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UpFront: Ground-breaking Product, With a View

July 26, 2012 10:10 am | Comments

Twelve journalists pack into a tiny glass room with the most captivating views of Oslo – the land of the midnight sun. Situated at the top of Holmenkollen, an Olympic ski jump, the room showcases 360° views of Oslo’s hilly countryside, lively downtown and Pipervika, the Norwegian capital’s principal harbor.

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What's the Next Cool Function for Portable CE's? How About Lightning Detection!

July 25, 2012 10:22 am | by Johnsy Varghese, ams AG | Comments

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association data says that lightning is the 2 nd leading cause of storm deaths in the US with about 100 each year.   This is only behind heat related deaths but is more than hurricanes and tornadoes combined.   In addition, lightning causes about 1000 injuries and $5 billion of damage each year -- and that is just in the US.

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An Intern's Final Words

July 24, 2012 10:01 am | by Sara M. Cohen, Editorial Intern | Comments

It is the summer before I enter my senior year at Rutgers University, and bittersweet tastes have entered my mouth regarding graduation, and all the work to follow. The excitement of warm weather and time off was quickly shadowed by the search for a worthwhile internship. As college students, we have been bombarded with economic premonitions of unemployment upon graduation.

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Making the Connection

July 24, 2012 9:12 am | Comments

By Janine E. Mooney, Editor Design changes present new opportunities, and requirements, that allow the RF industry to assume a much greater application reach. Malcolm Gladwell, a British-born Canadian journalist, bestselling author and speaker, once said, “Connectors are people in a community who know large numbers of people and who are in the habit of making introductions.

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Choosing an EMI Gasket for Your Design

July 24, 2012 8:59 am | Comments

By Janine E. Mooney, Editor EMI gaskets are a must in order to properly block all interference from reaching your device. A key concern when shielding your design is choosing a gasket. Gaskets are used to seal seams and other gaps that can cause problems in shielding, thus implementing the best fit is imperative.

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Eliminating Interference with Shielded Enclosures

July 24, 2012 8:37 am | Comments

By Janine E. Mooney, Editor EMI has the ability to interrupt or even destroy the functionality of unprotected electronics. What’s more important than protecting your valuable electronics from potential threats? Not much. Especially with regards to military electronics, which are growing more and more prevalent every day.

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Why EMI Inductors?

July 24, 2012 6:59 am | Comments

By Janine E. Mooney, Editor Inductors are a vital part of most EMI filters, and can be a smart addition to your design. Connectors, enclosures, resistors, capacitors, attenuators, inductors... and how does this all relate to EMI? EMI inductors “ideal inductors” as opposed to “real” inductors; they have inductance but no resistance or capacitance and they do not either dissipate or radiate energy.

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Redefining "The Field" : How Wireless is Expanding the Network Edge

July 23, 2012 7:31 am | by Andy Ross, Product Manager of 802.11/Wi-Fi for B&B Electronics | Comments

The fabled Pony Express of the American West started carrying mail on April 3, 1860. At a time when the typical wagon train required four or five months to travel from Missouri to California, the Pony Express used relays of fresh horses and riders to cover the same distance in just 10 days. Well planned and well executed, it represented the cutting edge in western communications.

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The Growth of M2M: Drivers, Alliances, Acquisitions, and Economies of Scale

July 17, 2012 10:51 am | by Olivier Beaujard, Vice President, Market Development, Sierra Wireless | Comments

Global analysts, cellcos, and machine-to-machine (M2M) solution providers all agree on at least one thing – M2M is on a hockey stick growth trajectory. International alliances of mobile operators with other operators and/or solution providers are being formed. Acquisitions are being made that strengthen some providers with new technologies, access to broader markets, and better purchasing power.

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Proximity Marketing: Now Shopper Ready

July 17, 2012 7:25 am | by Alex Romanov, CEO, iSIGN Media | Comments

With nearly 90% of adults in the U.S. now using mobile phones and the majority of those users going online with their mobile devices (Pew Internet), the mobile communications revolution is in full swing. This unprecedented level of 24/7 connectivity has changed the way people live in countless ways – providing a medium to connect in real time with family and friends, merging digital and physical experiences and even sparking social movements.

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High-Energy Lithium Batteries Power Wireless Military Devices

July 16, 2012 11:07 am | by Sol Jacobs, Tadiran Batteries | Comments

Lithium metal oxide chemistry improves upon legacy battery technologies to cut costs and increase reliability of military and aerospace systems. Demand is growing for high-rate, battery-powered solutions for avionics, navigation systems, ordinance fuses, missile systems, telemetry, electronic warfare systems, GPS tracking and emergency/safety devices, shipboard and oceanographic devices.

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The Future of Mobile Computers is Rugged

July 12, 2012 6:44 am | by Jerker Hellström, CEO, Handheld Group | Comments

  We are going through a radical shift in the way people work and use computers. Increasing availability and affordability of wireless broadband is giving the global workforce true mobility, for the first time in history. Many of them will use smartly designed mobile rugged computers for their everyday computing and communication needs, instead of traditional laptops.

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IEEE ICC 2012 Concludes with Thousands Attending the Conference's First "Paperless+" Event

July 11, 2012 8:46 am | by Heather Ann Sweeney, Associate Marketing Manager, IEEE Communications Society | Comments

The IEEE International Conference on Communications ( www.ieee-icc.org/2012 ) recently concluded its first “paperless+” event with more than 2,700 communications professionals, researchers and academics attending approximately 1,500 presentations dedicated to the next wave of global communications technologies.

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Anytime, Anywhere Audio

July 9, 2012 11:33 am | by Bill Boldt, Sr. Business Development Manager, Fairchild Semiconductor | Comments

The two important vectors driving audio on the handsets and tablet platforms are the increasing need for mobile product differentiation, and higher user expectations. As for differentiation, smart phone and tablet OEMs are building their products around applications processors and baseband modem ICs (both integrated and multi-chip) from various merchant IC suppliers.

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IEEE ICC 2012 Opens Successful Six-Day Event

July 5, 2012 9:48 am | Comments

Session Expanded to Two Days for the First Time Due to Record Number of Submissions & Presentations By Tarik Taleb, Senior Researcher & Mobile Telecom Standards Expert, NEC EuropeLtd., Germany The International Conference on Communications (ICC 2012) commenced its latest, successful premier event on Sunday, June 10 in Ottawa, Ontario with the highly-anticipated “Workshop on Telecommunications: From Research to Standards.

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