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Three Ways to Create Eco-Friendly, Financially-Beneficial Packaging

April 8, 2010 1:18 pm | Comments

By Andrea Bradshaw, Brightstar It has been said that at retail, your package is your brand. And, increasingly, consumers are opting for products and packaging that are green. Can you integrate these seemingly opposing ideas to create packaging that's compelling to buyers and environmentally friendly? And, can you do it without breaking the bank? The answer is, resoundingly, "Yes!" It takes some research, analysis and planning, but "going green" can not only improve your image with your customers and your relationship with Mother Nature, it can also improve your packaging quality and reduce your costs.

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Military/Communications

April 8, 2010 1:18 pm | Comments

Welcome to Brainstorm! How do you assess and manage these constraints while at the same time improving the overall design process and productivity? Jon Friedman, Aerospace & Defense Industry Marketing Manager, The MathWorks As a manufacturer of military electronics, engineers are faced with unique technical and cost/risks design constraints.

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Battery Technology

April 8, 2010 1:18 pm | Comments

Are lithium-ion batteries up to the task and is it realistic to think that in 2 to 3 years a car battery could be recharged in an hour? By Jim Stegen, Auto Systems Architect, Analog Devices, Inc. MIT scientists have developed a battery that can recharge a device in seconds.

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Printed Displays offer New World of Design Opportunities

April 8, 2010 1:18 pm | Comments

By Dennis Brestovansky, president and CEO of Aveso Displays A new world of printed electronic display technology is evolving, offering unlimited opportunities for mass consumer and industrial applications. New flexible, printed displays are increasingly being integrated into a variety of everyday products including credit cards, product packaging, home-health diagnostics and even in apparel to combat theft and counterfeit.

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FCC's National Broadband Plan - Are the Goals Achievable?

April 8, 2010 1:18 pm | Comments

By Nancy Maas, Editor-in-Chief, nancy.maas@advantagemedia.com The FCC recently unveiled its National Broadband Plan to Congress outlining specific recommendations for policy makers to work on over the next decade to ensure that every American and business has access to affordable mobile broadband.

Benchmarking RF Front Ends Powered by DC-DC Converters Across a Discharging Battery

March 29, 2010 10:35 am | Comments

By Keith Adkins and Jackie Johnson, RF Micro Devices In the last decade mobile device users have seen unprecedented changes in technology. These changes have brought more functionality and lower cost to the overall handset market. Users are demanding more and more functionality in mobile devices, which comes at the cost of talk time.

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Creating Quality Mobile Video Telephony Applications

March 2, 2010 7:09 am | Comments

By Marwan Jabri, PhD, Dilithium Networks click to enlarge System diagram and media flow from a video content source to a handset in a 3G VT peer-machine application. 3G video-telephony is commonly used today in interactive video value-added services.

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Love it or Hate it, Global Environmental Legislation is Here to Stay

February 12, 2010 9:46 am | Comments

By Gary Nevision, Legislation & Environmental Affairs, Newark Looking back on 2009, it was the biggest year of change since RoHS legislation came into effect in 2006, with real momentum building, and the electronics industry struggling to keep pace with numerous environmental proposals.

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Single Carrier FDMA in LTE

February 11, 2010 10:21 am | Comments

By Ram Asokan, Ixia SC-FDMA is a new technology used for uplink in LTE. This article explores this technology, its use in LTE and its extension from OFDM.

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Challenges in Designing a New Modulation Scheme for LTE

February 8, 2010 7:30 am | Comments

Developing the LTE uplink, especially the receiver for the base station, requires complex design approaches and a significant capability in test systems. By Tim Fowler, Cambridge Consultants Ltd. click to enlarge Figure 1. Functional test equipment.

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More than Residential: Femtocell Deployment Beyond the Home

February 8, 2010 7:30 am | Comments

There is great potential for ‘greater femtocells' to improve mobile coverage and capacity outside the home environment. By Rupert Baines, picoChip, Inc. Femtocells are now a commercial reality. Launches by AT&T and Vodafone, amongst others, have brought femtocells into the consumer sphere.

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Wireless Basestation Design Challenges Using High-Speed, 16-bit ADCs

February 8, 2010 7:30 am | Comments

By Josh Carnes, National Semiconductor Corporation click to enlarge Figure 1. Block diagram of an IF sampling subsystem within a communications receiver. Cutting-edge 16-bit, high-speed analog-to-digital converters (ADC) can offer the very high dynamic range and low distortion levels required to meet today's most demanding wireless communications standards.

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Next Generation Wireless IP Networking Applications

February 8, 2010 7:30 am | Comments

IPSec's growing importance in ensuring security and reliability in new networks By Asaf Shen, Discretix Inc. Internet Protocol Security (IPSec) provides security at the network layer of the protocol stack. By using IPSec, protection is offered to all IP packets regardless of the protocols and applications running in the upper layers of the protocol stack.

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LTE Femtocell Roadmap from Concept to Reality

February 8, 2010 7:30 am | Comments

The LTE femtocell stands to serve as a key weapon in the mobile operator arsenal. By Todd Mersch, Continuous Computing click to enlarge Figure 1. Putting the puzzle together, integrated LTE femtocell silicon. The market is buzzing about the critical role of "small cells" in Long Term Evolution (LTE) deployments – femtocells, picocells and microcells.

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Base Station Technologies and Trends

February 8, 2010 7:29 am | Comments

LTE will bring changes to base station design, from both the hardware and software perspective, giving operators challenges as they prepare for technology trials. What do you feel is the greatest challenge today in deploying base stations and how can designers address it? By Frank Ditore, ESL/SystemVue Product Manager, Agilent EEsof EDA Multi-format, multi-band radios are quickly reaching maturity in the commercial wireless infrastructure market.

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