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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.

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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. 

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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.

Challenges with Microcell Deployment & Configuration

April 19, 2013 10:11 am | by Sinisa Peric, Chief R&D Engineer, QRC Technologies and Thomas Callahan, GM & CTO, QRC Technologies | Articles | Comments

With cellular phones becoming not just voice, but now also data appliances, there is a growing need for operators to provide wide area (3-5 mile) coverage that assures high-rate data and voice services in nearly every location. What used to be considered “acceptable” gaps in coverage, like isolated homes...

M2M Combo Chip: In the Driver’s Seat for Reducing Cost in Automation Industry

April 18, 2013 9:52 am | by Satish Melukadavan, Vice President, Product Design, Redpine Signals Inc., M2MCombo, M2M communications, machine-to-machine communications, M2M cloud applications, automation industry | Articles | Comments

The era of the Internet began in 1980s by networking organizations like the military, government agencies, corporate, and universities. If we talk to any user from that time, they wouldn’t have the slightest clue of what the future of this technology would be.

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Security, Speed Driving WSN Needs

April 16, 2013 2:16 pm | by Jeff Reinke, Editorial Director, WDD | Articles | Comments

When it comes to new applications and overall potential for a given technology, not much rivals the integration of wireless sensor networks (WSN). Reader feedback regarding new WSN applications, trends, and obstacles essentially provided a snapshot of the wireless design marketplace as a whole...

Video Recording Eyewear Turning Heads

April 15, 2013 1:42 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, WDD | Articles | Comments

For the adventurers, explorers, and extreme athletes, getting the perfect shot or photo can be quite cumbersome with a regular, hand-held camera or camcorder; especially when both hands are needed to maneuver a certain situation or action. New York start-up, Pivothead ...

Low-Cost RF Vector Signal Generation for Wireless Communications Test

April 15, 2013 9:50 am | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Digitally modulated signals fill space and travel through almost every wired and optical network. Today, almost all wireless services use a plethora of complex carrier modulation schemes. The continuous improvement in modulation technologies, components, and advancements ...

Biological Transistor Enables Computing within Living Cells

April 15, 2013 9:24 am | by Andrew Myers is Associate Director of Communications, Stanford University School of Engineering. | Articles | Comments

When Charles Babbage prototyped the first computing machine in the 19th century, he imagined using mechanical gears and latches to control information. ENIAC, the first modern computer developed in the 1940s, used vacuum tubes and electricity.

At the Core: Mobility Continues to Drive Supply Chain Growth

April 5, 2013 10:14 am | by Mark Bollinger, VP Marketing, Smith & Associates | Articles | Comments

Mobility continues to be the hottest trend for the semiconductor and electronics industry. As though there were any need for supporting data, the major electronics shows from the first quarter of 2013 displayed and demoed the latest array of mobile devices.

The Evolution of M2M: The Other Mobile Marketplace

April 2, 2013 1:54 pm | by Jennifer Kent, Research Analyst, Parks Associates | Articles | Comments

Amidst the much-discussed love affair between consumers and their mobile devices, another relationship is blooming in the mobile sector. Device manufacturers from nearly every vertical industry are increasingly offering devices and products equipped with mobile connectivity, transforming “dumb” devices into “smart” ones.

RF MEMS Switch: What You Need to Know

March 19, 2013 10:25 am | by OMRON | White Papers

OMRON’s MEMS switch has a SPDT(Single Pole Double Throw) contact configuration. Two MEMS chips that have a SPST (Single Pole Single Throw) contact configuration are installed on the ceramic package using the flip chip bonding method as shown Figure 1.

LTE Just the Beginning of the Network Evolution

March 12, 2013 9:48 am | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | Articles | Comments

There's no question that LTE is where it's at if you're an operator. According to a recent report from 4G Americas, more than 150 operators globally have now launched LTE services in 67 countries, 50 of which were launched in the past five months.

Quantum Computing Moves Forward

March 11, 2013 9:49 am | by Cather­ine Zan­donella, Office of the Dean for Research | News | Comments

New tech­nolo­gies that exploit quan­tum behav­ior for com­put­ing and other appli­ca­tions are closer than ever to being real­ized due to recent advances, accord­ing to a review arti­cle pub­lished this week in the jour­nal Sci­ence. These advances could enable the cre­ation of immensely pow­er­ful com­put­ers...

Repairing or Upgrading Electronics: Why Cycle Time Matters

March 8, 2013 3:29 pm | by Del Williams, Technical Writer, Torrance, CA | News | Comments

When handling electronics repairs, upgrades, or returns, including forward or reverse logistics, cycle time matters. The impact of slower cycle time is often felt on cost, such as when viable circuit boards or other parts are unnecessarily replaced when they can be repaired.

Improving Performance and Power with Sensor Hubs

March 1, 2013 1:36 pm | by Bryon Moyer, Convergence Promotions LLC | Articles | Comments

Sensors have become a regular feature in many systems. They reside alongside numerous other peripherals to add to the range of environmental inputs that can be incorporated into the job being done by the system. However, in some systems, the number of sensors threatens to overwhelm the other more traditional peripherals.

Power: Less is more for 2013

March 1, 2013 9:21 am | by Bryon Moyer, Mouser Electronics | Articles | Comments

Power has come of age as a defining parameter in electronic systems. Whether maximizing battery life, keeping an enclosure cool, or passing large currents more efficiently, projects now start with power in mind. In 2013 we will see the continued migration of power technologies from research to commercial availability.

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