Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer says the latest update to Windows is a "refined blend" of its older operating system for PCs and its new touch-enabled interface for more modern, mobile devices. After some hands-on time with it, the update seems to me like a patch over an ever-widening chasm.
PayPal wants to explore space — or at least begin to figure out how payments and commerce will work beyond Earth's realm once space travel and tourism take off.PayPal, which is eBay Inc.'s payments business, says it is launching an initiative called PayPal Galactic with the help of the nonprofit SETI Institute in Mountain View, Calif., and the Space Tourism Society.
An unprecedented project to turn New York's Lake George into the "smartest lake in the world" is being launched and will monitor the lake from its sun-dappled shores to its dark depths in hopes of keeping the Adirondack attraction pristine.
Agilent Technologies Inc. [NYSE: A] hasannounced that Millitech Inc., a leading provider in millimeter-wave components, assemblies and subsystems for applications in satellite communications, radiometry, radar and remote sensing, has selected Agilent's Electromagnetic Professional (EMPro) and Advanced Design System (ADS) software for use in developing mixers, multipliers and various passive devices.
Optical Communications Group (OCG) announces the installation of the first of four high-count dark fiber cables in to the new Meet Me Room (MMR) at 325 Hudson Street, the carrier-neutral core network interconnection facility strategically located on the fiber-dense crossroads of Hudson Street and the Holland Tunnel in New York City.
Stewart Connector has announced the release of large diameter Category 6a 8P8C modular plug (SS-39200-027). The new RJ45 plugs are the latest addition to Stewart Connector's extensive portfolio of connectors designed to support Gigabit Ethernet (1000Base-T) and 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GBase-T) transfer rates, along with PoE (Power over Ethernet).
Fox Electronics now offers its XpressO TCXO with tighter stabilities in custom frequencies up to 250 MHz. Available with ±1.5 ppm from -40°C to +85°C as well as down to ±1 ppm from 0°C to +70°C, the new XpressO-TC HCMOS TCXO oscillators can be delivered in ten working days or less.
PEG Bandwidth, LLC, a provider of high-capacity Ethernet backhaul networks and other wireless infrastructure services, announces it has signed an Ethernet backhaul agreement with a large wireless carrier to support their rollout of 4G mobile broadband services. As the one of the nation’s largest 4G networks, the wireless carrier will leverage PEG Bandwidth’s backhaul expertise to support additional market growth.
Spirent Communications, the leader in testing wireless networks, devices, and services has announced support for Carrier Aggregation testing on its CS8 Mobile Device Tester. As the industry’s simplest and fastest tool for testing and verifying the design of mobile devices, the CS8 helps ensure LTE-Advanced (3GPP Release 10) Carrier Aggregation functionality meets the performance expectations of operators who plan to deploy the technology.
Alpha Micro Wireless has announced that it has signed an agreement with, European antenna innovators, 2J Antenna to supply Alpha Micro Wireless customers with a broad range of high quality TS16949/ISO9001 certified external and embedded antenna solutions.
This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by Mouser Electronics, the electronic components distributor with the widest selection of the newest products. In this week's headlines Internet-beaming balloons; battery-free driving on electric roads; an interview with Indy 500 winner Tony Kanaan; and a robot that runs like a cat.
The Iris satellite was supposed to be carried aloft from California's Vandenberg Air Force Base on Wednesday. But the launch range recently lost electricity after an equipment failure at a utility substation darkened much of the central coast. The problem is expected to be fixed by Thursday evening.
South Korea's largest mobile operator is this week launching what it says is the world's fastest wireless network. SK Telecom said Wednesday that the LTE-Advanced network can download data at speeds twice as fast as LTE networks and 10 times faster than third generation services. With a transfer rate of 150 megabits per seconds, the network can download an 800 megabyte movie in just 43 seconds.
Tech communities are booming all over Africa, says Nairobi-based Juliana Rotich, cofounder of the open-source software Ushahidi. But it remains challenging to get and stay connected in a region with frequent blackouts and spotty Internet hookups. So Rotich and friends developed BRCK, offering resilient connectivity for the developing world.
Volvo Car Group has developed an ingenious concept for autonomous parking. The concept car, which will be demonstrated at a media event next week, finds and parks in a vacant space by itself, without the driver inside. The smart, driverless car also interacts safely and smoothly with other cars and pedestrians in the car park.
As a novelist, Daniel Suarez spins dystopian tales of the future. But on the TEDGlobal stage, he talks us through a real-life scenario we all need to know more about: the rise of autonomous robotic weapons of war. Advanced drones, automated weapons and AI-powered intelligence-gathering tools...
View this tutorial presented by Agilent experts for a modest overview of standards and market trends followed by an in-depth description of the physical layer construction. Included are explanations of framing, modulation, encoding, and error correction using example signals and measurements to emphasize principles.
The Phoenix Company of Chicago Appoints East Coast Microwave Distributors: Authorized – Global Franchised DistributorJune 24, 2013 4:54 pm | by East Coast Microwave Distributors Inc. | News | Comments
East Coast Microwave Distributors Inc. has annouced that it has been appointed an Authorized –Global Franchised Distributor for The Phoenix Company of Chicago’s product line of RF/Microwave contacts and connectors.
This week in WDD’s HotSeat, improved safety at level crossings; tracking motor vibrations through skin in three dimensions; unlocking new applications for telepresence with iRobot’s Ava 500; and a wireless payment system from Audi.
But transistors based on semiconductors can only get so small. “At the rate the current technology is progressing, in 10 or 20 years, they won’t be able to get any smaller,” said physicist Yoke Khin Yap of Michigan Technological University. “Also, semiconductors have another disadvantage: they waste a lot of energy in the form of heat.”
An Apple 1 from 1976, one of the first Apple computers ever built and forerunner of today's MacBooks, IPads and IPhones, goes on the auction block at Christie's next week. The bidding starts at $300,000, with a pre-sale estimated value of up to $500,000.
Relief may be on the way for airline passengers who can't bear to be separated even briefly from their personal electronic devices. The government is moving toward allowing gate-to-gate use of music players, tablets, laptops, smartphones and other gadgets, although it may take a few months.
Samsung Electronics Co., the second-largest maker of tablets after Apple, is putting three new tablets in the Galaxy Tab 3 series on sale in the U.S. on July 7. The cheapest, $199 device will have a screen that measures 7 inches diagonally. An 8-inch model will go for $299 and a 10-inch one for $399.
Microchip Technology has announced the expansion of the USB2 Controller Hub (UCH2) portfolio it gained from the recent SMSC acquisition. The seven new UCH2 ICs across three families are the world’s first to provide programmability, enabling the developers of PCs and mobile devices to configure their designs without external memory.
Agilent Technologies has announced source/monitor unit (SMU) and software enhancements to its B1500A semiconductor device analyzer, the industry’s leading semiconductor parameter analyzer. The new B1514A 50-µs pulse medium-current SMU gives a faster pulse at 30V/1A range plus oscilloscope-like viewing.