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FCI Expands Its HPCE Product Range with Power Connectors for Thicker PCBs

October 29, 2013 5:12 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

FCI increased the versatility of its popular High Power Card Edge (HPCE) product range with the new HPCE straddle mount connectors for thicker printed circuit boards (PCBs)...

Cicoil Introduces Flexible Thermocouple Cables and Assemblies

October 29, 2013 4:40 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cicoil announces the introduction of its Highly Flexible Thermocouple Cables. Unlike traditional Thermocouple cables, the Cicoil version has been designed for continuous motion, tight routing, excessive temperatures (-65° to +260° C), and extremely...

Integrated Isolated Energy Measurement Chipset

October 29, 2013 4:12 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated’s highly adaptable, isolated energy measurement solution reduces design cost, size, and complexity...

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Cypress Controllers Enable Mobile POS Device with Touch-Sensing PIN Entry

October 29, 2013 3:54 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor recently announced that Ezetap is using Cypress’ CapSense Express controllers in the capacitive-touch-based PIN-pad in its new MPOS device. The CY8CMBR2016 matrix keypad solution provides the Ezetap MPOS device with a durable user interface, helping it to pass...

HotSpot Episode 36: Smart Knockers Give Breast Implants a Brain

October 28, 2013 10:42 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by Sandisk, a stand-alone smart sensor label; smart breast implants that make medical care easier; Google's browser extension, uPoxy, provides more secure routes to the Internet; and i-Air touch technology...

iPad Art Gains Recognition in New Hockney Exhibit

October 28, 2013 9:47 am | by MARTHA MENDOZA, AP National Writer | News | Comments

Happily hunched over his iPad, Britain's most celebrated living artist David Hockney is pioneering in the art world again, turning his index finger into a paintbrush that he uses to swipe across a touchscreen to create vibrant landscapes, colorful forests, and richly...

Crop of High-Tech Farmers Sows Results with Apps

October 28, 2013 9:45 am | by LISA RATHKE, Associated Press | News | Comments

A new cyber tool that helps map crops and monitor irrigation systems came to life after a University of Vermont researcher realized farmers just weren't very good at keeping records. Department of Agriculture this spring to expand the app for use around the Northeast and California...

NYSE Holds 'Successful' Dry Run for Twitter IPO

October 28, 2013 9:40 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

The New York Stock Exchange says its test run of Twitter's initial public offering on Saturday was a success, as the exchange takes pains to avoid the technical problems that marred Facebook's debut. While the NYSE frequently does testing on the weekend, this was the first time the exchange conducted...

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Patent Shows Samsung's Rival to Google Glass

October 25, 2013 9:44 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

A patent filing shows Samsung Electronics is working on a device it calls sports glasses in a possible response to Google's Internet-connected eyewear. A design patent filing at the Korean Intellectual Property Office shows a Samsung design for smartphone-connected glasses that can display information from the handset.

Chip Growth Leads Samsung to Another Record Profit

October 25, 2013 9:37 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics reported another record quarterly profit as a revival in its semiconductor business and strong shipments of cheaper handsets offset flat sales of high-end smartphones. The South Korean company, which is the world's largest maker of smartphones, memory chips and televisions, said Friday its July-September net profit rose 25 percent over a year earlier to $7.5 billion.

Ahead of the Bell: Microsoft

October 25, 2013 9:31 am | News | Comments

Microsoft shares jumped 6 percent before the opening bell Friday after reporting better-than-expected quarterly results, marking a strong start for a major overhaul at the world's largest software company. Conditions in the PC industry, according to Citigroup's Walter Pritchard, might not look as bad as they previously did.

Engineering Newswire 62: Shock Your Boss with a Cell Phone Taser

October 24, 2013 11:57 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re crash landing the Ferrari of space, seeing through traffic, making bionic plants, and testing the sting of the Yellow Jacket Personal Protection Device, by zapping executive editor, David Mantey.

Smartphone Competition Weighs on LG Earnings

October 24, 2013 9:10 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

LG Electronics said its handset business sank into the red for the first time in a year as it cut prices and spent more on marketing to carve out a share of the high-end smartphone market. The result shows the challenges faced by handset makers trying to break into the premium smartphone market dominated by Samsung and Apple.

