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DARPA's Drop-In Autopilot

May 5, 2014 10:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, early dection of heart attacks and strokes; DARPA's ALIAS program overcomes challenges and complex interfaces that military aircraft presents to operators; an affordable and easy-to-install security system; and TDK and Witricity's new licensing agreement enable commercialization of wireless charging...                 

Decoding the Apple-Samsung Patent Dispute

May 5, 2014 9:33 am | by Alex Veiga, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Apple and Samsung are suing each other in courts and trade offices around the world, each making claims that the other copied patented mobile device features. The companies' most-recent legal tussle all but concluded on Friday, when a California jury found that Samsung copied some of Apple's smartphone features...

Collaborative 'Metasurfaces' Grant to Merge Classical and Quantum Physics

May 2, 2014 8:51 am | by Caroline Perry, Harvard University | News | Comments

The Air Force Office of Scientific Research has selected the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) to lead a multidisciplinary effort that will merge research in classical and quantum physics and accelerate the development of advanced optical technologies...                           

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Photo of the Day: Flat Lens Using a Metasurface

May 2, 2014 8:51 am | by Caroline Perry, Harvard University | News | Comments

The premise of nanophotonics is that light can interact with matter in unusual ways when the material incorporates tiny metallic or dielectric features that are separated by a distance shorter than the wavelength of the light. Metamaterials are engineered materials that exploit these phenomena, producing strange effects, enabling light to bend unnaturally...              

TDK's Ultra-Compact Bluetooth Smart Module

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

TDK has presented an ultra compact Bluetooth low energy module designed for the Bluetooth 4.0 low energy (LE) specification, which is being marketed as Bluetooth Smart. The Bluetooth IC die is...

Samsung 'Puzzled' As Smartphone Launch Upstaged

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Youkyung Lee, Associated Press | News | Comments

The global launch of Samsung's latest smartphone has been upstaged by South Korean mobile network companies. SK Telecom, South Korea's largest mobile carrier, says it will start selling the Galaxy S5 on Thursday, two weeks before the scheduled sales launch on April 11...

EnOcean Self-Powers 2.4 GHz Radio with Kinetic Energy

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

Enocean has presented the world’s first energy harvesting wireless switch module communicating in the 2.4 GHz ISM band. The new module is suited for consumer applications such as the control of LED lighting systems...

TI Helps Manufacturers Connect More with Launch of IoT Cloud Ecosystem

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Texas Instruments | News | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced a third party ecosystem of Internet of Things (IoT) cloud service providers. This ecosystem will allow manufacturers using TI technology to connect with the IoT more easily and rapidly. The first members of the ecosystem include 2lemetry, ARM, Arrayent, Exosite, IBM, LogMeIn, Spark, and Thingsquare...

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Fujitsu Introduces Grounding Springs for Mobile Devices

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

Fujitsu Components America has released a new series of grounding springs featuring a patented, robust structure and a wide working range for use in emerging mobile devices. The FCN-118X grounding spring series is designed to provide frame grounding between the pc board and chassis of smart phones, tablet PCs, PDAs...

GIGAVAC Rounds Out High Voltage Switching Line

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

GIGAVAC has announced two additions to their High Voltage Contactor line of Advanced Switching Solutions. The HX21 and HX200 join the HX22 as the smallest UL508 recognized...

High Accuracy 6-Bit DSA from Peregrine Semiconductor

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

RFMW has announced design and sales support for the PE4312, 6-bit digital step attenuator from Peregrine Semiconductor. The PE4312 is designed for use in wireless infrastructure...

IBM Accelerates Mobile Innovation for Businesses with New MobileFirst Services

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Fabienne Dawson & Doug Fraim, IBM | News | Comments

To help organizations accelerate and drive more business value from their mobile initiatives, IBM [NYSE: IBM] has announced the expansion of its IBM MobileFirst portfolio with new and enhanced services focused on mobile strategy and security, application development and device procurement, and management...

