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Measurable Skill Development

July 18, 2013 1:51 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

InfoMotion focuses on the repetitive motions seen in a variety of sports to build algorithms around them, pattern them, and create small sensors that can measure point-of-force activities in a variety of sporting drills.  The 94Fifty sensor basketball also utilizes technology from Texas Instruments including Bluetooth/Bluetooth low energy dual-mode connectivity.

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LTE – Delivering on the Mobile Broadband Promise

July 18, 2013 10:22 am | by Charles Sturman, Product Manager LTE-Chips, u-blox Ezra Stein, Product Manager LTE-Modules, u-blox Carl Fenger, Product Communications Manager, u-blox | Comments

LTE is the latest generation mobile network technology, and the fastest growing standard in telecoms history. With the exponential increase of video-rich content and remote data storage, LTE has been designed to meet the growing demands of the internet for both human-to-human, human-to-machine and machine-to-machine communications.

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Bringing Wi-Fi to Healthcare

July 17, 2013 9:43 am | by Joe Zeto, Director of Product Marketing for Ixia | Comments

Today’s medical staffs increasingly rely upon wireless networks and devices to conduct critical-care applications, access electronic medical records and test results, and to share information throughout facilities. At the same time, Wi-Fi networks in healthcare facilities are being pushed to the limits by the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend among patients and guests.

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The Data Distribution Service: An Intelligent Systems Backbone

July 16, 2013 9:19 am | by Dr. Richard Mark Soley, Chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group (OMG®) | Comments

Perhaps you haven’t heard the term “Intelligent Systems” yet? Nevertheless I can guarantee that you use at least one Intelligent System device on a regular basis. Any technological device that is able to autonomously communicate to another device as well as access the Internet is an Intelligent System.

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A Tale of Two Cities: Ethernet Meets PCIe

July 15, 2013 9:21 am | by Michael Zimmerman, vice president of marketing, Tilera Corporation | Comments

Two industry megatrends are reshaping the way we design and deploy networks and compute (i.e. datacenter servers). The first is Network Functions Virtualization with the goal of moving functions such as content distribution, firewalls and base station controllers from proprietary hardware to standard, low cost servers.

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Former Part-time Employee Heads Global Empire

July 12, 2013 10:46 am | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, PD&D | Comments

Glenn Smith celebrates his 40th anniversary with global distributor Mouser Electronics as the company’s president and chief executive officer. Smith recently took a moment to discuss disruptive technologies, the electronics industry’s inevitable slowing, and how some companies still inconceivably refuse to embrace the internet.

Filtering Out of All the ‘Noise’

July 12, 2013 9:38 am | by Ed Sullivan - Technical Writer - Los Angeles, CA - EMI Solutions | Comments

As processing speeds in electronics continue to rise and packaging continues to shrink, sensitive internal components are located closer and closer together. Higher clock speeds coupled with increased density of components leads to increasing amounts of electromagnetic interference (EMI) and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) noise.

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New Hardware Design Protects Data in the Cloud

July 3, 2013 8:54 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | Comments

Cloud computing – outsourcing computational tasks over the Internet – could give home-computer users unprecedented processing power and let small companies launch sophisticated Web services without building massive server farms.But it also raises privacy concerns.

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Engineering for Change Ambassador Awarded for Global Engineering Efforts

June 27, 2013 10:27 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

The Society of Women Engineers, along with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers recently honored Noha S. El-Ghobashy with the Kenneth Andrew Roe Award. El-Ghobashy is an inspiring humanitarian working tirelessly to bring opportunities and advancement to underdeveloped nations.

Finding the Fit for Spintronics

June 25, 2013 8:53 am | by Laura L. Hunt, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee | Comments

An ongoing collaboration between physicists from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (UWM) and the University of York, UK, is focused on probing, tailoring and tuning the electronic behaviors of TIs at nanoscale. In bulk these materials do, in fact, insulate. But on the surface, TIs are conductors.

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Tap That Device

June 21, 2013 10:55 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

If you look around the average home there are typically a few cell phones, maybe a tablet, and other electronic devices, like a DVD player or a smart TV, and these devices often have the capability to connect to each other. Designed to simplify this connectivity, Near Field Communications (NFC) technology makes the process easier and more convenient for consumers.

Top 5 Design Tools of the Week

June 21, 2013 10:48 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

An all-in-one evaluation kit, a CAD program that interprets your hand gestures, and a web-connected device for energy monitoring in this week’s top 5 design tools of the week.                           

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MOSFET Package Advances Help Deliver Mobile Functionality Ahead of the Chipset Roadmap

June 14, 2013 4:42 pm | by Sam Abdeh, Marketing Manager, ON Semiconductor | Comments

Mobile penetration has reached a high level in developed markets and is increasing in other areas around the world. According to information from the GSMA, leading European nations now have over 90% subscriber penetration. Developing markets are set to rise from an average penetration level of 39% in 2012 to 47% in 2017, and will be the largest factor spurring the global growth of mobile over the next five years.

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ANT Makes Inroads into Smartphone Market

June 13, 2013 6:41 pm | by Jack Shandle, freelance writer, Nordic Semiconductor | Comments

Convergence is a hot topic again. But this time its impact on people’s everyday lives will dwarf the computer-communications-consumer (3C) version of the 1990s. Today, the design community is being challenged to find ways to link any device that potentially can draw electric current with the rest of cyberspace. Watches, toasters, weight scales, and thermostats; bicycles, blood pressure monitors...

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M2M: A Growing Need for Reliable, Secure Data Communications

June 13, 2013 1:43 pm | by Ashish Sharma, CMO of FreeWave Technologies | Comments

The first Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications can be traced back to World War II, and the ability to have machines “talk” to each other (via data communication networks) is essential for monitoring and controlling assets within homes, businesses, and even critical national infrastructure projects of today.

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