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Agilent Technologies’ PNA Network Analyzer Metrology Option Sets New Standard in Precision S-Parameter Measurements

October 18, 2013 5:24 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies introduced a metrology option for its PNA family of network analyzers that offers national metrology institutes and calibration laboratories around the world the ultimate in S-parameter measurement accuracy. Stability and measurement accuracy are key characteristics metrology laboratories look for in a network analyzer.  

HUAWEI Selects Cypress’s TrueTouch Solutions for Touchscreens

October 18, 2013 5:20 pm | by Cypress Semiconductor | News | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced that HUAWEI has selected its TrueTouch controllers to drive the touchscreens in four HUAWEI smartphones. Two of the models leverage a TrueTouch Gen4 controller to deliver accurate navigation of the touchscreen even with thick gloves on, preventing users from having to remove their gloves in cold-weather climates.

Quintron DICES VoIP Now Providing Active Mission Support at White Sands Missile Range

October 18, 2013 5:16 pm | by Quintron Systems | News | Comments

Quintron Systems announced that the installation of DICES VoIP command and control voice system equipment at White Sands Missile Range (WSMR) has progressed past a major milestone this summer. The initial increment of user stations at the Base Command Center control rooms is now being used full-time for Range mission support.

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RFaxis to Showcase its Pure CMOS 802.11ac RF Front-end IC Products

October 18, 2013 5:12 pm | by RFaxis | News | Comments

RFaxis announced that it will be demonstrating and showcasing its pure CMOS 802.11ac RF Front-end IC (RFeICTM) technology at the Broadband World Forum 2013 in Amsterdam next week. “RFaxis has become the new incumbent RF solution provider in the rapidly growing broadband wireless entertainment space...

Teardown of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Smartphone Finds Cypress CapSense Controller Implements Touch-Sensing Buttons

October 18, 2013 5:09 pm | by Cypress Semiconductor | News | Comments

Cypress Semiconductor announced a teardown by semiconductor-analysis firm Chipworks has found a Cypress CapSense controller drives the “menu” and “back” buttons in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. The Chipworks Galaxy Note 3 teardown mentions the phone’s buttons support usage with gloved-fingers...

SABIC’s Material Technologies Enable Next Generation Performance and Design

October 18, 2013 5:06 pm | by SABIC | News | Comments

SABIC is delivering a range of highly advanced polymer and engineering thermoplastic solutions that allow manufacturers in the consumer electronics and lifestyle industries to create sleeker, more stylish products that meet environmental, high-performance and aesthetic requirements. A range of relevant applications that demonstrate this will be showcased at K 2013...

IP Infusion Launches Next Generation ZebOS-XP Network Platform

October 18, 2013 4:41 pm | by IP Infusion | News | Comments

IP Infusion announced the ZebOS-XP, a next generation network platform designed to help build today’s and tomorrow’s terabit scale networks and network devices. The ZebOS-XP (ZebOS Extended Performance) software architecture delivers superior scaling and performance to support current and future multiprocessor hardware platforms, helping ensure future scalability.

Get LED lighting Connected to Internet of Things with new ZigBee Light Link

October 18, 2013 4:27 pm | by Texas Instruments | News | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) announced the availability of a ZigBee Light Link development kit that simplifies the development and control of wirelessly connected LED lighting products. The new kit includes a remote control and supports smartphone and tablet connectivity through gateways...

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RFMW Opens Sales Office in Russia

October 18, 2013 4:22 pm | by RFMW | News | Comments

RFMW announced the opening of direct sales offices in Russia. With locations in Moscow and St. Petersburg, the new sales organization will support customers in the Russian Federation, Ukraine, Belarus, Armenia, Georgia and Kazakhstan. RFMW is a specialized distributor that uniquely provides customers and suppliers with focused distribution...

Skywire Plug-in Modem is Small, Smart, and Cellular

October 18, 2013 4:14 pm | by NimbeLink | News | Comments

Today, in response to market demand, a growing number of machine-to-machine (M2M) devices require cellular connectivity. That connectivity can take several forms. Engineers can develop chip-down chipset solutions, which can cost millions, require extensive testing and certification, and take up to a year to complete.

HotSeat Episode 10: Single-Mode LTE Modules

October 18, 2013 2:42 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Multimedia Production Specialist, WDD | Videos | Comments

For this HotSeat interview, Craig Miller, vice president of marketing for Sequans Communications sits down with WDD to discuss single-mode LTE modules for tablet and mobile computers. He provides the unique features of Sequans modules versus other modules on the market.

Photo of the Day: Robojelly

October 18, 2013 10:02 am | by Steven Mackay, Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Jellyfish have long been known as having a simple muscular makeup and being inefficient swimmers that rely on the current flow of water to navigate. Yet, the ability to conserve energy even while moving may help explain why jellyfish are bloom and inundate ecosystems, or even man-made systems, such as ports and dockyards.

