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Design, Miniaturization & Standards Drive Future Interconnect Developments

August 5, 2013 3:06 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Articles | Comments

Interconnects and connectors are important components for various electronics systems. Modern day electronics systems require smaller and more complex IC interconnects, connectors, and electronics packaging to help add convenience and flexibility to an end product.

The SEAL: Drowning Detection System

August 5, 2013 2:35 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Articles | Comments

To offer an extra layer of protection for swimmers, Raleigh, NC-based SEAL Innovation has created the SEAL wearable swim monitor and drowning detection system that issues warnings and alarms to lifeguards and parents for swimmers in distress.

Wisdom from the Pipes: Big Data Intelligence from the Network

August 5, 2013 9:27 am | by Jason Miller, Product Marketing Manager, Empirix - www.empirix.com | Articles | Comments

To deliver a great customer experience, operators are building next-gen networks capable of handling explosive volumes of traffic, even as subscribers continuously change devices, download applications, and find new ways to communicate. 

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Ruggedizing USB Connections for Tough Environments

July 30, 2013 3:17 pm | by Brian Foster, Product Manager, Serial and USB Product Lines, B&B Electronics | News | Comments

When technician John Baker of Premier Resource Services connected his laptop to a customer’s piece of industrial machinery he got a nasty surprise. There was a quick puff of smoke, and John lost his hard drive, his USB port and the USB adapter that he’d connected to the machine.

Why Wireless Millimeter Wave Radios Will Fuel the Coming Microcell Boom

July 30, 2013 3:08 pm | by Renaissance Electronics Corporation (REC) | News | Comments

As carriers continue to roll out LTE networks to meet the overwhelming demand for mobile broadband data services, small cellular base stations called micro and picocells are expected to proliferate across the landscape over the next several years. 

A Guide to ZigBee Device Developers for the Smart Connected Home

July 29, 2013 12:59 pm | by Cees Link, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies, www.greenpeak.com | Articles | Comments

For decades, technology experts and home automation enthusiasts have been talking about and promising the emergence of the smart, connected home. They have foretold a home connected by multitude of sensors, monitoring applications such as HVAC, home security, and even the health of the inhabitants, and all controlled remotely over the web via a smartphone or a tablet.

Measurable Skill Development

July 18, 2013 1:51 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Articles | Comments

InfoMotion focuses on the repetitive motions seen in a variety of sports to build algorithms around them, pattern them, and create small sensors that can measure point-of-force activities in a variety of sporting drills.  The 94Fifty sensor basketball also utilizes technology from Texas Instruments including Bluetooth/Bluetooth low energy dual-mode connectivity.

LTE – Delivering on the Mobile Broadband Promise

July 18, 2013 10:22 am | by Charles Sturman, Product Manager LTE-Chips, u-blox Ezra Stein, Product Manager LTE-Modules, u-blox Carl Fenger, Product Communications Manager, u-blox | Articles | Comments

LTE is the latest generation mobile network technology, and the fastest growing standard in telecoms history. With the exponential increase of video-rich content and remote data storage, LTE has been designed to meet the growing demands of the internet for both human-to-human, human-to-machine and machine-to-machine communications.

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Bringing Wi-Fi to Healthcare

July 17, 2013 9:43 am | by Joe Zeto, Director of Product Marketing for Ixia | Articles | Comments

Today’s medical staffs increasingly rely upon wireless networks and devices to conduct critical-care applications, access electronic medical records and test results, and to share information throughout facilities. At the same time, Wi-Fi networks in healthcare facilities are being pushed to the limits by the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) trend among patients and guests.

The Data Distribution Service: An Intelligent Systems Backbone

July 16, 2013 9:19 am | by Dr. Richard Mark Soley, Chairman and CEO of the Object Management Group (OMG®) | Articles | Comments

Perhaps you haven’t heard the term “Intelligent Systems” yet? Nevertheless I can guarantee that you use at least one Intelligent System device on a regular basis. Any technological device that is able to autonomously communicate to another device as well as access the Internet is an Intelligent System.

A Tale of Two Cities: Ethernet Meets PCIe

July 15, 2013 9:21 am | by Michael Zimmerman, vice president of marketing, Tilera Corporation | Articles | Comments

Two industry megatrends are reshaping the way we design and deploy networks and compute (i.e. datacenter servers). The first is Network Functions Virtualization with the goal of moving functions such as content distribution, firewalls and base station controllers from proprietary hardware to standard, low cost servers.

Filtering Out of All the ‘Noise’

July 12, 2013 9:38 am | by Ed Sullivan - Technical Writer - Los Angeles, CA - EMI Solutions | Articles | Comments

As processing speeds in electronics continue to rise and packaging continues to shrink, sensitive internal components are located closer and closer together. Higher clock speeds coupled with increased density of components leads to increasing amounts of electromagnetic interference (EMI) and Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) noise.

Beyond Silicon: Transistors without Semiconductors

June 24, 2013 11:20 am | by Marcia Goodrich, Michigan Technological University | News | Comments

But transistors based on semiconductors can only get so small. “At the rate the current technology is progressing, in 10 or 20 years, they won’t be able to get any smaller,” said physicist Yoke Khin Yap of Michigan Technological University. “Also, semiconductors have another disadvantage: they waste a lot of energy in the form of heat.”

