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Using the Power of the Cloud in Test and Measurement

January 11, 2012 6:19 am | Comments

By Neil Forcier, Agilent Technologies "The cloud" continues to become more and more pervasive in our everyday business and personal lives. Many people today use the cloud and do not even realize it. Gmail and Facebook, for example, are cloud-based services. The cloud, more formally known as cloud computing, refers to software, computation, and data storage/retrieval services, which from a user's perspective, happen somewhere out in the ether.

What Smartphones Need Now

January 9, 2012 7:48 am | Comments

News reports indicate that the iPhone 4S has stimulated users to increase mobile data usage by 1.6 times over that of the older iPhone 3G. This increase is probably a result of the inclusion of voice-initiated commands and cloud-based data search and storage on the device. This increased usage may not be surprising when smartphone use for social networking and streaming movies is at an all-time high, and demand for broadband data shows no sign of slowing down.

White Space - Taking Part in the Revolution

January 5, 2012 6:08 am | by William Webb, CTO, Neul | Comments

It would have been hard, to say the least, not to have heard the buzz about white space within the telecommunications industry in the last year. What is white space? Put as simply as possible, white space involves the utilization of vacant television spectrum for radio communications. White space has been of huge interest to networks and equipment providers all over the world.

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Seeing Past the Clouds - PLM and what’s What?

December 29, 2011 4:49 am | Comments

There is a lot of talk about cloud computing today, and its exponentially growing presence among enterprise technology, particularly Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).  While PLM “in the cloud” is available today, its adoption can be slow.   Customers are having a difficult time deciphering when, how and even whether to use PLM in a cloud.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Vikram Skrivats of MindTree on Wireless Networks and Tech Convergence

December 27, 2011 4:16 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 Vikram Skrivats of MindTree about wireless networks and their role in application and device functionality convergence in the marketplace.

The Complexity of Automotive M2M Connectivity

December 22, 2011 10:11 am | by Per Lindberg, Business Manager Automotive, Telenor Connexion | Comments

Wireless design professionals are aware of the fact that M2M connectivity is found in everything from consumer electronic devices, to roaming sheep and point of sale terminals.   Most of the verticals are grouped together under the term M2M for machine-to-machine communications.     But it seems less is known about the automotive industry, which has its own special name for M2M connectivity - Telematics.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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