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Sensing the Wireless Future

October 10, 2012 6:52 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

Wireless sensors are applicable for a variety of applications, whether it be smart cities (smart parking, smart lighting, waste management), industrial control (M2M applications, indoor air quality, temperature monitoring), eHealth (fall detection, patient surveillance, ultraviolet radiation) and many more.


Converting Ambient Energy to Power the Factory

October 8, 2012 7:45 am | Comments

Energy harvesting wireless technology monitors and controls large-scale industrial plant facilities By Jim O’Callaghan, President of EnOcean Inc. Essential factors for the success of a business include production up-time and process machinery efficiency. Real-time monitoring of machinery makes it possible to detect and prevent equipment failure proactively.


Testing Interference in a Wireless Environment

October 8, 2012 7:07 am | by Rolland Zhang, Agilent Technologies | Comments

In wireless systems, interference in the wireless channel can be quite problematic, degrading the reception of desired signals. It can originate from a variety of intentional, unintentional and incidental radiators and occurs in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum. With the growing scarcity of radio frequency spectrum and ongoing efforts to improve its utilization for the highest capacity and performance (e.


Brainstorm: M2M Communications

September 21, 2012 6:44 am | Comments

Brainstorm : How does the future of the wireless industry affect M2M communications? Dr. Erez Manhaimer, VP of Marketing, Alvarion As the demand for M2M communication grows, the wireless industry provides a common, mature IP infrastructure that can be deployed cost effectively making it an enabler of M2M communications.


Brainstorm: High Reliability

July 30, 2012 11:36 am | by Christopher Brink, Mechanical Design Engineer for Phoenix Contact's Americas Business Unit | Comments

Brainstorm : With the advent of wireless equipment designs being challenged for high reliability demands, what connectivity considerations must be taken? Today’s process infrastructure requires practices and equipment that keep operations functioning regardless of environmental conditions or other potentially harmful disturbances.


Brainstrorm: Oscillators/Timing Devices

May 30, 2012 7:17 am | Comments

 Where in the design cycle is it best to spec in a timing device, and why? Ramon Cerda, Vice President of Engineering , Crystek Corporation The short answer is; as soon as possible. Most, if not all timing devices should be treated as long lead-times items. If the crystal oscillator manufacturer does not have your particular frequency and/or specification requirement in stock, it can take many weeks before they can deliver the timing device.


Is a Customized MMIC Amplifier Within Reach?

April 25, 2012 12:47 pm | by David Strand, Strand Marketing, Newburyport, MA | Comments

It’s not uncommon to look at a discrete component’s datasheet and think that the manufacturer might be willing and able to tweak the performance for you in exchange for a little NRE and an up charge on the standard price. But a MMIC is another story. Or is it? Like so many things, advanced government and space programs have been influencing the MMIC market for years.


Improving Audio Converters Performance

April 19, 2012 10:55 am | by Tahar Allag, Analog Power Applications Engineer, Texas Instruments | Comments

Introduction Most modern audio is stored in digital formats such as pulse code modulation (PCM), and MP3s. This provides lossless data storage, perfect copies without quality degradation, indefinite storage, flexibility, and compatibility with other digital systems. An audio DAC converts these digital formats into analog signals that drive speakers which create audio sounds or analog waves.


Power Efficiency Devices

March 29, 2012 8:35 am | Comments

How are you responding to the demand for low power/high efficiency devices in the emerging markets?  Jeff Schnabel, VP of Marketing at CUI Inc : In order to address the growing global concerns regarding energy consumption in electronic equipment, the power supply industry has largely focused on improving the operating efficiency of ac-dc power supplies and dc-dc converters.


Optimizing Antenna Safety and Performance During Platform Integration

March 28, 2012 12:14 pm | by Gregory J. Skidmore, James F. Stack, Jr., & Jamie K. Infantolino, Remcom | Comments

Simulation-based assessments are fast, cost-effective, and ensure success. Introduction Successful integration of an antenna onto a vehicle platform poses many challenges. Vehicle features impact antenna performance by blocking, reflecting or reradiating energy, and co-site interference can impair the effectiveness of multi-antenna configurations.


Brainstorm: Battery Technology

January 31, 2012 11:01 am | by Sol Jacobs, VP and General Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Comments

In the future, how will battery technology need to respond to the increased power demands of today’s advanced sensors?      Technological advancements are creating a dynamic growth curve for sensors intended for use in remote areas where there is no connection to the power grid.


Unlocking the Potential of RF MEMS with New Design Approaches

January 25, 2012 7:11 am | by Dr. Stephen Breit, Vice President of Engineering, Coventor | Comments

At the recent Consumer Electronics Show (CES), a major trend in many of the whizzy new gadgets that were on display was the enhanced interactivity and environmental sensing capabilities of products, from smart phones to games to the burgeoning tablet market. Whether it’s rotating a display from portrait to landscape mode; determining location, direction and elevation, or even improving the wireless transmission quality and battery life, there is a common thread connecting this new wave of innovation in devices: MEMS, or Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems.


The Year That Was

December 5, 2011 7:55 am | by Alix Paultre | Comments

This year was an important one for WDD, with new roles and new people in our staff, changes in our editorial, and disruption in the marketplace. As we enter the New Year we look at it with great promise for both us as a publication and you as our audience. We will not only continue to serve you and our industry, we will do it in interesting and informative ways to keep you on top of wireless technology and the devices involved.


Industry Perspective: The New Age of Information Gathering in Healthcare

November 28, 2011 11:06 am | Comments

by Pietro Parravicini, CEO/President, Anoto Healthcare continues to be an industry where paper remains the primary source for capturing information. Currently, as many as 80 percent of physicians still rely on traditional pen and paper to gather patient data. It’s what they’re comfortable with and it’s what they’ve used for years.


Industry Perspective: What are the Three Top Reasons that Factories are Now Using Wireless on their Assembly Lines?

November 28, 2011 10:25 am | Comments

by Joseph Citrano, Global Product Manager, Honeywell Over the last several years, rapid evolution in industrial wireless networking has led to a monumental shift in the thinking of facility managers and design engineers, as they realize that using wireless in an industrial environment is safe, secure and reliable.



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