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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.

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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.”

Power Consumption Drives RF Amplifier Development

June 10, 2013 1:28 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | News | Comments

The demand for wireless technologies continues to increase at rapid speeds, making RF power amplifiers a crucial component in wireless infrastructure equipment. Feedback from Wireless Design and Development's (WDD) readers suggests how power consumption, energy efficiency, and sustainability are important drivers in base station design for RF amplifiers.

HotSpot Episode 16: Big Brother is Watching

June 10, 2013 10:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, Big Brother is collecting phone records; DARPA's ADAPT program is looking to smart phone technologies and practices to create new ground sensors; HP unveils its all-in-one pc; and Italian start-up 2045Tech introduces a pocket breathalyzer.

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Empower’s Live Demo of 20 to 1000 MHz, 1 kW PA

June 7, 2013 4:35 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Continuing to build momentum and recognition for their “Size Matters” HPA platforms, Empower RF Systems (Inglewood, CA) is hosting live demonstrations of their 1 kW, 20 to 1000 MHz, 5U chassis design (model 2162) at IMS 2013, Booth 1827. 

Automotive-Grade LTE Embedded Module for Verizon Wireless 4G LTE Network

June 6, 2013 12:33 pm | by Business Wire | News | 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 Episode 15: Mercedes-Benz Debuts Life-Saving Codes

May 31, 2013 11:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week's Hotspot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, Mercedes-Benz debuts life-saving codes for future cars; a perceptive radio that creates a personal theater experience in your own living room; A Universal Battery Charger that takes the weight off of soldiers; and Scanadu seeks crowd-funding for its Scout diagnostic device.

B&K Precision Expands 1U System Power Supply Offerings

May 30, 2013 4:20 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision Yorba (Linda, CA) expands its DC system power supply offerings with the introduction of  the model 9115 multi-range programmable DC power source. The 9115 can deliver up to 1200 W in multiple combinations of voltage up to 80 V and current up to 60 A.

Video of the Day: Engineering Newswire 40: First Autonomous Flight for Airborne Wind Power

May 30, 2013 12:10 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist, WDD | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we're pouring beers with robots, preventing disasters with a floating gate, flying autonomous wings with onboard turbines, and riding a 1.3 million-dollar motorcycle that was designed to cut cost. Do you have story ideas? Comment below and we'll cover them in an upcoming episode.

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IDEAL Announces Appointment of New Chief Financial Officer

May 29, 2013 4:31 pm | by IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC. | News | Comments

IDEAL INDUSTRIES, INC., one of the world's largest manufacturers and suppliers of quality tools, connectors and testing products for electricians and data communications contractors, today announced the appointment of Carmelle Giblin as the company's new Chief Financial Officer (CFO), effective  immediately.

Agilent Technologies' Newest 3-D Electromagnetic Simulation Software Release Targets EMI Compliance

May 29, 2013 4:25 pm | by Agilent Technologies Inc. | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced the latest release of Electromagnetic Professional (EMPro), its 3-D electromagnetic simulation software.EMPro 2013 helps design engineers identify and resolve difficult electromagnetic interference (EMI) problems. It also offers a number of new capabilities to reduce simulation time and increase design efficiency.

Element Six Acquires the Assets and Intellectual Property of Group4 Labs, Inc to Expand Portfolio of Synthetic Diamond Materials for the Semiconductor Industry

May 29, 2013 4:20 pm | News | Comments

Element Six has announced it has acquired the assets and intellectual property of Group4 Labs, Inc. (Group4), a semiconductor wafer materials company that manufactured Gallium Nitride (GaN) on-diamond semiconductor technology for RF and high-power devices.

Mouser, Kanaan Celebrate 2013 Indy 500 Victory

May 29, 2013 3:53 pm | News | Comments

Mouser Electronics, Inc., regarded as a top design engineering resource and global distributor for semiconductors and electronic components, congratulates Tony Kanaan, driver of the #11 IndyCar, for a history-making victory at the legendary Indianapolis 500.

South Florida RF Connector Manufacturer Coaxicom Expanding Operations

May 29, 2013 3:49 pm | by Coaxial Components Corp. | News | Comments

The impact is being felt in South Florida, as Coaxial Components Corp. expands its sales team with three new Regional Sales Managers.  The new team members include Joel Smith, Penny Perkins and Stephanie Clark.  Smith’s vast experience in high-performance manufacturing includes design, programming, manufacturing and distribution for Biomet 3is in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

Wireless History Foundation Announces 2013 Inductees for Wireless Hall of Fame

May 29, 2013 3:44 pm | by The Wireless History Foundation (WHF) | News | Comments

The Wireless History Foundation (WHF) has announced four individuals who will be inducted into the prestigious Wireless Hall of Fame during the Foundation’s Oct. 15, 2013 dinner in San Jose, CA at the Fairmont Hotel. The 2013 inductees are...

New Mobile App for Anytime, Anywhere Access to Molex Solutions

May 29, 2013 3:39 pm | by Molex Incorporated | News | Comments

Molex Incorporated has launched a new application (app) that gives tablet users ready access to information on over 90 different Molex product families.  Designed for Apple and Android devices, the Molex App allows tablet users to view product information, search products, view literature and view videos without being online.

IBM Watson At Your Service: New Watson Breakthrough Transforms How Brands Engage Today's Connected Consumers

May 29, 2013 3:15 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

Ushering in a new era of cognitive computing systems, IBM has unveiled the IBM Watson Engagement Advisor, a technology breakthrough that allows brands to crunch big data in record time to transform the way they engage clients in key functions such as customer service, marketing and sales.

Telefónica Named A Global Leader in M2M

May 29, 2013 3:09 pm | by Telefónica Digital | News | Comments

Telefónica Digital has been highlighted as a global leader in M2M Communication Service Provision (CSP) by two separate analyst houses. Analysys Mason, in their 2013 M2M Scorecard, placed Telefónica in the ‘Industry Icons’ category. While in their annual benchmarking study, Machina Research noted that ‘Telefónica is the company that has done most during the last 12 months to strengthen its position in M2M’.

A Guide to ZigBee Device Developers for the Smart Connected Home

May 29, 2013 1:52 pm | by Cees Link, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies | Articles | Comments

For decades, technology experts and home automation enthusiasts have been talking about and promising the emergence of the smart, connected home. They have foretold a home connected by multitude of sensors, monitoring applications such as HVAC, home security, and even the health of the inhabitants, and all controlled remotely over the web via a smartphone or a tablet.

B&K Precision Introduces Modular DC Electronic Load for Multi-Channel DC Source Testing

May 29, 2013 12:37 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

B&K Precision has announced its new MDL Series, a modular programmable DC electronic load system. The MDL Series comprises six unique modules ranging in power from 200 W to 600 W. Any combination of these modules can be installed for multi-channel operation in the 4-slot MDL Series mainframe...

Broadband Amplifier Line from Teseq Offers Low Distortion, Reliability

May 29, 2013 12:00 pm | by WDD Staff | Wireless Design & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq has expanded its broadband amplifier line to include a Class A linear and low distortion model that operates from 10 kHz to 400 MHz with a rated power level of 260 watts. Used in commercial or in-house EMC test laboratories, the CBA 400M-260 is ideal for automotive, military and aerospace BCI applications that require testing at higher levels.

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