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Interest in Carshare Apps Surges after BART Strike

July 3, 2013 8:34 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

A small start-up rideshare company is offering free helicopter rides to commuters who downloaded its smartphone app so they can bypass traffic during the BART strike in California, which made it a struggle for 400,000 peole to get to work.

Agilent Announces Industry’s First MIPI M-PHY Receiver and Transmitter Tests with Switch Automation

July 2, 2013 4:49 pm | by WDD Staff | Wireless Design & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies has announced the industry’s first MIPITM M-PHY physical layer receiver and transmitter tests with switch automation. The tests are designed to accelerate the turn-on and debug of MIPI M-PHY-based systems and to provide design engineers an efficient way to ensure their M-PHY devices will interoperate with the application processor.

HotSpot Episode 19: Real-Time, Non-Invasive Brain Trauma Diagnostics

July 1, 2013 10:52 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode of WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Sense+ has launched a crowdfunding campaign for its Smoke and Gas Sensor smart dock and app; researchers have developed a new technology that uses wireless signals to provide non-invasive diagnosis of brain swelling or bleeding; and a hardware/Cloud-based system providing the ability to monitor and control any sensor equipped process or device.

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Agilent Technologies Next-Generation MIPI M-PHY Protocol Analyzer for Mobile Computing Applications

June 28, 2013 12:27 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies has introduced its U4431A MIPITM M-PHY protocol analyzer for next-generation mobile computing applications. This new protocol analyzer gives engineers in R&D and manufacturing deep insight into MIPI M-PHY-based designs.

Engineering Newswire 44: World’s Fastest Electric Race Car Goes 186 mph

June 28, 2013 9:03 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products, we’re powering jets with sugar, making magic boxes for dancers, creating hand manipulators, and driving 186 miles per hour in the fastest electric race car in the world.

Vishay’s New Thermal Fuses Combine High Currents, Operating Temperatures

June 27, 2013 12:08 pm | by WDD Staff | Wireless Design & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology has introduced the industry's first thermal fuses to offer high current capabilities up to 55 A and operation at temperatures up to + 160 °C for 1,000 hours without unexpected breakdown. AEC-Q200-tested, devices in the new Vishay Beyschlag HCTF series provide a safety interrupt of electrical power in high-current automotive applications.

Engineering Update #13: Internet-Beaming Balloons and a Robotic Cat

June 26, 2013 8:59 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products. In this week's headlines Internet-beaming balloons; battery-free driving on electric roads; an interview with Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan; and a robot that runs like a cat.

AVX Glass-encapsulated Varistors Provide Advanced Circuit Protection

June 25, 2013 2:38 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

AVX has expanded both its TransGuard and Automotive TransGuard Series multilayer varistors to include glass-encapsulated, acid-resistant parts for use in high energy and harsh environment commercial, industrial, and automotive applications.

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Volvo Demonstrates the Ingenious Self-Parking Car

June 25, 2013 8:57 am | by Volvo Car Group | News | Comments

Volvo Car Group has developed an ingenious concept for autonomous parking. The concept car, which will be demonstrated at a media event next week, finds and parks in a vacant space by itself, without the driver inside. The smart, driverless car also interacts safely and smoothly with other cars and pedestrians in the car park.

The Kill Decision Shouldn't Belong to a Robot

June 25, 2013 8:48 am | by Daniel Suarez, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

As a novelist, Daniel Suarez spins dystopian tales of the future. But on the TEDGlobal stage, he talks us through a real-life scenario we all need to know more about: the rise of autonomous robotic weapons of war. Advanced drones, automated weapons and AI-powered intelligence-gathering tools...

Understanding 802.11ad Physical Layer and Measurement Challenges

June 24, 2013 5:36 pm | by IEEE Communication Society | News | Comments

View this tutorial presented by Agilent experts for a modest overview of standards and market trends followed by an in-depth description of the physical layer construction. Included are explanations of framing, modulation, encoding, and error correction using example signals and measurements to emphasize principles.

U.S. Department of Defense Prime Contractor Awards Product Development Contract to NuWaves

June 24, 2013 4:43 pm | by NuWaves Engineering | News | Comments

NuWaves Engineering, an international Radio Frequency (RF) and Embedded Systems solutions provider, has been awarded a contract to design, develop, and fabricate a high-efficiency, lightweight Bidirectional RF Power Amplifier (PA). The new amplifier will augment the customer’s existing tactical communication systems, allowing for greater operational flexibility.

LORD MicroStrain Introduces MathEngine: Wins Best of Sensors Expo Innovation Award

June 24, 2013 4:21 pm | by LORD MicroStrain | News | Comments

Now users can schedule and run custom scripts to distill big sensor data, pull web-based data at custom intervals, and perform advanced data processing algorithms for generating indicator metrics such as vibration frequencies, watt-hours, metal fatigue, or bearing failure.

