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Semafone and Commidea Reduce Payment Risks for Contact Centres

August 1, 2011 7:41 am | Comments

Commidea announced the integration of Semafone’s contact centre software with Commidea’s payment gateway. The combined solution increases the safety of payment processing for contact centres without compromising customer service. The combined solution ensures contact centre agents do not come into contact with any customer card payment details, by masking them as they are entered and sending them directly through to Commidea’s PCI DSS level 1 certified processing infrastructure for processing.

Mouser Secures Honeywell Sensing and Control's Global Distribution Agreement

August 1, 2011 7:00 am | Comments

Mouser Electronics, announced it has signed a new global contract with Honeywell Sensing and Control. The new global agreement builds upon the two companies' current distribution partnership, which has been in place since 2007. Across the globe, design engineers and buyers will continue to have a trusted source for the latest electronic sensing and control solutions.

Modder Master Ben Heck Morphs His Apartment Into a "Smart Home"

August 1, 2011 6:58 am | Comments

In the latest episode of the “The Ben Heck Show,” sponsored by element14, the first collaborative community and electronics store for design engineers and electronics enthusiasts, modding guru Benjamin J. Heckendorn, a.k.a. Ben Heck, morphs average household products into time-saving and convenient solutions.

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Fuel Cells Rescued by Batteries

August 1, 2011 6:23 am | Comments

By Dr Peter Harrop, Chairman, IDTechEx Fuel cells were originally considered to be replacements for internal combustion engines used in traditional vehicles and replacements for traction batteries used in pure electric vehicles. Unfortunately, they have proved woefully incapable of efficiently and economically supporting the frequent load changes of vehicle traction.

ParkerVision Ranks Among Top 50 Innovators in The Patent Board's Telecom & Communications Industry Patent Scorecard

August 1, 2011 5:30 am | Comments

ParkerVision, announced it ranked 25th among The Patent Board's top 50 list of telecom and communications industry companies, based on the strength of its intellectual property portfolio. The Patent Scorecard is a quarterly assessment of patent activity and is primarily ranked by a combined measure of the quality and quantity of a company's patent portfolio.

FERC Reforms Transmission Planning and Cost-Allocation Requirements to Spur Development

July 29, 2011 7:38 am | Comments

The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today reformed its transmission planning and cost allocation requirements to benefit consumers by enhancing the grid’s ability to support wholesale power markets and ensuring transmission services are provided at just and reasonable rates. Order No. 1000 requires public utility transmission providers to improve transmission planning processes and allocate costs for new transmission facilities to beneficiaries of those facilities.

Tablets to Power Growth of Mobile Broadband Market in 2011

July 28, 2011 11:09 am | Comments

Booming sales of tablets in 2011 will help drive a sizzling 57.8 percent increase in the shipments of mobile broadband devices that provide high-speed wireless connectivity while on the go, according to a new IHS iSuppli Wireless Communications topical report, from information and analysis provider IHS.

Stanford Engineers Create Nanoscale Device for Brain-Inspired Computing

July 28, 2011 10:51 am | Comments

 ( Stanford Report ) - If you doubt the power of the human brain, ponder this for a moment: It takes today's state-of-the-art supercomputer eight-and-a-half minutes to simulate just five seconds of normal human brain activity. Meanwhile, that supercomputer will consume 140,000 times as much electricity as the brain – 1.

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IEEE ComSoc Training to Hold Five-Day "Virtual Intensive Course on Wireless Communications"

July 28, 2011 10:43 am | Comments

The IEEE Communications Society will hold its next “Virtual Intensive Course on Wireless Communications” from 22-26 August 2011. The online tutorial was specifically designed by IEEE ComSoc Training to provide communications engineering professionals with a comprehensive overview of the latest developments in wireless communications, including network operations, technology implementations and overall system design.

Stonestreet One Provides Software for TI's Bluetooth Wireless Kit

July 28, 2011 9:17 am | Comments

Stonestreet One, a leading provider of Bluetooth software solutions since 2000, has licensed its Bluetopia Bluetooth protocol stack to Texas Instruments Incorporated for incorporation in TI’s newly announced Stellaris 2.4 GHz CC2560 Bluetooth Wireless Kit (DK-EM2-2560B). Designed for portability and scalability across multiple operating systems and processors, Bluetopia is Stonestreet One's implementation of the upper layers of the Bluetooth protocol stack.

Power Modules for Fast Switching Motor Drive Applications

July 28, 2011 8:11 am | Comments

Most of the current high power semiconductors are optimized for switching frequencies between 4 and 8 kHz. Today, however, more and more applications require frequencies of 10 kHz and higher. New power modules specifically designed for higher frequencies can now fill that gap. For a powerful, reliable and cost effective motor drive, the right choice of power semiconductors is very important.

STMicroelectronics and Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna Establish a Joint Lab

July 28, 2011 8:05 am | Comments

STMicroelectronics and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa have announced the creation of a joint laboratory for research and innovation in bio-robotics, smart systems and microelectronics. Supporting the expansion of research in biologically-inspired robots with human-like structures and behavior, ST and the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna are working to extend their understanding of locomotion principles in sensing, actuation, dynamics and control of various biological systems with the opening of a joint laboratory in Catania, Italy, where ST has advanced R&D activities in robotics and automation, smart system integration, as well as the exploration of new materials and technologies, including opto-electronics and electronics on plastic.

New Death App Launches to Show Locations of Local Deaths

July 28, 2011 7:56 am | Comments

A new mobile app launched allows people to find the location of recent deaths in their area. Both accident blackspots and recent murders can be found using their smartphone. The ‘Death App’ offers a gruesome and macabre view of the local area, yet also provides helpful and potentially life-saving features.

Aepona Honored In Eighth Annual International Business Awards

July 28, 2011 7:41 am | Comments

Aepona has earned a Distinguished Honoree medal in the International Company of the Year – Telecom category of the 2011 International Business Awards. The International Business Awards are the only global, all-encompassing business awards program honoring great performances in business. Nicknamed the Stevie for the Greek word “crowned,” the awards will be presented to honorees at a gala event on Tuesday, 11 October in the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates.

Anite Accelerates the Pace for LTE Conformance Testing

July 28, 2011 7:03 am | Comments

Anite announced that the company is maintaining its leading position within LTE protocol conformance testing by delivering the most number of test cases for the pending deployment of Band 04 in the USA for Verizon and Band 05 in Korea for SK Telecom & LG U+. Furthermore, with the Global Certification Forum’s (GCF) announcement that TD-LTE Band 38 achieved its Certification Entry Criteria, Anite’s Conformance Toolset is the only protocol conformance test solution capable of the comprehensive testing necessary for device manufacturers launching their Band 38 mobile devices with China Mobile.

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