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Richardson's New Ultra-Wideband Bias-T from Wavelex

October 9, 2013 11:48 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD has announced immediate availability and full design support capabilities for a new ultra-wideband, SMA-connectorized Bias-T from Wavelex.

Low Current LNA for ISM Band and VHF Wireless Apps

October 9, 2013 11:06 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions introduces a low noise amplifier with high linearity and excellent return loss, drawing as low as 5 mA of bias current.  Target applications include general purpose ISM band and high frequency wireless metering, sensors, microphones, military, and battery-powered solutions.

Google Unveils $279 Chrome Laptop Made by HP

October 9, 2013 8:45 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google is introducing a $279 laptop that runs its Internet-centric Chrome operating system, borrowing many of the high-end features found in models that cost $1,000 or more. Hewlett-Packard makes the new HP Chromebook 11. Although its price is in line with most other Chrome OS notebooks, the new model sports many design features found in pricier devices, including the $1,299 Chromebook Pixel.


Samsung to Debut Smartphone with Curved Display

October 9, 2013 8:42 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Galaxy Round has a curved 5.7-inch (14.5 cm) screen using advanced display technology called organic light-emitting diode, or OLED, technology. The Korean company said such a curved screen smartphone is the first in the world. Samsung said the curve will make it easier to grip.

RFMW Announces RF Front End Module for ZigBee/Smart Energy Applications

October 8, 2013 3:56 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW announces design and sales support for Skyworks SE2432L, a high performance, fully integrated RF Front End Module designed for ZigBee/Smart Energy applications.

AVX Receives Defense Logistics Agency Approval for Accu L Thin Film Inductors

October 8, 2013 2:39 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

AVX recently announced that the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA) has issued drawings for high-reliability versions of its Accu-L Series thin film inductors in 0402, 0603, and 0805 case sizes.

Pulse Electronics Introduces Enhanced LDS Antennas Including Integrated SMT Components

October 8, 2013 1:02 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics has announced in-house capability to integrate passive surface mount technology (SMT) components on 3D laser direct structuring (LDS) antennas. Incorporating SMT components with the 3D LDS antenna structure saves space on the mobile device's printed circuit board and optimizes the use of available space on the antenna.

Silicon Labs Introduces Advanced DVB Demodulators

October 8, 2013 12:22 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs has introduced a new family of universal digital video broadcast (DVB) demodulators that support the latest worldwide DVB standards for cable, terrestrial, and satellite reception. Designed to simplify the design of complex, high-performance video front-ends for integrated digital TVs (iDTVs) and set-top boxes (STBs), Silicon Labs’ new Si216x/6x2 family includes dual-channel DVB demodulators targeting multi-receiver iDTV and STB applications.


Advanced Power Electronics’ 300 mA LDO Regulators

October 8, 2013 11:48 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Advanced Power Electronics has announced a new series of low drop-out linear regulators that include current and thermal shutdown protection features.

HCJ Series High Current Jumpers Offer Current Handling up to 63 A

October 8, 2013 11:30 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The HCJ Series from Stackpole offers a thin film surface mount chip jumper capable of very high current.

Vishay Releases SMD MLCCs for Safety-Certified Applications

October 8, 2013 11:07 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology has introduced a new series of surface-mount multilayer ceramic chip capacitors (MLCC) for safety-certified applications. VJ Safety series devices are offered with C0G (NP0) and X7R dielectrics, each offering X1/Y2 and X2 safety classifications with 250 VAC voltage ratings.

Peregrine Introduces High Isolation Carrier-Grade Wi-Fi Switch

October 8, 2013 10:50 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor has announced a very high performance carrier-grade WiFi switch. With the highest isolation by a factor of 50, Peregrine’s switch also offers great linearity, which makes it ideally suited for the fast-growing market of 802.11ac WiFi access points.

Video of the Day: Can Technology Solve Our Big Problems?

October 8, 2013 10:03 am | by TED | Videos | Comments

The awesome power of technology was to be used to solve all of our big problems. Fast forward to present day, and what's happened? Are mobile apps all we have to show for ourselves? Journalist Jason Pontin looks closely at the challenges we face to using technology effectively ... for problems that really matter.


