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GSM and GPS Combine for European eCall

March 6, 2012 10:50 am | by Carl Fenger, Communications Manager and Stefano Moioli, Product Manager, u-blox | Comments

eCall is a European emergency call system that will combine GSM and GPS technologies to support automated vehicle emergency services throughout the European Union. Its goal is to provide rapid assistance to motorists involved in a collision anywhere in the EU. The system is officially defined as a “Pan-European automatic in-vehicle emergency call system”.

The Dilemma of Fast Charging of Electric Vehicles

March 5, 2012 11:27 am | by Dr Peter Harrop | Comments

People like to see a lifebelt by the local river even though they may never use it. They certainly do not want to pay for one though. It is like that with the fast charging of cars. We all want to charge our electric car in the blink of an eye. Indeed, we may be happy to pay through the nose for that electricity when we are far away if the only alternative is to walk home or at least be late for an appointment.

The LTE Experience: When Information Becomes Intelligence for Public Safety

March 5, 2012 10:35 am | Comments

by Darren McQueen, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, Wireless Private Broadband and IDEN Products and Solutions, Motorola Solutions Within the last 10 years, the proliferation of wireless technology has allowed people to connect with each other, anywhere, anytime. In the United States alone, 50 percent of Americans own a smartphone, 250 million people consume social media on a mobile device, and 150 billion text messages are sent every month.

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Testing Mobile Phones Efficiently

March 5, 2012 5:25 am | Comments

Reproducible tests need a test system, not a box Hundreds of mobile phones are returned to shops every day because the customer thinks the phone is broken, especially during the warranty period. But how does the shop or a service centre find out if it is really defective or just not operated correctly? Setting up a phone call in a real network for testing is like a finger in the wind to determine the wind direction and speed.

Paving the Way to Volume LTE Adoption

February 23, 2012 8:12 am | by Carsten Wild, Marketing Director, Communication Processor Platforms at Renesas Mobile | Comments

Consider any downtime you’ve had recently while commuting –any time spent waiting in an airport lounge, or even walking down a busy street. There will have been people looking at messages on their phones, catching up with their email, watching videos on their tablets, perhaps even engaging in a little video conferencing.

Rich Communication Suite-No IMS Required

February 22, 2012 6:33 am | by Doug Thompson, Director of Product Management, Interop Technologies | Comments

The growing popularity of “over-the-top” (OTT) services such as Skype, WhatsApp, and Facebook Messenger that compete directly with mobile operators’ traditional messaging services has resulted in much speculation about the future of SMS. Many industry experts predict a steady decline in person-to-person SMS traffic, pointing to competition from OTT players that provide more advanced—and often free—communication options.

Wireless I/O Solutions for Industrial Automation Applications

February 21, 2012 4:44 am | by Andrejs Rozitis, FreeWave Technologies, Inc. | Comments

Wireless solutions for industrial automation applications are in high demand as companies look for cost-effective, technically feasible ways to implement secure, reliable data communications technology. Many diverse and dynamic markets are looking for ways to streamline their operations and automate their processes.

High Accuracy Wireless Solution Brings Advances to Emergency Call Management in India

February 21, 2012 3:56 am | by Jagdish Mitra, CEO, CanvasM Technologies | Comments

CanvasM Technologies, Tech Mahindra’s VAS subsidiary, recently entered into a strategic partnership with Polaris Wireless, a global leader in software-based wireless location solutions, to introduce the first high-accuracy, network-based wireless location solution for the Indian market.

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Pushing 802.11n Wi-Fi Technology So It Can Deliver Multiple Simultaneous Streams

February 16, 2012 10:22 am | by Behrooz Rezvani, Founder and Chairman, Quantenna Communications | Comments

Consumers expect the same quality from their wireless technology as they do from wired Ethernet, and to meet these expectations, service providers are demanding that 802.11n Wi-Fi technology deliver as many as four HD video streams, simultaneously, at more than 100 Mbps data rates, anywhere in the home, with near-zero error rates.

Mobile Device Testing Challenges

February 15, 2012 6:55 am | by Mike Keeley, Director of Product Management at Spirent | Comments

Welcome to the RAT Race One of the many complexities involved in developing today’s mobile devices and chipsets is that the product must cooperate with both cutting-edge and legacy wireless Radio Access Technologies (RATs). This creates a dizzying array of handover scenarios that must be tested before a mobile chipset or device designer can be confident that the finished product will perform well.

UpFront: A Step In The Right Direction

February 8, 2012 6:21 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Comments

It was no surprise to anyone that when I took my first step into the wireless technology industry, it would be a small one. Understanding about thirty percent (OK, twenty) of the jargon that the industry guru’s spoke was not sufficient, and I was remembering even less than that. At that point, I did my best to immerse myself in the world of wireless, but sometimes it just felt like I was drowning.

Remote Testing: the Achilles Heel of Cloud Services

January 30, 2012 4:51 am | by Daniel Joseph Barry, Napatech (www.napatech.com) | Comments

Cloud services provide a new and promising opportunity for Enterprises to address the growing complexity of IT. The availability of smartphones and the expectation of immediate and simple access to both private and company specific information on a global basis are driving demand for centralization of IT services and the related competence required to support these effectively.

Digital Predistortion: Seeing Clearly in the House of Mirrors

January 26, 2012 7:33 am | Comments

By Mike Woodward, Industry Marketing Manager and Chris Aden, Product Marketing Manager at MathWorks Correcting nonlinear power amplifier behavior is much easier when designing with simulation         Working with power amplifiers (PAs) is like walking through a carnival house of mirrors–you see a distorted version of reality.

Make Your Tablets and Smart Phones Smarter - Add Serial Capability for Seriously Remote Data

January 25, 2012 9:55 am | by Andrew C. Ross, Director of Wireless Applications for B&B Electronics | Comments

To paraphrase Mark Twain, rumors about the demise of serial ports are greatly exaggerated. Serial ports are everywhere, in everything from industrial automation systems to scientific instrumentation. Too many people have too much invested in serial-equipped devices for the standard to disappear any time soon.

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Tech Exchange: Optoelectronics/Displays

January 25, 2012 9:01 am | Comments

Tech Exchange: Optoelectronics/Displays An interview with Jennifer Davis, Vice President, Marketing at Planar Systems on trends in the optoelectronics and display market. 1. What are some of the major display trends today influencing the global electronics market e.g., consumer electronics, automotive electronics, medical electronics? A: The trends in global electronics continue to center around industrial design (how the product looks) and user experience (how the product performs).

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