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CommScope Outfits DAS Platform for European Wireless Market

February 17, 2015 5:04 pm | by CommScope | News | Comments

Like their counterparts around the globe, wireless network operators across Europe are racing to best support the data applications and throughput speeds that subscribers desire. CommScope is offering a new tool for them to achieve this feat by making its next generation distributed antenna system (DAS) ready for the European marketplace ...     

Ethertronics Invents New Active Steering IC, with Embedded Processor, for MIMO Applications

February 17, 2015 4:58 pm | by Ethertronics | News | Comments

Ethertronics has unveiled EtherChip EC482, the first of the EtherChip line of RF devices to enable Ethertronics’ game-changing Active Steering technology for Wi-Fi and other 5 GHz applications ...                   

TE Connectivity Brings Consumer Antenna Capabilities to Aerospace and Defense

February 17, 2015 4:56 pm | by TE Connectivity | News | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) is bringing its expertise to military and aerospace markets in the form of moldable composites and selective metallization. TE is delivering antennas that are smaller and lighter, and offer higher performance and increased functionality in flight and ground applications ...         

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TI Makes Wi-Fi Development Easier with Internet-On-a-Chip Wi-Fi Modules

February 17, 2015 4:46 pm | by Texas Instruments | News | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) has announced the availability of its SimpleLink Wi-Fi CC3100 and CC3200 modules for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. The new SimpleLink family was introduced earlier this year as a low-power platform to simplify the ability to connect IoT solutions ...        

100W S-Band Transistors Offer GaN Performance

February 17, 2015 4:31 pm | by RFMW, Ltd. | RFMW, Ltd. | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the TGF2929-FL & TGF2929-FS GaN transistors from TriQuint (Qorvo). These 28V devices offer 107W P3dB for applications in Radar, professional or military communication systems and avionics. Covering frequencies up to 3.5GHz, the TGF2929-FL & TGF2929-FS are input prematched for S-Band. TriQuint (Qorvo) offers the TGF2929-FL with a flange...

Platinum Tools to Debut Tone and Probe Set

February 17, 2015 3:49 pm | by Platinum Tools | Product Releases | Comments

Platinum Tools (Newbury Park, Calif.) is proud to announce that it will launch a new Tone and Probe Set during 2015 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition. The Tone and Probe Set (P/N TP150) is shipping in March with an MSRP of $29.95. The probe features a recessed push-button which activates tone scanning when needed, the tapered tip allows easy penetration of cable ... 

Smart Gaming Blocks & Consumer Drones

February 17, 2015 10:53 am | by Rob Matheson, MIT News Office | News | Comments

In 2011, alumni David Merrill SM ’04, PhD ’09 and Jeevan Kalanithi SM ’07 had turned a Media Lab project into a popular gaming platform, Sifteo Cubes: plastic blocks, about an inch and a half on each side, equipped with color touch displays. Sensors detect the blocks’ movements ...     

Photos of the Day: Commercial Drone Regulations

February 17, 2015 10:04 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

The Federal Aviation Administration released a variety of proposed requirements for commercial operators to meet, such as passing a knowledge test administered by the agency as well as a federal security check ...         

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Rules for Commercial Unmanned Aircraft Have Been Set

February 17, 2015 10:03 am | by JOAN LOWY, Associated Press | News | Comments

Long-anticipated rules proposed Sunday will open an era in which small (under 55 pounds) commercial unmanned aircraft perform routine tasks — crop monitoring, aerial photography, inspections of bridges and cell towers, and much more. But not right away. Final rules are probably two to three years away ...           

Smart TVs that Pay Attention to Personal Conversations

February 13, 2015 4:35 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Blogs | Comments

Everything is getting smarter. Coffee pots brew the perfect cup of java at the precise moment you wake up. Thermostats learn behaviors and adjust the temperatures within households to be more efficient. Cars have the abilities to self-brake and park, and now televisions can capture and transmit nearby conversations ...

HotSpot Episode 101: Hedgehog-Inspired Body Airbag

February 13, 2015 3:51 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This week on WDD's HotSpot, snowboard bindings that help boarders visualize their balance; a new method of processing signals via fiber optic cable; a new car technology for making driving safe; and a full-body airbag for motorcyclists, bikers, skiers, and other hobbyists and professionals ...           

Wireless Minute: Smartphones vs. Wearables

February 13, 2015 3:50 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

Wearable devices have received a lot of attention in the fitness world for tracking certain data and helping consumers improve whatever it is they need to improve ...                  

