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The Microwave Application Seminars (MicroApps)

May 14, 2012 10:23 am | Comments

The Microwave Application Seminars (MicroApps) are scheduled for the Palais des congrès de Montréal (Montréal Convention Center) June 19-21, 2012, as part of IEEE-IMS/MTT-S. MicroApps are a series of concise “application note” technical presentations given by exhibitors that are distinct and separate yet complementary to the IEEE technical sessions.

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AWR Software Enables Development of Universal LTE Smartphones

May 14, 2012 9:50 am | Comments

The development of next-generation mobile devices is facing many challenges, not the least of which is a growing scarcity of spectrum and a variety of mobile access technologies worldwide. Currently deployed cellular standards include GSM, WDCMA, HSPA, CDMA, and TD-SCDMA, and their evolutions will merge into the long term evolution (LTE) standard.

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Break Your iPhone in This Case And You’ll Get a New Phone for Free

May 14, 2012 6:40 am | Comments

  Break your iPhone in this case, and you’ll get a new one for free. Sounds like a pretty good deal, right? Meet Cellhelmet , a new protective iPhone case from a company called Cellpig. Originally started as a Kickstarter project, the cases recently went into production and are now available for retail sale.

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Smart Phones Are Changing Real World Privacy Settings

May 11, 2012 12:52 pm | Comments

TAU research finds that smart phone users develop new concepts of privacy in public spaces With endless applications, high-speed wireless Internet access, and free messaging services, smart phones have revolutionized the way we communicate. But at what cost? According to researchers at Tel Aviv University, the smart phone is challenging traditional conceptions of privacy, especially in the public sphere.

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Navigating the Shopping Center

May 11, 2012 12:49 pm | Comments

With a GPS receiver in your smartphone, you can navigate your way over highways and streets with certainty. But once you get inside a building, it provides no further assistance. That’s why Fraunhofer researchers, together with the Bosch Corporation and other partners, have engineered a navigation system for interior spaces.

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Not Your Grandma's Quilt

May 11, 2012 12:42 pm | Comments

Alexander Balandin, center, stands with two of his graduate students, Guanxiong Liu (left) and Zhong Yan (right) A group of researchers at the University of California, Riverside Bourns College of Engineering have developed a technique to keep cool a semiconductor material used in everything from traffic lights to electric cars.

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Mozilla and Google Cry Foul Over Browsers in Windows 8

May 11, 2012 12:33 pm | Comments

  If you thought you’d be happily browsing the web in either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox on that Windows 8 tablet you’re planning on buying, think again. According to Mozilla, Microsoft is planning to restrict the capabilities of third-party browsers on the tablet version of Windows 8, called Windows RT .

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Bill Clinton Speaks on the Power of Wireless Innovation

May 11, 2012 12:31 pm | Comments

  Former president Bill Clinton lauded mobile technology at the close of the CTIA Wireless conference Thursday. “Wireless technology has done more to lift people out of poverty than any technology,” said Clinton in a speech at the annual gathering put on by the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association.

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Why I Look Forward To IMS?

May 10, 2012 11:40 am | Comments

IMS2012 is less than 6 weeks away and I have been browsing the Program book to try to decide what to do and unfortunately what I willn’t be able to do.  I am always amazed at the breadth of activities available.  There will be multiple opportunities to learn the latest in my area of expertise (active device test & measurement) at technical sessions, workshops, panels, wandering the exhibits, MicroApps presentations, …  I also will take some time to learn about some of the emerging areas or some topic that has intrigued me but of which I know little – a great continuing education opportunity.

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Mobile Apps for IMS2012

May 10, 2012 10:51 am | Comments

IMS2012 is pleased to introduce new interactive ways to view the conference program, create your own schedule and interact with other conference attendees. Go to the IMS2012 website to view the interactive program from your desktop computer or any mobile browser. The system is searchable and can can be browsed in a number of intuitive and convenient ways.

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Women in Microwaves Reception

May 10, 2012 10:49 am | Comments

The IMS2012 Women in Microwaves reception will be held on Tuesday, June 19, 17:30-19:30, at Museum of Archeology and History of Montréal (Pointe-à-Callière - point in the Old Port named after the third governor of Montréal, Chevalier Louis Hector de Callière, who had his house built on this very location in 1688).

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Power Amplifier Advances Handset Growth

May 10, 2012 6:06 am | Comments

In advance of the February 2012 Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona, Spain, the focus of GaAs device manufacturers -- including RFMD, Skyworks, TriQuint Semiconductor and ANADIGICS---was on new power amplifier products to satisfy the trend for more frequency bands and modes in mobile handsets.

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Murata Selects Black Sand CMOS PAS' RF Front End Products

May 10, 2012 5:56 am | Comments

Black Sand Technologies, Inc. announced that it has been selected to provide silicon PA technology for integrated RF front end products by Murata Manufacturing Co. The products will be used to increase integration and improve the performance of 3G smartphones, tablets and datacards. This new agreement combines the best in passive components from Murata, a proven leader in the cellular RF front-end, with Black Sand’s innovative CMOS power amplifier technology, delivering the industry’s best combination of performance and cost.

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Comtech Telecommunications Awarded $4.5 Million Order for High-Power Solid-State Amplifiers

May 10, 2012 5:48 am | Comments

Comtech Telecommunications announced that its Santa Clara, California-based subsidiary, Comtech Xicom Technology Inc., received a $4.5 million order from a domestic prime contractor to supply solid-state high-power amplifiers to support the U.S. military. These solid-state high-power amplifiers will be used in small transportable military tactical SATCOM terminals to support worldwide U.

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Digi-Key Inks Global Distribution Agreement with Infinite Power Solutions

May 9, 2012 6:00 am | Comments

Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation announced the signing of a global distribution agreement with Infinite Power Solutions, Inc. (IPS), a global leader in manufacturing solid-state, rechargeable, micro-energy storage devices for wireless sensors and other embedded applications. The THINERGY® Micro-Energy Cell (MEC) product line of solid-state, rechargeable thin-film batteries from IPS serves to address an ever-increasing need for a maintenance-free, embeddable energy storage solution that lasts the life of the application.

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