connectivity considerations must be taken? Today’s process infrastructure requires practices and equipment that keep operations functioning regardless of environmental conditions or other potentially harmful disturbances.

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Brainstrorm: Oscillators/Timing Devices

May 30, 2012 7:17 am | Comments

 Where in the design cycle is it best to spec in a timing device, and why? Ramon Cerda, Vice President of Engineering , Crystek Corporation The short answer is; as soon as possible. Most, if not all timing devices should be treated as long lead-times items. If the crystal oscillator manufacturer does not have your particular frequency and/or specification requirement in stock, it can take many weeks before they can deliver the timing device.

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Is a Customized MMIC Amplifier Within Reach?

April 25, 2012 12:47 pm | by David Strand, Strand Marketing, Newburyport, MA | Comments

It’s not uncommon to look at a discrete component’s datasheet and think that the manufacturer might be willing and able to tweak the performance for you in exchange for a little NRE and an up charge on the standard price. But a MMIC is another story. Or is it? Like so many things, advanced government and space programs have been influencing the MMIC market for years.

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Improving Audio Converters Performance

April 19, 2012 10:55 am | by Tahar Allag, Analog Power Applications Engineer, Texas Instruments | Comments

Introduction Most modern audio is stored in digital formats such as pulse code modulation (PCM), and MP3s. This provides lossless data storage, perfect copies without quality degradation, indefinite storage, flexibility, and compatibility with other digital systems. An audio DAC converts these digital formats into analog signals that drive speakers which create audio sounds or analog waves.

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