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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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Why do Satellites Fail?

February 26, 2013 9:19 am | by Simon Firth, Stanford Engineering | Articles | Comments

In the popular imagination, satellites are imperiled by impacts from ‘space junk’ – particles of man-made debris the size of a pea (or greater) that litter the Earth’s upper atmosphere – or by large meteoroids like the one that exploded spectacularly over Chelyabinsk, Russia last week.

HotSpot Episode 1: Picture Perfect

February 25, 2013 11:06 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's Hotspot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, ASUS releases a pocket router; Oxford University creates an autonomous navigational system; and CA-based Second Sight receives U.S. market approval from the FDA; and MIT develops a processor chip.

Turning Ideas Into Validated Products—Faster

February 15, 2013 4:46 pm | by Andy Botka, Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

For test equipment manufacturers and their customers, one trend is unavoidable: the deepening integration of the RF, microwave and high-speed digital technologies used inside today’s electronic systems, especially mobile devices. To satisfy end-user demand for always-on access and fast data rates, mobile devices need powerful processing capabilities.

What is the Real Smart Home?

February 15, 2013 3:52 pm | by Elly Schiatse, General Manager, GreenPeak Belgium | Articles | Comments

You are ready and packed to leave on a holiday trip and for the first time, you agreed that your teenage son can stay home alone. The control freak in you is already making long lists of daily and weekly tasks and to-do’s to keep the pets and plants alive, and the calamity predictor in you wants to anticipate for flooded bathrooms and burning fryers.

Monetizing LTE Investments: Dynamic Policy Management

February 14, 2013 11:37 am | by Graham Kunz, Product Marketing Manager, Empirix | Articles | Comments

LTE is no longer the future of telecommunications; it is now a key component of the network’s infrastructure. Service providers are investing heavily in this technology to meet customer demand as consumers continue to purchase smart phones, tablets and other wireless devices at unprecedented rates.

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Transmitter Measurements on Multistandard Base Stations

February 12, 2013 2:11 pm | by Martin Schmähling, Spectrum Analysis Product Manager, Rohde & Schwarz | Articles | Comments

Following its introduction 20 years ago, GSM has established itself as the de facto global standard for mobile telephony. Since this time, wireless communications has continued to develop. Whereas GSM was initially only designed for voice, the GPRS and EDGE extensions have also made it usable for data services.

Components, Characteristics and Device Implementation

February 12, 2013 10:24 am | by Luis Puebla, Applications Engineer, Freescale | Articles | Comments

According to the National Sleep Foundation, more than 18 million American adults have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). OSA occurs when the back muscles of the throat relax while sleeping, causing the airway to narrow, resulting in snoring. These muscles could also completely block the flow of air to the lungs.

Proper Data Security

February 12, 2013 9:37 am | by Dean Wiech, Managing Director at Tools4ever | Articles | Comments

There are really three sides to proper data security. The first step is ensuring that new employee accounts are created with the proper access rights when an employee joins the organization. The second is making sure those access rights remain accurate during the employee’s tenure, and the third is revoking all access rights when the employee leaves.

Engineering Update #2: Revolutionary Self-Healing Wires

February 1, 2013 5:27 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Our second newscast for Electronic Component News is brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products. In this episode of Engineering Update, we're discussing new research into larger, safer lithium ion batteries.

Sensing the Wireless Future

October 10, 2012 6:52 am | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Articles | Comments

Wireless sensors are applicable for a variety of applications, whether it be smart cities (smart parking, smart lighting, waste management), industrial control (M2M applications, indoor air quality, temperature monitoring), eHealth (fall detection, patient surveillance, ultraviolet radiation) and many more.

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Converting Ambient Energy to Power the Factory

October 8, 2012 7:45 am | Articles | Comments

Energy harvesting wireless technology monitors and controls large-scale industrial plant facilities By Jim O’Callaghan, President of EnOcean Inc. Essential factors for the success of a business include production up-time and process machinery efficiency. Real-time monitoring of machinery makes it possible to detect and prevent equipment failure proactively.

Testing Interference in a Wireless Environment

October 8, 2012 7:07 am | by Rolland Zhang, Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

In wireless systems, interference in the wireless channel can be quite problematic, degrading the reception of desired signals. It can originate from a variety of intentional, unintentional and incidental radiators and occurs in both licensed and unlicensed spectrum. With the growing scarcity of radio frequency spectrum and ongoing efforts to improve its utilization for the highest capacity and performance (e.

