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Energy Harvesting – Powerful Options for Remote Wireless Devices

April 14, 2014 4:20 pm | by Sol Jacobs, VP and General Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Articles | Comments

Wireless sensors are becoming increasingly essential to everyday life, with new applications emerging that offer enhanced system functionality, such as periodic two-way communications and remote shut-off capabilities. Satisfying the power-hungry demands of these devices requires the careful choice of a power management system... 

Simplifying M2M Data Networking

April 11, 2014 11:41 am | by Bill Conley; B&B Electronics; | Articles | Comments

There is currently no universal standard for cellular network certification and provisioning in...

NASA’s CubeSat Fleet Gives Fresh Perspective

April 9, 2014 5:09 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

In an effort to revitalize current technology, NASA recently launched an ongoing program called...

Wireless Communication & DAS Transmission Changes Higher Education and Healthcare Environments

April 3, 2014 11:49 am | by Jim Otte, SSOE Group | Articles | Comments

Wireless connectivity rules just about everything today. Being connected is important for the...

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Chemicals Not in Your Line of Sight? RFID Gives You a Clear View

April 1, 2014 12:22 pm | by Angela Hoffman, Northern Apex Corporation | Articles | Comments

There are known issues within laboratories that involve tracking, inventorying, and accounting for compounds, chemicals and reagents. If this issue has ever presented itself in your laboratory, radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions will help you and your staff monitor every chemical that enters and exits your facility...

New Test Methodology Simplifies Envelope Tracking Design in Mobile Devices

March 19, 2014 5:24 pm | by Lawrence Wilson, Product Manager Signal Generators and Power Meters, Rohde & Schwarz | Articles | Comments

The mobile communications industry is moving faster than ever to deliver the connected experience of video, voice, and data to the billions of people worldwide who are eager to consume it...                           

Maximize DC-DC Synchronous Buck Converter Performance

March 19, 2014 2:42 pm | by ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Switched mode power converters are very prominent in industry today and provide high efficiency solutions for a wide range of end applications. They can be found in power supplies and battery charging circuitry for computers, power tools, televisions, media tablets, smart phones, automobiles, and countless other electronic devices...

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Implementing Sub-GHz Wireless Connectivity in Embedded Devices

March 7, 2014 5:21 pm | by Matt Maupin, SoC Marketing Manager, Silicon Labs | Articles | Comments

Wireless connectivity continues to expand across all markets and industries as growing numbers of electronic devices and systems add wireless controls and communications. Consumers desire the convenience of ubiquitous communication so wireless functionality is...               

Solving Discrepancies between 3G and 4G

March 6, 2014 4:14 pm | by Anjan Ghosal, President and CEO, Diametriq | Articles | Comments

Today, most of the world still communicates wirelessly over 3G and 2G networks. That’s expected to change as more cellular traffic moves to 4G (for fourth generation) LTE (Long Term Evolution) networks. Meanwhile, the majority of cellular subscribers use pre-paid, rather than...                 

Lightning Protection for Fiber-to-the-Antenna

March 5, 2014 3:53 pm | by Paul McClusky, Member IEEE, Product Marketing Manager, TRABTECH, Phoenix Contact USA | Articles | Comments

The telecommunications world is quickly moving from third-generation (3G) to fourth-generation (4G) configurations, with announcements for 5G already starting. The 4G has acted as a stimulus for a paradigm shift of the cell tower structure, which has included the implementation of fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) architecture...                

The Brainstorm: GaN Amplifiers

February 21, 2014 9:09 am | by WDD Staff | Articles | Comments

What are the benefits of using GaN HEMTs in place of silicon LDMOS for Doherty amplifiers...                                                                                 

Maximizing the Output Power from Thermoelectric Harvesters

February 20, 2014 4:45 pm | by Yogesh Ramadass, Electrical Design Engineer, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

Thermoelectric harvesters are a preferred medium to harvest electrical energy from ambient heat energy. Applications for these harvesters can be found in industrial and residential settings, along with the emerging wearable sensors market. While it is well-known that operating the...

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Sub-GHz Wireless Design Choices for Smart Metering

February 19, 2014 3:43 pm | by Vivek Mohan, Senior Product Manager, Wireless Products, Silicon Labs | Articles | Comments

The worldwide focus on energy conservation in the last decade has led to tremendous growth in smart meter deployments, which help manage energy distribution and consumption more efficiently than traditional utility meters...                       

Cost, Compliance, and EMC Layout Shape EMI Future

February 19, 2014 2:54 pm | by Caitlin Johnson, Contributing Editor | Articles | Comments

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) is everywhere. According to Electronics.ca Publications, the global market for EMI materials and technologies is expected to reach $5.2 billion in 2016, for a compound annual growth rate (CGR) of 2.8 percent. Wireless communication, broadcast radio, television, and medical devices are...  

