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Mobile HD Video: What are my options?

October 2, 2012 8:28 am | by Graham LS Connolly, Member of Technical Staff, Fairchild Semiconductor | Comments

In today’s consumer products, USB and HDMI™ have become household names and are synonymous with ultra-portable connectivity and HD video. As technology has improved and as the consumer’s demands for more features, high definition (HD) video playback and social networking capability continues to grow then so has the challenge constantly increased to maintain the ultra slim form factor on mobile products that help us to stay connected with the world.


Emergence of Thinking Networks

October 2, 2012 7:41 am | by Mike Fahrion, director of product management, B&B Electronics | Comments

When examining Flame, the most sophisticated malware that has appeared to date, investigators discovered an interesting feature: Flame can steal and transmit data from computers that have no Internet connections. Flame does it by using unsuspecting humans for bi-directional data transport. Flame begins the process by copying itself to every digital storage device that it encounters, including USB sticks and external hard drives.


Making Moves and Harvesting Energy

October 1, 2012 12:24 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

Engineers are tossing the batteries and making advances to save wasted energy in more effective and realistic ways Today’s technology offers the OEM more cultivated and feasible power options for wireless networks and devices. Also known as “power harvesting” or “energy scavenging”, energy harvesting is when energy originates elsewhere, from an external source.


Implementing Self-Powered WSNs for Building Automation

October 1, 2012 11:20 am | Comments

By Tim Bradow, VP of Marketing, Infinite Power Solutions (IPS) Advanced solid-state batteries together with ambient energy harvesting provide a permanent eco-friendly power solution for deploying wireless sensor networks in Smart Buildings. Wireless Sensor Networks (WSNs) are self-organizing, self-healing networks of small sensor nodes and are positioned to transform a variety of industrial sensing applications, including building automation (occupancy detection, HVAC, lighting controls, etc.


Software Development Tools Optimize ZigBee Performance

September 24, 2012 8:04 am | Comments

By Anders Lundgren, IAR Systems As ZigBee gains traction in the home automation and light industrial arenas, the right development tools make the difference in power savings. The ZigBee wireless protocol has been around for a number of years, but is just beginning to make a significant impact on the market.


Designing a More Patient-Proof Battery Holder

September 21, 2012 10:58 am | by Tom Blaha, President, Memory Protection Devices | Comments

As more and more battery-powered medical devices get utilized in the home or get worn by the patient, it is becoming increasingly critical to make this equipment less susceptible to patient-error. An innovative battery holder technology makes battery replacement virtually fool-proof, providing added protection against incorrect battery replacement, which can jeopardize product safety and performance.


How Non-Line-of-Sight Backhaul Really Works

September 12, 2012 7:19 am | by Frank Rayal, Vice President of Product Management at BliNQ Networks | Comments

Ever wondered how non-line-of-sight (NLOS) backhaul really works? And how NLOS backhaul is different from Line-of-Sight (LOS) backhaul? I will explain the difference here and highlight some key issues that make a very big difference in the performance of NLOS systems. A fundamental practice in designing wireless systems is to understand the characteristics of the propagation channel and to design a system that takes advantage of such characteristics while mitigating for different impairments.


The New Smart Home is the Really Smart Home

September 10, 2012 7:14 am | by Cees Links, CEO of GreenPeak | Comments

The new Smart Home is much more than just the connected home – it is about a truly smart home that combines the best of the connected home, the new Internet of Things, as well as the Internet of Tiny Things, with the marketing and business platform provided by the world’s leading entertainment and service providers.


Taking a Second Look at the Top 12 Trends

September 7, 2012 6:54 am | by Diane Royer, Senior Marketing Manager, Avaya | Comments

Is the year already half over?  Where did the time go? Some of you may have seen my blog back in February about the "12 Communication Trends for 2012."  Six months later, the cool thing is that this continues to be a very hot and relevant set of topics for just about anyone who wants to quickly get a perspective on the top communication trends and how to plan for them.


Wireless Pedestrian Detection Technology

September 7, 2012 5:22 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

We’ve all been there – distracted while driving. Unfortunately for some, it can result in a horrible accident. Hitting another car, a tree, or even a pedestrian. General Motors is making moves to prevent these accidents, and I must admit – the technology is pretty cool (and you’ve probably heard of it).


Winning the In-building Wireless Network Gold

September 4, 2012 8:42 am | Comments

By Mark Keenan, Director of Real Wireless Ltd It is hard to believe that the 2012 Olympics are over, but so is our successful quest for the epic event’s “in-building wireless” Gold Medal at Wembley Stadium. Like the athletes that graced Wembley and the other Olympic venues, we found that research, planning, practice and the use of the latest technology would be the keys to our Olympic success.


The Mean, Sheen Cleaning Machines

August 30, 2012 12:23 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

I’m a strong believer in cleaning up after yourself, but sometimes a crazy schedule crowds not only your calendar, but also your home. As a girl, each morning is a stressful, messy event. Shower – drop the towel on the floor; brush hair – leave the brush on the bathroom vanity; get dressed (five times) – leave the “no’s” on the bed, or the floor, or wherever they land.


Should You Use Current or Voltage in Analog Transducer Readings?

August 24, 2012 7:39 am | Comments

Transducers for Equipment Monitoring and More When choosing an analog measurement transducer for a variety of instrumentation monitoring applications including machine monitoring, quality assurance, and more, you will be given a choice of signal types.  The most common signals for these transducers are either voltage (0-5 volts DC, or 0-10 volts DC) or current (generally 4-20 milliamps).


Barriers To Adopting Wireless Healthcare

August 24, 2012 6:11 am | by Simon Wickes, Business Sector Manager for Healthcare at Roke Manor Research | Comments

Mobile healthcare (mHealth) is tipped to be one of the hottest trends for 2012. Indeed, a report from the World Heath Organisation (WHO), ‘mHealth – New Horizons for Health Through Mobile Technologies’, recognises that the use of mobile and wireless has the potential to transform the face of health service delivery across the globe.


Cellular Network Synchronization Challenges - Time and Phase Synchronization over Packet-based Networks

August 22, 2012 8:46 am | Comments

The need for deterministic timing performance for packet-based wireless backhaul networks and case for Time Synchronization Using IEEE®-1588-2008 + Synchronous Ethernet in a Time-Setting Mode of Operation By P. Stephan Bedrosian, Distinguished Engineer, LSI Corporation We use clocks everyday to synchronize ourselves with persons or processes.



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