Distracted driving kills an estimated 3,000 people yearly in the United States, triggering calls for bans on one of the causes, mobile phone use in vehicles. In response, the wireless industry is ramping up its anti-distraction efforts. Now, AT&T Labs is contributing with a vibrating steering wheel that promises to deliver navigation information to drivers more safely than on-screen instructions or turn-by-turn GPS commands.
As more employers embrace telecommuting, marketplaces that connect them with remote freelance workers are taking off. These sites allow businesses to post projects that can be completed away from an office in a database that workers can browse. They’re different from crowdsourcing sites such as Mechanical Turk that help businesses hire anonymous workers for often-mindless tasks.
SemiGen, an RF/Microwave assembly and automated PCB manufacturing house has announced the grand opening of their new RF Supply Center and is accepting online orders for immediate shipment of low volumes of popular epoxies, adhesive films, bonding tools, gold wire and other supplies used in die attach, substrate attach, chip bonding, assembly, screen printing, and surface mounting of microwave modules and components.
Richardson RFPD announced it will be joining with Analog Devices to present a free one-hour webinar explaining how to optimize infrastructure and point-to-point (PTP) radio designs using highly integrated RF ICs. The webinar will be hosted by Microwave Journal on Wednesday, March 28, 2012, beginning at 8:00 AM PT/ 11:00 AM ET/ 3:00 PM UTC.
With its leading market share position and high memory usage, Apple Inc.’s iPad is set to continue to dominate worldwide demand for NAND flash in media tablets at least through the year 2015, according to the IHS iSuppli Memory & Storage Service from information and analytics provider IHS. Apple’s iPad in 2011 accounted for a commanding 78 percent of global gigabyte shipments of NAND flash for use in media tablets, down from 92 percent in 2010, when it had the market all to itself for most of the year.
Laser Services has announced that as part of their ongoing commitment to ISO and AS 9100 standards, they have recently reached a new plateau in process management. By building out new modules in their 2009 MRP software solution, E2, they recently achieved a dramatic increase in on-time deliveries. Every step in their design and production process, from purchase orders to production and shipping, is now monitored and controlled through a custom developed MRP scheduling component in E2.
Printed Electronics has come of age: Here comes the user pull, and also the user pool. At the Printed Electronics Europe 2012 Berlin ( www.PrintedElectronicsEurope.com ) event, every attendee will become a user after receiving a working printed electronics product. The addictive nature of printed electronics has created end users from as many as diverse verticals from including electronics, consumer packaged goods, healthcare, military, advertising & media and toy industries.
VIRGO and The 2112 Group announced that Juniper Networks will be participating in and sponsoring the new Cloud & Technology Transformation Alliance (CTTA). The CTTA is a communal project of IT professionals dedicated to examining the challenges and opportunities with next-generation technologies and to develop best practices and adoption guidance for the entire IT community.
RFMW and MAJR Products announced a worldwide distribution agreement effective November 1, 2011. MAJR Products is a leading supplier of high performance EMI/RFI shielding products. RFMW Ltd. is a specialized distributor providing customers and suppliers with focused distribution of RF and microwave components as well as specialized component-engineering support.
Micrel announced it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire a controlling interest in PhaseLink Company Limited, a private company based in Taiwan and Silicon Valley. The acquisition is intended to complement Micrel’s high performance clock generation and distribution products for the communication market, as well as expand its offerings into the consumer and industrial markets.
Constant Wave announced it has launched a suite of consulting services to support the needs of RF design and test engineers. Consulting services include: Design or test process development and optimization; measurement, analysis and application assistance; and live product training. Services are customized to specific customer needs – whether engineers need help developing or improving a test process, or solving a measurement challenge.
TIA ICT Market Review & Forecast Says U.S. Network Infrastructure Spending to Reach $300 Billion by 2015March 15, 2012 12:35 pm | Comments
Industry’s Most Comprehensive Data Report Also Predicts Wireless Data Spending will Top Voice Spending for the First Time in 2013; Anticipated to Reach $108 Billion The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA), the leading association representing the manufacturers and suppliers of high-tech global communications networks, has announced the release of its 2012 ICT Market Review & Forecast (MR&F).
Mouser Electronics has announced the launch of its new Medical Applications Product Knowledge Center (PKC) training site, focused on providing the most current insight into personal fitness, wellness and medical applications available. As one of the fastest growing industries, medical electronics represents an increasingly demanding market for design engineers.
Maxim Integrated Products collaborates with Xilinx and Avnet to demo its highly integrated technology for FPGAs. Maxim Integrated Products has announced that the company is collaborating with Xilinx and Avnet during the 2012 season of X-Fest. Maxim will provide content for several technical seminars and present demos on the company’s highly integrated analog and mixed-signal solutions for the Xilinx® 7 series and Kintex™-7 field-programmable gate arrays (FPGAs) and the Zynq™-7000 Extended Processing Platform.
Fort Loudoun Electric Cooperative (FLEC) faced serious challenges keeping up with the area’s growth. While the recent economic downturn has slowed development somewhat, the area grew at a record pace for the past 20 years, primarily due to the explosive expansion of residential, commercial, and educational facilities in Blount County, the second fastest growing in Tennessee.