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The Options for Wireless Backhaul in Heterogeneous Networks

December 14, 2011 10:40 am | by Frank Rayal - VP of Product Management, BLINQ | Comments

Everybody agrees that when it comes to small cell backhaul, wireless technologies will play a leading role. But there are several types of wireless backhaul that are suitable for small cell backhaul. Which one is right for you? There are three main categories of contending wireless backhaul solutions: 1- Line-of-sight (LOS) microwave systems typically operating in the 10 GHz - 42 GHz bands.

Living in the Real World: Position and Motion Sensors for Harsh Environments

December 14, 2011 9:25 am | by Christian Fell, POSITAL - FRABA | Comments

For many control systems, sensors are the vital components that link the external world of machinery and materials to the electronic world of programmable controllers. And, since the external world is often a world of dust and moisture, shock and vibration, selecting sensor devices that can stand up to harsh environmental conditions can be critical to the success of the system.

A Year in Wireless

December 13, 2011 9:30 am | Comments

OEMs Share Their Accomplishments in 2011 & Predicitions for 2012 1. How was your business in 2011 and what is the outlook for 2012? John Greichen, Analog Devic es: Despite market unpredictability, ADI had a good year in 2011. Looking ahead to 2012, the world continues to be a very uncertain place in every region of the world, and the range of possible outcomes for the year is very wide.


Growth in Printed Electronics

December 13, 2011 6:37 am | by Dr Khasha Ghaffarzadeh, Technology Analyst, IDTechEx | Comments

At end of November, IDTechEx held the world's largest printed electronics and photovoltaics conference and tradeshow in Silicon Valley at the Santa Clara Convention Center. This show brought together more than 1300 attendees from 28 countries. Players active across the entire value chain were present; covering the full range from research organisations to end-users, and from small start-ups to multi-billion internationals.

Automotive EMI Shielding - Controlling Automotive Electronic Emissions and Susceptibility with Proper EMI Suppression Methods

December 7, 2011 6:14 am | by Gary Fenical, Colin Tong, and John Noto, Laird Technologies | Comments

As technology advances, the need to place larger numbers of electrical and electronic systems into automobiles has dramatically increased. To name a few, these systems include Control Area Networks (CAN), safety systems, communications, mobile media, infotainment systems including wireless headsets, DC motors and controllers.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Bernard Aboussouan of GainSpan on Developing Low-Power Wireless Networks

December 6, 2011 5:19 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 this podcast we talk to Bernard Aboussouan of GainSpan about next-generation low-power wireless networking, the Cloud, and what it means to the design engineer.

Will Bluetooth Low Energy Wireless Technology Finally Push IR Into Retirement?

December 1, 2011 6:11 am | Comments

By Alf Helge Omre, Business Development Manager, Bluetooth low energy wireless technology, Nordic Semiconductor The IR remote control is a senior citizen. The 50-year-old technology is struggling in the multimedia age, but in the absence of a worthy successor, the CE industry won’t let IR fade away.

Hops and Pops in Timing aren't a Child's Game

December 1, 2011 3:28 am | Comments

Quartz resonators have many desirable properties, but they also show something called “hops and pops”. Unlike the fun subjects of Dr. Seuss' children's book, hops and pops in timing set a limit on how precise a frequency one can get from a quartz TCXO. The reasons crystals do this are not completely understood, but they include surface imperfections, contamination, material interfaces, anchor stress, and spurious resonances.


Air-Cored Spring Coil Family Expands Range

December 1, 2011 3:06 am | Comments

Available in both leaded and SMT configurations, a family of Air-Wound Spring Coils distributed by Total Frequency Control (TFC) includes a standard range of moulded SMT coils from 2.5nH to 500nH on tape and reel and custom wound designs with an infinite variety of winding types. Custom devices may be single or multi turn with clock-wise or anti-clockwise windings and internal diameter from 0.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Ashraf Elghamrawi of Analog Devices on RFICs

November 29, 2011 10:44 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 this podcast we talk to Ashraf Elghamrawi, Product Marketing Manager at Analog Devices,  about the RF landscape as it applies to smart devices and the challenges to the engineer.

Problem Solvers - The Next Decade of the Software-Defined Instrument

November 28, 2011 8:38 am | by David Hall, RF and Communications Product Manager, National Instruments | Comments

When you take a step back and look at how RF instruments have evolved over the past twenty years, you can observe how the evolution of wireless standards has pushed the RF front ends to new levels of analog performance. For example, one might remember the ORFS (Output RF Spectrum) measurement from GSM – long thought of as one of the most challenging RF measurements that an engineer could make with a signal analyzer.

Tech Exchange: Medical Connectors

November 22, 2011 10:59 am | Comments

Welcome to Tech Exchange on Medical Connectors!  This Month: Anthony J. Kalaijakis, Strategic Medical Marketing Manager, Molex 1. What are some of the major connector trends today influencing the global electronics market e.g., consumer electronics, industrial automation, medical electronics? The major trends for connectors in the medical device industry are: • Healthcare reform and reimbursement are driving the merging of commercial products and technologies into the medical market.

Mark Frauenfelder Presents Maker Faire

November 22, 2011 8:40 am | Comments

MAKE editor-in-chief Mark Frauenfelder would like to introduce you to some of his favorite makers, and the projects they've brought to Maker Faire. If you don't know about Maker Faire, it's a festive two-day exhibition of DIY invention and creativity held annually in several locations around the United States.

Minimizing Vulnerability of the Growing 4G Infrastructure

November 18, 2011 9:35 am | by Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

by Jim Colby, Littelfuse The 4G buildout continues at full speed. A major telecom equipment manufacturer has predicted that by 2020, “everything that benefits from a network connection will be connected,” and that the number of connected devices will reach 50 billion. The 4G piece of this is high-speed, mobile connectivity; basically providing broadband speeds without a wired connection to the Internet.

Army develops self-aware, decision-making network

November 18, 2011 8:39 am | Comments

The U.S. Army is developing a “self-aware, decision-making network” that will ultimately reduce human decision-making requirements and increase network performance. The Skynet Cognitive Algorithm & Network Design Experiment (CANDE) was designed to enable easier network maintenance, reduce human decision-making requirements, increase network lifetime, transfer data with less delay, and reduce energy consumption.


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