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How to Connect the ‘Other 3 Billion’ People

December 19, 2014 | by Meaghan Ziemba, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

In attempts to connect the “other three billion”, O3b Networks is launching four additional satellites to accompany its existing network (launched in 2013) that is connecting, enabling, and transforming parts of the world that are currently unconnected and underserved ...           

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Improving Power Efficiency in Mobile Devices

December 12, 2014 3:00 pm | by Phyllis Cosentino, Senior Product Manager, National Instruments | Comments

We rely heavily on mobile devices for a wide range of our needs, from serving as our primary method of communication to being a flashlight or alarm clock. The last thing any user wants is a dead battery. To extend battery life and improve efficiency, designers are focused on the power efficiency of the radio, particularly for modern communication ... 

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Powering Underground Wireless Sensors

December 10, 2014 11:50 am | by Sol Jacobs, Tadiran Batteries | Comments

Wireless devices have become ubiquitous, with new applications continually emerging to address the needs of a technology-driven world. Wireless devices can now be found virtually everywhere; from underwater sensor networks that warn of seismic activities that could lead to tsunamis ...               

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Micro-Windmills: From Lab to Market

December 9, 2014 4:40 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

Not all design engineering ideas begin as sketches on a restaurant napkin. Some designs start in the labs at the most prestigious engineering schools around the world, such is the story of Jung-Chih (J.C.) Chiao and Smitha Rao’s micro-windmill that generates wind energy ...                             

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Energy Harvesting Wireless Technology Applications

December 8, 2014 12:08 pm | by Jim O'Callaghan, President of EnOcean Inc. | Comments

The trend towards ultra-low power wireless communication is ongoing. It allows data communication wherever power-hungry standards like WiFi or GSM are not suitable. This is particularly interesting for high-density sensor networks that deliver information from hundreds or thousands of measuring points, enabling intelligent ... 

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Advancement in High Speed Converter Technology Enables Next Generation Wireless Communications Systems Designs

November 26, 2014 11:22 am | by Yi Zhang and Michele Viani, Applications Engineers for the High Speed Converter Group, Analog Devices | Comments

Wireless communications networks are rapidly evolving. Consumers are expressing increasing demands for enhanced data services and greater use of bandwidth. New generation wireless communications systems demand higher data throughput, lower power consumption ...              

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Delivering High Performance and Low Power to Next-Generation Mobile Applications

November 25, 2014 12:13 pm | by Dean Gans, Mobile Systems Architect, Micron Technology, Inc. | Comments

One of the key challenges that mobile device designers face is determining how to increase device performance without significantly increasing power consumption. Performance is determined by both processor capacity and memory bandwidth ...                      

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GaN Technology Addresses Size, Bandwidth and Efficiency Challenges in Advanced Small Cell Applications

November 20, 2014 1:03 pm | by David Ryan, Business Development Manager, Networks, MACOM | Comments

With global 2G wireless infrastructure coverage at greater than 90 percent and 3G coverage at similar rates in the developed world (source: Ericsson), the market emphasis has shifted to delivering the data capacity that subscribers require to access their rich multimedia and cloud based services on the go ...  

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The Insatiable Demand for Analog Spectrum Technology

November 10, 2014 10:01 am | by Luc Langlois, Director, Global Technical Marketing, Digital Signal Processing, Avnet Electronics Marketing | Comments

The need for higher performance in all technology segments from consumer to military, is relentlessly pushing the bandwidth limits of the analog signals that carry information through the physical universe. This has prompted dramatic improvements....

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Infrared Technology for Touchscreens

November 6, 2014 11:26 am | by Sevugan Nagappan, Marketing Manager, Infrared Laser Products, Osram Opto Semiconductors | Comments

Optical solutions are increasingly popular for displays. Unlike traditional touchscreens, optical screens can detect any type of pointer or stylus and gloved fingers as they aren’t reliant on the conductivity of these objects. Optical designs are also not sensitive ...

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Fighting the Fakes: Algorithmic Security Combats Counterfeit Batteries

November 4, 2014 11:19 am | by Tom Bush, Accutronics | Comments

Battery counterfeiting is increasingly becoming a global problem. The ubiquity of portable devices, from everyday electronics, such as smartphones and digital cameras, to more specialized equipment such as medical, industrial and security apparatus ...            

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Capturing and Analyzing Big Data with M2M Technology

October 27, 2014 8:49 am | by Robert Andres, Chief Marketing Officer, Eurotech | Comments

Trends in big data coupled with the proliferation of connected devices have created the need for machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions to enable the capture and analysis of large data sets in the field.  Most data used to be created by humans, but today the quantity of digital data has exploded to roughly...

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Broadening Power Solutions Worldwide

October 22, 2014 12:59 pm | by Eric Kessler, Vice President Sales, Astrodyne | Comments

As it is well known, EMI and RFI are unwanted electromagnetic energy that pollutes the environment and can affect the operation of other equipment around it. It can be radiated into the air or conducted over system power lines. EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) is the ability of a system to function in a high EMI/RFI environment and to limit its own EMI/RFI output...              

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Wireless Systems Expand DARPA’s Drone Horizons

October 10, 2014 10:25 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Comments

Some of the most exciting wireless technology applications are currently being implemented aboard unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Where wireless design has traditionally been labeled a niche field, new military applications are now relying on wireless components to take technology where it has never gone before. However, with new demands comes many challenges, as wireless systems are called upon to provide greater versatility...

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Emergency Locator Transmitters

October 10, 2014 10:12 am | by Tony Paese, WDD Staff | Comments

Since 1948, 83 aircraft have been reported as officially missing worldwide, and almost all of them (77) have not been found to this day.1 This includes the recent Malaysian Airline Flight 370, which an extended multi-national effort has yet to recover...                   

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Command & Control

October 9, 2014 12:18 pm | by Phil Linker, Senior Product Manager, FreeWave Technologies | Comments

Unmanned vehicles are at the forefront of an evolution, especially with the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT). After decades of serving mission-critical applications in government and defense, the command and control (C2) capabilities of advanced wireless machine-to-machine...             

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