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HP 35660A DSA Upgrade Investigation

October 1, 2013 10:38 am | by EEVblog, David L. Jones | Videos | Comments

In this teardown of the front end PCB in the HP 35660A Dynamic Signal Analyzer, David L. Jones does some preliminary investigation to see what opamps and FETs are used in the analog front end to see if they can be upgraded for better performance.

Optical Sensors Improve Railway Safety

October 1, 2013 10:05 am | by OSA | News | Comments

A string of fiber-optic sensors running along a 36-km stretch of high-speed commuter railroad lines connecting Hong Kong to mainland China has taken more than 10 million measurements over the past few years in a demonstration that the system can help safeguard commuter trains and freight cars against accidents.

Improving Lithium-Ion Batteries with Nanoscale Research

October 1, 2013 9:52 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

New research led by an electrical engineer at the University of California, San Diego is aimed at improving lithium-ion batteries through possible new electrode architectures with precise nano-scale designs. The researchers created nanowires that block diffusion of lithium across their silicon surface and promote layer-by-layer axial lithiation of the nanowire’s germanium core.

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Norsat Launches Commercial Grade 1.2 m Ku-band All-in-One VSAT Bundle

September 30, 2013 3:53 pm | by Norsat International Inc. | News | Comments

The VSAT Bundle’s components have been fully tested to ensure interoperability and carry the Norsat assurance of high quality and reliability. The VSAT bundle is designed so that installers in the field are equipped with all of the required components to avoid issues arising from missing parts or incompatible equipment.

Researchers Demonstrate 'Accelerator on a Chip'

September 30, 2013 3:38 pm | by Robert Byer, SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory and Stanford University | News | Comments

In an advance that could dramatically shrink particle accelerators for science and medicine, re-searchers used a laser to accelerate electrons at a rate 10 times higher than conventional technology in a nanostructured glass chip smaller than a grain of rice.

Photo of the Day: Spirals of Light

September 30, 2013 2:21 pm | by Jessica Stoller-Conrad, Caltech | News | Comments

A good tuning fork controls the release of its acoustical energy, ringing just one pitch at a particular sound frequency for a long time; this sustaining property is called the quality factor. Vahala and his colleagues transferred this concept to their optical resonator, focusing on the optical quality factor and other elements that affect frequency stability.

Spirals of Light May Lead to Better Electronics

September 30, 2013 2:17 pm | by Jessica Stoller-Conrad, Caltech | News | Comments

A group of researchers at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech) has created the optical equivalent of a tuning fork—a device that can help steady the electrical currents needed to power high-end electronics and stabilize the signals of high-quality lasers.

PCTEST Selects Rohde & Schwarz to Enhance Conformance Testing

September 30, 2013 12:21 pm | by PCTEST Engineering Laboratory | News | Comments

The R&S TS8980FTA-2 and R&S CMW500 platforms from Rohde & Schwarz will expand the overall test capabilities of PCTEST Lab, boost its ability to offer the complete range of wireless test services needed for global certification, and make certification testing more efficient for customers.

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PCTEST Selects Rohde & Schwarz to Enhance Conformance Testing

September 30, 2013 12:21 pm | by PCTEST Engineering Laboratory | News | Comments

The R&S TS8980FTA-2 and R&S CMW500 platforms from Rohde & Schwarz will expand the overall test capabilities of PCTEST Lab, boost its ability to offer the complete range of wireless test services needed for global certification, and make certification testing more efficient for customers.

Remote Controls: More Connectivity and More in Control

September 30, 2013 12:18 pm | by Research and Markets | News | Comments

Research and Markets has announced the addition of the "Remote Controls - More Connectivity and More in Control" report to their offering. Remote controls traditionally have been an afterthought in the minds of most consumers. However, that paradigm is quickly shifting as remote controls gain better wireless connectivity to the devices they control.

Mobile Tech and Talk Therapies Strike at the Moment Binge Eating Urges

September 30, 2013 10:55 am | by Rachel Ewing, Drexel University | News | Comments

A smartphone app in development will track users’ individual patterns of eating and binge eating behavior and alert them at times when they are at risk for binge behaviors, among a comprehensive suite of other features. Another treatment is a new, evidence-based approach to small-group behavioral therapy that will equip patients with psychological tools that may help them adhere to.

SpaceX launches Canadian Satellite from CA

September 30, 2013 10:33 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

A SpaceX rocket carrying a Canadian satellite intended to track space weather launched from the California coast Sunday in what was billed as a test flight. The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Vandenberg Air Force Base, about 150 miles northwest of Los Angeles, at 9 a.m. under clear skies, eventually reaching its intended orbit.

Airlines Promise a Return to Civility, for a Fee

September 30, 2013 10:29 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Airlines are introducing a new bevy of fees, but this time passengers might actually like them. These new fees promise a taste of the good life, or at least a more civil flight. Extra legroom, early boarding and access to quiet lounges were just the beginning. Airlines are now renting Apple iPads preloaded with movies, selling hot first class meals in coach and letting passengers pay to have an empty seat next to them.

