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Internet Addiction – Does it Really Exist?

December 30, 2008 6:41 am | Comments

By Nancy Maas, Editor-In-Chief Did you know that compulsive e-mailing and text messaging could soon become classified as an official brain disease? An editorial in the American Journal of Psychiatry a few months back said that Internet addiction - including excessive gaming and e-mail/text messaging - is a common compulsive-impulsive disorder that should be added to psychiatry's official guidebook of mental disorders.

Industrial Community Boosts Productivity Online

December 4, 2008 5:11 am | Comments

By Angela Hribar, Chief Sales and Marketing Officer GlobalSpec, Inc. A key measure of success for OEMs is their ability to get new products to market quickly. Early on, wireless manufacturers must find and source the right components and parts during product design and manufacturing stages to meet demanding deadlines.

Developing a Standard Hand Phantom for Wireless Testing

November 10, 2008 11:23 am | Comments

A standardized hand phantom used together with the SAM head phantom for radiated performance testing mirrors real-world use. Dr. Michael D. Foegelle, ETS-Lindgren, Kevin Li, Nokia Corp., Andrew Pavacic and Paul Moller, Motorola, Inc. Figure 1. The resulting kinematic CAD model.


Cellular M2M: Generates Profit and Business Opportunities

September 22, 2008 12:45 pm | Comments

By Nancy Maas, Editor-in-Chief? M2M can be described as a three letter abbreviation with multiple meanings. To some, it can mean “mobile to mobile” or “mobile to machine.” For the purposes of this discussion, it means “machine-to-machine”, and relates to the remote monitoring and control of machines.


User-Programmable FPGAs Improve Wireless Test Applications

September 22, 2008 12:45 pm | Comments

As wireless standards continue to evolve, software-defined ?test systems will continue to evolve with them. By Luke Schreier, National Instruments As the proliferation of wireless standards continues, the idea of using software-defined measurement capability has become a necessity as opposed to a matter of click to enlarge Figure 1.


Testing LTE

September 22, 2008 12:45 pm | Comments

Testing LTE Design simulation can be useful in addressing LTE design and verification challenges but requires consideration in selecting the appropriate model abstraction for the given phase of the design cycle. By Greg Jue, Agilent Technologies Emerging standards such as 3GPP Long Term Evolution (LTE) present a number of design and verification challenges for system engineers.


Social Networking Gains Popularity with All Ages

September 8, 2008 6:46 am | Comments

Nancy Maas Editor-in-Chief Social Networking, Mobile Social Networking, MySpace, Facebook, Friendster, Couch Surfing (I love that one) — what exactly are these things and why are they now such a significant part of people’s lives, particularly teenagers? I had to get a “crash course” recently from my sixteen year old niece to find out.

Testing MMS Functionality in Mobile Phones

September 8, 2008 6:45 am | Comments

Thorough and accurate Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS) testing is critical to the successful deployment of any mobile phone offering a MMS capability. By Scott Grimmett, Agilent Technologies Over the years, the mobile-phone usage model has changed quite dramatically. No longer is it used solely for its voice services.


Trend Report: Energy Conservation and Sustainable Design

August 25, 2008 7:56 am | Comments

For a US company intending to launch a worldwide product, compliance with EuP regulations will ensure entry to that market of almost 500 million people. Jeff Uden, Newark One of the most interesting trends in the electronics industry at the moment is the movement towards designing products in an environmentally friendly way.


Adapting Next-Generation Applications to Universal Radio Environments

August 25, 2008 7:56 am | Comments

As the variety of user devices and applications increase, the need to predict end-user experience becomes even more critical. Sudeep Gupta, Azimuth Systems Wireless access communications have changed dramatically over the past five years. As users demand more from their mobile devices, the interaction between the devices and the radio environment has become more complex.

3G & Beyond: Harnessing the Power of Multicore Processors for 3G, WiMAX & LTE

July 14, 2008 8:21 am | by Manish Patel, Texas Instruments | Comments

Multicore processors are now an increasingly common and effective tool to address the challenges of power and ?performance in cellular basestations. Although wireless’ killer application is still voice, data is rapidly becoming a close second for 3G, a trend that will continue as operators deploy 4G technologies such as mobile WiMAX (IEEE 802.16e) and Long Term Evolution (LTE).


How US Design Engineers Can Meet Global Legislation Challenges (Part 1)

July 1, 2008 7:39 am | Comments

By Gary Nevison, Newark Designers of electronic and electrical equipment are increasingly challenged to design new products that comply with legislation that applies in the markets where their products will be sold. As more US manufacturers sell their products internationally, design engineers not only need to consider legislation in the U.


How US Design Engineers Can Meet Global Legislation Challenges (Part 2)

July 1, 2008 7:39 am | Comments

By Gary Nevison, Newark Designers of electronic and electrical equipment are increasingly challenged to design new products that comply with legislation which applies in the markets where their products will be sold. Previously, we took a look at all the different flavors of RoHS.


Exciting Times Ahead for MicroTCA

June 16, 2008 10:53 am | Comments

Howard M. Glassman, Director of Business Development, Communications GE Fanuc Intelligent Platforms The PICMG MicroTCA .0 specification was ratified almost exactly two years ago, and, since then, the MicroTCA platform has captured significant interest. It has often been viewed primarily as a telecommunications platform, but it has also seen success in the military/defense, medical and commercial markets and in industrial automation.

Linux Eases Development of Advanced Capabilities for Smart Wireless Devices

June 16, 2008 10:52 am | Comments

From a designer's point of view, managing the integration of smart wireless devices while maintaining time to market schedules and project budgets can be a challenge. Unlike the low-cost cell phone market, where products boast few bells and whistles beyond the ability to make and receive calls, smart wireless devices are all about features.


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