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Noting Tech Needs, Mining Companies Seek Graphite

February 27, 2014 10:32 am | by DAN JOLING, Associated Press | News | Comments

Experts say the promise of expanded uses for "pencil lead" in lithium-ion batteries — used in cars, cellphones and tablet computers — as well as a decrease in supply from China has helped touch off the largest wave of mining projects in decades...                 

Smartphone Cameras Step Closer to High-End Power

February 27, 2014 10:21 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung Electronics has beefed up the camera in its Galaxy S5 smartphone due for April release and added smarter camera software, following Sony and Nokia in their upgrades of handset cameras. The tweaks mean smartphone photos, ubiquitous nowadays because of social media such as...              

Analog Devices Unveils Two More Software-Defined Radio Platform Solutions

February 27, 2014 10:06 am | by Analog Devices | News | Comments

Analog Devices has announced two software-defined radio (SDR) platform solutions and ecosystems. This brings its portfolio to four platform solutions that simplify rapid SDR system prototyping and development in applications ranging from defense electronics, RF instrumentation, communications infrastructure, and open-source SDR development projects...

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Nordic Semiconductor & Digi-Key Have Inked a Global Agreement

February 26, 2014 4:07 pm | by Anne Strand, Nordic Semiconductor | News | Comments

Nordic Semiconductor ASA has announced that it has signed a global distribution agreement covering its entire range of ULP products, including its Bluetooth low energy solutions, with distribution giant Digi-Key Corporation. Nordic's Bluetooth low energy solutions include the multi-award winning Nordic nRF51822 System-on-Chip (SoC...

Sierra Wireless &Tech Mahindra Sign Agreement to Provide Turnkey M2M Solutions Globally

February 26, 2014 3:48 pm | by Sierra Wireless | News | Comments

Sierra Wireless and Tech Mahindra have announced they have signed a formal teaming agreement to work collaboratively to develop and deploy end-to-end M2M solutions for customers worldwide. The collaboration leverages Sierra Wireless device-to-cloud offerings and Tech Mahindra’s system integration and application development...

Agilent Technologies to Participate in Next-Generation Radio Access Network

February 26, 2014 3:33 pm | by Janet Smith, Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies has announced it will participate in a joint demonstration of the next-generation radio access network as part of the C-RAN collaboration project with China Mobile Communications Co. Ltd. Research Institute (CMRI) at the 2014 Mobile World Congress, Barcelona, Spain...

NeoScale High-Speed Mezzanine System from Molex

February 26, 2014 3:20 pm | by Molex Incorporated | News | Comments

Molex has announced its NeoScale High-Speed Mezzanine System. Delivering remarkably clean signal integrity at data rates of 28+ Gbps, the modular mezzanine interconnect is designed for high-density printed circuit board (PCB) mezzanine applications with limited PCB real estate...

RFMD Introduces "RF Fusion" for 4G World Phones and Tablets

February 26, 2014 3:07 pm | by Brent Dietz, RFMD | News | Comments

RF Micro Devices has introduced "RF Fusion’—a  complete RF front end (RFFE) solution for global 4G world phones and tablets that integrates all major transmit and receive RF functionality, from the transceiver to the antenna. RFMD's first generation RF Fusion (the RF7503) supports full global coverage of all major cellular networks...

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Atmel Launching New Embedded Processing, Connectivity, & Software & Tools Solutions

February 26, 2014 2:51 pm | by Agnes Toan, Atmel | News | Comments

Atmel Corporation has announced that the company is unveiling a number of new products that will drive smart, connected devices in the era of the Internet of Things (IoT) at Embedded World held in Nuremberg, Germany, February 25-27. Atmel's new products and demonstrations...

A Cavity That You Want

February 26, 2014 2:37 pm | by University at Buffalo | News | Comments

Associated with unhappy visits to the dentist, “cavity” means something else in the branch of physics known as optics. Put simply, an optical cavity is an arrangement of mirrors that allows beams of light to circulate in closed paths. These cavities help us build things like lasers and optical fibers used for communications...

Atmel Launches Fourth Generation Low-Power LIN System Basis Chip

February 26, 2014 2:32 pm | by Agnes Toan, Atmel | News | Comments

Atmel has announced a new LIN system basis chip (SBC) ATA663254 for low-power local interconnect networking (LIN) systems used for automotive comfort, power-train, sensor and actuator applications. Atmel’s ATA663254 is the first available device in this family of new LIN devices...

The Beginning of the End of Full-Body Scanners?

February 26, 2014 2:22 pm | by American Chemical Society | News | Comments

Standing in a full-body scanner at an airport isn't fun, and the process adds time and stress to a journey. It also raises privacy concerns. Researchers now report in ACS' The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters a more precise and direct method for using that "terahertz" technology to detect explosives from greater distances...

