June 27, 2012 A team of UCLA researchers has created the most powerful high-performance nanoscale microwave oscillators in the world, a development that could lead to cheaper, more energy-efficient mobile communication devices that deliver much better signal quality. Current oscillators are silicon-based and use the charge of an electron to create microwaves.
June 27, 2012 "Ford has been a leader in delivering solutions for in-car communications and simplifying the user interface, and now we're researching ways to use the car's own intelligence to further help drivers," says Jeff Greenberg, senior technical leader of Ford Research and Innovation. "Vehicle control inputs, sensors, road conditions and biometric information such as a driver's pulse and breathing, can all be used to create a driver workload estimation that can then help manage certain functions in demanding situations.
June 27, 2012 (PRNewswire) RELM Wireless Corporation today announced that it received its first order under the previously announced Tactical Communications (TacCom) contract issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Totaling approximately $128,000, the order is for P25 digital VHF portable radios and related equipment.
June 27, 2012 Paul Elias, AP Late Tuesday, a judge ordered Samsung Electronics Co. to halt sales of its Galaxy 10.1 tablet computer while the court considers Apple's claim that the South Korean tech giant illegally copied the design of their popular iPad. U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh said Apple Inc.
June 27, 2012 Mouser Electronics, Inc., a top global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, has launched a new technology site on Mouser.com covering Smart Grid Technology . The new site is designed to help design engineers find the latest Smart Grid advancements, source product information using block diagram navigation, and access the latest technical resources in as few clicks as possible.
June 26, 2012 (PRNewswire) Mobile network operators are now scrambling to include Wi-Fi in their service offerings as a way to keep pace with the unprecedented growth in mobile data demand, according to the latest report from Heavy Reading Mobile Networks Insider ( www.heavyreading.com/mobile-networks ).
June 26, 2012 (PRNewswire) NetComm Wireless Limited, a leading developer of wireless products, and Grid Net, a wireless smart grid software company, today announced a strategic alliance designed to deliver 3G connectivity to smart grid devices worldwide. Grid Net selected NetComm Wireless to design, develop and manufacture Grid Net-enabled 3G wireless communications cards for the global smart grid market.
June 26, 2012 (BUSINESS WIRE) Skyworks Solutions, Inc. has announced the launch of a breakthrough front-end system that integrates all RF and analog content between the transceiver and antenna for simplified design within demanding next generation mobile platforms. Leveraging Skyworks' silicon integration expertise, advanced manufacturing technologies and proprietary techniques, SkyOne is the world's first semiconductor device to condense multiband power amplifiers and high throw switches along with all associated filtering, duplexing and control functionality into a single, ultra-compact package.
June 26, 2012 (AP) — Communications tower operator SBA Communications Corp. is buying 3,252 towers in a cash-and-stock deal valued at about $1.45 billion. The transaction with affiliates of TowerCo includes $1.2 billion in cash and 4.6 million shares of SBA common stock. The towers are located in 47 states and Puerto Rico.
une 26, 2012 (AP) A look at how selected makers of phones and other consumer electronic gadgets are faring: April 19: Microsoft Corp. says it shipped 1.4 million Xbox 360 consoles during the first three months of the year, about half of the 2.7 million shipped a year earlier. Nokia Corp.
June 26, 2012 (AP) — Shares of BlackBerry maker Research In Motion dove to a nine-year low Monday after Morgan Stanley downgraded the stock, saying RIM's challenges are piling up. Research In Motion Ltd.'s shares closed down 75 cents, or 7.7 percent, to $9.11 on the Nasdaq. The bottom for the day was $9.
June 26, 2012 Peter Svensson, AP Verizon Wireless said it has agreed to sell some wireless spectrum rights to T-Mobile USA and swap others, in a continuing quest to get regulators to approve a bigger spectrum deal it has worked out with a consortium of cable companies and another wireless carrier.
A team of researchers from Peking University in Beijing, China, and Duke University in Durham, North Carolina, has demonstrated that carbon nanotube-based integrated circuits can work under a supply voltage much lower than that used in conventional silicon integrated circuits. Low supply voltage circuits produce less heat, which is a key limiting factor for increased circuit density.
Researchers from North Carolina State University have found a way to create much slimmer thin-film solar cells without sacrificing the cells’ ability to absorb solar energy. Making the cells thinner should significantly decrease manufacturing costs for the technology. “We were able to create solar cells using a ‘nanoscale sandwich’ design with an ultra-thin ‘active’ layer,” says Dr.
In traditional electrical lines, a significant amount of energy is lost while the energy travels from its source to homes and businesses due to resistance. Superconductors, materials that when cooled have zero electric resistance, have the promise of someday increasing the efficiency of power distribution, but more must still be learned about superconductors before they can be widely used for that purpose.