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Bluetooth Low Energy – Not Just Another Radio Frequency Networking Protocol

April 8, 2010 1:19 pm | Comments

By Brian Blum, Texas Instruments Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) is fast-becoming the hottest buzz-word in low-power wireless communications. Within five years, we have seen a variety of standard and proprietary networking protocols emerge, begin to show promise, and occasionally open up new market spaces and fundamental opportunities for technical innovation.

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Next Generation PoP for Processor and Memory Stacking

April 8, 2010 1:19 pm | Comments

Helen Katske, Phil Damberg and KM Bang, Tessera click to enlarge Figure 1 The continued increase in mobile handset functionality is being enabled by more powerful baseband and applications processor chips, which are more frequently coupled with memory devices using package-on-package (PoP) stacking.

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What is Energy Harvesting and How Does it Work?

April 8, 2010 1:19 pm | Comments

By Michele Kinman, Energy Harvesting Forum click to enlarge Energy harvesting is the process of capturing and accumulating byproduct energy as the energy becomes available, storing the energy for a period of time and conditioning it into a form that can be used later – such as operating a microprocessor with in its limits.

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Mobile Virtualization - The "Killer App" for Mobile Design and Development

April 8, 2010 1:19 pm | Comments

By Rob McCammon, Open Kernel Labs Figure 1. Mobile Virtualization. Over the last few years, virtualization has evolved from an obscure technology to become a key enabler of enterprise server and desktop applications. More recently, virtualization has also begun to play a comparably pivotal role in embedded development and deployment.

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Playing Nicely Together in Wireless Design

April 8, 2010 1:18 pm | Comments

By Mike Woodward, Communications Industry Marketing Manager, The MathWorks click to enlarge Figure 1. Silo development methodology. The use of silo-based methods in wireless systems design often introduces problems in the development process.

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Fiber Solutions Boost Operators' Backhaul Networks

April 8, 2010 1:18 pm | Comments

By Tom Huegerich, Vice President, Global Fiber, ADC Gazing out over the next several months, wireless operators see an enormous force heading straight at them. It is the surging flood of broadband traffic, fed by the widespread use of smartphones and mobile video applications. With the first waves already crashing onto networks, that flood of traffic threatens to become a tsunami as operators roll out bandwidth-intensive 4G and LTE services in the coming months.

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4G and Implications for Mobile Application Development

April 8, 2010 1:18 pm | Comments

Bandwidth issues can often be alleviated once major wireless carriers introduce solutions such as LTE technology, WiMAX technology and Wi-Fi access points. Dr. Li Mo Chief Architect, ZTE USA Over the past few years wireless data applications have received a lot of buzz and attention due to steady and significant adoption and growth.

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Three Ways to Create Eco-Friendly, Financially-Beneficial Packaging

April 8, 2010 1:18 pm | Comments

By Andrea Bradshaw, Brightstar It has been said that at retail, your package is your brand. And, increasingly, consumers are opting for products and packaging that are green. Can you integrate these seemingly opposing ideas to create packaging that's compelling to buyers and environmentally friendly? And, can you do it without breaking the bank? The answer is, resoundingly, "Yes!" It takes some research, analysis and planning, but "going green" can not only improve your image with your customers and your relationship with Mother Nature, it can also improve your packaging quality and reduce your costs.

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Military/Communications

April 8, 2010 1:18 pm | Comments

Welcome to Brainstorm! How do you assess and manage these constraints while at the same time improving the overall design process and productivity? Jon Friedman, Aerospace & Defense Industry Marketing Manager, The MathWorks As a manufacturer of military electronics, engineers are faced with unique technical and cost/risks design constraints.

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Battery Technology

April 8, 2010 1:18 pm | Comments

Are lithium-ion batteries up to the task and is it realistic to think that in 2 to 3 years a car battery could be recharged in an hour? By Jim Stegen, Auto Systems Architect, Analog Devices, Inc. MIT scientists have developed a battery that can recharge a device in seconds.

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Printed Displays offer New World of Design Opportunities

April 8, 2010 1:18 pm | Comments

By Dennis Brestovansky, president and CEO of Aveso Displays A new world of printed electronic display technology is evolving, offering unlimited opportunities for mass consumer and industrial applications. New flexible, printed displays are increasingly being integrated into a variety of everyday products including credit cards, product packaging, home-health diagnostics and even in apparel to combat theft and counterfeit.

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FCC's National Broadband Plan - Are the Goals Achievable?

April 8, 2010 1:18 pm | Comments

By Nancy Maas, Editor-in-Chief, nancy.maas@advantagemedia.com The FCC recently unveiled its National Broadband Plan to Congress outlining specific recommendations for policy makers to work on over the next decade to ensure that every American and business has access to affordable mobile broadband.

Benchmarking RF Front Ends Powered by DC-DC Converters Across a Discharging Battery

March 29, 2010 10:35 am | Comments

By Keith Adkins and Jackie Johnson, RF Micro Devices In the last decade mobile device users have seen unprecedented changes in technology. These changes have brought more functionality and lower cost to the overall handset market. Users are demanding more and more functionality in mobile devices, which comes at the cost of talk time.

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Creating Quality Mobile Video Telephony Applications

March 2, 2010 7:09 am | Comments

By Marwan Jabri, PhD, Dilithium Networks click to enlarge System diagram and media flow from a video content source to a handset in a 3G VT peer-machine application. 3G video-telephony is commonly used today in interactive video value-added services.

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Love it or Hate it, Global Environmental Legislation is Here to Stay

February 12, 2010 9:46 am | Comments

By Gary Nevision, Legislation & Environmental Affairs, Newark Looking back on 2009, it was the biggest year of change since RoHS legislation came into effect in 2006, with real momentum building, and the electronics industry struggling to keep pace with numerous environmental proposals.

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