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An Ultrasound that Penetrates Bone, Metal

November 21, 2014 9:37 am | by Dr. Yun Jing and Matt Shipman, NC State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique that allows ultrasound to penetrate bone or metal, using customized structures that offset the distortion usually caused by these so-called “aberrating layers ...”                                 

Roman Goldmines in Spain Discovered by Laser

November 21, 2014 9:35 am | by Sinc, Fecyt - Spanish Foundation for Science and Technology | News | Comments

Thanks to a Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) laser system attached to an aircraft, the...

Harting's Ha-VIS LOCFIELD Antenna

November 20, 2014 2:13 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

HARTING’s new Ha-VIS LOCFIELD travelling wave UHF antenna makes it possible to create a passive...

Silicon Labs Expands Sub-GHz Wireless Portfolio

November 20, 2014 1:51 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Labs has introduced next-generation EZRadio and EZRadioPRO wireless ICs offering power...

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GaN Technology Addresses Size, Bandwidth and Efficiency Challenges in Advanced Small Cell Applications

November 20, 2014 1:03 pm | by David Ryan, Business Development Manager, Networks, MACOM | Articles | Comments

With global 2G wireless infrastructure coverage at greater than 90 percent and 3G coverage at similar rates in the developed world (source: Ericsson), the market emphasis has shifted to delivering the data capacity that subscribers require to access their rich multimedia and cloud based services on the go ...  

Pasternack Introduces New Lines of Digitally Programmable Attenuators

November 20, 2014 1:00 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises has announced the new 5, 8, and 10 Bit broadband PIN diode digital step attenuators with performance up to 40 GHz depending on the configuration. These programmable, variable step attenuators are commonly used ...        

Photo of the Day: Complex Electronic Circuits Printed with T-Shirt Printer

November 20, 2014 11:02 am | by Lester Kok, Nanyang Technological University | News | Comments

Resistors, transistors and capacitors, the key components of a complex electronic circuit, are printed using non-toxic organic materials like silver nanoparticles, carbon and plastics ...            

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Elusive Dark Matter May Be Detected with GPS Satellites

November 20, 2014 10:56 am | by Mike Wolterbeek, University of Nevada, Reno | News | Comments

The everyday use of a GPS device might be to find your way around town or even navigate a hiking trail, but for two physicists, the Global Positioning System might be a tool in directly detecting and measuring dark matter ...              

Tiny Satellites Show Earth as It Changes In Near-Real-Time

November 20, 2014 10:51 am | by Will Marshall, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

Satellite imaging has revolutionized our knowledge of the Earth, with detailed images of nearly every street corner readily available online. But Planet Labs' Will Marshall says we can do better and go faster ...              

Some in NSA Warned of a Backlash to Collecting American Phone Records

November 20, 2014 10:27 am | by KEN DILANIAN, AP Intelligence Writer | News | Comments

Dissenters within the National Security Agency, led by a senior agency executive, warned in 2009 that the program to secretly collect American phone records wasn't providing enough intelligence to justify the backlash it would cause if revealed, current and former intelligence officials say ...     

Photos of the Day: Parrot’s Bebop Drone

November 19, 2014 12:38 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

The Bebop is part remote-control flyer and part robot. It has a host of sensors — including pressure, accelerometer, gyroscope and magnetometer — to help it fly stable, hover in the air, and take off and land smoothly without assistance. The AR.Drone has those, too, but Bebop adds a built-in GPS that tells Bebop where it ... 

Meet Parrot’s Powerful Bebop Drone and Crazy Optional Controller

November 19, 2014 12:29 pm | by Lance Ulanoff, Mashable | News | Comments

Parrot’s latest drone the Bebop has an, at best, misleading name. There’s nothing boppy about this pro-level drone masquerading in a kid-friendly name (and colors). Unveiled on Tuesday in New York City, the Bebop drone is smaller, lighter and infinitely more powerful than Parrot’s AR.Drone 2.0 It does have at least one thing in common with ... 

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Electronica 2014 Top Ten

November 19, 2014 11:27 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

ECN and WDD attended electronica 2014 in Munich, Germany. The show had more than 70,000 attendees, thousands of exhibitors, and an endless amount of new products. Here are our top ten products from the show ...                          

Lemos’ Frequency Programmable Narrow Band Transmitter

November 18, 2014 11:26 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

Lemos International/Radiometrix has launched a new range of highly flexible, frequency programmable, RF power adjustable radios ...                 

A Wakeup Call for Europe's Comet Lander

November 18, 2014 10:36 am | by FRANK JORDANS, Associated Press | News | Comments

Scientists raised hopes Monday that as the Philae lander nears the sun its solar panel-powered battery will recharge, and the first spacecraft to touch down on a comet will send a second round of scientific data back to Earth ...                     

