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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 ( | 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.


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).

The Tinker's Toolbox - An Exclusive Interview with Neil deGrasse Tyson

January 24, 2012 6:06 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 today's podcast we talk to  astrophysicist, technology evangelist, and futurist Dr.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Bart Giordano of Marvell on WIreless Systems

January 20, 2012 7:37 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 today's podcast we talk to Bart Giordano, Director of Product Marketing for Wireless at Marvell about wireless architectures, industry standards issues, and the rise of older tech in new places like beamforming in smaller systems.

Four Things to Watch for on Smartphones

January 13, 2012 5:17 am | Comments

The year 2011 has unmistakably been the year of smartphone and ecosystems housing this magic gizmo. Now 2012 is most likely going to be the extension of that unprecedented momentum that smartphone has been gathering since the launch of the iPhone back in 2007. About mobile cloud The next year will be pivotal for Apple to stay ahead of its fast followers and mobile cloud is sure the new battleground.


Using the Power of the Cloud in Test and Measurement

January 11, 2012 6:19 am | Comments

By Neil Forcier, Agilent Technologies "The cloud" continues to become more and more pervasive in our everyday business and personal lives. Many people today use the cloud and do not even realize it. Gmail and Facebook, for example, are cloud-based services. The cloud, more formally known as cloud computing, refers to software, computation, and data storage/retrieval services, which from a user's perspective, happen somewhere out in the ether.

What Smartphones Need Now

January 9, 2012 7:48 am | Comments

News reports indicate that the iPhone 4S has stimulated users to increase mobile data usage by 1.6 times over that of the older iPhone 3G. This increase is probably a result of the inclusion of voice-initiated commands and cloud-based data search and storage on the device. This increased usage may not be surprising when smartphone use for social networking and streaming movies is at an all-time high, and demand for broadband data shows no sign of slowing down.

White Space - Taking Part in the Revolution

January 5, 2012 6:08 am | by William Webb, CTO, Neul | Comments

It would have been hard, to say the least, not to have heard the buzz about white space within the telecommunications industry in the last year. What is white space? Put as simply as possible, white space involves the utilization of vacant television spectrum for radio communications. White space has been of huge interest to networks and equipment providers all over the world.


Seeing Past the Clouds - PLM and what’s What?

December 29, 2011 4:49 am | Comments

There is a lot of talk about cloud computing today, and its exponentially growing presence among enterprise technology, particularly Product Lifecycle Management (PLM).  While PLM “in the cloud” is available today, its adoption can be slow.   Customers are having a difficult time deciphering when, how and even whether to use PLM in a cloud.

The Tinker's Toolbox - Vikram Skrivats of MindTree on Wireless Networks and Tech Convergence

December 27, 2011 4:16 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 Vikram Skrivats of MindTree about wireless networks and their role in application and device functionality convergence in the marketplace.

The Complexity of Automotive M2M Connectivity

December 22, 2011 10:11 am | by Per Lindberg, Business Manager Automotive, Telenor Connexion | Comments

Wireless design professionals are aware of the fact that M2M connectivity is found in everything from consumer electronic devices, to roaming sheep and point of sale terminals.   Most of the verticals are grouped together under the term M2M for machine-to-machine communications.     But it seems less is known about the automotive industry, which has its own special name for M2M connectivity - Telematics.


The Options for Wireless Backhaul in Heterogeneous Networks

December 14, 2011 10:40 am | by Frank Rayal - VP of Product Management, BLINQ | Comments

Everybody agrees that when it comes to small cell backhaul, wireless technologies will play a leading role. But there are several types of wireless backhaul that are suitable for small cell backhaul. Which one is right for you? There are three main categories of contending wireless backhaul solutions: 1- Line-of-sight (LOS) microwave systems typically operating in the 10 GHz - 42 GHz bands.


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