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A Step Toward Optical Transistors?

April 10, 2013 9:17 am | by McGill University | News | Comments

As demand for computing and communication capacity surges, the global communication infrastructure struggles to keep pace, since the light signals transmitted through fiber-optic lines must still be processed electronically, creating a bottleneck in telecommunications networks.

Review: HTC One Impresses but Software Disappoints

April 9, 2013 9:29 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Ready for the battle of the phones? This year's crop of high-end smartphones is starting to emerge, like bear cubs crawling out of their burrows, sniffing the spring air. First out is the HTC One, a handsome, powerful animal that should do well this year.

HotSpot Episode 7: The Future of Apple's iPhone

April 8, 2013 10:18 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD’s HotSpot, brought to you by Memory Protection Devices, a recent Kickstarter campaign, MiiPC, allows parents to monitor and control what their kids are doing online; a new release by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office might just provide a glimpse of the future of Apple's...  

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Remote Sensor Monitoring and Process Control

April 5, 2013 9:47 am | by XSenso | News | Comments

xSenso is a compact DIN-rail or wall mount solution that enables sensors (voltage or current) to easily and transparently send real-time data to any node on the Internet or to a cloud based application. The options of two analog outputs (voltage or current) or two mechanical relays (AC or DC) make the xSenso a complete industrial process controller.

SiTime Enters Smartphone Market with MEMS Oscillator

April 5, 2013 9:33 am | by SiTime Corporation | News | Comments

SiTime Corporation has introduced the SiT15xx family of 32 kHz MEMS oscillators that replace legacy quartz crystal resonators. This new family is targeted at mobile applications, such as smartphones and tablets, which require small size and low power.

Quantum Tricks Drive Magnetic Switching into the Fast Lane

April 4, 2013 10:22 am | by Ames Laboratory | News | Comments

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy’s Ames Laboratory, Iowa State University, and the University of Crete in Greece have found a new way to switch magnetism that is at least 1,000 times faster than currently used in magnetic memory technologies. Magnetic switching is used to encode information in hard drives ...

Don't Call it Vaporware: Scientists Use Cloud of Atoms as Optical Memory Device

April 4, 2013 9:42 am | by Joint Quantum Institute, National Institute of Standards and Technology | News | Comments

Scientists at the Joint Quantum Institute of the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the University of Maryland have taken this to a whole new level by demonstrating* that they can store visual images within quite an ethereal memory device—a thin vapor of rubidium atoms.

Engineering Update #7: Self-Healing, Laser-Resistant Chips

March 29, 2013 11:09 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this episode of Engineering Update, brought to you by Mouser Electronics, we're talking about self-healing, laser resistant chips, New York City's new interactive, touchscreen subway maps, and BMW and Continental's new project into developing "co-pilot" driving technology.

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Empower Demonstrates Next Gen HPA Software Update Capability

March 28, 2013 10:11 am | by WDD Staff | Wireless Design & Development | Product Releases | Comments

A next generation, “size matters” 1 kW Power Amplifier from Empower RF Systems already deployed at a customer site overseas, had its operating software and user interface successfully updated via a software patch that was downloaded from a secure web portal and installed with a USB drive inserted directly into the back panel of the amplifier.

Agilent Upgrades Real-Time Spectrum Analyzer

March 28, 2013 9:38 am | by WDD Staff | Wireless Design & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies is offering real-time spectrum analysis as an upgradable option for new and existing PXA signal analyzers. Having real-time analyzer capabilities lets consumers see, capture and understand the most elusive signals – known or unknown.

Fingernail Display Technology for Future Touch Screens

March 27, 2013 10:38 am | by Thomas Reuters | Videos | Comments

Researchers in Taiwan are developing a remote control system that will turn finger-nails into mini-display screens. Using wirelessly-enabled, light emitting diodes, the team says the technology could revolutionise the way we control and use devices such as smart phones and tablets. Ben Gruber reports.

APL Backpack-Sized Mini-mapper Captures Intel in Tight Spots

March 27, 2013 10:25 am | by Applied Physics Laboratory | News | Comments

Produced for the Defense Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA), the Enhanced Mapping and Positioning System (EMAPS) captures a floor-plan-style map of the area traversed, as well as 360-degree photos and sensor readings of that area using a combination of lasers and sensors.

Google Picks 8,000 Winners of 'Glass' Contest

March 27, 2013 9:54 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The pool selected by Google won a contest conducted last month requiring U.S. residents to submit 50-word applications through Twitter or Google's Plus to explain how they would use a technology that is being hailed as the next breakthrough in mobile computing.