Exclusive: Providing Prosthetics With a Sense of Touch

February 19, 2014 9:27 am | by Meaghan Ziemab, Editor | Articles | Comments

Losing the ability to move is a traumatic experience, mentally and physically, but recent advances in medical technologies have helped tetraplegics regain a part of their lives they once thought to be lost forever. Losing the ability to move results in the loss of touch, a sense necessary to perform the most basic tasks – from...

A Fireside Chat: How Wall-E Inspired the Ninja Sphere

January 7, 2014 2:32 pm | by Melissa Fassbender, Associate Editor | Articles | Comments

Using sensors and actuators, the Ninja Sphere learns about its environment and knows when something is out of place – even the dog. The next generation of environment control, the sphere monitors temperature, light, energy, and location ...            

What’s New in Real-Time Location Systems?

December 18, 2013 4:15 pm | by Ciaran Connell, DecaWave | Articles | Comments

Real-time location systems (RTLS), which enable devices to determine location in the absence of GPS, are gaining popularity. Google is promoting Google Maps indoors, and Apple acquired WiFiSLAM and announced iBeacons...                       

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Design and Test Challenges for 8x8 MIMO Devices for LTE Advanced

December 18, 2013 2:52 pm | by Jim Litz, Marketing Manager, Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

From less than two percent in 2011, mobile data will comprise 10 percent of all network traffic by 2016. The projected rise follows the forecasted increase in smartphones and tablet computers accessing data-intensive streaming video and enhanced social media applications...

Photos of the Day: Origami Antennas

December 18, 2013 9:34 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | News | Comments

The antenna's folding and unfolding capabilities provide an advantage in various commercial and military applications. According to Tentzeris, such antennas could be included in different types of communications equipment, as well as various sensors...

Multilayer Varistors Will Keep Evolving

December 17, 2013 4:34 pm | by Chris Reynolds, Application Engineer, AVX | Articles | Comments

Due to recent advances in multilayer varistor (MLV) design, metal oxide varistor (MOV) technology is increasingly being employed in fast-transient suppression applications. MLVs utilize zinc oxide grains as the varistor material in combination with a...                  

The Future of Automotive Sensors & Switches

December 17, 2013 4:11 pm | by Julia Blaikie, WDD | News | Comments

Automotive sensors and switches may be discreet, but they play a critical part in our driving experience. Even though drivers don’t consciously think about them, sensors and switches are key contributors to the safety, comfort, and ease of driving. Because proper implementation bears such importance, engineers are always...

Exclusive: Origami Antennas Reshape Industry

December 17, 2013 3:23 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Articles | Comments

A Georgia Tech research team was recently awarded a $2 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their unique concept of making compact and efficient antennas by implementing the techniques used in origami paper-folding...

RFID Enables Omniscient View of Whirlpool's Parts

December 11, 2013 12:13 pm | by Joel Hans, Managing Editor, Manufacturing.net | Articles | Comments

While RFID (radio-frequency identification) technology has long ago entered into the consumer space — everything from smartphones to pets are loaded with data-laden tags — it’s had a more rocky experience in the industrial space...                        

Exclusive: Shutting the Door on Shodan

December 9, 2013 4:03 pm | by Alan Grau, Icon Labs | Articles | Comments

Shodan, “The scariest search engine on the Internet” according to CNN Money, is a search engine scouring the Internet looking for servers, webcams, printers, routers and all the other devices that are connected to and make up the Internet of Things. Searches on Shodan can find a stunning amount...

Wireless Safety in the Workplace

October 17, 2013 2:25 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Articles | Comments

Healthcare employees face a range of potential hazards on a daily basis; from infectious diseases to patient altercations in psychiatric and emergency departments. Boulder-CO based Spectralink has created a staff safety solution for Spectralink wireless handsets, Spectralink SAFE, which is designed to help solve the increasing safety issues for mobile workers within healthcare, retail, and manufacturing.

Sensory Functionality with a Unique ID

October 17, 2013 2:01 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Articles | Comments

The need for sensory tags is growing exponentially, and the uses for them span across various industries and markets. From the construction history and condition of certain buildings, bridges, and roads, to recording patient medication consumption, sensory tags are important for validating the origin of any object, as well as verifying the environmental conditions to which that object has been exposed.

Sophisticated Haptic Drivers for PWM Signals

October 16, 2013 3:35 pm | by Duane Sorlie, Senior Staff Engineer, Fairchild Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Tactile feedback, often referred to as simple “haptics,” uses the sense of touch in a user interface design to provide information to an end user. This generally means the use of the system’s vibration alert system to denote that a button has been pressed. The resistive force that some “force feedback” joysticks and video game steering wheels provide is a form of haptic feedback.

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.

Current Trends Affecting Future Aerospace and Defense Test & Measurement

October 16, 2013 12:39 pm | by Chris Johnston and Greg Jue, Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

Recent headlines about sequestration and the Budget Control Act of 2011 (BCA2011) have amplified ongoing concerns about decreased spending on U.S. aerospace and defense programs. This downturn is of great interest to companies that provide test and measurement (T&M) hardware, software, and services to the aero/defense industry.

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