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Perception Project a YouTube Hit

October 7, 2011 10:08 am | Comments

( University of Queensland, Australia  ) - UQ undergraduate Sean Murphy has experienced first-hand how exciting scientific discoveries are often made by accident. Mr Murphy helped discover what is now known as the “Flashed Face Distortion Effect” while working alone in a lab on a set of facial images for a different experiment.

Testing LTE Network Capacity Over the Air Interface - Benefits and Challenges

October 6, 2011 8:18 am | by Nick Carter, Aeroflex Test Solutions (www.aeroflex.com) | Comments

Both network operators and infrastructure vendors need to test LTE networks under realistic conditions of subscriber demand. The advent of LTE introduces a number of new challenges for capacity testing and requires different techniques and expertise from those used for 3G networks.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Dermot O'Shea of Taoglas on Wireless Systems

October 6, 2011 6:03 am | Comments

Hosted by Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is the Advantage Design Group's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community. In today's podcast we talk to  Taoglas Director Dermot O'Shea about wireless systems like LTE and WiMax, and the required antenna infrastructures.

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Thinking Differently: Steve Jobs, 1955-2011

October 6, 2011 5:29 am | Comments

The world will be a little less interesting with Steve Jobs gone. He was one of the people who had truly changed the world, how we percieve it, and how we live in it. He and Steve Wozniak literally invented true personal computing in that famous garage in California. Steve Jobs had a vision and Apple followed it, creating a device that was intended and designed to be an information tool, a way to not only do old things in a new way but also do completely new things.

Deciphering Digitizer Specs for Wireless Apps

October 5, 2011 10:44 am | Comments

by Ed Sullivan Why you should look “behind the numbers” when choosing a digitizer card for wireless communications applications With wireless communications proliferating as never before, several parameters are important in the selection of a digitizer for acquiring and accurately measuring signals used for the design and testing of wireless equipment.

It’s What’s InsideThat Counts...Isn’t It?

October 5, 2011 7:26 am | by David McQueen, Principal Analyst, Informa Telecoms & Media | Comments

There were high expectations for today’s launch of the latest iPhone, with the new look iPhone 5 being the nomenclature of choice. However, there was a little disappointment in the air as, in actuality, Apple revealed a warmed up version of last year’s iPhone following 15 months without any hardware upgrade.

There's more to life than OLEDs and Electrophoretic Displays...

October 4, 2011 12:57 pm | Comments

At the forthcoming IDTechEx conference; Printed Electronics USA in Santa Clara, on November 30-December 1, 2011, there will be a focus on technologies such as OLEDs and electrophoretic displays, with leading innovators such as Sumitomo, Panasonic and E Ink discussing their progress.   But there are other display technologies emerging, at earlier stages of commercialization that promise performance enhancement, cost reduction and new possibilities.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Barry Matsumori of Ethertronics on Antennas for Multiband Devices

October 3, 2011 8:11 am | Comments

Hosted by Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is the Advantage Design Group's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community. In today's podcast we talk to Barry Matsumori, Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer at Ethertronics about connecting wireless smart devices in our ubiquitous computing reality.

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M2M Optimized Wireless: Right-sizing Your Gateway Design

September 29, 2011 1:29 pm | Comments

By Olivier Pauzet, Director, Segment & Product Marketing, Sierra Wireless As more and more devices begin accessing the Internet on their own, using wireless technologies to connect to cellular networks, there is a growing need for cost-effective, small-scale wireless gateways. In an apartment building, for example, if ten or twenty smart meters need wireless access to the Internet, equipping each meter with cellular technology can be cumbersome and expensive.

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Can’t Touch This: When Electronics Become Too Hot to Hold

September 29, 2011 11:29 am | by Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Associate Editor | Comments

Daniel Mar, Product Marketing, Texas Instruments The inner geek in all of us is always craving the newest hot gadget at the store. After all, it’s twice as thin and has four times the performance over last month’s model, right? But the one question no one ever asks is, “How hot is this product – really?” We all take for granted that the product has enough safety margins to never burn the user.

RF MEMS Switch Reliability - Are We There Yet?

September 27, 2011 12:58 pm | Comments

by Donna Sandfox, Product Manager, Omron Electronic Components LLC U sing MEMS devices for RF signal switching has been a long time coming.   The R&D efforts to bring this technology to a viable commercial product have taken longer than it took from President Kennedy’s congressional address in 1961 which kicked the Apollo program into high gear to the landing of a man on the moon in 1969.

Prototyping with Frequency - Flexible Crystal Oscillators

September 27, 2011 12:07 pm | by Phil Callahan, Sr. Marketing Manager, Timing Products, Silicon Labs | Comments

Developers of new systems ideally should make decisions regarding clocking requirements early in the design process. Although clocking rates are critical parameters that should be known in advance, determining these rates sometimes requires experimentation and re-evaluation. The ability to quickly change clock frequencies during the prototyping and validation stages of a design can accelerate time to market.

What's in Your Oven?

September 27, 2011 11:50 am | by John Fortune, Valpey Fisher Corporation | Comments

How to choose the correct oven oscillator for your application What happened to the days of picking a simple 10MHz oven oscillator to work in your circuit? You knew it would be big (2" by 2"), power hungry (at least 2 watts), and more precise than any other oscillator you could find.

The Roundtable - Interactive Intelligent Devices

September 27, 2011 9:06 am | Comments

Moderated by Alix Paultre, Editorial Director, the Roundtable is where industry players talk about market and industry trends. This month's question is: Now that today’s products must not only be intelligent, they must be interactive with users and fellow devices over a network. What do you feel the greatest challenge to the engineer is to achieve that functionality?   Rob Muñoz,  Distinguished Engineer,  LSI ( www.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Alf Bogen of Atmel on Intelligent Embedded Systems

September 23, 2011 7:00 am | Comments

Hosted by Alix Paultre, the Tinker's Toolbox is the Advantage Design Group's web-based interview show where we talk about the latest technology, components, and design issues for the electronic design engineering community. In today's podcast we talk to Alf Bogen of Atmel on Intelligent Embedded Systems.

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