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Top 5 Design Tools of the Week

June 21, 2013 10:48 am | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor, PD&D | Comments

An all-in-one evaluation kit, a CAD program that interprets your hand gestures, and a web-connected device for energy monitoring in this week’s top 5 design tools of the week.                           


MOSFET Package Advances Help Deliver Mobile Functionality Ahead of the Chipset Roadmap

June 14, 2013 4:42 pm | by Sam Abdeh, Marketing Manager, ON Semiconductor | Comments

Mobile penetration has reached a high level in developed markets and is increasing in other areas around the world. According to information from the GSMA, leading European nations now have over 90% subscriber penetration. Developing markets are set to rise from an average penetration level of 39% in 2012 to 47% in 2017, and will be the largest factor spurring the global growth of mobile over the next five years.


ANT Makes Inroads into Smartphone Market

June 13, 2013 6:41 pm | by Jack Shandle, freelance writer, Nordic Semiconductor | Comments

Convergence is a hot topic again. But this time its impact on people’s everyday lives will dwarf the computer-communications-consumer (3C) version of the 1990s. Today, the design community is being challenged to find ways to link any device that potentially can draw electric current with the rest of cyberspace. Watches, toasters, weight scales, and thermostats; bicycles, blood pressure monitors...


M2M: A Growing Need for Reliable, Secure Data Communications

June 13, 2013 1:43 pm | by Ashish Sharma, CMO of FreeWave Technologies | Comments

The first Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications can be traced back to World War II, and the ability to have machines “talk” to each other (via data communication networks) is essential for monitoring and controlling assets within homes, businesses, and even critical national infrastructure projects of today.


Brainstorm: Time Device Technologies

June 13, 2013 12:18 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

Any device or system that requires a clock or timing device to function will improve its performance as the quality of the timing device improves. Parameters that define the quality of a timing device include: phase noise, jitter, temperature stability, aging, PSRR, power dissipation, G-sensitivity, as well as other parameters that are sensitive to a particular application.


Evolving Embedded Wireless Systems with FRAM-Based MCUs

June 12, 2013 5:46 pm | by Jacob Borgeson, Texas Instruments, and David Adams, Newark element14 | Comments

Embedded wireless networks are one of the fastest growing applications, outpacing the overall semiconductor industry, due to the rapid uptake of embedded wireless communication in the form of smartphones and portable medical devices. Embedded wireless networks are also found in automobiles, enabling smarter safety features, better engine performance management, and as networked infotainment devices


Protection against the Elements

June 11, 2013 3:23 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

Demand for wireless communications has created an increase in telecommunications equipment, as well as a need for advanced, high-quality infrastructure to help prevent product failure, especially in hash environments. Outdoor telecommunication devices experience severe weather and daily temperature fluctuations, causing strong pressure differentials inside the equipment, which can stress and damage housing seals, allowing leaks to occur.


The Natalia Project

June 10, 2013 10:39 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

Back in 2009, human rights activist, Natalia Estemirova, was found murdered as she was working on “extremely sensitive” cases of human rights abuses in Chechnya during armed conflicts in the republic and the North Caucasus Before her death, Estemirova documented and reported on human rights violations; such as forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, and torture. 


Resolve Signal Integrity Issues in Cloud Computing Platforms

May 30, 2013 8:48 am | by Bill Weir, Pericom, | Comments

While the cloud promises to reduce enterprise network infrastructure and operating costs, the remote execution of applications makes factors such as latency, performance, and reliability critical considerations in the design and deployment of cloud computing platforms. A key factor determining server performance, cloud or not, is maintaining a bit error rate (BER) on the order of 1.E-12 for the overall system.


A Guide to ZigBee Device Developers for the Smart Connected Home

May 29, 2013 1:52 pm | by Cees Link, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies | Comments

For decades, technology experts and home automation enthusiasts have been talking about and promising the emergence of the smart, connected home. They have foretold a home connected by multitude of sensors, monitoring applications such as HVAC, home security, and even the health of the inhabitants, and all controlled remotely over the web via a smartphone or a tablet.


System-Level Design and Verification of Wireless Embedded System to Meet Global Demands Using a Mixed Domain Oscilloscope

May 28, 2013 3:15 pm | by Faride Akretch, Technical Marketing Manager, Tektronix | Comments

Designing and implementing wireless systems to be used in different geographic regions around the world represents a significant challenge. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone all agreed on the use of frequency, modulation type, power levels, and bandwidth? Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in and radio regulations vary from region to region, especially for some of the frequencies used in unlicensed radio...


Opening the Door to Smart Battery Design

May 22, 2013 10:49 am | by Robert Rozario, Application Engineering Manager, Infineon Technologies | Comments

The worldwide transition to ever smarter mobile devices, including phones or connected tablets, has obliterated the line that once existed between phones and computing devices. Today’s multitasking devices enable work, finance, entertainment and social interaction on the go like never before.


The LTE Mobile Experience: Measuring and Improving It

May 20, 2013 5:07 pm | by ARDESHIR GHANBARZADEH, Manager, Product Management, Spirent | Comments

Over the last several years, the rise of the smartphone in the wireless market has led to substantially increased capabilities in mobile devices. The emergence of an applications ecosystem for these platforms has enabled an almost limitless number of ways for consumers and enterprise users to interact with people, systems and businesses. Supporting much more than telephony, today’s smartphones function as a digital appendage...


The Drones of Oil

May 17, 2013 9:09 am | by Kim Andreassen, Centre for integrated petroleum research, University of Bergen (UiB), Uni Research | Comments

Geologists have long used seismology on the bottom of the ocean or have been throwing dynamite from snowmobiles when they look for oil. But now researchers at Centre for integrated petroleum research (CIPR), a joint venture between the University of Bergen (UiB) and Uni Research, have found a new preferred method – using drones to map new oil reserves from the air.


Enabling Low Cost, Low Power Wireless Heterogeneous Networks

May 16, 2013 5:59 pm | by Deepak Boppana, Senior Strategic Marketing Manager, Lattice Semiconductor | Comments

Driven by the need to address the explosive growth in mobile data and video traffic, the wireless infrastructure market is rapidly evolving toward a new Heterogeneous Network (HetNet) architecture  in which the traditional macro infrastructure is supplemented by a new class of low power nodes (LPNs) such as small cells, low power remote radio heads, and relays.



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