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T-Mobile to Offer Free Data Service for Tablets

October 24, 2013 9:06 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

T-Mobile will give owners of iPads and other tablet computers free data service for life as part of an effort to broaden its customer base beyond phones. The free service would be limited to 200 megabytes of high-speed data per month —enough to upload about 800 Instagram photos or listen to more than three hours of streaming music, the company said.

Review: Refinements Add Up In New Mac System

October 24, 2013 9:05 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

There isn't one thing that jumps out with Apple's new Mac operating system, known as Mavericks — and that's a good thing. Mavericks has plenty of modest refinements that add up to a system well worth the upgrade — even if Apple weren't giving it away for free.

Meaghan's Minute: RFMD’s Power Doubler Amplifier

October 23, 2013 10:08 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, RFMD has unveiled its power doubler amplifier in a multi-chip module to support the requirements of the new data over cable service interface specification (DOCSIS) 3.1.

Microchip’s Amplifier Extends Range of Data Rate WLAN Systems

October 22, 2013 4:42 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

SST12CP12 Combines High Linear Output Power With Low EVM in Small Package for Longer Range at Maximum Data Rate; Supports MCS8, HT40, Spectrum Mask, and...

Silicon Labs Launches Energy-Friendly MCUs

October 22, 2013 3:47 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs has introduced an energy-friendly 32-bit microcontrollers (MCUs) based on the ARM Cortex-M0+ processor. The EFM32 Zero Gecko MCU family is designed to achieve the lowest system energy consumption for a wide range of battery-powered applications such as mobile health and fitness products...

RFMW Stocking Florida RF Lab-Flex Cable Assemblies

October 22, 2013 2:24 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW announces immediate delivery of selected, one meter cable assemblies from Florida RF Labs. The Lab-Flex family of cable assemblies boasts six different...

Pulse Electronics Introduces Ultra-thin NFC Antenna for Mobile Devices

October 22, 2013 12:55 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics introduces an ultra-thin near field communications (NFC) ferrite sheet antenna. The antenna is 28 percent thinner than the previous version and still meets the EMVCo specification of 40 mm. It enables NFC connectivity to mobile devices for payment sharing, credential storage and exchange, accessing and controlling...

TE Connectivity Launches Fast and Flexible New Interconnects

October 22, 2013 12:20 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity recently unveiled its zSFP+ pluggable I/O interconnects, the company’s new line of high-speed connectors and cages. Designed to transfer data at 28 Gbps, with potential for upgrade to 40 Gbps, the new zSFP+ product line is currently one of the fastest single-channel I/O...

September/October 2013 – The Qardio Monitoring System for Smarter Healthcare

October 21, 2013 3:41 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The September/October issue of Wireless Design and Development contains features on an assortment of topics, including an article by Cavendish Kinetics concerning new design space for mobile antenna designers, a Brainstorm on Test & Measurement, and Sacrificing Conversation for Connection from the editor.

Meaghan's Minute: Home Intelligence

October 21, 2013 10:08 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Meaghan's Minute, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, we have smart phones, smart TVs, smart appliances, smart cars, so why not make our homes more intelligent? The Neurio home intelligence technology does just that by using a Wi-Fi sensor and a cloud service with some smart pattern detection algorithms.

HotSpot Episode 35: 50-Year Old Computer Gets New Life

October 21, 2013 9:21 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, Vanderbilt University is restoring surgeons' sense of touch; Brown University wins a million dollar prize for their brain technology; a 50-year old computer gets brought back to  life; and the University of Washington created a new Kinect-based program to help those who can't see participate in Yoga exercises.

Review: New Surface Tablets Great for Productivity

October 21, 2013 8:48 am | by BREE FOWLER, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

On one hand, the tablets can be great for working on the go, especially if you spring for a $130 keyboard cover. On the flip side, the new versions still lack the elegance and fun that iPads are known for and many Android-based tablets now offer. Microsoft takes pride in the new devices' redesigned kickstand. Previous models felt wobbly, while the new ones have a steady leg to stand on.

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