Telescopic Contact Lenses Give Hope for Better, Stronger Vision

February 13, 2015 2:07 pm | by Lionel Pousaz, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne | News | Comments

An estimated 285 million people are visually impaired worldwide. Age-related macular degeneration alone is the leading cause of blindness among older adults in the Western world. But this week at the AAAS Annual Meeting in San Jose, California, Eric Tremblay from EPFL in Switzerland unveils a new prototype of his telescopic contact lens ...

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Teen’s Wearable Sensor Designed for Alzheimer's

February 13, 2015 11:35 am | by Kenneth Shinozuka, TED Talk | Videos | Comments

60 percent of people with dementia wander off, an issue that can prove hugely stressful for both patients and caregivers. In this charming talk, hear how teen inventor Kenneth Shinozuka came up with a novel solution to help his night-wandering grandfather and the aunt who looks after him ...

Braille-Writer App Turns iPad into Invaluable Tool for the Visually Impaired

February 13, 2015 8:56 am | by Andrew Myers, Stanford | News | Comments

Three years ago, Sohan Dharmaraja was a Stanford engineering doctoral candidate in search of his next project when he visited the Stanford Office of Accessible Education, which helps blind and visually challenged students successfully navigate the world of higher education ...       

Celebrity Engineer Grant Imahara Tours Mouser’s Massive Distribution Center

February 13, 2015 8:40 am | by Mouser Electronics | Videos | Comments

Mouser Electronics has released a video with celebrity engineer Grant Imahara, best known for his role on TV’s Mythbusters, touring Mouser’s state-of-the-art warehouse. To view the entertaining video, click here ...            

The Wonderful World of Internet of Things

February 12, 2015 1:46 pm | by John Koon, Director, IoT Consulting, RTC Group | Blogs | Comments

Many years ago, I heard Bill Gates shared the idea of “Smart Objects”. He painted the picture that there could be billions of objects connected together and controllable by a device. Over the years, we have seen that machines are ...  

3D Scanning 'American Sniper' Chris Kyle

February 12, 2015 1:40 pm | by Alex Shanahan, Manager of Multimedia Production | Videos | Comments

Today on Engineering Newswire, we’re 3D scanning “American Sniper” Chris Kyle, attempting to turn airports into spaceports with the help of DARPA, and taking a trip to the edge of space on a helium balloon ...      

New Study Explores Novel High-Power Microwave Generator

February 12, 2015 9:51 am | by Joan Robinson, Springer | News | Comments

High-power microwaves are frequently used in civil applications, such as radar and communication systems, heating and current drive of plasmas in fusion devices, and acceleration in high-energy linear colliders ...                  

Photos of the Day: VP Gore's Brainchild Finally Soars to Space

February 12, 2015 9:47 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

Gore — who dreamed up the idea for an environmentally conscious, Earth-gazing satellite 17 years ago — returned for the sunset launch. He was at the previous two attempts as well, eager to see his brainchild finally soar. Besides watching for solar outbursts, the observatory will provide continuous pictures of the full, sunlit side of Earth ...       

SpaceX Launches Environmentally Conscious, Earth-Gazing Satellite

February 12, 2015 9:47 am | by MARCIA DUNN, AP Aerospace Writer | News | Comments

SpaceX launched an observatory inspired by former Vice President Al Gore toward a solar-storm lookout point a million miles away Wednesday ...                 

Octopart’s Common Parts Library for Connected Device Products

February 11, 2015 3:21 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Articles | Comments

Wireless Design and Development (WDD) sat down with Sam Wurzel, co-founder of Octopart to discuss the inspiration behind the CPL and what main benefits it provides for users ...                      

Intrinsically Safe Wireless Telemetry System Offers Remote Monitoring

February 11, 2015 1:51 pm | by SignalFire Wireless Telemetry | Product Releases | Comments

The SignalFire Remote Sensing System provides cost effective remote monitoring of well pad tubing and casing pressures in upstream oil and gas fields. The SignalFire Remote Sensing System (SFRSS) consists of a gateway and remote nodes that interfaces with a wide variety of ...

Electronics You Can Wrap Around Your Finger

February 11, 2015 10:59 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

Researchers from South Korea have taken a new step toward more bendable devices by manufacturing a thin film that keeps its useful electric and magnetic properties even when highly curved. The researchers describe the film in ...               

Futuristic Semiconductor Material for Extreme-Temperature Electronics

February 11, 2015 10:52 am | by Jason Socrates Bardi, American Institute of Physics | News | Comments

A team of researchers from the University of California, Riverside and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute discovered that molybdenum disulfide (MoS2), a semiconductor material, may be a promising candidate to make thin-film transistors for extreme temperature applications ...                

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