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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.

Opto-electronic Circuit Simulation and Microwave Photonics

November 17, 2011 6:08 am | by Tom Smy, Ph.D. Professor Department of Electronics, Carleton University and Marcio Freitas, Ph.D. Senior Research Scientist, Optiwave | Comments

The ongoing convergence of electrical, solid state photonic and optical technologies has produced a wave of experimental results, new devices and novel applications - with Microwave Photonics (MWP) being a particularly exciting field. Roughly speaking, microwave photonics involves the optical generation, distribution and processing of microwave frequency (40 to 200 GHz) signals imposed on an optical carrier as a modulated envelope.

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Tony Valentino of Quickfilter Technologies on Signal Management

November 16, 2011 5:07 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 Tony Valentino, Quickfilter Technologies COO, about signal managment issues and the challenges facing the designer.

Android Accessory Development with chipKIT MAX32

November 15, 2011 3:36 am | Comments

 This video demonstrates a working application example from Microchip's Accessory Framework for Android™ running on the chipKIT Development Platform.

Cloud to Service Endpoints - The Missing Link

November 15, 2011 3:29 am | by Paul Anderson, Wind River (www.windriver.com) | Comments

I remember as a kid I was fascinated with phones. The idea that you could pick up the phone, dial it, and talk to someone on the other end was pretty neat. And… at the time, a phone was an elegantly designed electro-mechanical work of art, and it was fun to take them apart to try and figure out how they worked.

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The Tinker's Toolbox - Mark Thirman of Illume on the User Interface

November 14, 2011 10:55 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 Mark Thirman of Illume Software ( www.getizup.

LCD Market Trends - Smartphones vs. TVs

November 14, 2011 5:07 am | Comments

This past summer, for the first time in the history of LCDTVs, the average selling price (ASP) of a 42” LCDTV dropped below that of a Smartphone. Simultaneously, the excess capacity of LCDTV panels hit its highest level in years with almost no growth forecasted between 2010 and 2011. So what does this tell us? Firstly, dropping prices will not necessarily sell more LCDTVs.

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A'Swiss Army Knife for the Blind' using Freescale Kinetis MCUs

November 11, 2011 10:22 am | Comments

The Make It Challenge featuring Kinetis MCUs is Freescale's latest design contest. This design utilizes Freescale's Kinetis K60 Tower System, MQX software, the i.MX53 Quick Start board, along with IAR Systems' Embedded Workbench and GainSpan's Tower System 802.11b Wi-Fi Module. The Swiss Army Knife is a portable product for blind people, integrating: - Notepad - Portable Scan to Braille - Twitter Communication Also provides PC software so blind people can be trained/monitored by people without Braille coding knowledge: - Writing Coach - Reading Coach The K60-based B-Notepad offers a portable solution for storage into a SDHC card, so students type notes using the B-Keyboard and review using the B-Display B-Writing Coach is used to capture dictation to the B-Keyboard; the data is sent to the PC using the Tower Wi-Fi module so it can be graded by the teacher.

Printed Electronics Technology Moves Closer to Fully-Printed Devices

November 9, 2011 7:05 am | Comments

Screen Printing is one of the more established technologies utilised in the manufacture of what a lot would consider "conventional" electronics. And although they represent a hybrid state between fully printable electronics and electronics processed in silicon fabs, they also represent the intermediate step that leads to more accurate, fully automated atmospheric processing at very high volumes, with equally high yields.

Hall Effect Measurement Fundamentals

November 9, 2011 5:32 am | Comments

 Learn how to make Hall effect measurements as they relate to semiconductor materials and device characterization. This seminar presents an introduction to Hall effect measurements, including background on their application, methodologies for deriving Hall voltage, resistivity, and carrier mobility, and techniques for ensuring measurement quality.

The Tinker's Toolbox -

November 7, 2011 7:12 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 Jeff Jussel, senior director of global technology marketing at element14  about critical challenges to the engineer throughout the design process.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Steve Canton of iCore on VoPI and Disaster Recovery

November 4, 2011 9:18 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 Stephen G. Canton,  Chairman and CEO of  iCore Networks  about the benefits of Voice over Private Internet (VoPI)  and disaster recovery tools.

Can Solar Survive Solyndra Aftermath?

November 3, 2011 1:12 pm | Comments

The recent collapse of a few high-profile solar energy companies, like Solyndra and   Beacon Power , has caused even the most ardent fans of alternative energy to ask, "Can this industry survive?"  The answer is a resounding, yes and no.  It all depends on what government on all levels does.

Great Expectations

November 3, 2011 8:37 am | Comments

I have heard customers and suppliers express frustration about what they get or do not get from th e distributors with whom they do business.   Much of that is simply a function of distribution being an easy target, since they are the ultimate middlemen. Customers are reluctant to place a value on the services that distribution provides and suppliers often don’t want to recognize distribution’s contribution to their sales strategy.

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