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Northrop Grumman Begins Sampling New Gallium Nitride Packaged Power Amplifier for Military, Commercial High-Power Amplifier Needs

June 24, 2013 4:11 pm | by Northrop Grumman Corporation | News | Comments

Northrop Grumman Corporation [NYSE: NOC] has developed a new gallium nitride (GaN) flange packaged power amplifier, APN180FP, targeting military and commercial Ka-band communication applications. This product represents the first commercial availability of a packaged, GaN-based component from the company.

Sierra Wireless Automotive-Grade LTE Embedded Module

June 24, 2013 10:38 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Sierra Wireless has introduced the Sierra Wireless AirPrime AR7550 embedded wireless module, the first in the AirPrime AR7 series of automotive-grade modules for LTE networks. The AirPrime AR7550 features the next generation multicore architecture Sierra Wireless introduced earlier this year.

HotSpot 17: New Supercomputer is Worn Around the Neck

June 17, 2013 1:51 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development, WDD | News | Comments

On the HotSpot, a patent-pending supercomputer you wear around your neck, a new study finds that hands-free technologies create dangerous mental distractions, experts tell us how to be more private, and researchers are leveraging Wi-Fi signals to detect movements without sensors.

RFID Journal Presents RFID in High Tech 2013

June 13, 2013 5:57 pm | by RFID Journa | News | Comments

RFID Journal has announced that registration is now open for its RFID in High Tech conference and exhibition. The event, focused on the use of radio frequency identification technology within the high-tech value chain, will be held on Oct. 2-3, 2013, at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront hotel, in San Francisco, CA.

Engineering Newswire 42: Futuristic Airplanes Carry Passenger Pods

June 13, 2013 2:01 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re building Hyperloop transportation, putting paralyzed people behind the wheel, and riding futuristic airplanes that carry passengers in pods. This episode is brought to you by Smalley Steel Ring Company, the exclusive manufacturer of Spirolox Retaining Rings and Smalley Wave Springs for more than 50 years. Request samples to try in your application today.

M2M: A Growing Need for Reliable, Secure Data Communications

June 13, 2013 1:43 pm | by Ashish Sharma, CMO of FreeWave Technologies | Articles | Comments

The first Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications can be traced back to World War II, and the ability to have machines “talk” to each other (via data communication networks) is essential for monitoring and controlling assets within homes, businesses, and even critical national infrastructure projects of today.

Evolving Embedded Wireless Systems with FRAM-Based MCUs

June 12, 2013 5:46 pm | by Jacob Borgeson, Texas Instruments, and David Adams, Newark element14 | Articles | Comments

Embedded wireless networks are one of the fastest growing applications, outpacing the overall semiconductor industry, due to the rapid uptake of embedded wireless communication in the form of smartphones and portable medical devices. Embedded wireless networks are also found in automobiles, enabling smarter safety features, better engine performance management, and as networked infotainment devices

Capturing Lost Revenue: 5 Steps for Semiconductor Companies

June 12, 2013 3:16 pm | by Chanan Greenberg, senior director of business development at Model N Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The global economy is on the upswing in 2013, which means semiconductor companies have a great opportunity to reap the benefits. According to analyst firm IHS, revenue is expected to grow 6.4 percent this year after two straight years of decline. As a result, semiconductor professionals are asking themselves two questions: How can we take advantage of this growth, however brief it might be? And what happens if the economy takes a plunge...

Hands-Free Texting Still Distracting for Drivers

June 12, 2013 9:51 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Automakers have been trying to excite new-car buyers, especially younger ones, with dashboard infotainment systems that let drivers use voice commands do things like turning on windshield wipers, posting Facebook messages or ordering pizza. The pitch has been that hands-free devices are safer because they enable drivers to keep their hands on the wheel and their eyes on the road.

Building a Movement

June 11, 2013 4:32 pm | by PTTWO | Videos | Comments

Esther Lee, SVP Brand Marketing & Advertising for AT&T, talks about how the dangers of texting and driving fell on deaf ears when AT&T first started its campaign to change people's behaviors. Two years in, they've made significant headway in changing this deadly habit and learned some valuable lessons about how to start a movement along the way.

Is Solid-State RF the Next Energy Source?

June 10, 2013 4:48 pm | by NXP Semiconductors N.V. | News | Comments

Could radio-frequency signals become the next major energy source for industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) applications? At the IEEE International Microwave Symposium this week, NXP Semiconductors N.V. [NASDAQ: NXPI] is introducing the industry’s first complete RF power transistor portfolio designed specifically for the 2.45-GHz ISM frequency band, enabling RF energy to be used as a clean, highly efficient and controllable heat source.

MACOM’s RoadScapeTM Technology Allows Vehicles to Predict the Future

June 10, 2013 4:29 pm | by M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. | News | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. (MACOM) has introduced RoadScape at the Telematics Detroit Show in Novi, Michigan. RoadScape, MACOM’s innovative technology, provides highly accurate position, direction, and time information, enabling a new era of location and situational awareness for the automotive and transportation industry – allowing industrial and commercial vehicles to “predict the future.”

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