NFC, a wireless technology mostly used for mobile payments, hasn't taken off in the United States. It's available in a few phones, but banks and carriers are dickering over payment services, and phone makers such as Motorola have said they don't want to implement an expensive new feature without knowing it will be used.
An electronic engineering laboratory at City University is making huge strides in research on wireless communication technology. With private funding and government support, its engineers are trying to find ways to boost already superfast speeds of broadband connectivity and improve network coverage.
Banks, financial institutions and now internet service providers are tapping into the market for contact-free payment systems. It is a time-saving temptation for busy people, but tech experts say consumers must be aware of the risks when opting for the technology. Contactless credit cards and mobile phone chips connect to payment terminals via a short range radio frequency identification (RFID).
A way to print Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) chips right onto paper has been discovered by a team of scientists from University of Montpellier. The technique uses a thermal evaporation process to deposit of thin aluminium coil antennas on sheets of paper which can later be used to create packaging or printed material.
Providing a unique interdisciplinary forum for engineers, researchers and government professionals in the emerging field of electrified transportation, the first IEEE International Electric Vehicle Conference (IEVC) is scheduled for 4-8 March 2012 at the TD Convention Center in Greenville, SC. IEVC 2012 is designed to facilitate the exchange of information on global trends in technology, engineering, standards and deployment aspects among industrial, academic and regulatory thought leaders for the rapidly-growing worldwide electric vehicle ecosystem.
VeriSilicon Holdings Co. Ltd. announced a licensing agreement for ZSP G3 cores with Marvell. The agreement includes the Dual-MAC ZSP800M and ZSP880M synthesizable DSP cores which are area and power optimized for efficient mobile application and digital entertainment platform solutions. The Dual-MAC ZSP architecture offers the best balance of high performance, power efficiency and lower cost to support the increasing feature convergence in mobile and digital entertainment application platforms and enable prolonged battery life.
RFaxis Granted Four Fundamental Patents for Its Disruptive Single-Chip Single-Die RF Front-end Integrated Circuit (RFeIC) TechnologyFebruary 13, 2012 8:37 am | Comments
RFaxis announced it has been awarded four patents for its revolutionary single-chip, single-die RF Front-end Integrated Circuit (RFeIC(TM)) architecture. These are the fundamental patents among the company's substantial intellectual property (IP) portfolio which consists of more than 30 patents that have been filed to-date.
The Vice President and General Manager of Motorola Mobility, Christy Wyatt, explained this week that ensuring the proper functioning of Google’s new Ice Cream Sandwich update on various carrier customized phones requires quite a bit of time, which is why the company has been slow on updating its products with the latest Android software.
Frequency Electronics Inc. announced it has entered into an agreement to purchase all capital stock not previously owned by Frequency of Elcom Technologies, Inc. This agreement is subject to closing, which is anticipated this week. Frequency owns approximately 25 percent of the issued and outstanding stock of Elcom.
6WIND Now #1 Supplier of Networking Software for LTE Infrastructure, Extends Product Line to Cloud Infrastructure SolutionsFebruary 13, 2012 5:37 am | Comments
6WIND announced that it has become the #1 supplier of high-performance networking software for LTE infrastructure. The company also announced 6WINDGate Cloud Edition, an extension to its 6WINDGate software product line that addresses the needs of cloud infrastructure providers. 6WIND will feature its cloud infrastructure strategies at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona from February 27th through March 1st (booth 2B122) and at the RSA Conference in San Francisco from February 27th through March 2nd (booth 242).
Advantech Wireless and Smartrove have successfully deployed a large microwave network in the island of Bermuda. This alliance allows Bermuda police department to reach the farthest corners of the island wirelessly and improve law and order by having a 24x7 video surveillance system operate over carrier grade equipment from Advantech Wireless and Smartrove.
The partners in a publicly-funded European research project today announced details of the multinational/multidisciplinary program, ‘Energy for a Green Society’ (ERG). This three-year ENIAC JU project aims to achieve substantial advances in the solar-energy supply chain, from sustainable harvesting to smart distribution.
Depending on the lighting of your environment, a 3-D display could render differently. Image: Free Patents Online In a recent patent application, Apple shows how an immersive, adjustable 3-D user interface could be implemented in future mobile devices. The patent, titled “Three Dimensional User Interface Effects on a Display by Using Properties of Motion,” illustrates how eye-tracking and other sensor data could be used to display a 3-D user interface that automatically calibrates itself to a user’s positioning and ambient environment.
Full range of USB Interface IC solutions from FTDI Chip now available through AltiumLive. Altium has announced the full range of board-level IC component solutions from Future Technology Devices International (FTDI Chip) is available for its electronics design software, Altium Designer, through the AltiumLive portal.
Ixia announced that it will demonstrate a new industry-leading VoLTE test solution at Mobile World Congress 2012 from February 27 – March 1, in Barcelona. The live demonstration will take place in Ixia’s booth 1E47, Hall 1. Voice and SMS services are the primary revenue sources for mobile operators, contributing close to 80% of the overall revenue.