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Three-Day IEEE ComSoc Training Course

November 1, 2013 1:28 pm | by Lee Vishloff PEng, IEEE Wireless Certification Program | Blogs | Comments

Lee Vishloff will have the opportunity to teach the Intensive Course on Wireless Communications Engineering: Current Practices as part of the ongoing program introduced by the IEEE Communications Society to enhance the real-world skills of industry professionals worldwide. Held both in-person at and broadcast online for global participants...

The Basics of Designing a Multi-Device Test System

October 15, 2013 9:37 am | by Robin Irwin, Aeroflex Limited | Blogs | Comments

Multi-device testing is about looking at  RF conditioning and looking to improve test system efficiency for a number of devices. There are a number of multi-device testing options that can be identified. This is where a RF channel is mapped 1-to-1 to a specific device, testing each device asynchronously (DUTs are not required to be tested/controlled at the same time).

Developing Bluetooth Smart Accessories with CSR uEnergy SDK

September 26, 2013 5:05 pm | by Muhammad Ulislam, Senior FAE at CSR | Blogs | Comments

The rapid growth of Bluetooth Smart Ready PCs, tablets and smartphones provides a unique opportunity to create innovative accessories. Bluetooth Smart enables ultra-low power connectivity and basic data transfer for applications previously...

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Bluetooth Developer Training—Application Accelerator

September 24, 2013 3:51 pm | by Steve Hegenderfer, Director of Development Programs at the Bluetooth SIG | Blogs | Comments

Bluetooth Smart technology is becoming the de facto standard for a new generation of devices looking to connect to the Internet of Things. ABI Research expects nearly a billion Bluetooth Smart devices to ship by 2016. Because of this proliferation, Bluetooth Smart opens many doors for developers...

$150,000 Car of the Future: Driver Not Needed

September 12, 2013 9:37 am | by Rachel Leisemann Immel, Associate Editor, IMPO | Blogs | Comments

If you had a chance to “drive” to work tomorrow without having to touch the steering wheel or press down a pedal, would you do it? Technology is getting closer and closer to making this a possibility. Think of the amount of time commuters everywhere could gain back – without having to actually think about driving, commuters can now safely take a phone call, catch up on the news.

Your Data is Only as Secure as Your Device

September 6, 2013 8:49 am | by Alan Grau, CEO, Icon Labs | Blogs | Comments

The inherent insecurity of many medical devices was highlighted in a recent FDA and Homeland Security alert. Over 300 devices have been identified that utilize a hard code password, creating a huge security loophole. With so many medical devices now collecting and storing patient data, this raises the question of how secure is the data stored on these devices?

ZigBee and the Smart Home: Is Security An Issue?

September 4, 2013 10:48 am | by Cees Links, Founder and CEO, GreenPeak Technologies – www.greenpeak.com | Blogs | Comments

In one of my earlier blogs I shared that today maybe around 600 million homes have WiFi. People share their lives with their family and friends, and execute their financial transactions wirelessly over the Internet without being overly worried about security, and, despite the recent NSA disclosures, I wonder whether many people have changed their online behavior.

IT Certification – Driving Competitive Edge in a Global Marketplace

August 29, 2013 1:07 pm | by Julie Gaudet, Senior Director, Customer Operations of Gilmore Global | Blogs | Comments

The US currently has the largest IT certification market in the world. However, others are catching up fast. For example, growth is rapid in the BRIC economies - Brazil, Russia, India and China and in Eastern Europe – all regions where the overall expansion of the IT market has accelerated dramatically over recent years.

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Why Use an AC LVDT versus a DC LVDT Linear Position Sensor?

August 15, 2013 1:07 pm | by Macro Sensors | Blogs | Comments

The introduction of high-density microelectronics enabled the incorporation of signal conditioning and processing functions inside the LVDT housing rather than requiring an external box. The DC-operated LVDT maintains all the desirable characteristics of the AC-operated LVDT, but has the simplicity of DC operation.  It is comprised of an AC-operated LVDT and a carrier generator/signal conditioning module.

This is What Happens in One SECOND on the Internet

August 12, 2013 1:59 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, we learned what happens on the internet in 60 seconds. There are 2 million Google searches, 70 new domains registered, 347 blog posts, $83,000 in Amazon sales and 204 million emails sent. Does it make you wonder what happens on during one SECOND on the internet?

New Kind of Optical Storage could Last a Million Years

July 31, 2013 3:12 pm | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Blogs | Comments

A new kind of optical storage is being developed. With this new technology, a DVD-sized optical memory could hold 360 Terabytes, and the memory would be good for about a million years. Longevity and capacity are the key factors to consider in terms of data storage, but existing options are limited.

FirstNet: Public Safety’s Tipping Point

July 25, 2013 10:45 am | by Dennis Martinez, Chief Technology Officer, Harris RF Communications Division | Blogs | Comments

As FirstNet looks to set the framework to build out a nationwide network for first responders, and wireless broadband technology becomes increasingly pervasive, the use of wireless communication in public safety starts to mirror our own commercial experience.

