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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.

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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.

Saving the Post Office

September 22, 2011 7:42 am | Comments

As we create the next generation of our pervasive-computing society, not only is the virtual world entangling the real one, the blending of the two worlds gives us an opportunity to save the Post Office. Suggesting that the US Postal Service go digital is not new, but done properly to address real needs of consumers it will save the organization.

Serving the International Wireless Marketplace

September 21, 2011 7:52 am | Comments

We at Interop Technologies see almost endless opportunities in the international wireless market on both a product and a region basis. In Latin America, we are already gaining traction because our products are able to “change the game” by offering far greater financial efficiencies to our customers due to our ability to process many thousands more message attempts per second than other vendors.

A Five-Step Guide to Creating a Great Tech Web Video

September 20, 2011 6:11 am | Comments

What do you need to know to shoot, produce and share online videos that successfully promote your technology and products? Online video is rapidly becoming one of the most popular and most effective ways to market your products and services. Not only is video exciting and engaging to the viewer but it is becoming an expected component of leading tech sites.

The Tinker's Toolbox - McObject CEO Steve Graves on Database Systems and Distributed Embedded Software

September 19, 2011 5:42 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 McObject CEO Steve Graves about database system management and distributed embedded software.

Distracted Driving Solutions: Curbing a Skyrocketing Problem with Technology

September 16, 2011 6:48 am | Comments

by Dan Ross, Chief Executive Officer of Illume Software Distracted driving: it's an issue that's not going away anytime soon. With more than 2.5 billion text messages sent daily in the US-a 100 percent increase from a year ago-and the corresponding growth in distracted driving incidents that killed more than 5,400 people and injured nearly 500,000 in 2009, distracted driving is a growing problem in search of a solution.

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