Nest Labs Tries to Smarten Up Smoke Detectors

October 8, 2013 9:25 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Smoke detectors frequently produce more headaches than useful warnings. The devices have an irritating habit of shrieking when there's no cause for alarm, and always seem to wait until the middle of the night to chirp when their batteries run low.

Blackberry Shares Up On Report of Buyout Interest

October 8, 2013 8:31 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Shares of BlackBerry rose more than 4 percent Monday on a report that the company is in sale talks with a handful of companies. Reuters reported Friday that the struggling smartphone maker was holding discussions with Cisco, Google and SAP about a possible sale of all or part of itself.

HotSpot Episode 33: Smart Brewing App for Beer Aficionados

October 7, 2013 12:48 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

On this week's episode of WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by National Instruments, a smart brewing appliance that customers can control and monitor using their very own smartphone; STMicroelectronics has introduced the LSM303C eCompass; redefining wireless power; and wireless batteries with Bluetooth technology.

LG Mass-Produces Flexible OLED Panel for Smartphones

October 7, 2013 11:59 am | by LG | News | Comments

LG Display has announced that it will start mass-production of the world’s first flexible OLED panel for smartphones. This state-of-the-art panel represents another milestone following the company’s commercial rollout of the world’s first ...

Rendering 3-D Tactile Features on Touch Surfaces

October 7, 2013 10:53 am | by Jennifer Liu, Disney Research | News | Comments

A person sliding a finger across a topographic map displayed on a touch screen can feel the bumps and curves of hills and valleys, despite the screen's smooth surface, with the aid of a novel algorithm created by Disney Research, Pittsburgh for tactile rendering of 3D features and textures.

Samsung Reports Record-High Profit for 3Q

October 7, 2013 10:18 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The maker of Galaxy smartphones said Friday that its third-quarter operating income rose 25 percent over a year earlier to $9.4 billion. The result was slightly better than the market expectation of $9.3 billion, according to FactSet, a financial data provider.

Photo of the Day: Wafer Filled with CNTs

October 7, 2013 9:50 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

CNTs are long chains of carbon atoms that are extremely efficient at conducting and controlling electricity. They are so thin – thousands of CNTs could fit side by side in a human hair – that it takes very little energy to switch them off, according to Wong, co-author of the paper and the Williard R. and Inez Kerr Bell Professor at Stanford.

Stanford Engineers Build First Computer Based on Carbon Nanotube Technology

October 7, 2013 9:27 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

A team of Stanford engineers has built a basic computer using carbon nanotubes, a semiconductor material that has the potential to launch a new generation of electronic devices that run faster, while using less energy, than those made from silicon chips. This unprecedented feat culminates years of efforts by scientists around the world to harness this promising material.

Trade-In Options Abound for Smartphones

October 4, 2013 10:34 am | by Anne D'Innocenzio, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Feeling stuck with your old smartphone? Do you covet new releases like the iPhone 5S that boast niftier features like fingerprint sensors? There's good news. A growing number of options allow...         

Engineering Newswire: Personal Jetpack Redesign Saves Pilot from Catastrophic Failure

October 4, 2013 10:28 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re re-designing the Martin Jetpack, sending MIT students to space, tailoring toothbrushes for your teeth, and riding in one great big ...                   

M2M + Security + Cloud = Love

October 3, 2013 9:56 am | by Marie McGehee, Director of Corporate Communications, Verizon Enterprise Solutions | Blogs | Comments

With sensors and networking technology being strapped to nearly every machine around the globe at a blistering pace, estimates projecting 50 billion connected devices by 2020 may be too conservative.         

Cerberus Interested in BlackBerry

October 3, 2013 9:51 am | by Rob Gillies, Associated Press | News | Comments

Private equity firm Cerberus is interested in taking a look at BlackBerry's books as a prelude to a possible bid for the troubled smartphone company. Cerberus is looking to sign a confidentiality agreement with BlackBerry that would... 

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