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AVX Adds New Capacitance Values & Voltage Ratings to C0G (NP0) MLCCS

December 26, 2013 2:24 pm | by AVX Corporation | News | Comments

AVX Corporation has expanded its range of high reliability C0G (NP0) dielectric multilayer ceramic capacitors (MLCCs). Available in case sizes spanning 01005 to 2225, voltages up to 500V, and capacitance tolerances as low as ±0.1pF, AVX’s C0G (NP0) MLCCs provide one of the most stable capacitor dielectrics...

Nordic Semiconductor announces Bluetooth Smart solution for Rezence Wireless Charging

December 26, 2013 2:18 pm | by Nordic Semiconductor | News | Comments

Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA announced the immediate availability of the S120 8-link central protocol stack and the nRF51 Wireless Charging Software Development Kit (SDK) for wireless charging applications based on the Rezence...

BlackBerry Co-Founder Trims Stake after Huge Loss

December 26, 2013 1:02 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

BlackBerry co-founder Michael Lazaridis has trimmed his stake in the troubled smartphone pioneer to just below 5 percent after selling 3.5 million shares during the past two days...                                

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Ixia Ensures Mobile Devices Meet Rising Expectations for Wi-Fi Performance Worldwide

December 19, 2013 4:49 pm | by Ixia | News | Comments

Ixia enables the reliable and optimal performance of mobile devices with the new WaveDevice test solution, which assures customers of a high-quality Wi-Fi experience every time. Mobile devices carry critical real-time applications and services, and WaveDevice leverages Ixia’s global leadership in testing and validating wireless

MACOM Successfully Completes Tender Offer for Mindspeed Technologies

December 19, 2013 4:47 pm | by MACOM | News | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions Holdings announced that it has successfully completed its previously announced tender offer to purchase all outstanding shares of common stock of Mindspeed Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: MSPD) (Mindspeed) for $5.05 per share in cash. 

Tangoe Powers the Connected Enterprise

December 19, 2013 4:44 pm | by Tangoe | News | Comments

Tangoe announced the launch of Matrix, an integrated solution suite comprised of software and services to address the entire lifecycle of an enterprise’s mobile, fixed, machine, cloud, IT and social communications. Through a single solution, Matrix enables organizations to turn on, manage, secure and support various connections...

TIA Commends FCC Announcement to Discontinue Use of QRA

December 19, 2013 4:40 pm | by Telecommunications Industry Association | News | Comments

The Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA) commended FCC Chairman Wheeler’s announcement that the Commission will discontinue using the QRA to determine support levels for rural carriers. TIA believes that this step will eliminate an unfortunate source of uncertainty for rural broadband investment.

Laird Offers New Tool to Simplify Selection of Bluetooth Products

December 19, 2013 4:38 pm | by Laird | News | Comments

Laird announced the release of the LairdBluetooth Selection Tool. This simple online tool is an excellent resource for engineers to quickly narrow down Laird’s extensive Bluetooth offerings and choose the optimal Bluetooth module solution for their specific project requirements.

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Raj Sapru Joins TUV Rheinland North America’s Sustainability Advisory Services Group

December 19, 2013 4:27 pm | by TUV Rheinland | News | Comments

TUV Rheinland North America is growing its global sustainability practice with addition of Raj Sapru. Sapru joins TÜV Rheinland’s San Francisco, Calif., office, bringing more than a decade of experience working with global companies on sustainability challenges.

The Brainstorm: Broadband Antenna Design

December 18, 2013 4:28 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

Recent advances in antenna design and manufacturing have enabled manufacturers to embed antennas into printed circuit boards, providing significant size and cost reductions. PCB antennas have become an essential element in today’s RF...              

What’s New in Real-Time Location Systems?

December 18, 2013 4:15 pm | by Ciaran Connell, DecaWave | Articles | Comments

Real-time location systems (RTLS), which enable devices to determine location in the absence of GPS, are gaining popularity. Google is promoting Google Maps indoors, and Apple acquired WiFiSLAM and announced iBeacons...                       

Roots of the Lithium Battery Problem

December 18, 2013 1:16 pm | by Lynn Yarris, Berkeley Lab | News | Comments

The lithium-ion batteries that power our laptops, smartphones and electric vehicles could have significantly higher energy density if their graphite anodes were to be replaced by lithium metal anodes...                             