Software Maps Ambiguous Names in Texts to the Right Person

February 26, 2014 2:15 pm | by Saarland University | News | Comments

If a name is ambiguous and given without context, even humans struggle. When reading the last name "Merkel", people do not know if it refers to the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel or the famous soccer coach Max Merkel. It is a drawback for web search, too...

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Fingerprint Security Convenient, but Not Flawless

February 26, 2014 1:57 pm | by Anick Jesdanun, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5 smartphone will be at least the third to have a fingerprint sensor for security but it's alone in letting you use that for general shopping, thanks to a partnership with PayPal. The sensor brings convenience for entering passcodes and could encourage more people to lock their phones...

PCTEST Lab Selects Rohde & Schwarz to Expand its Testing Capabilities

February 26, 2014 1:27 pm | by PCTEST Engineering Laboratory & Rohde & Schwarz | News | Comments

PCTEST Engineering Laboratory (PCTEST LAB) has purchased a second R&S TS8980FTA-2 conformance test system and several additional R&S CMW500 wideband radio communication testers to cover key next generation technologies. PCTEST's expanded test capabilities support new conformance and carrier acceptance test requirements...

Meaghan's Minute: LTE Broadband Internet Access

February 26, 2014 11:00 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Coming straight from the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Altair Semiconductor and WNC have launched a new router designed to offer high-speed internet connectivity over 3.5GHz LTE bands in markets where wired Internet connections such as cable or DSL are not feasible or economical...

'Nordic is All Around You' Demonstrations

February 25, 2014 5:19 pm | by Nordic Semiconductor | News | Comments

Ultra low power RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA confirms details of exhibits, demonstrations, and partner companies that it will be hosting on its booth (Hall 6 Stand 6H20) at Mobile World Congress (MWC). MWC is the world's largest exhibition for the mobile industry and is organized by the GSM Association...

Sierra Wireless and Tech Mahindra Provide Global Turnkey M2M

February 25, 2014 5:08 pm | by Sierra Wireless | News | Comments

Sierra Wireless and Tech Mahindra have announced they have signed a formal teaming agreement to work collaboratively to develop and deploy end-to-end M2M solutions for customers worldwide. The collaboration leverages Sierra Wireless device-to-cloud offerings and Tech Mahindra’s system...

TI Delivers Highest Efficiency Dual-mode Qi, PMA Wireless Power Receiver

February 25, 2014 5:03 pm | by Texas Instruments | News | Comments

Improving the mobile charging experience, Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s smallest, most efficient wireless power receiver to support both the Wireless Power Consortium 1.1 Qi and Power Matters Alliance specifications. The new bq51221 inductor-less, 5-watt receiver’s high efficiency and programmable output reduces power loss...

7Layers Selects R&S to Enhance Conformance and Carrier Acceptance

February 25, 2014 4:54 pm | by 7Layers | News | Comments

7Layers has selected the R&S TS8980FTA and R&S CMW500 wireless test platforms for conformance and carrier acceptance testing of 3GPP Release 8 & 9 devices. With these capabilities, 7Layers can support emerging technologies...

Cloudpath Brings Automated Device Enablement to Healthcare Industry

February 25, 2014 4:43 pm | by Cloudpath Networks | News | Comments

Cloudpath Networks has introduced its XpressConnect Enrollment System 3.0 for healthcare organizations looking to bring scalability, sustainability and security to their Wi-Fi networks. XpressConnect ES provides self-service, automated onboarding...

Certified Wireless Network Professionals Announce First CWNE

February 25, 2014 4:34 pm | by Certified Wireless Network Professional | News | Comments

Certified Wireless Network Professional has announced its first Certified Wireless Network Expert in China, Kevin Zhu, has obtained the most advanced skills available in the current enterprise Wi-Fi market. Zhu is the 134rd person worldwide to hold this prestigious title...

TI and NSN Collaborate on Indoor Small Cell Base Stations

February 25, 2014 4:27 pm | by Texas Instruments | News | Comments

Texas Instruments and Nokia Solutions and Networks (NSN) have announced their collaboration on NSN's next generation of indoor small cell base stations. Based on NSN's Flexi Zone suite of products, the new indoor small cell base stations are expected to support a record 400 active indoor users...

Meeting the 'Yottabyte Era' of Data Consumption

February 25, 2014 4:21 pm | by Texas Instruments | News | Comments

Mobile World Congress-- As the mandate for capacity continues to skyrocket, networks carrying yottabits of traffic will become a reality in the not too distant future. To achieve this kind of capacity operators have begun deploying small cell wireless base stations to offer the best solution for backhaul connectivity...

Want Your Computer to Go Faster? Just Add Light

February 25, 2014 4:04 pm | by Northeastern University | News | Comments

Every second, your com­puter must process bil­lions of com­pu­ta­tional steps to pro­duce even the sim­plest out­puts. Imagine if every one of those steps could be made just a tiny bit more effi­cient. “It would save pre­cious nanosec­onds,” explained North­eastern Uni­ver­sity assis­tant pro­fessor of physics Swastik Kar...

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