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Breakthrough antenna technology enabling high-order MIMO for LTE

October 6, 2014 10:17 am | by Bob Giometti, SkyCross | Comments

With consumers demanding faster, more reliable connections to support exciting, real-time capabilities like video streaming, the LTE industry is under increasing pressure to deliver higher-speed service offerings, enhanced data rates, and improved network range....

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IoT soup: Four ingredients for a successful smart product

October 6, 2014 9:57 am | by Adam Justice, Grid Connect | Comments

One of the most intriguing reality television shows today is Chopped on the Food Network. Chopped features four chefs who are challenged to take a mystery basket of ingredients and turn them into a dish that demonstrates their creativity....

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Shrinking wireless cells challenge power supplies

October 3, 2014 9:03 am | by Michael Naglich, Senior Field Applications Engineer, GE’s Critical Power business | Comments

With demand for wireless 4G services skyrocketing, service providers are looking to fill in the gaps in their coverage areas so they can hold onto their subscribers. Strangely enough, that means finding a power-efficient, conduction-cooled power supply....

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It’s a wireless world

October 3, 2014 8:50 am | by Ramon M. Cerda, VP of Engineering, Crystek Corporation | Comments

An explosion of wireless communications has taken place in the past 25 years. Most of us now carry a “smart” cell phone that contains more than one physical layer for wireless communications. There is one RF transceiver, such as the GSM standard ...

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Dangerous drilling: The hot world of oil and gas

October 2, 2014 10:48 am | by T. Zednicek, M. Biler, J. Petrzilek, AVX Czech Republic | Comments

New oil and gas exploration and drilling equipment designs, especially those intended for use in deep and difficult geological conditions, continuously demand electronic components capable of reliable, longer lifetime operation in extremely harsh ...

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The greatest advancement in software simulation in the next decade

October 2, 2014 10:20 am | Comments

The future of software simulation is driven by the increasing wish of engineers to simulate a specific device in its real world, working environment where different physical phenomena occur. The increasing simulation complexity, driven by the multiphysics nature....

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The importance of unifying software and hardware in development

October 1, 2014 12:37 pm | by Jason Gouw, CEO, Qfusion Labs, LLC | Comments

The unity of software and hardware is so vital in today's technological developments but developers constantly struggle to form a symbiotic connection between the two. Development platforms strive to bridge this gap but it is a difficult challenge....

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How to improve system efficiency for electric motors

September 29, 2014 10:51 am | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Ams-Taos Usa Inc, Honeywell, Texas Instruments, Digi-Key, Freescale Semiconductor | Comments

Energy efficiency and environmental impact are becoming increasingly important considerations for engineers designing an electric motor system. Several IC vendors have made significant offerings that help deliver system efficiency, environmental benefits and cost savings....

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Component reliability in the automotive industry

September 16, 2014 8:08 am | by Ed Nakauchi, Technical Consultant, Orbel Corporation | Comments

Today’s cars are incorporating more and more electronics into vehicles, from engine control units to anti-collision controls to driver information to entertainment systems that enhance the overall driving experience with Bluetooth, GPS ...

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It’s a small world – and getting smaller

September 11, 2014 9:00 am | by John Beigel, Standex-Meder Electronics | Comments

Doing more with less is the mantra of our era. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the drive towards miniaturization in the next generation of electronic components and systems. The push for smaller parts is coming both from the need....

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Medical device miniaturization and thermal management

September 11, 2014 8:56 am | by Michael Bucci, Market Development Manager, Thermacore | Comments

Medical devices are trending toward miniaturization, driven by portability, performance and safety factors. As instruments get smaller, design engineers face new challenges in meeting their project’s performance, size, weight, operating temperature ...

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Technological changes in the next five years

September 11, 2014 8:51 am | by David Mantey, Editor-in-Chief | Comments

For the last five years, I’ve had the pleasure of traveling to Austin, TX at the peak of southern summer heat for the engineering geek fest that is National Instruments’ (NI) global conference on graphical system design, or NIWeek. More than 3,200 ...

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Thin is in: Coin cell holders aid miniaturization by reducing profile

September 10, 2014 11:55 am | by Thomas Blaha, President, Memory Protection Devices | Comments

Sleek is now chic, as consumers are clamoring for ergonomically-designed, space-saving devices.The drive for miniaturization extends to virtually all electronic devices, forcing design engineers to become increasingly creative in finding ways to pack....

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Eye-catching thermal stability

September 10, 2014 10:20 am | by Joshua Israelsohn, Director, JAS Technical Media | Comments

The petroleum-mining sector has developed drilling technologies and methods that have greatly increased well depths over the years. The average well depth increased only 64 percent from 3,635 to 5,964 feet between 1949 and 2008, according to ...

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The biggest challenge for designers as handheld devices become smaller

September 9, 2014 4:41 pm | Comments

From a design standpoint, one of the biggest challenges is power consumption and battery life. In the ideal world, users do not want to bother with recharging their devices. This holds true for any handheld device – be it a tablet or a device....

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