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What Can RFID Do for You? Unique Uses of RFID - Part One

April 24, 2012 7:20 am | Comments

RFID continues to become an increasingly popular trend worth monitoring as its capabilities seem to be limitless at this point.  In part one of this two-part article, we have identified some of the more “interesting” ways in which people are beginning to incorporate RFID in to their daily lives.

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Where Does Your Kobe Beef Come From?

April 24, 2012 7:06 am | by Nigel Harbott, http://rfid.net | Comments

It may be time to think or even rethink about that delicious Kobe beef burger you recently ate. There’s a problem you see. The problem is not that it isn’t on the menu, it’s on plenty of menus, it is widely advertised throughout the whole of the United States. The problem is Kobe beef is not available in America – at all – full stop.

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Comprehensive LTE Network Analysis

April 24, 2012 6:55 am | Comments

Empirix announced the availability of the Empirix xCentrix LTE Analysis Package. Through intelligent correlation and comprehensive analysis of network data, Empirix xCentrix provides deep insight into LTE utilization, integration and performance issues as well as the myriad of factors impacting customer experience and Quality of Service.

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SparkFun Electronics to Host Electronics Workshops for Kids at USA Science and Engineering Festival

April 24, 2012 5:39 am | Comments

SparkFun Electronics will travel to Washington, D.C. for the United States of America Science and Engineering Festival (USASEF) to host its widely popular Simon Soldering workshop. SparkFun recently formed an education department to introduce people to the world of electronics technology and to explore the creative side of engineering and computer science through an exciting, hands-on learning experience.

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40% Boost to Battery Life

April 23, 2012 11:50 am | by Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

  3M has a new battery innovation that could enable gadgets to run for 40 percent longer once charged. The company has developed a new kind of battery anode made of silicon that can deliver a significant boost in energy density for regular lithium ion batteries.   According to 3M, its silicon anode is made up of a silicon alloy (silicon with lithium) that enables a 20 percent higher energy density when paired with a standard cathode.

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Verizon Backing Microsoft In Smartphone War

April 23, 2012 10:21 am | by Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

  Verizon is publicly getting behind Microsoft in the smartphone war. During the company’s earnings conference call Thursday Verizon CFO Fran Shammo suggested that the carrier wants to help Windows Phone become more of a contender in the smartphone market.   “It is important that there is a third ecosystem that is brought into the mix here, and we are fully supportive of that with Microsoft,” Shammo said.

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Will Automated Cars Save Fuel?

April 23, 2012 10:16 am | Comments

Information technology is transforming cars faster than anyone expected, and it can do more than let drivers update their statuses on Facebook. It could also save them a lot of fuel. These days, the design and control of more fuel-efficient engines and hybrid vehicles depends on computers.

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Intel Launching Next-Generation ‘Ivy Bridge’ Chips Today

April 23, 2012 10:05 am | Comments

  Intel is officially launching on Monday its next-generation chip technology, codenamed Ivy Bridge. The new chips will be available for regular laptops and desktops immediately, although versions for the thinner Ultrabook designs will take a few more weeks. For Intel, Ivy Bridge represents more than just the regular generational shrinking of transistors to increase chip performance.

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Low-cost Optical Components Through Nanoimprinting Lithography

April 23, 2012 7:03 am | Comments

The NaPANIL project at Photonics Europe 2012 The development of new applications based on nanoimprinting techniques (NIL) is evolving at a rapid pace. But what are the challenges to be overcome in order to reach the market? How do we bridge the gap between basic research and its uptake from the industry? What are the tools needed for each product?  The European project NAPANIL deals exactly with this topic, i.

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NJIT Electrical Engineers Feature Talks on MIMO Radar, Optical-OFDM

April 23, 2012 6:56 am | Comments

NJIT's Center for Wireless Communications and Signal Processing Research showcased earlier this week the research of six doctoral students. The students' work was featured in presentations and displayed posters. The annual event gives doctoral students and their professors a chance to exchange information from a year's worth of work.

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Analog Devices IMS2012 Preview Language (Booth # 1725)

April 20, 2012 9:59 am | Comments

At this year’s IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS2012) held June 19-21 in Montreal Canada, Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) will be showcasing its portfolio of RF ICs, data converters, PLLs, reference designs and a variety of design resources for radio based systems (Booth # 1725). At IMS2012, ADI will be highlighting high performance RF ICs and world-leading data converters that cover bits to antenna and back.

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Researchers Boost Efficiency of Multi-Hop Wireless Networks

April 19, 2012 1:10 pm | Comments

Multi-hop wireless networks can provide data access for large and unconventional spaces, but they have long faced significant limits on the amount of data they can transmit. Now researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a more efficient data transmission approach that can boost the amount of data the networks can transmit by 20 to 80 percent.

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NIST Mini-Sensor Measures Magnetic Activity in Human Brain

April 19, 2012 12:38 pm | Comments

    A miniature atom-based magnetic sensor developed by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has passed an important research milestone by successfully measuring human brain activity. Experiments reported this week* verify the sensor's potential for biomedical applications such as studying mental processes and advancing the understanding of neurological diseases.

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New Research Could Mean Cellphones That Can See Through Walls

April 19, 2012 12:16 pm | Comments

Team Finds New Possibilities in Untapped Terahertz Range With Implications For a Host of Devices Comic book hero superpowers may be one step closer to reality after the latest technological feats made by researchers at UT Dallas . They have designed an imager chip that could turn mobile phones into devices that can see through walls, wood, plastics, paper and other objects.

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Sensing Trends Unveiled at WSN & RTLS Europe, May 15-16, Berlin

April 19, 2012 11:57 am | Comments

Starting with more humble killer applications such as meter reading in buildings, IDTechEx predict that WSN will grow rapidly from $0.58 billion in 2012 to $2.4 billion in 2022. These figures refer to WSN defined as wireless mesh networks, ie self-healing and self-organising. The market for wireless sensor systems in general is far larger and some proposed standards apply to both.

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