This week in WDD’s HotSeat, improved safety at level crossings; tracking motor vibrations through skin in three dimensions; unlocking new applications for telepresence with iRobot’s Ava 500; and a wireless payment system from Audi.
TESEQ have expanded their capability in field probe calibration to deliver calibration data at all frequencies defined in the IEC 61000-4-3 standard. The company can now offer field probe calibration data to 6GHz, allowing customers to compensate for frequency variations within the probe with greater precision, through the reduction of measurement inaccuracies.
Microchip Technology has announced the expansion of the USB2 Controller Hub (UCH2) portfolio it gained from the recent SMSC acquisition. The seven new UCH2 ICs across three families are the world’s first to provide programmability, enabling the developers of PCs and mobile devices to configure their designs without external memory.
Agilent Technologies has announced source/monitor unit (SMU) and software enhancements to its B1500A semiconductor device analyzer, the industry’s leading semiconductor parameter analyzer. The new B1514A 50-µs pulse medium-current SMU gives a faster pulse at 30V/1A range plus oscilloscope-like viewing.
Magnetic field sensors are a contact- and wear-free means of measuring the position of machine parts and products. A new generation of Hall sensors is now making the process even more precise and free of interference.
On the HotSpot, a patent-pending supercomputer you wear around your neck, a new study finds that hands-free technologies create dangerous mental distractions, experts tell us how to be more private, and researchers are leveraging Wi-Fi signals to detect movements without sensors.
RFID Journal has announced that registration is now open for its RFID in High Tech conference and exhibition. The event, focused on the use of radio frequency identification technology within the high-tech value chain, will be held on Oct. 2-3, 2013, at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront hotel, in San Francisco, CA.
This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re building Hyperloop transportation, putting paralyzed people behind the wheel, and riding futuristic airplanes that carry passengers in pods. This episode is brought to you by Smalley Steel Ring Company, the exclusive manufacturer of Spirolox Retaining Rings and Smalley Wave Springs for more than 50 years. Request samples to try in your application today.
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.
Bill Conley, the Cellular and Proprietary RF Systems Engineering Manager at B&B Electronics, is in the HotSeat this week, demonstrating a well monitoring system out in the Sonora Desert. The sensor network edge is expanding, and sensors are not only being asked to function in increasingly harsh environments, but they are also expected to report their data to ever more distant control centers.
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
Wireless mesh networking technology is not just about smart meters and saving energy anymore. Recent innovation in low power wireless control are making their way into appliances, lighting, security, and home entertainment applications. Through smartphones and tablets, users can now control their devices over ZigBee or other "Internet of Things" wireless technologies.
Microchip Technology has announced an expansion of its 8-bit PIC16F178X enhanced Mid-Range core microcontroller (MCU) family with increased Flash memory densities, intelligent analog and digital peripherals, such as on-chip 12-bit Analog-to-Digital Converters, 16-bit PWMs, 8-bit and 5-bit Digital-to-Analog Converters.
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 Rice labs of lead investigator Jun Lou, Pulickel Ajayan and Boris Yakobson, all professors in the university’s Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department, collaborated with Wigner Fellow Wu Zhou and staff scientist Juan-Carlos Idrobo at ORNL in an unusual initiative that incorporated experimental and theoretical work.
Global Specialties introduced a new rugged, general purpose AC/DC power supply with variable outputs of 0-25 volts @ 5 amps with digital LED (Green) displays for motoring both voltage and current outputs. This unique power supply is a low-cost, space-saving solution for applications requiring both AC/DC voltages.
Steute Xtreme has introduced a New line of ATEX- IECEx certified inductive sensors designed for use in Zone 0 and 20 explosive atmospheres and extreme environments. Units are available in M8, M12, M18 and M30 sizes with a cable or plug-in connector. Models are also available with IP68K or IP69K ratings and for temperature of -40° to +120°C.
Peregrine Semiconductor announced from booth #1811 at the International Microwave Symposium in Seattle two new SP5T RF switches that enable the next generation of high-power LTE public safety and military radios. The combination of Peregrine’s UltraCMOS and HaRP technologies allow the new PE42850 and PE42851 switches to achieve 17W of power handling.
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.
M/A-COM Technology Solutions (MACOM) announced a new broadband variable gain amplifier for Multi-market applications. The MAAM-011100 is designed for customers who need a versatile, broadband, low cost and ultra-small variable gain amplifier solution...
Could radio-frequency signals become the next major energy source for industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) applications? At the IEEE International Microwave Symposium this week, NXP Semiconductors N.V. [NASDAQ: NXPI] is introducing the industry’s first complete RF power transistor portfolio designed specifically for the 2.45-GHz ISM frequency band, enabling RF energy to be used as a clean, highly efficient and controllable heat source.
The benefits of radio frequency identification (RFID), which include better inventory management, improved operational efficiency, reduced labour, enhanced supply chain visibility, information accuracy, higher sales and better customer service, have spurred the technology’s adoption in various applications across verticals. The implementation of item-level tagging will further boost sale volumes and lend momentum to the global passive RFID.
Virgin Galactic President & CEO George T. Whitesides talks about bringing space travel to the masses, commuting between the continents, working with Richard Branson, and changing the world. PTTOW! is an invite-only, member network and summit that brings together inspiring leaders from the world's most innovative companies, along with cultural icons, to showcase game changing projects and fuel transformational...
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.
This week on WDD's HotSpot, Big Brother is collecting phone records; DARPA's ADAPT program is looking to smart phone technologies and practices to create new ground sensors; HP unveils its all-in-one pc; and Italian start-up 2045Tech introduces a pocket breathalyzer.