A Low Profile Companion Solution for GPS Receiver & Antenna

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

Telit Wireless Solutions and Parsec Technologies have announced that a combination of the companies’ technologies has resulted in a low profile companion solution for GPS receiver and antenna...

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Agilent Technologies to Feature Wireless Communication Design and Test Solutions

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Janet Smith, Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies has announced it will show its newest wireless design and test solutions that address present and future test technology challenges in  LTE, LTE-A, and 3GPP, Releases 11 and 12, at Mobile World Congress, February 24-27, Barcelona, Spain. The design and test solutions focus on the higher-capacity capabilities...

Nordic Semiconductor Bluetooth Low Energy Chips Communicate with Oregon Scientific

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

Nordic Semiconductor has announced that IDT Technology - developer and owner of Oregon Scientific - has specified Nordic μBlueTM nRF8001 Connectivity chips to provide the Bluetooth...

Smartphone App Helps Alcoholics Stay Sober

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Lindsey Tanner, Associated Press | News | Comments

A smartphone app for recovering alcoholics that includes a panic button and sounds an alert when they get too close to taverns helped keep some on the wagon, researchers who developed the tool found. The sober app joins a host of others that serve as electronic shoulder angels, featuring a variety of options for trying to prevent alcoholics...

Miniature Pressure Sensor from Measurement Specialties

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

Measurement Specialties has offered the XPC10, a miniature pressure sensor that accurately measures both static and dynamic pressures across a wide operating temperature range of -40 to +220°C...

Cypress Introduces QDR-IV SRAMs

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

Cypress Semiconductor has announced production availability of the industry’s first Quad Data Rate IV (QDR-IV) SRAM. Cypress offers QDR-IV SRAMs in 144- and 72-Megabit (Mbit) densities with the Random Transaction Rate...

NextG-Com Announces LTE Host Test Platform for Release 11 Conformance

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | by Colin Aitken, NextG-Com | News | Comments

NextG-Com has announced the development of a low-cost LTE protocol test platform on host compliant to 3GPP Release 11 specification. XANTHUS 203 is a protocol conformance test framework that allows the execution of TTCN3 36.523 Test Cases as published by ETSI. It has been designed within the current NextG-Com ALPS LTE product development program...

TE Connectivity’s Expanded Line of Mezalok Connectors

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

TE Connectivity (TE) has launched new extensions to its rugged, high-speed Mezalok mezzanine connector family. The new extensions include a stack height of 15mm and a new 320...

NetHero App Enables Remote Management of Home Internet & Connected Devices

May 2, 2014 8:42 am | News | Comments

Consumers now have access to a free home network and device management app, NetHero, on iOS and Android devices, and Mac and Windows PCs. Created by the developer of cloud-based software for network and device management, Pie Digital, NetHero is the first free app to let consumers manage and optimize their home network and device...

Saelig's 3D Magnetometer Sensor

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

Saelig has announced the IST8301C - a single-chip 3-axis digital magnetometer sensor, housed in an extremely small form factor (2.5 x 2.5 x 1.0mm) 12-pin BGA package. The IST8301C is an integrated chip containing...

Loctronix's New ASR Workbench

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

Loctronix has announced the availability of the ASR Workbench, a development toolset for the company’s recently released ASR-2300 software-defined radio (SDR) module.  The ASR-2300 is a function-rich SDR for high-performance positioning, navigation and timing (PNT), and communication applications...

AVX Expands the Capacitance Range for Its X7R & NP0 (C0G)

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

AVX  has expanded the capacitance range for its High Voltage Multilayer Ceramic (MLC) Chip Capacitor Series. Available in both X7R and NP0 (C0G) options, the High Voltage MLC Chip Series exhibits capacitance values, low ESR at high frequencies, and performance across all voltages. The series can be used...

Microchip Introduces Power Monitoring IC with High-Accuracy Signal Acquisition and Power Calculations

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

Microchip Technology  has announced a new power monitoring IC, the MCP39F501.  This device is a highly integrated, single-phase power-monitoring IC designed for real-time measurement of AC power.  The device enables high-performance, cost-effective designs in the commercial...

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