Jellyfish Energy Consumption to Improve Navy Robotics

October 18, 2013 9:58 am | by Steven Mackay, Virginia Tech | News | Comments

Virginia Tech College of Engineering researchers are part of a national study that has cracked how jellyfish move with the lowest cost of transport of any animal. The findings will be used as researchers continue to design bio-inspired jellyfish for the U.S. Navy. The study highlights jellyfish as one of the most energetically efficient natural propulsors on the planet.

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Why Privacy Matters

October 18, 2013 9:52 am | by TED Talk, Alessandro Acquisti | Videos | Comments

The line between public and private has blurred in the past decade, both online and in real life, and Alessandro Acquisti is here to explain what this means and why it matters. In this thought-provoking, slightly chilling talk, he shares details of recent and ongoing research.

Review: Windows 8.1 Improves, but Far from Perfect

October 18, 2013 9:40 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Windows is still far from perfect. It continues to come across as a work in progress. But Windows 8.1 shows Microsoft is listening. People who already have Windows 8 will find digital life more pleasant with the update. Microsoft's tile and touch approach will take time to get used to, even with Windows 8.1.

Ahead of the Bell: Google

October 18, 2013 9:32 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Investors had been worried that a deepening decline in Google's average ad prices would cut into its bottom line. But while the company's ad prices are still sagging as marketers pay less for commercial pitches on mobile devices, the number of revenue-generating clicks on those ads is rising at a much faster pace.

Engineering Newswire 61: Cyborg Cockroaches Map Collapsed Buildings

October 18, 2013 9:15 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on Engineering Newswire, we’re designing touch-free interfaces with a feedback feature, 3D printing rockets to carry nanosat satellites, swarming collapsed buildings with cyborg cockroaches, and once again trying to answer, “what women want.”

Wireless Safety in the Workplace

October 17, 2013 2:25 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Articles | Comments

Healthcare employees face a range of potential hazards on a daily basis; from infectious diseases to patient altercations in psychiatric and emergency departments. Boulder-CO based Spectralink has created a staff safety solution for Spectralink wireless handsets, Spectralink SAFE, which is designed to help solve the increasing safety issues for mobile workers within healthcare, retail, and manufacturing.

Sensory Functionality with a Unique ID

October 17, 2013 2:01 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Articles | Comments

The need for sensory tags is growing exponentially, and the uses for them span across various industries and markets. From the construction history and condition of certain buildings, bridges, and roads, to recording patient medication consumption, sensory tags are important for validating the origin of any object, as well as verifying the environmental conditions to which that object has been exposed.

Photo of the Day: Chart Junk

October 17, 2013 9:13 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | News | Comments

Taking a scientific approach to design, researchers from Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology are offering a new take on that debate. The same design elements that attract so much criticism, they report, can also make a visualization more memorable.

What Makes a Data Visualization Memorable?

October 17, 2013 9:13 am | by Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences | News | Comments

It’s easy to spot a “bad” data visualization—one packed with too much text, excessive ornamentation, gaudy colors, and clip art. Design guru Edward Tufte derided such decorations as redundant at best, useless at worst, labeling them “chart junk.” Yet a debate still rages among visualization experts: Can these reviled extra elements serve a purpose?

Women Scientists, Wikipedia Under Microscope in RI

October 17, 2013 9:02 am | by MICHELLE R. SMITH, Associated Press | News | Comments

It's a symptom of a larger problem for women in so-called STEM fields — science, technology, engineering, and mathematics — where men far outnumber women. Even women who have done pioneering work in these fields don't always get recognition. Since 2009, no woman has won a Nobel Prize in science.

EU Calls for Comment on Samsung Settlement Offer

October 17, 2013 9:01 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The Commission has said it believes the South Korean company may have abused its patent portfolio to stifle competition in areas where its technology is dominant, using lawsuits to block rivals such as Apple from bringing products to market when it should be offering licenses to use the technology on reasonable terms.

Microsoft Releases Windows 8.1, a Year in Making

October 17, 2013 9:01 am | by RYAN NAKASHIMA, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Microsoft released its long-awaited Windows 8.1 upgrade as a free download Thursday. It addresses some of the gripes people have had with Windows 8, the dramatically different operating system that attempts to bridge the divide between tablets and PCs. Windows 8.1 still features the dual worlds that Windows 8 created when it came out last October.

Report: NSA and CIA Collaborate on Drone Strikes

October 17, 2013 9:00 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

The National Security Agency has been extensively involved in the U.S. government's targeted killing program, collaborating closely with the CIA in the use of drone strikes against terrorists abroad, The Washington Post reported after a review of documents provided by former NSA systems analyst Edward Snowden.

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