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Simpler Architecture Offloads MCU in 2.4 GHz Wireless Applications

May 29, 2012 11:36 am | by Prashant Dekate, ams AG | Comments

In more and more consumer and industrial applications, end users appreciate the convenience of connectivity without cables, and the license-free 2.4 GHz ISM band is often the most suitable choice. Such applications include body area networks, wireless sensor networks, active smart labels, home/building automation, and interactive remote controls.

Cleaning Up Dirty RF: RF/Communication Physical Layer Research with LabVIEW and NI USRP

May 29, 2012 11:31 am | by Jan Dohl, Research Associate, Technical University (TU) Dresden, Germany, Vodafone Chair Mobile Communication Systems | Comments

The Challenge: Developing an improved method for applying digital signal processing to correct nonlinear RF impairments, and validating the approach using real-world wireless signals. The Solution: Migrating simulation-only code to NI LabVIEW software and using real-time digital signal processing (DSP) with two NI USRP™ (Universal Software Radio Peripheral) software defined radios to specifically address nonlinear amplifier impairments and validate algorithms with real-world signals.

1 Watt Driver Amplifiers Offer 2-Stages of Gain and Integrated Features to Simplify RF Design

May 29, 2012 10:16 am | Comments

Today’s radio designs, and other RF communication equipment, are being made to consume less power while occupying less physical space, which leads to less available board area for heat sinking. ADI has kept pace with these requirements by creating the ADL5605 and ADL5606 two-stage 1 Watt RF driver amplifiers.

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How Utilities Can Leverage Smart Grid Automation to Comply with FAA-mandated Obstruction Light Monitoring Requirements

May 29, 2012 9:35 am | by Jason Wilson, Sr. VP of Business Development & Product Management for On-Ramp Wireless | Comments

New transmission lines are being built to meet growing demands for electricity, improve reliability of power delivery, and meet requirements for procuring larger percentages of energy from renewable sources. As new transmission corridors are approved and the projects are initiated, the FAA requires notification by utilities of the construction or alteration of any structure that may affect the National Airspace System.

Consigned to History by the Smartphone

May 22, 2012 5:39 am | by Steve Watts, Co-founder of SecurEnvoy | Comments

It might seem hard to believe but the mobile phone was first introduced to the UK in 1985. Just twenty seven years later and the device that we now love is hardly recognisable to those first Motorola handsets. And it’s not just the size and battery life that’s changed. Let’s face it, if you were to upgrade your handset tomorrow, would you just be looking for one that can make calls! Considered the top executive toy, the mobile phone became the status symbol of the Yuppie - short for "young urban professional" or "young upwardly mobile professional".

The ZigBee Impact

May 16, 2012 12:27 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

Your home and office contain a host of technologies working to improve the way you live. From monitoring energy intake and usage, to controlling your appliances and lighting, ZigBee is a protocol that is changing the way we live — and in some cases, we don’t even realize it. ZigBee is the only standards-based wireless technology designed to address the unique needs of low-cost, low-power wireless sensor and control networks in just about any market.

Any Time, Anywhere Audio

May 16, 2012 6:04 am | Comments

Bill Boldt, Sr. Business Development Manager, Fairchild Semiconductor With cell phone companies using merchant chip sets, they must find new ways to differentiate how their products look, feel, sound; and what they enable users to do.  As for sound, in the not-too-distant past handset users expected very little in the way of audio performance, so whatever amplifier was built into the core chip set was good enough.

Leaving the Comfort Zone: How CSPs and TEVs Can Capitalize on Enterprise Mobility Applications

May 15, 2012 12:28 pm | by Jan Timothy Woodcock and Marc Jacobson, Wipro Technologies | Comments

Enterprise Mobility Applications (EMAs) will transform competition across all businesses. That's the conclusion of a Wipro survey of 161 North American companies whose executives are at the forefront of EMA deployment. How confident are these executives that sweeping change is on the way? In the area of sales productivity alone, a whopping 88 percent said they believe EMAs will improve the win rate, and 82 percent said EMAs will increase the average deal size.

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NTT DOCOMO Remote Lock Service Provides Enterprises and Consumers Increased Peace of Mind

May 11, 2012 9:42 am | by Posted by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

By Lori Sylvia, EVP Marketing, Red Bend   With the tremendous power of smartphones, and the increasing amount of information that can be stored on them, lost and stolen devices have become one of the biggest threats to consumer privacy and to Enterprise security. Think about it. A lost smartphone isn't just an inconvenience, it opens the door to email accounts, banking apps or any saved site or app linked to a credit card.

Fundamentals of Molecular Nano-Communication Networks at IEEE ICC 2012

May 11, 2012 5:18 am | Comments

By Dr. Ian F. Akyildiz, Ken Byers Chair Professor, School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology The concept of nanotechnology was first pointed out by the 1965 Nobel laureate physicist Richard Feynman in his famous speech entitled “There’s Plenty of Room at the Bottom” in December 1959.

Custom Color LCD Display Module

May 8, 2012 11:16 am | Comments

The newest color technology is called Field Sequential Color (link to http://focuslcd.com/custom-fsc-lcd-displays/ ) or FSC LCD display.   FSC LCD’s ( www.focuslcd.com ) are a uniquely different color technology. They are not a replacement for OLED’s or TFT’s because they do not display video or high resolution photos.

Intelligence on the Edge

May 8, 2012 5:21 am | by Brian Anderson, Vice President of Marketing, Solutions and Services, Sierra Wireless | Comments

The machine-to-machine (M2M) space continues to expand rapidly, with businesses in the transportation, energy, industrial automation, and enterprise segments seeking to track and monitor their assets, automate their data collection and management, and maintain mission critical equipment as cost-efficiently as possible.

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Exploring IPv6 Industry Issues & Challenges at IEEE ICC 2012

May 3, 2012 7:33 am | by Latif Ladid, President IPv6 Forum, Senior Researcher, SnT – University of Luxembourg | Comments

The long-awaited upgrade of the Internet’s main communications protocol took a momentous leap last month when Akami, the world’s largest content delivery network (CDN), officially offered IPv6 services to its entire customer base. The company, which carries between 20 to 30 percent of the world’s daily Internet Web traffic, spent nearly two years adapting 100,000 servers based across 71 different countries to support the next generation Internet Protocol.

National Cell Phone Alert Program Launched

May 3, 2012 7:23 am | by Rick Wimberly, President, Galain Solutions | Comments

After several years of development, the Commercial Mobile Alert System (CMAS) has been activated, allowing public safety authorities to send alerts to cell phone users anywhere, anytime—without the need for customers to opt in. Not since the Emergency Broadcast System in the 1960s has there been such a broad alerting initiative in the U.

The Sleepless City vs. the Valley of the Geeks

April 25, 2012 12:28 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

Silicon Valley has never been shy to turn away dim startups, but that’s not the reason young entrepreneurs are looking towards the east coast to plant their roots. Let’s take a look at the cold, hard facts here - Silicon Valley is a breeding ground for tech startups. They are known as being more “ ambitious ”, according to Business Insider.

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