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Photo of the Day: Battery Drain: How to Stop It

August 11, 2014 10:56 am | by Roaming Technologies | News | Comments

Despite huge advancements in technology, battery drain is an ongoing problem. Is it ever going to be solved? And, more importantly, what can we do to extend the life of our batteries in the meantime?...        

Small, Origami Pop-Up Robots Function Autonomously

August 7, 2014 2:23 pm | by American Association for the Advancement of Science | News | Comments

Inspired by the traditional Japanese art form of Origami or "folding paper," researchers have...

Developers Tap Wireless Self-Sufficiency with their Product Designs

July 30, 2014 12:20 am | by Alaine Portnoy, Director of Marketing, Omnify Software | Articles | Comments

Wireless, batteryless design developers are becoming a greater asset to companies today in...

The Advantages of Planar Transformers over Wire-Wound

July 17, 2014 5:20 pm | by Standex-Meder Electronics | Articles | Comments

Planar transformers are steadily replacing the need for traditional wire-wound transformers in...

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Study Advances Limits for Ultrafast Nano-Devices

July 10, 2014 12:53 pm | by University of Illinois College of Engineering | News | Comments

A recent study by researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign provides new insights on the physical mechanisms governing the interplay of spin and heat at the nanoscale, and addresses the fundamental limits of ultrafast spintronic devices for data storage and information processing...

Antenna Evolution

July 7, 2014 6:29 pm | by CommScope | Videos | Comments

For the first time ever, the LTE World Summit event in Amsterdam will include an Antenna Evolution Focus Day, bringing together some of the top business and technology leaders and analysts in the antenna industry...                                                                         

Hollow-Fiber Membranes Could Cut Separation Costs, Energy Use

July 7, 2014 12:21 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers have developed a microfluidic technique for fabricating a new class of metal-organic framework (MOF) membranes inside hollow polymer fibers that are just a few hundred microns in diameter. The new fabrication process, believed to be the first to grow MOF membranes...

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Power Consumption of Robot Joints Could Be 40% Less

July 7, 2014 12:03 am | by University of the Basque Country | News | Comments

Robots are being increasingly used in industrial processes because of their ability to carry out repetitive tasks in a precise, reliable way. Right now, digital controllers are used to drive the motors of the joints of these robots. And it is no easy task developing and programming these controllers...

Infographic: My Boss Is Going to Get Somebody Killed

July 1, 2014 1:24 pm | by Chris Fox, Managing Editor | News | Comments

As a general rule, engineers tend to be a calculated, conservative bunch. They approach problems as logically as possible to weigh the most desirable outcome (exceptions always apply), but that doesn’t mean that engineers are without concern or worry. PD&D recently asked engineers ...

Top 3 Wireless Network Security Concerns

June 18, 2014 10:21 am | by IT Brief | White Papers

One in ten people globally are using Wi-Fi at home and work, according to the Wi-Fi Alliance, and this number is continuing to grow. Additionally, according to Cisco’s predictions, mobile data traffic will increase 18-fold between 2011 and 2016...

New Laser Sensing Technology

May 29, 2014 10:06 pm | by The Optical Society | News | Comments

A new twist on 3-D imaging technology could one day enable your self-driving car to spot a child in the street half a block away, let you answer your Smartphone from across the room with a wave of your hand, or play "virtual tennis" on your driveway...

A Smart Watch Controlled by Twists, Tilts & Clicks

May 14, 2014 11:17 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

A project at Carnegie Mellon University suggests a better way to control smart watches: allowing users to physically tilt, click, and twist the watch’s bezel, the area around the screen. This could make it much easier to do things like set up appointments, play music, or navigate a map on the tiny display...

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Photos of the Day: Mechanical Watch Face Tilts & Twists

May 14, 2014 11:14 am | by MIT Technology Review | News | Comments

A project at Carnegie Mellon University suggests a better way to control smart watches: allowing users to physically tilt, click, and twist the watch’s bezel, the area around the screen. This could make it much easier to do things like set up appointments, play music, or navigate a map on the tiny display...

Adapting Qi-Compliant Wireless Power Solutions to Low-Power Wearable Products

May 13, 2014 11:06 am | White Papers

A large number of low-power wearable devices such as smart watches, fitness wrist bands and headphones have been introduced to the market. This new familyof electronic products is expected to grow and expand rapidly over the next few years...

Nordson ASYMTEK’S Quantum System

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson ASYMTEK has introduced the Quantum Q-6800 high-performance, large-format dispensing system for SMT, PCB packaging, and microelectronics assembly applications...