'Smart Diapers' Perform High-Tech Urinalysis

July 23, 2013 10:40 am | by Jason Lomberg, Technical Editor | Blogs | Comments

Parents will try anything to ensure their baby’s health – even if that means scanning their infant’s backside with their smartphone. At least that’s the idea behind Pixie Scientific’s “Smart Diaper” concept, which transmits health data via QR codes.

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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.

No Girls Allowed: 'Nerd' Stereotype Means Fewer Female Engineers

July 15, 2013 9:15 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor ECN | Blogs | Comments

In 1972, women accounted for 3 percent of full-time science and engineering professors; by 1998, the number was at just 10 percent, according to the National Science Foundation. In 2010, the last year the NSF has data for, 51 percent of scientists and engineers working in science and engineering occupations were white males. Women made up just 28 percent of the total and minority women just 10 percent.

Self-Healing Circuits: A Living Immune System for ICs

July 12, 2013 10:07 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

One of the challenges of working with integrated circuits is as designers try to make ICs faster, the transistors become smaller and can’t handle as much voltage and the amount of variation grows. Plus, a single fault in the IC could mean a useless chip, bringing projects and products to sudden jarring halt.

The End-to-End Ethernet Success Story

July 2, 2013 9:10 am | by John D’Ambrosia and Bruce Kraemer | Blogs | Comments

Ethernet — the fundamental backbone of networking worldwide — celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. This milestone, accomplished via a never-ending evolution of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet specification, enabled the development and deployment of technology that rose to meet the challenge of ever-changing market demands. 

Capturing Lost Revenue: 5 Steps for Semiconductor Companies

June 12, 2013 3:16 pm | by Chanan Greenberg, senior director of business development at Model N Inc. | Blogs | Comments

The global economy is on the upswing in 2013, which means semiconductor companies have a great opportunity to reap the benefits. According to analyst firm IHS, revenue is expected to grow 6.4 percent this year after two straight years of decline. As a result, semiconductor professionals are asking themselves two questions: How can we take advantage of this growth, however brief it might be? And what happens if the economy takes a plunge...

The Everyday Usefulness of SIPOC

May 31, 2013 9:13 am | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

The name “SIPOC” is an acronym for Suppliers, Inputs, Process, Outputs, Customers and it is a tool most of us with any process improvement experience or education have learned to use. It can be used very efficiently and effectively for other dilemmas as well and it doesn’t require us to summon a team and declare an event to use the logic to help us answer important questions.

The Everyday Usefulness of the Problem Statement

May 28, 2013 5:33 pm | by Alan Nicol, Executive Member, AlanNicolSolutions | Blogs | Comments

Last week I wrote about how our continuous improvement and process improvement tools and methods can be used any time and discussed the Parameter Diagram or P-diagram as an example. Let’s continue that thread and look at the ubiquitous usefulness of the problem statement.

“Cloud” Signals Dark Days for Software Buyers

May 28, 2013 9:49 am | by Christopher Warner, Editor, ECN | Blogs | Comments

The software industry is now making its predictable push toward fully cloud-based business models and leaving customer preference in the dustbin. Earlier this month, Adobe decided it will discontinue its Creative Suite product line and replace it with its Adobe Creative Cloud, which is a full subscription service.

Fire Human Resources

May 24, 2013 10:06 am | by M. Simon, Technical Contributor | Blogs | Comments

Management Consultant Dave Logan at CBS Moneywatch is warning companies to avoid falling in love with company policy. He talks about a company that wanted to hire a very disruptive genius. But HR said it wasn't possible because they had no job description for the function envisioned.

The U.S. Market & Design for Test

May 23, 2013 4:10 pm | by W. Scott Fillebrown, President & CEO of ACD | Blogs | Comments

Because many high-volume printed circuit assemblies are sent outside the United States, it is challenging to test the lower volume/high turnover assemblies domestically. But this does not need to be a problem — some simple planning and the right contract manufacturer (CM) can solve this issue.

The Future of Google Glass

May 20, 2013 4:32 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

There has been a lot of talk about Google Glass lately, mostly due to the prototype debut, but one interesting aspect of that public viewing is that developers –outside of GoogleLand—can take a crack at coming up with interesting uses for the technology. By allowing new voices into the conversation, the world is seeing even more possibilities for Google Glass.

The Earth is Eating People

April 9, 2013 9:47 am | by David Mantey, Executive Editor, WDD | Blogs | Comments

I’m not sure if it was the first photos of the “freak geological incident” to surface, or news of the golfer who plummeted deep into an 18-foot cavern that has made it impossible for me to make it through a full night without living through vivid nightmares in which a sinkhole opens up beneath me and the earth pulls me into oblivion.

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