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Automated Imaging System Looks Underground to Help Improve Crops

October 9, 2014 10:38 am | by John Toon, Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Penn State University have developed an automated imaging technique for measuring and analyzing the root systems of mature plants...                   

How to Upgrade Democracy for the Internet Era

October 9, 2014 10:34 am | by Pia Mancini, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Pia Mancini and her colleagues want to upgrade democracy in Argentina and beyond. Through their open-source mobile platform they want to bring citizens inside the legislative process, and run candidates who will listen to what they say...                  

From Wearables to Implantables to…What’s Next?

October 8, 2014 1:30 pm | by Sean Fenske, Editor-in-Chief | Blogs | Comments

Some time has passed since the Apple announcement of the company’s “iWatch” (at least as of the time I’m writing this) and all the pomp and circumstance that goes along with it. Unfortunately, from the mobile healthcare aspect, it was underwhelming...

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Design Flaw Led Navigation Satellites Off Course

October 8, 2014 12:41 pm | by Associated Press | News | Comments

An investigation is blaming a design flaw for the inaccurate deployment of two satellites intended to bolster Europe's answer to the GPS...                                                   

eInfochips and Texas Instruments Enable Hyperscale Telecom Infrastructure with HP ProLiant Moonshot

October 8, 2014 12:39 pm | by eInfochips, TI design network | News | Comments

eInfochips, an HP AllianceONE partner and a platinum design member in the TI design network, has announced the introduction of their Software Defined VoIP platform for telecom VoIP transcoding...                                      

Convenient, Fast Analysis of MIPI RFFE Interfaces

October 7, 2014 5:26 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

The R&S RTO-K40 MIPI RFFE serial triggering and decoding option from Rohde & Schwarz is a powerful solution that enables developers of RF frontends and modules with RF frontend (RFFE) control interface to verify and debug designs and put these components into operation...             

Saelig Introduces Digital Phase Shifter USB RF Modules

October 7, 2014 5:24 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company has announced the availability of the Telemakus TEP2000-4 and TEP4000-5 Digital Phase Shifters. These laboratory quality phase shifters feature...                             

Peregrine Extends its High-Frequency Portfolio

October 7, 2014 5:23 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor has introduced the UltraCMOS PE42542 and PE42543 18 GHz SP4T broadband RF switches. This expansion of the company’s high-frequency portfolio represents the first RF SOI switches to deliver a high-performance alternative...               

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Greater RF Design Confidence

October 7, 2014 5:21 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Keysight Technologies has announced new functionality enhancements to the E7515A UXM wireless test set including support for LTE-A category 7 data throughput, expanded functional test capabilities, and in-depth RF performance verification...         

Breaking Bad Habits with Shock Therapy App

October 6, 2014 12:03 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, hotel rooms you can control with your phone; an agreement to explore Mars; Google Glass helps the hard of hearing; and app to help consumers break bad habits; and I try programming a robot...           

New Map Uncovers Thousands of Unseen Seamounts on Ocean Floor

October 2, 2014 4:42 pm | by Cheryl Dybas, Mario Aguilera, National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Scientists have created a new map of the world's seafloor, offering a more vivid picture of the structures that make up the deepest, least-explored parts of the ocean...                                  

Photos of the Day: Satellites Help Create New Map of Ocean Floor

October 2, 2014 4:41 pm | by Cheryl Dybas, Mario Aguilera, National Science Foundation | News | Comments

Thousands of previously uncharted mountains rising from the seafloor, called seamounts, have emerged through the map, along with new clues about the formation of the continents...                                  

Clothing that Thwarts Government Surveillance

October 2, 2014 1:41 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on engineering update, cellphone use aboard airplanes; clothing that thwarts government surveillance; and a bendable phone that fits like a shirtsleeve...                           

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New Frontier in Error-Correcting Codes

October 2, 2014 1:23 pm | by Andrew Carleen, Massachusetts Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Error-correcting codes are one of the glories of the information age: They're what guarantee the flawless transmission of digital information over the airwaves or through copper wire, even in the presence of the corrupting influences...                  

Robot Researcher Combines Nature to Nurture ‘Superhuman’ Navigation

October 2, 2014 1:00 pm | by Debra Nowland, Queensland University of Technology | News | Comments

Computer modelling of the human eye, the brain of a rat and a robot could revolutionize advances in neuroscience and new technology, says a QUT leading robotics researcher...                  

Engineering Newswire 110: Lockheed Martin Wreaks Havoc in Extreme Off-Road Testing

October 2, 2014 11:20 am | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re traveling in our very own solar-powered pods, picking up space garbage, and wreaking havoc in extreme off-road testing ...             

Anritsu Company Introduces Field Analyzer with Integrated PIM and Line Sweep Testing Capability

October 2, 2014 11:09 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company has introduced the MW82119B PIM Master, which combines a 40 W, battery-operated PIM analyzer with a 2 MHz to 3 GHz cable and antenna analyzer, eliminating the need to carry multiple instruments to measure the RF performance of a cell site...                      

Ultra-High Speed ADC and DAC for Advanced Digital Microwave Systems

October 1, 2014 12:19 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corporation announced that 64GSPS ADC and DAC cores are available utilizing IBM’s 32nm SOI technology for integration in high performance Digital Microwave System on Chip solutions...

Airlines Look for an Edge with Weather-Radar Systems

October 1, 2014 10:44 am | by David Koenig, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

As their plane climbed away from Belize City, American Airlines pilot Brian Will and his co-pilot were ready to detour several hundred miles to avoid a wall of bad weather in front of them. Then, looking at the display on a new ...  

50 V GaN HEMT Bare Die Family for DC-6 GHz Applications

October 1, 2014 9:33 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Cree released two new 50 V bare die for 40 and 170 W, which operate up to 6 GHz and are ideal drivers for 50 V IM FETs...

Autonomous Power Distribution System

September 30, 2014 3:52 pm | by Michigan Technological University | Videos | Comments

The team has programmed robots to restore power in small electrical networks, linking up power cords and batteries to light a little lamp or set a flag to waving with a small electrical motor...             

How IT and OT are Converging: Avoid the Pitfalls to Reap the Benefits

September 30, 2014 11:50 am | by Brad Gilbert, FreeWave Technologies | Articles | Comments

The quest to understand production and operational factors, distribute this information to business systems and people within an organization, and directly improve business processes and profitability as a result is not new. In fact, it has been embraced by companies for decades...           

EPCOS High-Performance WLAN-Bluetooth Filter for Smartphones

September 30, 2014 11:38 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation presents the new EPCOS WLAN-Bluetooth filter offering best-in-class performance and size for the coexistence of cellular, WLAN, Bluetooth and satellite navigation services on the same antenna. Based on advanced second-generation BAW technology...            

Photos of the Day: Football-Size Robot Searches for Hidden Contraband on Ships

September 30, 2014 10:47 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Originally designed to look for cracks in nuclear reactors’ water tanks, the robot could also inspect ships for the false hulls and propeller shafts that smugglers frequently use to hide contraband. Because of its small size and unique propulsion mechanism — which leaves no visible wake — the robots could, in theory, be concealed in clumps of algae...

Underwater Robot for Port Security

September 30, 2014 10:46 am | by Larry Hardesty, MIT News Office | News | Comments

Last week, at the International Conference on Intelligent Robots and Systems, MIT researchers unveiled an oval-shaped submersible robot, a little smaller than a football, with a flattened panel on one side that it can slide along an underwater surface to perform ultrasound scans...              

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