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November/December 2014 — Micro-Windmills: From Lab to Market

December 17, 2014 2:51 pm | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The November/December issue of Wireless Design & Development (WDD) is packed full of great content from Micro-Windmills to Connected Hospitals, Digital Pre-Distortion to Powering Underground Wireless Sensors, and beyond. Find out what our top industry leaders have to say about IoT impacting the cost of ...

Improving Power Efficiency in Mobile Devices

December 12, 2014 3:00 pm | by Phyllis Cosentino, Senior Product Manager, National Instruments | Articles | Comments

We rely heavily on mobile devices for a wide range of our needs, from serving as our primary...

Finally, A Wearable that Works

December 11, 2014 10:38 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

The PerformTek technology powers a variety of wearable devices with highly accurate, continuous...

Powering Underground Wireless Sensors

December 10, 2014 11:50 am | by Sol Jacobs, Tadiran Batteries | Articles | Comments

Wireless devices have become ubiquitous, with new applications continually emerging to address...

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Bionic Bra Proves Necessity Is Apparently Not the Mother of Invention

December 9, 2014 11:25 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

The recent story about a “Bionic Bra” from the University of Wollongong had me wondering...why?! Of all the medical devices we have a dire need for, a sensor-equipped, “smart yarn”-infused, automatic-tightening bra certainly isn’t one of them. The ...            

Photos of the Day: What Happens When An Editor Gets a GoldieBlox

December 8, 2014 11:10 am | by Kasey Panetta, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Generally speaking, my job is really fun. I get to meet all types of people, write about really cool technology, and work on a lot of projects that are very important to me. One of those projects is ECN (and her sister publications) push for STEM education. In particular, many of the ...

M2M 2015 Trend Predictions from ByteSnap Design Engineers

December 1, 2014 3:03 pm | by Dunstan Power, Director, ByteSnap | Blogs | Comments

Designers from embedded electronics specialist, ByteSnap Design, are behind a range of M2M devices, from a Head-Up Display for motorcyclists, to smart charging posts and vehicle tracking services. They have compiled a list of predictions for the M2M sector in 2015 ...            

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Advancement in High Speed Converter Technology Enables Next Generation Wireless Communications Systems Designs

November 26, 2014 11:22 am | by Yi Zhang and Michele Viani, Applications Engineers for the High Speed Converter Group, Analog Devices | Articles | Comments

Wireless communications networks are rapidly evolving. Consumers are expressing increasing demands for enhanced data services and greater use of bandwidth. New generation wireless communications systems demand higher data throughput, lower power consumption ...              

Delivering High Performance and Low Power to Next-Generation Mobile Applications

November 25, 2014 12:13 pm | by Dean Gans, Mobile Systems Architect, Micron Technology, Inc. | Articles | Comments

One of the key challenges that mobile device designers face is determining how to increase device performance without significantly increasing power consumption. Performance is determined by both processor capacity and memory bandwidth ...                      

GaN Technology Addresses Size, Bandwidth and Efficiency Challenges in Advanced Small Cell Applications

November 20, 2014 1:03 pm | by David Ryan, Business Development Manager, Networks, MACOM | Articles | Comments

With global 2G wireless infrastructure coverage at greater than 90 percent and 3G coverage at similar rates in the developed world (source: Ericsson), the market emphasis has shifted to delivering the data capacity that subscribers require to access their rich multimedia and cloud based services on the go ...  

China & U.S. Boost Worldwide Industrial Semiconductor Market in 2014

November 19, 2014 5:10 pm | by IHS Technology | News | Comments

Continuing strength in China and a resurgent U.S. economy are combining to drive accelerated growth in the worldwide market for semiconductors used in industrial applications this year, according to IHS Technology. Global market revenue for ...             

Wanderung Electronica

November 19, 2014 3:17 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

For my very first time outside of the United States I had the privilege to attend electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany. While I experienced many many great new designs, here are some of the best new products that I saw on my trip overseas ...                           

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The End of Privacy as We Know It

November 18, 2014 11:49 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | Blogs | Comments

As a member of the millennial generation, I have grown comfortable with constant surveillance. In fact, I’m almost oblivious to the omnipresent surveillance cameras in shopping centers, parking lots, schools, train stations, and ... 

Infrared Technology for Touchscreens

November 6, 2014 11:26 am | by Sevugan Nagappan, Marketing Manager, Infrared Laser Products, Osram Opto Semiconductors | Articles | Comments

Optical solutions are increasingly popular for displays. Unlike traditional touchscreens, optical screens can detect any type of pointer or stylus and gloved fingers as they aren’t reliant on the conductivity of these objects. Optical designs are also not sensitive ...

Fighting the Fakes: Algorithmic Security Combats Counterfeit Batteries

November 4, 2014 11:19 am | by Tom Bush, Accutronics | Articles | Comments

Battery counterfeiting is increasingly becoming a global problem. The ubiquity of portable devices, from everyday electronics, such as smartphones and digital cameras, to more specialized equipment such as medical, industrial and security apparatus ...            