AVX Extends SMPS Capacitor Offering For Military & Aerospace Applications

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has received T-Level MIL-PRF-49470 qualification approval for its new 25V, unencapsulated, BX characteristic (X7R dielectric), horizontally stacked SMPS capacitors. The new components further expand AVX’s offering of BX characteristics, which now includes 25, 50, and 100V encapsulated and unencapsulated styles...

FCI Introduces its Latest Mini-SAS HD Active Optical Cables

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

FCI has introduced its mini-SAS HD Active Optical Cable (MSHD AOC) assembly, the latest addition to its portfolio of optical and electrical cabling solutions. The MSHD AOC solution is a four-channel cable that features...

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2 S-Band Power Amplifiers from TriQuint

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW has announced design and sales support for two S-band power amplifiers from TriQuint designed for Radar applications...

Ametherm to Exhibit SURGE-GARD Inrush Current Limiters & NTC Disc Thermistors

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Lori Morton, Ametherm | News | Comments

Ametherm has announced that the company will be showcasing selections from its RTI Electronics SURGE-GARD line of inrush current limiters and NTC disc thermistors for high-accuracy temperature measurement — both recently acquired from Measurement Specialties — at EDS 2014...

Higher Performance Load Cells from Measurement Specialties Offer Improved Reliability

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties has enhanced its series of ELAF compression and tension load cells to provide superior resolution and higher reliability, while remaining extremely cost-effective. Several parameters, including compensated temperature range, input voltage and lead lengths, are customizable within the standard load cell packaging to suit specific application requirements...

NI Trend Watch 2014 Highlights Technological Breakthroughs

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Maegan Quijada, National Instruments | News | Comments

National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) has released NI Trend Watch 2014, which summarizes the latest technology trends to help engineers meet evolving demands and integrate the ever-increasing power of technology into their work. The inaugural report examines a range of topics...

MS Series Switches Feature Detect Interlocking and Movement

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components has expanded its subminiature snap-acting switch offering with the development of the MS Series. Featuring detect interlock and movement functionality, as well as different lever and operating force options, the MS Series switches provide customers...

RFS Introduces New Plenum-Rated Omni-Directional Antennas

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Radio Frequency Systems has released the I-ATO3-698/2700 Series of plenum-rated, PIM-certified omni-directional antennas designed for broadband in-building distribution of modern wireless communication systems such as LTE, GSM, CDMA, PCS, 3G, WiFi, WLAN services...                

New Double-ridged Horn Antenna from PMM

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Teseq has introduced a double-ridged horn antenna from PPM that has a frequency range of 6 to 18 GHz.  The new PMM DR-01 is designed for radiated emissions and immunity applications, featuring an antenna factor of 36 to 41 dB/m and excellent sensitivity for emissions measurements...

Long-Distance Wireless Power Transfer: Dipole Coil Resonant System

April 18, 2014 9:50 am | by Lan Yoon, The Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) | Videos | Comments

Chun T. Rim, a professor of Nuclear & Quantum Engineering at KAIST, and his team showcased, on April 16, 2014 at the KAIST campus, Daejeon, Republic of Korea, a great improvement in the distance that electric power can travel wirelessly...                 

Photos of the Day: Smartphone-Readable Microparticles Prevent Counterfeiting

April 14, 2014 10:56 am | by Anne Trafton, MIT News Office | News | Comments

These particles can easily be manufactured and integrated into a variety of materials, and can withstand extreme temperatures, sun exposure, and heavy wear, says Doyle, the senior author of a paper describing the particles in the April 13 issue of Nature Materials. They could also be equipped with sensors that can “record” their environments — noting...

HotSpot Episode 58: Gestured-Controlled Music

April 14, 2014 10:21 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, perpetual power reserve using revolutionary WySips Crystal technology; Google Glass assists Parkinson's patients; MIDI gloves that allow gestured-controlled music composition; and a gamer controller that taps into players' emotions...                    

Environmental Conditions, Standards & Certification

April 11, 2014 9:43 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | News | Comments

Data from a recent Wireless Design & Development (WDD) reader survey suggests that frequency tolerance is the most important specification to consider when implementing oscillators into their designs. The survey also offers reader thoughts on design challenges, trends, and future developments...                 

The Brainstorm: Editorial Advisory Board

April 9, 2014 4:23 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

WDD's editorial advisory board discusses the major challenges that they face on a daily basis withing their market sectors...                                 

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