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Wireless Systems Expand DARPA’s Drone Horizons

October 10, 2014 | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Comments

Some of the most exciting wireless technology applications are currently being implemented aboard unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Where wireless design has traditionally been labeled a niche field, new military applications are now relying on wireless components to take technology where it has never gone before. However, with new demands comes many challenges, as wireless systems are called upon to provide greater versatility...

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GaN Technology Addresses Size, Bandwidth and Efficiency Challenges in Advanced Small Cell Applications

November 20, 2014 1:03 pm | by David Ryan, Business Development Manager, Networks, MACOM | Comments

With global 2G wireless infrastructure coverage at greater than 90 percent and 3G coverage at similar rates in the developed world (source: Ericsson), the market emphasis has shifted to delivering the data capacity that subscribers require to access their rich multimedia and cloud based services on the go ...  

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The Insatiable Demand for Analog Spectrum Technology

November 10, 2014 10:01 am | by Luc Langlois, Director, Global Technical Marketing, Digital Signal Processing, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Comments

The need for higher performance in all technology segments from consumer to military, is relentlessly pushing the bandwidth limits of the analog signals that carry information through the physical universe. This has prompted dramatic improvements....

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Infrared Technology for Touchscreens

November 6, 2014 11:26 am | by Sevugan Nagappan, Marketing Manager, Infrared Laser Products, Osram Opto Semiconductors | Comments

Optical solutions are increasingly popular for displays. Unlike traditional touchscreens, optical screens can detect any type of pointer or stylus and gloved fingers as they aren’t reliant on the conductivity of these objects. Optical designs are also not sensitive ...

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Fighting the Fakes: Algorithmic Security Combats Counterfeit Batteries

November 4, 2014 11:19 am | by Tom Bush, Accutronics | Comments

Battery counterfeiting is increasingly becoming a global problem. The ubiquity of portable devices, from everyday electronics, such as smartphones and digital cameras, to more specialized equipment such as medical, industrial and security apparatus ...            

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Capturing and Analyzing Big Data with M2M Technology

October 27, 2014 8:49 am | by Robert Andres, Chief Marketing Officer, Eurotech | Comments

Trends in big data coupled with the proliferation of connected devices have created the need for machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions to enable the capture and analysis of large data sets in the field.  Most data used to be created by humans, but today the quantity of digital data has exploded to roughly...

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Broadening Power Solutions Worldwide

October 22, 2014 12:59 pm | by Eric Kessler, Vice President Sales, Astrodyne | Comments

As it is well known, EMI and RFI are unwanted electromagnetic energy that pollutes the environment and can affect the operation of other equipment around it. It can be radiated into the air or conducted over system power lines. EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) is the ability of a system to function in a high EMI/RFI environment and to limit its own EMI/RFI output...              

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Emergency Locator Transmitters

October 10, 2014 10:12 am | by Tony Paese, WDD Staff | Comments

Since 1948, 83 aircraft have been reported as officially missing worldwide, and almost all of them (77) have not been found to this day.1 This includes the recent Malaysian Airline Flight 370, which an extended multi-national effort has yet to recover...                   

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Command & Control

October 9, 2014 12:18 pm | by Phil Linker, Senior Product Manager, FreeWave Technologies | Comments

Unmanned vehicles are at the forefront of an evolution, especially with the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT). After decades of serving mission-critical applications in government and defense, the command and control (C2) capabilities of advanced wireless machine-to-machine...             

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Commercializing RF Components

October 9, 2014 12:08 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Comments

Many companies specialize in high reliability products that can withstand extreme conditions. The products are often used in military and aerospace applications. As these companies look to grow, they require a way to commercialize the products, making them more applicable and cost effective for other markets where high volume sales are more attainable...         

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Preventative Maintenance of Wireless Infrastructure

October 9, 2014 11:02 am | by Ben Maxson, Applications Engineer, Copper Mountain Technologies | Comments

Wireless infrastructure encompasses a broad range of radio technologies, antennas, towers, and frequencies. Radio networks are built from this infrastructure and from mobile radios — the radios used by municipal and commercial customers to communicate over licensed frequency bands...                   

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Using Java to Develop a Complex M2M Environmental Monitoring System

October 2, 2014 2:30 pm | by Robert Andres, Eurotech Chief Marketing Officer | Comments

M2M projects present many challenges, even when the hardware is designed exactly to customer specifications. Success can be best assured with effective implementation of the device logic, scalable methods for device and data management...                     

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How IT and OT are Converging: Avoid the Pitfalls to Reap the Benefits

September 30, 2014 11:50 am | by Brad Gilbert, FreeWave Technologies | Comments

The quest to understand production and operational factors, distribute this information to business systems and people within an organization, and directly improve business processes and profitability as a result is not new. In fact, it has been embraced by companies for decades...           

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GaN PAs for Microwave Line of Sight Link Applications

August 28, 2014 4:17 pm | by Stuart Glynn, Tony Richards, & Liam Devlin, Plextek RF Integration | Comments

Most power amplifiers currently used in point-to-point microwave link applications are based on GaAs PHEMT technology, but GaN is now also a contender for this application. GaN technology has a well-proven capability for PAs, especially those requiring very high levels of saturated output power...

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The Factory of the Future Will be Shaped by the Internet of Things

August 28, 2014 1:34 pm | by Andrew Dugenske & Alain Louchez, Georgia Institute of Technology | Comments

Around the globe, intelligent and pervasive industrial automation has been catapulted in recent years to a top national or regional priority. Known by different names, e.g., “Advanced Manufacturing”, “Smart Manufacturing”, “Industry 4.0” or  ...

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A Smooth Take-Off and Landing on Energy Savings

August 26, 2014 1:03 pm | by Cheryl De Los Santos, Leviton Manufacturing | Comments

The Wayne County Airport Authority (WCAA) operates Detroit’s Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and nearby Ypsilanti’s Willow Run Airport. Throughout its history, WCAA has invested in numerous capital improvement projects to enhance the travel experience. Recently it sought to improve behind the scenes operations...

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