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Warning! Your Dog is Hot

August 14, 2012 7:07 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

We’ve all seen it happen – a pooch waiting in the car for its owner on what feels like a thousand degree day. Even with the car off, the temperature inside can rise to a harmful, potentially life-threatening level. Aaron Starkman felt the threats first hand. After leaving his dog, Hefty, in the car for what he thought would be a couple minutes in the pouring rain, he returned after a 20-minute-long lineup to the sun shining and Hefty struggling in the heat.

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Growing Broadband Connectivity in Rural Canada

July 30, 2012 11:13 am | by Andreas Wiatowski, Founder and CEO, Silo Wireless | Comments

Access to the Internet and connectivity are often taken for granted by people living in urban and suburban communities. Many people have come to expect wireless access as a part of daily life.   It’s no longer a luxury, it’s a necessity. When I moved to Brant County in rural Ontario, I already had a number of years of experience as a networking consultant.

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Saying Goodbye to Blackberry

July 27, 2012 7:14 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

I’ve been a Blackberry lover since day one, and for a long time, I loathed each person I saw with an iPhone. In the back of my mind I knew it was pure jealousy, as my good ol’ berry was falling apart in my hands. My carelessness aided in the destruction of this once shiny, new device. At the top of the phone you could see the green circuit board shining through, the plastic covering broke off during an epic fall.

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Tech Exchange - Power Efficiency

July 26, 2012 12:19 pm | by James Wong, Product Marketing Manager, High Frequency Products for Linear Technology | Comments

1.  What do you consider as most critical to deliver the right RF components to enable the coming wideband wireless networks for 4G and beyond?   We believe the most critical factors as an RF component supplier are to deliver the most compelling performance, lowest power consumption and widest bandwidth capability 4G RF components, while driving the most cost-effective solutions to our customers.

UpFront: Ground-breaking Product, With a View

July 26, 2012 10:10 am | Comments

Twelve journalists pack into a tiny glass room with the most captivating views of Oslo – the land of the midnight sun. Situated at the top of Holmenkollen, an Olympic ski jump, the room showcases 360° views of Oslo’s hilly countryside, lively downtown and Pipervika, the Norwegian capital’s principal harbor.

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What's the Next Cool Function for Portable CE's? How About Lightning Detection!

July 25, 2012 10:22 am | by Johnsy Varghese, ams AG | Comments

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association data says that lightning is the 2 nd leading cause of storm deaths in the US with about 100 each year.   This is only behind heat related deaths but is more than hurricanes and tornadoes combined.   In addition, lightning causes about 1000 injuries and $5 billion of damage each year -- and that is just in the US.

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An Intern's Final Words

July 24, 2012 10:01 am | by Sara M. Cohen, Editorial Intern | Comments

It is the summer before I enter my senior year at Rutgers University, and bittersweet tastes have entered my mouth regarding graduation, and all the work to follow. The excitement of warm weather and time off was quickly shadowed by the search for a worthwhile internship. As college students, we have been bombarded with economic premonitions of unemployment upon graduation.

Making the Connection

July 24, 2012 9:12 am | Comments

By Janine E. Mooney, Editor Design changes present new opportunities, and requirements, that allow the RF industry to assume a much greater application reach. Malcolm Gladwell, a British-born Canadian journalist, bestselling author and speaker, once said, “Connectors are people in a community who know large numbers of people and who are in the habit of making introductions.

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Choosing an EMI Gasket for Your Design

July 24, 2012 8:59 am | Comments

By Janine E. Mooney, Editor EMI gaskets are a must in order to properly block all interference from reaching your device. A key concern when shielding your design is choosing a gasket. Gaskets are used to seal seams and other gaps that can cause problems in shielding, thus implementing the best fit is imperative.

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Eliminating Interference with Shielded Enclosures

July 24, 2012 8:37 am | Comments

By Janine E. Mooney, Editor EMI has the ability to interrupt or even destroy the functionality of unprotected electronics. What’s more important than protecting your valuable electronics from potential threats? Not much. Especially with regards to military electronics, which are growing more and more prevalent every day.

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Why EMI Inductors?

July 24, 2012 6:59 am | Comments

By Janine E. Mooney, Editor Inductors are a vital part of most EMI filters, and can be a smart addition to your design. Connectors, enclosures, resistors, capacitors, attenuators, inductors... and how does this all relate to EMI? EMI inductors “ideal inductors” as opposed to “real” inductors; they have inductance but no resistance or capacitance and they do not either dissipate or radiate energy.

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Redefining "The Field" : How Wireless is Expanding the Network Edge

July 23, 2012 7:31 am | by Andy Ross, Product Manager of 802.11/Wi-Fi for B&B Electronics | Comments

The fabled Pony Express of the American West started carrying mail on April 3, 1860. At a time when the typical wagon train required four or five months to travel from Missouri to California, the Pony Express used relays of fresh horses and riders to cover the same distance in just 10 days. Well planned and well executed, it represented the cutting edge in western communications.

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The Growth of M2M: Drivers, Alliances, Acquisitions, and Economies of Scale

July 17, 2012 10:51 am | by Olivier Beaujard, Vice President, Market Development, Sierra Wireless | Comments

Global analysts, cellcos, and machine-to-machine (M2M) solution providers all agree on at least one thing – M2M is on a hockey stick growth trajectory. International alliances of mobile operators with other operators and/or solution providers are being formed. Acquisitions are being made that strengthen some providers with new technologies, access to broader markets, and better purchasing power.

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Proximity Marketing: Now Shopper Ready

July 17, 2012 7:25 am | by Alex Romanov, CEO, iSIGN Media | Comments

With nearly 90% of adults in the U.S. now using mobile phones and the majority of those users going online with their mobile devices (Pew Internet), the mobile communications revolution is in full swing. This unprecedented level of 24/7 connectivity has changed the way people live in countless ways – providing a medium to connect in real time with family and friends, merging digital and physical experiences and even sparking social movements.

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High-Energy Lithium Batteries Power Wireless Military Devices

July 16, 2012 11:07 am | by Sol Jacobs, Tadiran Batteries | Comments

Lithium metal oxide chemistry improves upon legacy battery technologies to cut costs and increase reliability of military and aerospace systems. Demand is growing for high-rate, battery-powered solutions for avionics, navigation systems, ordinance fuses, missile systems, telemetry, electronic warfare systems, GPS tracking and emergency/safety devices, shipboard and oceanographic devices.

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