Photos of the Day: Origami Antennas

December 18, 2013 9:34 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | News | Comments

The antenna's folding and unfolding capabilities provide an advantage in various commercial and military applications. According to Tentzeris, such antennas could be included in different types of communications equipment, as well as various sensors...

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Thompson: Microsoft to Pick CEO Early Next Year

December 18, 2013 9:22 am | by Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft expects to finish its search for CEO Steve Ballmer's replacement by early next year. Board director John Thompson, who heads the company's executive search committee, said so in a blog post Tuesday...                    

MA High-Tech Startup Hopes to Change Biking

December 18, 2013 9:19 am | by RODRIQUE NGOWI, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Massachusetts startup is launching a new device that transforms almost any bicycle into an electric-hybrid vehicle using an app on a smartphone...                               

Multilayer Varistors Will Keep Evolving

December 17, 2013 4:34 pm | by Chris Reynolds, Application Engineer, AVX | Articles | Comments

Due to recent advances in multilayer varistor (MLV) design, metal oxide varistor (MOV) technology is increasingly being employed in fast-transient suppression applications. MLVs utilize zinc oxide grains as the varistor material in combination with a...                  

The Future of Automotive Sensors & Switches

December 17, 2013 4:11 pm | by Julia Blaikie, WDD | News | Comments

Automotive sensors and switches may be discreet, but they play a critical part in our driving experience. Even though drivers don’t consciously think about them, sensors and switches are key contributors to the safety, comfort, and ease of driving. Because proper implementation bears such importance, engineers are always...

Exclusive: Origami Antennas Reshape Industry

December 17, 2013 3:23 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Articles | Comments

A Georgia Tech research team was recently awarded a $2 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for their unique concept of making compact and efficient antennas by implementing the techniques used in origami paper-folding...

Better First Response Medical Care during Catastrophes

December 17, 2013 2:45 pm | by Erion Elmasllari, Fraunhofer-Gesellschaft | News | Comments

When a major catastrophic event occurs, every second counts. During instances such as natural disasters, terrorist attacks, accidents in chemical plants, or train crashes, many human lives depend on how well the rescue services are coordinated. The better relief forces communicate with each other, the more victims...

A Terahertz Generator with the Highest Signal Quality

December 17, 2013 2:31 pm | by Ana Herrera, Carlos III University of Madrid | News | Comments

Although in recent years research has produced significant advances in the systems used to generate and detect this submillimetric radiation, it is still necessary to develop technologies with enough quality, flexibility and ease of use to cause an explosion in the commercialization of the THz range, points out Ángel Rubén Criado, one of the founding partners of Luz WaveLabs...

A New Way to Add Science Experiments to Online Education

December 17, 2013 2:09 pm | by Bjorn Carey, Stanford News Service | News | Comments

By making digital versions of real-world science experiments available to anyone on the Internet, Stanford Professor Lambertus Hesselink has developed a new approach to integrating laboratory experience with massive online science courses...                  

Smart Watches Just the Beginning: New White Paper Outlines Markets for ‘Truly Wearable Electronics’

December 17, 2013 12:13 pm | by Plastic Electronics | News | Comments

Chances are, you’ve heard about the new Samsung Galaxy Gear Smart Watch. Its recent ubiquity following a relentless marketing campaign has meant that wearable technology is now a hot topic, and other global firms such as Sony and Apple are also reportedly getting into the smart watch game.

Breast Implants and Grave Robbers

December 17, 2013 11:17 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor | Blogs | Comments

From tracking devices to medical innovations, RFID is gaining popularity among those craving convenience and efficiency. No more struggling to find keys in the couch cushion; no more frantic searches for loose change to pay for tolls...              

First Working Prototype for Memory Chip Ideal for Mobile Devices

December 17, 2013 11:12 am | by Tom Abate, Stanford Engineering | News | Comments

Just as flash memory once replaced hard disk drives to make smart phones possible, this new RRAM chip could lead to even smaller, smarter gizmos as well as new types of electronic devices that simply aren’t possible today...                

Photos of the Day: Graphene Nanoribbons as Deicer

December 17, 2013 10:47 am | by David Ruth, Rice University | News | Comments

Pristine graphene transmits electricity ballistically and would not produce enough heat to melt ice or keep it from forming, but graphene nanoribbons (GNRs) unzipped from multiwalled carbon nanotubes in a chemical process invented by...              

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