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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.

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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.

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...

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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.

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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.

Microsoft Releases Windows 8.1, a Year in Making

October 17, 2013 9:01 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft released its long-awaited Windows 8.1 upgrade as a free download Thursday. It addresses some of the gripes people have had with Windows 8, the dramatically different operating system that attempts to bridge the divide between tablets and PCs. Windows 8.1 still features the dual worlds that Windows 8 created when it came out last October.

RFMW Stocks 100 GHz Connector from Carlisle

October 16, 2013 4:22 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW announces immediate availability for Carlisle Interconnect Technologies WMP series of sub-miniature, blind-mate interconnect solutions...

Cypress's New PSoC Creator Simplifies Concurrent Hardware And Software Design

October 16, 2013 3:51 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor has introduced version 3.0 of its PSoC Creator Integrated Design Environment (IDE) for the PSoC 3, PSoC 4, and PSoC 5LP programmable system-on-chip architectures.

Acopian's 450 W 1U Programmable Single-Output AC-DC Power Supplies

October 16, 2013 2:50 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Acopian announces the expansion of its 1U AC-DC programmable power supply portfolio to include an extensive family of 450W 1U programmable single-output AC-DC power supplies...

Opening Up New Design Space for Mobile Antenna Designers

October 16, 2013 2:50 pm | by Larry Morrell, Executive VP, Cavendish Kinetics | Articles | Comments

Wireless designers continue to make tradeoffs among power, cost, size, and performance specifications. Engineers working in the consumer mobile market have difficult challenges due to its extremely competitive nature, as well as the time pressures to produce designs that work in some very difficult environments.

RFID Transponder Designer´s Kit for Automotive Electronics

October 16, 2013 1:05 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

PREMO Group is offering a new RFID kit with a set of transponder coils, including a set of single axis transponders coils and 3-axis transponder coils...

PFM DC-DC Converter from Advanced Power Electronics

October 16, 2013 11:42 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics has announced the APE1910-HF-3, a Pulse Frequency Modulation (PFM) DC/DC converter...

Sony's $200 Smartwatch Works with Android Phones

October 16, 2013 8:55 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony says its new computerized wristwatch will sell for $200 in the U.S. and will work with a variety of Android phones. Sony's SmartWatch 2 hasn't gotten as much attention as Samsung Electronics' Galaxy Gear, but it's cheaper and compatible with a broader range of phones.

Review: Button Location Sets LG's G2 Apart

October 16, 2013 8:52 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The G2 and the G Pad 8.3, the flagship smartphone and tablet from LG Electronics, are great mobile devices that have fantastic screens, top-end cameras and ample processing power. But making an impressive device is not enough to stand apart from the crowd in the ultra-competitive mobile phone market.

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