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IEEE ICC 2013 to Explore Latest Advances for “Bridging the Broadband Divide” in Budapest, Hungary from June 9 – 13

March 21, 2013 1:19 pm | by IEEE International Conference on Communications | News | Comments

The IEEE International Conference on Communications (ICC 2013), the leading international venue dedicated to the advancement of wireless and wireline communications worldwide, will hold its next annual event in the Central European cultural and industrial center of Budapest Hungary...

Engineering Newswire 30: Augmented Reality Recognizes Your Friends

March 21, 2013 10:08 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, brought to you by Interpower, the premier supplier of power system components for worldwide markets, we’re testing experimental grasshopper rockets, making smooth jazz on the seaboard, and making the Sphero do everything.

Internet Connected Devices Surpass Half a Billion in U.S. Homes

March 20, 2013 12:19 am | by C0nnected Intelligence; NPD Group | News | Comments

There are now more than half a billion devices in U.S. homes that are connected to the Internet and deliver apps, according to new findings from the Connected Intelligence Connected Home Report from global information company The NPD Group. Increases in tablet and smartphone...

Tektronix Demonstrates MIPI Alliance M-PHY Test Solution

March 19, 2013 2:48 pm | by Tektronix, Inc. | News | Comments

Tektronix, Inc. has announced the industry’s first demonstration of a M-PHY test solution for silicon-proven HS-Gear3 IP, a key part of the MIPI Alliance M-PHY physical layer specification for mobile devices.

AVX’S Tantalum Corporation Receives ISO 13485 Certification

March 18, 2013 6:49 pm | by AVX Corporation | News | Comments

“All AVX plants are committed to producing the highest quality components, operating in a safe and environmentally responsible manner, and continually improving manufacturing processes, efficiency, and product quality,” says Bob Fairey, General Manager, AVX Tantalum Corporation. 

HotSpot Episode 3: Eye-Tracking Technology

March 11, 2013 9:26 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's Hotspot, Samsung's new Galaxy S IV will feature eye-tracking technology; Overdrive Robotics' smartbot is a smartphone and robot in one; LIFEBeam engineers create heart rate-monitoring SMART bicycle helmet; and Thimble Bioelectronics provides portable pain relief.

CTS Introduces an Ultra-Low Power Shock Resistant OCXO

March 7, 2013 11:29 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

CTS Electronic Components, Incorporated [NYSE: CTS] has announced development of Model 148, oven controlled crystal oscillator (OCXO), which uses the unique SC cut crystal technology to significantly reduce power consumption down to 0.23 W at +25°C.

Texas Instruments & 4DSP Collaborate on FPGA Mezzanine Card

March 5, 2013 3:46 pm | by Texas Instruments Incorporated | News | Comments

With TI’s high-performance C6678 multicore DSP, the FMC667 is able to more effectively and rapidly meet the essential requirements of Commercial Off-The-Shelf (COTS)-based systems, as well as increase processing power, accuracy and finer resolution in mission critical and industrial applications.

CTS Introduces an Ultra-Low Power Shock Resistant OCXO

March 5, 2013 3:24 pm | by WDD Staff | Podcasts | Comments

CTS Electronic Components, Incorporated [NYSE: CTS] has announced development of Model 148, oven controlled crystal oscillator (OCXO), which uses the unique SC cut crystal technology to significantly reduce power consumption down to 0.23 W at +25°C.

Stackpole's KAL Series Wirewound Resistor

February 25, 2013 11:25 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The KAL Series from Stackpole is a wirewound resistor technology utilizing a large ceramic core molded in aluminum housing for superior heat transfer. The KAL Series can be tailored to many different types of requirements such as low inductance, non-inductively wound, high surge, high voltage, and fusibility in addition to different types of terminations such as tabs, flying leads, and crimped connectors.

Increased Performance in RF/IF Signal Recorders

February 25, 2013 11:14 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pentek, Inc. has announced rackmount additions to its Talon RF/IF signal recording and playback systems. The Model RTS 2707 rackmount system and Model RTR 2747 rugged rackmount system, offer recording and playback of RF/IF signals up to 700 MHz with signal bandwidths up to 200 MHz.

Pulse Electronics Introduces Ultra-thin NFC Ferrite Sheet Antenna

February 25, 2013 11:12 am | by WDD Staff | Wireless Design & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation [NYSE: PULS] has introduced a near field communications (NFC) antenna that is 40% thinner than similar NFC ferrite sheet antennas, while still complying with the EMVCo specification. The new ferrite sheet antenna is constructed of a thin ferrite with one-sided flex and a thinner adhesive.

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