The Vague, Undefined Promise of 5G

October 30, 2014 9:33 am | by Andrew Berg, Editor, Wirless Week | Blogs | Comments

The term 5G is as yet completely meaningless aside from the fact that the moniker is the obvious successor to the current status quo of 4G. But it's also grossly obtuse because we don't even know ...       

5 Keys to Engaging a Product Development Partner

October 27, 2014 2:23 pm | by Mitch Maiman, Intelligent Product Solutions CEO | Blogs | Comments

While my current gig is serving as the President of a product development professional services firm, I’ve spent many years in companies large and small developing products as a mechanical engineer and also in engineering management ...      

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Capturing and Analyzing Big Data with M2M Technology

October 27, 2014 8:49 am | by Robert Andres, Chief Marketing Officer, Eurotech | Articles | Comments

Trends in big data coupled with the proliferation of connected devices have created the need for machine-to-machine (M2M) solutions to enable the capture and analysis of large data sets in the field.  Most data used to be created by humans, but today the quantity of digital data has exploded to roughly...

The Next Era in Power Electronics

October 22, 2014 1:40 pm | by Mike Sherman, Managing Partner, Chrysalix EVC | Articles | Comments

It’s estimated that 10 percent of all the power generated around the world is lost as heat through inefficient power conversion – that is when electric energy is converted from one form to another, such as between AC (alternating current) and DC (direct current), changing the voltage or frequency, or some combination of these...

Broadening Power Solutions Worldwide

October 22, 2014 12:59 pm | by Eric Kessler, Vice President Sales, Astrodyne | Articles | Comments

As it is well known, EMI and RFI are unwanted electromagnetic energy that pollutes the environment and can affect the operation of other equipment around it. It can be radiated into the air or conducted over system power lines. EMC (Electromagnetic Compatibility) is the ability of a system to function in a high EMI/RFI environment and to limit its own EMI/RFI output...              

Reducing Vehicle Collisions with Automotive SoCs

October 22, 2014 9:52 am | by Kaylie Duffy, Associate Editor, @kaylieannduffy | News | Comments

Each year in the U.S. there are 28,800 traffic related deaths, resulting in almost $563 billion in expenses. Drivers average roughly 3 million braking decisions over a 25 year period, and it takes only one mistake to cause a fatal accident...               

4 Ways Businesses Can Learn from U.S. Army Safety Practices

October 20, 2014 12:23 pm | by Chad Storlie, Author, Combat Leader to Corporate Leader & Battlefield to Business Success | Blogs | Comments

In the U.S. Army, leaders and soldiers at all levels constantly plan, rehearse and act to do dangerous activities as safely as possible even while under dangerous conditions. In the U.S. Army, dangerous conditions are a factor and not an excuse to...         

Wireless Systems Expand DARPA’s Drone Horizons

October 10, 2014 10:25 am | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Some of the most exciting wireless technology applications are currently being implemented aboard unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Where wireless design has traditionally been labeled a niche field, new military applications are now relying on wireless components to take technology where it has never gone before. However, with new demands comes many challenges, as wireless systems are called upon to provide greater versatility...

September/October 2014 — Emergency Locator Transmitters

October 10, 2014 9:51 am | by WDD Staff | Digital Editions | Comments

The September/October issue of Wireless Design & Development (WDD) focuses on emergency locator transmitters and preventative maintenance of wireless infrastructure. It also features and article from FreeWave Technologies on unmanned systems, and a new Brainstorm that focuses on Electronica...                    

Command & Control

October 9, 2014 12:18 pm | by Phil Linker, Senior Product Manager, FreeWave Technologies | Articles | Comments

Unmanned vehicles are at the forefront of an evolution, especially with the proliferation of the Internet of Things (IoT). After decades of serving mission-critical applications in government and defense, the command and control (C2) capabilities of advanced wireless machine-to-machine...             

Commercializing RF Components

October 9, 2014 12:08 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Articles | Comments

Many companies specialize in high reliability products that can withstand extreme conditions. The products are often used in military and aerospace applications. As these companies look to grow, they require a way to commercialize the products, making them more applicable and cost effective for other markets where high volume sales are more attainable...         

Preventative Maintenance of Wireless Infrastructure

October 9, 2014 11:02 am | by Ben Maxson, Applications Engineer, Copper Mountain Technologies | Articles | Comments

Wireless infrastructure encompasses a broad range of radio technologies, antennas, towers, and frequencies. Radio networks are built from this infrastructure and from mobile radios — the radios used by municipal and commercial customers to communicate over licensed frequency bands...                   

Using Java to Develop a Complex M2M Environmental Monitoring System

October 2, 2014 2:30 pm | by Robert Andres, Eurotech Chief Marketing Officer | Articles | Comments

M2M projects present many challenges, even when the hardware is designed exactly to customer specifications. Success can be best assured with effective implementation of the device logic, scalable methods for device and data management...                     

How IT and OT are Converging: Avoid the Pitfalls to Reap the Benefits

September 30, 2014 11:50 am | by Brad Gilbert, FreeWave Technologies | Articles | Comments

The quest to understand production and operational factors, distribute this information to business systems and people within an organization, and directly improve business processes and profitability as a result is not new. In fact, it has been embraced by companies for decades...           

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