High Power Amplifier Exceeds Requirements of Radar Pulse Test Standards

November 7, 2014 9:07 am | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

MILMEGA now offers a dual band solid state amplifier that, in conjunction with a new lensed horn package, exceeds the requirements of automotive radar pulse test standards. The AS0104-700/300 complements MILMEGA’s existing 1 GHz to 4 GHz ...

Fixed Frequency Synthesizer Features Ultra-Low Phase Noise Performance

November 7, 2014 8:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

Z-Communications, Inc. announces a new RoHS compliant Fixed Frequency Synthesizer model SFS11600H-LF. The high performance SFS11600H-LF is designed to generate an output signal at 11.6 GHz while being fixed to an external 100 MHz ...

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Photos of the Day: Brain-to-Brain Human Interface

November 6, 2014 2:39 pm | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

Sometimes, words just complicate things. What if our brains could communicate directly with each other, bypassing the need for language? ...                                 

UW Study Shows Direct Brain Interface Between Humans

November 6, 2014 2:35 pm | by Michelle Ma, University of Washington | News | Comments

University of Washington researchers have successfully replicated a direct brain-to-brain connection between pairs of people as part of a scientific study following the team’s initial demonstration a year ago. In the newly published study, which involved six people, researchers were able to ...      

Full-Featured Spectrum Analysis & Deep Signal Analysis from Tektronix RSA306

November 6, 2014 2:11 pm | by WDD Staff | Videos | Comments

The RSA306 from Tektronix,  offers full-featured spectrum analysis and deep signal analysis at a price unmatched by any previous offering. Using the latest in commercial interfaces and available computing power, the RSA306 separates signal acquisition from measurement ...                

GORE Expands 6-Series of GORE-Flight Microwave Assemblies

November 6, 2014 2:05 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates (Gore) has introduced a smaller diameter cable to further enhance the GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assembly, 6 Series portfolio. This new cable solution delivers a low insertion loss for an assembly using Size 8 RF contacts ...                     

Photo of the Day: Cockroach Cyborg to Help Emergency Personnel

November 6, 2014 11:16 am | by Dr. Alper Bozkurt, Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

The biobots are equipped with electronic backpacks that control the cockroach’s movements ...                                                           

Cockroach Cyborgs Use Microphones to Detect, Trace Sounds

November 6, 2014 11:13 am | by Dr. Alper Bozkurt, Matt Shipman, North Carolina State University | News | Comments

North Carolina State University researchers have developed technology that allows cyborg cockroaches, or biobots, to pick up sounds with small microphones and seek out the source of the sound. The technology is designed to help emergency personnel find and rescue survivors in the aftermath of a disaster ...                     

Space-Time Adaptive Processing for Radar

November 5, 2014 1:43 pm | by Artech House | News | Comments

Artech House has announced the publication of Space-Time Adaptive Processing for Radar, Second Edition by J.R. Guerci. Space-time adaptive processing (STAP) is an exciting technology for advanced radar systems that allows for significant performance enhancements over ...                      

Dual Channel, Low Noise Figure

November 4, 2014 6:52 pm | by WDD Staff | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW has announced design and sales support for TriQuint’s dual channel digital variable gain amplifier. The TQC9311 offers a low noise figure of 3.8 dB, making it ideal for use in small cell and DAS applications ...                       

Eye-Controlled Car Cockpit Keeps Drivers' Hands on the Wheel

November 3, 2014 10:24 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, brought to you by SanDisk, touching digital worlds with an exoskeleton for hands; using drones to understand malaria; a fitbit that diagnoses car problems; and an eye-controlled car cockpit that keeps drivers' hands on teh wheel ...                              

DARPA Circuit Earns Guinness World Record

October 31, 2014 10:13 am | by DARPA | News | Comments

Officials from Guinness World Records have recognized DARPA’s Terahertz Electronics program for creating the fastest solid-state amplifier integrated circuit ever measured. The ten-stage common-source amplifier operates at a speed of one terahertz (1012 GHz), or ...                          

A Flying Camera ... On a Leash

October 30, 2014 11:15 am | by Sergei Lupashin, TED Talks | Videos | Comments

Let's admit it: aerial photo drones and UAVs are a little creepy, and they come with big regulatory and safety problems. But aerial photos can be a powerful way of telling the truth about the world: the size of a protest, the spread of an oil spill, the wildlife hidden in a delta ...                

UK Spies Get Bulk Access to NSA Data

October 30, 2014 11:04 am | by RAPHAEL SATTER, Associated Press | News | Comments

The British government's insistence that its spies don't use the vast espionage powers of the U.S. National Security Agency to sidestep U.K. restrictions on domestic eavesdropping was called into question by a court document published Wednesday ...

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