Making Moves and Harvesting Energy

October 1, 2012 12:24 pm | by Janine E. Mooney, Editor | Blogs | Comments

Engineers are tossing the batteries and making advances to save wasted energy in more effective and realistic ways Today’s technology offers the OEM more cultivated and feasible power options for wireless networks and devices. Also known as “power harvesting” or “energy scavenging”, energy harvesting is when energy originates elsewhere, from an external source.

Making the Connection

July 24, 2012 9:12 am | Blogs | Comments

By Janine E. Mooney, Editor Design changes present new opportunities, and requirements, that allow the RF industry to assume a much greater application reach. Malcolm Gladwell, a British-born Canadian journalist, bestselling author and speaker, once said, “Connectors are people in a community who know large numbers of people and who are in the habit of making introductions.

Choosing an EMI Gasket for Your Design

July 24, 2012 8:59 am | Blogs | Comments

By Janine E. Mooney, Editor EMI gaskets are a must in order to properly block all interference from reaching your device. A key concern when shielding your design is choosing a gasket. Gaskets are used to seal seams and other gaps that can cause problems in shielding, thus implementing the best fit is imperative.

Eliminating Interference with Shielded Enclosures

July 24, 2012 8:37 am | Blogs | Comments

By Janine E. Mooney, Editor EMI has the ability to interrupt or even destroy the functionality of unprotected electronics. What’s more important than protecting your valuable electronics from potential threats? Not much. Especially with regards to military electronics, which are growing more and more prevalent every day.

Why EMI Inductors?

July 24, 2012 6:59 am | Blogs | Comments

By Janine E. Mooney, Editor Inductors are a vital part of most EMI filters, and can be a smart addition to your design. Connectors, enclosures, resistors, capacitors, attenuators, inductors... and how does this all relate to EMI? EMI inductors “ideal inductors” as opposed to “real” inductors; they have inductance but no resistance or capacitance and they do not either dissipate or radiate energy.

Palmer Wahl Introduces the C150 On-site Multifunction Calibrator

July 20, 2011 8:39 am | Articles | Comments

The ergonomically designed Wahl C150 On-site Multifunction Calibrator features unique built in “easy connect” terminals, portable and bench top flexibility, and easy to use intuitive embedded software. Fully protected with an external anti-shock rubber boot with IP 54 rating, it features five user-selectable languages,0.005% accuracy over 1 year, NIST traceability, and HART transmitter compatibility.

Customizing COTS Testing Systems

July 12, 2011 8:07 am | Articles | Comments

Turning Off-the-Shelf Components into an Application-Specific, Total Data Acquisition Solution By definition, the off-the-shelf modular instruments (VME, PXI, VXI, CompactPCI, PCI, etc.) used to create automated test and measurement systems are designed to be general purpose, programmable, and flexible enough to handle a variety of input ranges and types, speeds, and functions.

Amplifier Test Software Simplifies Test and Certification of RF Amplifiers

July 6, 2011 11:25 am | Articles | Comments

Boonton has launched “Amplifier Test Bench”, a new software package that simplifies test and certification of RF Amplifiers. Amplifier Test Bench supports analysis of pulsed and linear amplifiers; furthermore it measures gain over frequency and gain over input power. The software supports both fast Boonton peak power meters 4540 and 4500B and a variety of standard generators.

CCI Solves Crucial Cell Site Interference Issues with Latest Analyzer Solutions

July 5, 2011 8:53 am | Articles | Comments

Leading provider of wireless base station enhancement products, Communications Components Inc. (CCI), has now launched its PiMPro family of analyzers in EMEA, which enable mobile network operators (MNOs) to remove the adverse affects of Passive Intermodulation (PIM) – a form of interference - from their networks, and prevent it from damaging quality of service (QoS) and customer experience.

New Measurement Solution For Optical Transmitter Compliance Testing Offers the Highest Bandwidth Optical Waveform Analysis and Increased Accuracy

June 29, 2011 11:12 am | Articles | Comments

Agilent Technologies introduced a new measurement solution for optical transmitter compliance testing on the Agilent 86100D digital communications analyzer. The solution offers the industry’s highest bandwidth optical waveform analysis and increased accuracy. The DCA provides a new approach, known as system impulse response correction, or SIRC, which enables multimode optical receivers with bandwidths in excess of 25 GHz and single-mode receivers with near 100-GHz bandwidths.

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