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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.


Ultra-Broadband Passives Enable Broadband Communications

May 16, 2013 10:02 am | by Edgardo Menendez, Field Applications Engineer, AVX | Comments

The fiber optics market has experienced a significant increase in demand over the last decade, largely driven by the rise, availability, and affordability of sophisticated portable electronics, such as mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. These devices have accelerated global connectivity, simultaneously driving the need for a fast and reliable Internet infrastructure.


Far-Field Voice Input Processing

May 13, 2013 5:15 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

Past attempts of providing this functionality have not been successful due to the difficulty with far-field voice input processing (FFVIP). When a microphone is close to the mouth of the individual talking, the quality of the audio tends to be better and louder than the surrounding noise.


UniSA Satellite System Sends Data for a Song

May 6, 2013 3:24 pm | by University of South Australia (UniSA) | Comments

A new communications system being trialed at the University of South Australia (UniSA) could radically lower the cost of using satellites to send and receive sensor information collected in Australia’s vast unpopulated areas.


Cyberthreats Must Require Governments & Businesses to be ‘Cyberrisk Intelligent’

May 3, 2013 9:42 am | by Jeff Falk, Chris Bronk, Rice University | Comments

In an age where cybersecurity is of foremost interest for governments and businesses, public and private organizations must deploy risk-intelligence governance to secure their digital communications and resources from eavesdropping, theft or attack, according to a new paper from Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.


Bringing NFC to the Masses through Efficiency and Simplicity

May 2, 2013 11:26 am | by Neeraj Bhatia, product manager, Qualcomm Atheros | Comments

It’s no secret that Near Field Communication (NFC) is becoming a key feature in today’s flagship mobile devices. This year the industry has already seen the high-profile Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One, and BlackBerry Z10 launches incorporate NFC technology. According to ABI Research, nearly 2 billion NFC-enabled devices...


Nanowires Grown on Graphene Have Surprising Structure

April 24, 2013 9:30 am | by Liz Ahlberg, Physical Sciences Editor | Comments

The self-assembled wires have a core of one composition and an outer layer of another, a desired trait for many advanced electronics applications. Led by professor Xiuling Li, in collaboration with professors Eric Pop and Joseph Lyding, all professors of electrical and computer...


Brainstorm: RF Signal Interference

April 23, 2013 3:38 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

The cellular basestation industry has dealt rather successfully in mitigating RF signal interference through thoughtful radio system knowledge, cell planning, and appropriately applied standards specifications. Interference -- in-band or out-of-band...


Drop Tag: Keeping Tabs on Parcels

April 23, 2013 9:27 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Comments

We all get a little nervous mailing out packages that have “FRAGILE” written Stamped on the side; keeping our fingers crossed that the contents won’t get damaged, squished, or broken during their transit to point B. MA-based Cambridge Consultants now offers a solution to help calm our nerves...


Touchscreen Requirements for Human Machine Interface in Industrial Automation

April 22, 2013 11:43 am | by Vikas Dhurka, Sr. Product Marketing Manager, Cypress Semiconductor | Comments

The Human Machine Interface (HMI) in industrial automation is quickly transitioning to touchscreens. The touchscreen requirements on a factory floor, however, are unique and must be solved for a good (read “safe”) operator experience with increased productivity and throughput.



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