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UK Plans New Cyber Force to Boost Strike Ability

September 30, 2013 10:25 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's defense secretary says it is recruiting hundreds of experts for a new cyber force designed to protect the nation's vital data — and stage cyberattacks if necessary. Philip Hammond says the Joint Cyber Reserve Unit aims to boost Britain's offensive and defensive capabilities in an age of increasing threats from cyberespionage and cybersabotage.

France to Sanction Google Over Privacy Rules

September 30, 2013 10:24 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

France said Friday it will fine Google up to $402,180 for breaking rules on data privacy. The French agency that regulates information technology says Google hadn't satisfactorily responded to its June decision giving the company three months to be more upfront about the data it collects from users.

Build Your Own Phone

September 30, 2013 10:18 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

I go through cell phones more often than the average consumer, but I blame phone companies for their clever marketing ploys. Sure, I can say no, but then I wouldn’t have a cool new toy to show off to my fiancé (iPhone's greatest and loudest champion). I know that I’m not the only one who creates any excuse possible to get the latest phone upgrade.

Etisalat Egypt and Ericsson Celebrate Successful Deployment of Customized Charging and Billing Services

September 27, 2013 5:21 pm | by Ericsson | News | Comments

Ericsson and Etisalat Egypt have announced the successful completion of their business support system (BSS) project to enhance the operator’s billing flexibility, and provide more service options to its data subscribers and enterprise customers in Egypt. A celebration was held as part of Ericsson’s Networked Society forum in Dubai.

GaN Systems and Arkansas Power Electronics International Awarded $2 Million to Develop New Transportation Technologies

September 27, 2013 5:17 pm | by GaN Systems | News | Comments

GaN Systems has partnered with Arkansas Power Electronics International (APEI) in a successful bid for funding from the $45M US DoE programme aimed at developing new vehicle technologies to improve fuel efficiency and reduce transportation costs. The APEI-led team has been awarded $2 Million as one of the 38 different projects the DoE is funding across the US.

Beijer Electronics Hosts Open House to Celebrate New US Corporate Headquarters

September 27, 2013 5:14 pm | by Beijer Electronics | News | Comments

Beijer Electronics (BELE) has announced the opening of its US headquarters in Salt Lake City, Utah. Beijer Electronics has been experiencing rapid growth and has now moved into a state-of-the-art research and development/manufacturing facility totaling over 44,000 square feet located at located at 1865 West 2100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84119.

Digital TV Transition Faces Threat of Interference from LTE Networks

September 27, 2013 5:12 pm | by MaxLinear | News | Comments

A new whitepaper from MaxLinear provides an in-depth look at the issue of television signal interference caused by proximity to 4G LTE signals, as countries around the world shut off analog terrestrial TV services and switch to all digital transmission. When digital television frequency bands are adjacent to LTE bands there is a high likelihood that LTE signals can interfere with television signals.

IAR Systems Updates Leading Development Tools for the Ultra-low-power MSP430 Core

September 27, 2013 4:50 pm | by IAR Systems | Product Releases | Comments

IAR Systems has introduced a new version of its world-leading development tool suite IAR Embedded Workbench for the ultra-low power 16-bit MSP430 microcontrollers. In addition to new libraries and integrations, support for numerous new devices has been added.

Intelligent Highway Solutions: The Start of the Development of the Prototype Battery-Less/Wireless Sensor

September 27, 2013 4:44 pm | by Intelligent Highway Solutions | News | Comments

Intelligent Highway Solutions has announced that it has started the prototype phase of the development of the battery-less/wireless sensor. Recently the Company announced it received its patent pending approval for a battery-less wireless sensor that can be embedded in the road and used to measure traffic flow rate, speed and approximate vehicle weight.

Agilent Technologies to Demonstrate Newest Design and Test Solutions at European Microwave Week

September 27, 2013 12:22 pm | by Agilent Technologies | News | Comments

Agilent Technologies has announced it will demonstrate a wide range of new high-performance, flexible test solutions for designing and testing components for radar systems, antennas and next-generation wireless devices at European Microwave Week (Booth 105) Oct. 6-11 at the Nürnberg Convention Center in Nuremberg, Germany.

GIGAVAC Power Products Now CE Compliant

September 27, 2013 12:19 pm | by GIGAVAC | News | Comments

GIGAVAC announced that their line of Power Products, including contactors and battery disconnect switches, are now CE approved. The approval includes standard GIGAVAC EPIC sealed contactors both GX, industrial, and MX, hi‐reliability series. Other GIGAVAC products covered under the CE mark are the BD and HBD manual switch series...

IBM and Deutsche Telekom Launch Mobile App Cloud Service for Midmarket Customers

September 27, 2013 12:14 pm | by IBM | News | Comments

IBM and Deutsche Telekom have announced a collaboration to provide the IBM MobileFirst platform in the cloud to small and medium sized (SMB) customers in Europe. Deutsche Telekom has launched the new cloud service, Developer Garden powered IBM Worklight, which allows developers to cost-effectively and quickly create apps for all mobile platforms and bring them to market faster than ever before.

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