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Noise on Vcc - a Challenge for PLL Designers

March 22, 2012 8:07 am | by Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

by Wolfgang Damm, Director Product Marketing – Wireless Telecom Group Highest component integration and ultra-fast switching speed of electronic chips and devices forces circuit designers to re-think their Vcc and GND architecture. The Vcc level should be flat and GND should be a clean reference – unfortunately, this is not always the case.

An Interview with Dr. Tom Kite

March 20, 2012 1:09 pm | Comments

Tom Kite holds a B.A. in Physics from Oxford University, and MSEE and Ph.D. degrees from The University of Texas at Austin, where he specialized in acoustics and signal processing. He is a member of the Audio Engineering Society, and has published and presented works at the AES, the ASA, IEEE, and in trade journals.

The 4G Challenge That Networking Users Now Face

March 20, 2012 9:27 am | by Dan-Joe Barry, VP or marketing with Napatech | Comments

One of the biggest technical challenges facing the networking industry today are the demands that the next generation of cellular communications – known as 4G (for fourth generation) – will place on the network backhaul and communications networks generally.


The Module Without a Baseplate: A Reliable and Cost-effective Solution

March 20, 2012 7:18 am | by Patrick Baginski, Field Application Engineer, Vincotech GmbH | Comments

      Modules with baseplates are commonplace but cost concerns have given rise to a new breed of modules without baseplates. Figure 1 shows a flow 0 module without and a flow 2 module with a baseplate.    Figure 1: flow 0 without and flow 2 with a baseplate State of the art DBC substrates have proven their merits over many years.

Industrial Communications

March 16, 2012 5:23 am | by Ira Sharp, Marketing Manager for I/O and Network, Phoenix Contact | Comments

The times they are a-changing… In an “on-the-go” world, the need for information is great. With smart phones and other devices, we expect our news instantly, anywhere we might be. These devices drive great demands on the need for network communications and available information. Things are no different in the industrial world.

What Are Customers Asking About Industrial Wireless Networks?

March 12, 2012 9:26 am | by J | Comments

oseph Citrano, Honeywell Sensing & Control In the last year, informed wireless buyers have become more educated in the kinds of questions to ask. They have become more comfortable implementing wireless solutions when they get the right answers. We still occasionally get the question, “is wireless secure and can it really function in an industrial setting?”, but most questions now are about how it will work in their own environments, how to effectively replace wires and cables with wireless, and how encryption works?.

Wireless Remote Connectivity with Handheld Digital Multimeters

March 12, 2012 8:20 am | by Edwin Hoh, Market Development Manager, Basic Instruments Division, Agilent Technologies | Comments

Work safety and productivity are the top priorities for technicians and engineers who are working in hazardous conditions or troubleshooting live machinery. Having a person to make an electrical measurement with a handheld digital multimeter in some areas in an industrial facility may be prohibited due to safety concerns.

Wireless Healthcare Opportunities and Challenges

March 7, 2012 8:56 am | Comments

Healthcare costs are representing an increasing percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) for many countries, and it’s growing. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Figure 1 shows the total healthcare expenditure (THE) of six developed countries, which includes the United States where almost 17 percent of the GDP in 2009 was for healthcare.


GSM and GPS Combine for European eCall

March 6, 2012 10:50 am | by Carl Fenger, Communications Manager and Stefano Moioli, Product Manager, u-blox | Comments

eCall is a European emergency call system that will combine GSM and GPS technologies to support automated vehicle emergency services throughout the European Union. Its goal is to provide rapid assistance to motorists involved in a collision anywhere in the EU. The system is officially defined as a “Pan-European automatic in-vehicle emergency call system”.

The Dilemma of Fast Charging of Electric Vehicles

March 5, 2012 11:27 am | by Dr Peter Harrop | Comments

People like to see a lifebelt by the local river even though they may never use it. They certainly do not want to pay for one though. It is like that with the fast charging of cars. We all want to charge our electric car in the blink of an eye. Indeed, we may be happy to pay through the nose for that electricity when we are far away if the only alternative is to walk home or at least be late for an appointment.

The LTE Experience: When Information Becomes Intelligence for Public Safety

March 5, 2012 10:35 am | Comments

by Darren McQueen, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Wireless Private Broadband and IDEN Products and Solutions, Motorola Solutions Within the last 10 years, the proliferation of wireless technology has allowed people to connect with each other, anywhere, anytime. In the United States alone, 50 percent of Americans own a smartphone, 250 million people consume social media on a mobile device, and 150 billion text messages are sent every month.

Testing Mobile Phones Efficiently

March 5, 2012 5:25 am | Comments

Reproducible tests need a test system, not a box Hundreds of mobile phones are returned to shops every day because the customer thinks the phone is broken, especially during the warranty period. But how does the shop or a service centre find out if it is really defective or just not operated correctly? Setting up a phone call in a real network for testing is like a finger in the wind to determine the wind direction and speed.

Paving the Way to Volume LTE Adoption

February 23, 2012 8:12 am | by Carsten Wild, Marketing Director, Communication Processor Platforms at Renesas Mobile | Comments

Consider any downtime you’ve had recently while commuting –any time spent waiting in an airport lounge, or even walking down a busy street. There will have been people looking at messages on their phones, catching up with their email, watching videos on their tablets, perhaps even engaging in a little video conferencing.

Rich Communication Suite-No IMS Required

February 22, 2012 6:33 am | by Doug Thompson, Director of Product Management, Interop Technologies | Comments

The growing popularity of “over-the-top” (OTT) services such as Skype, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger that compete directly with mobile operators’ traditional messaging services has resulted in much speculation about the future of SMS. Many industry experts predict a steady decline in person-to-person SMS traffic, pointing to competition from OTT players that provide more advanced—and often free—communication options.

Wireless I/O Solutions for Industrial Automation Applications

February 21, 2012 4:44 am | by Andrejs Rozitis, FreeWave Technologies, Inc. | Comments

Wireless solutions for industrial automation applications are in high demand as companies look for cost-effective, technically feasible ways to implement secure, reliable data communications technology. Many diverse and dynamic markets are looking for ways to streamline their operations and automate their processes.


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