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MOSFET Package Advances Help Deliver Mobile Functionality Ahead of the Chipset Roadmap

June 14, 2013 4:42 pm | by Sam Abdeh, Marketing Manager, ON Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Mobile penetration has reached a high level in developed markets and is increasing in other areas around the world. According to information from the GSMA, leading European nations now have over 90% subscriber penetration. Developing markets are set to rise from an average penetration level of 39% in 2012 to 47% in 2017, and will be the largest factor spurring the global growth of mobile over the next five years.

ANT Makes Inroads into Smartphone Market

June 13, 2013 6:41 pm | by Jack Shandle, freelance writer, Nordic Semiconductor | Articles | Comments

Convergence is a hot topic again. But this time its impact on people’s everyday lives will dwarf the computer-communications-consumer (3C) version of the 1990s. Today, the design community is being challenged to find ways to link any device that potentially can draw electric current with the rest of cyberspace. Watches, toasters, weight scales, and thermostats; bicycles, blood pressure monitors...

M2M: A Growing Need for Reliable, Secure Data Communications

June 13, 2013 1:43 pm | by Ashish Sharma, CMO of FreeWave Technologies | Articles | Comments

The first Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications can be traced back to World War II, and the ability to have machines “talk” to each other (via data communication networks) is essential for monitoring and controlling assets within homes, businesses, and even critical national infrastructure projects of today.

Brainstorm: Time Device Technologies

June 13, 2013 12:18 pm | by WDD Staff | Articles | Comments

Any device or system that requires a clock or timing device to function will improve its performance as the quality of the timing device improves. Parameters that define the quality of a timing device include: phase noise, jitter, temperature stability, aging, PSRR, power dissipation, G-sensitivity, as well as other parameters that are sensitive to a particular application.

Evolving Embedded Wireless Systems with FRAM-Based MCUs

June 12, 2013 5:46 pm | by Jacob Borgeson, Texas Instruments, and David Adams, Newark element14 | Articles | Comments

Embedded wireless networks are one of the fastest growing applications, outpacing the overall semiconductor industry, due to the rapid uptake of embedded wireless communication in the form of smartphones and portable medical devices. Embedded wireless networks are also found in automobiles, enabling smarter safety features, better engine performance management, and as networked infotainment devices

Protection against the Elements

June 11, 2013 3:23 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Articles | Comments

Demand for wireless communications has created an increase in telecommunications equipment, as well as a need for advanced, high-quality infrastructure to help prevent product failure, especially in hash environments. Outdoor telecommunication devices experience severe weather and daily temperature fluctuations, causing strong pressure differentials inside the equipment, which can stress and damage housing seals, allowing leaks to occur.

Power Consumption Drives RF Amplifier Development

June 10, 2013 1:28 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | News | Comments

The demand for wireless technologies continues to increase at rapid speeds, making RF power amplifiers a crucial component in wireless infrastructure equipment. Feedback from Wireless Design and Development's (WDD) readers suggests how power consumption, energy efficiency, and sustainability are important drivers in base station design for RF amplifiers.

HotSpot Exclusive: The Natalia Project

June 10, 2013 10:49 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Back in 2009, human rights activist, Natalia Estemirova, was found murdered as she was working on "extremely sensitive" cases of human rights abuses in Chechnya during armed conflicts in the republic and the North Caucasus region. After her death, the Civil Rights Defenders -- an independent expert organization in Stockholm that aims to defend people's civil and political rights -- launched the Natalia Project in the spring of 2013...

The Natalia Project

June 10, 2013 10:39 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Articles | Comments

Back in 2009, human rights activist, Natalia Estemirova, was found murdered as she was working on “extremely sensitive” cases of human rights abuses in Chechnya during armed conflicts in the republic and the North Caucasus Before her death, Estemirova documented and reported on human rights violations; such as forced disappearances, extrajudicial killings, and torture. 

Resolve Signal Integrity Issues in Cloud Computing Platforms

May 30, 2013 8:48 am | by Bill Weir, Pericom, www.pericom.com | Articles | Comments

While the cloud promises to reduce enterprise network infrastructure and operating costs, the remote execution of applications makes factors such as latency, performance, and reliability critical considerations in the design and deployment of cloud computing platforms. A key factor determining server performance, cloud or not, is maintaining a bit error rate (BER) on the order of 1.E-12 for the overall system.

System-Level Design and Verification of Wireless Embedded System to Meet Global Demands Using a Mixed Domain Oscilloscope

May 28, 2013 3:15 pm | by Faride Akretch, Technical Marketing Manager, Tektronix | Articles | Comments

Designing and implementing wireless systems to be used in different geographic regions around the world represents a significant challenge. Wouldn’t it be nice if everyone all agreed on the use of frequency, modulation type, power levels, and bandwidth? Unfortunately, that’s not the world we live in and radio regulations vary from region to region, especially for some of the frequencies used in unlicensed radio...

Ultra-Broadband Passives Enable Broadband Communications

May 16, 2013 10:02 am | by Edgardo Menendez, Field Applications Engineer, AVX | Articles | Comments

The fiber optics market has experienced a significant increase in demand over the last decade, largely driven by the rise, availability, and affordability of sophisticated portable electronics, such as mobile phones, tablets, and laptops. These devices have accelerated global connectivity, simultaneously driving the need for a fast and reliable Internet infrastructure.

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