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Why this remote-controlled birth control will be the next big thing

July 22, 2014 9:49 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the midst of the Hobby Lobby court case decision and other conversations about birth control, there has been an announcement about an advancement in contraceptive technology. This is a pretty unique technology that would allow the woman to turn the device on or off, depending on if she was looking to have a child or not....

DC – 50 GHz LNA offers wideband performance

July 18, 2014 1:03 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC (Westford, MA) announced the addition of the CMD206, a DC-50 GHz distributed low noise amplifier in die form, to its product line. Applications for the CMD206 include…

Future electronics may depend on lasers, not quartz

July 17, 2014 6:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Researchers in the laboratory of Kerry Vahala, the Ted and Ginger Jenkins Professor of Information Science and Technology and Applied Physics at Caltech, have developed a method to stabilize microwave signals in the range of gigahertz, or billions of cycles per second—using a pair of laser beams as the reference, in lieu of a crystal.

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Security MCU offers high RF integration

July 17, 2014 5:53 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (Dallas, TX) introduced the RF430F5978 microcontroller (MCU) and accompanying evaluation module (EVM). Building on Tithe company’s CC430 product family, the RF430F5978 MCU is a highly integrated RF solution with desirable read zone and battery performance for…

Multilayer ceramic chip inductors suit telecom, networking, medical, and industrial applications

July 15, 2014 3:21 pm | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation (San Diego, CA) has extended its inductor product offerings with a new line of high frequency multilayer ceramic chip inductors. These RF ceramic inductors have low DC resistance, high Q values at higher frequencies, high self-resonant frequency, and high reliability.

Bluetooth 4.1 module helps engineers add low-energy connectivity

July 15, 2014 3:11 pm | by Kurt Gasparro, Video Production Specialist | Videos | Comments

This year at the Sensors Expo in Rosemont, IL, editor-in-chief, David Mantey sat down with Microchip’s Dave Richkas to discuss their latest products and technologies. One of the products announced from the show includes Microchip’s first Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy module....

Wireless power transfer demonstration kit delivers 35 W and Operates at 6.78 MHz

July 15, 2014 12:00 pm | Efficient Power Conversion | Product Releases | Comments

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation (El Segundo, CA) announced the immediate availability of a complete demonstration wireless power transfer kit. The system is capable of delivering up to 35 W into a DC load while operating at 6.78 MHz (the lowest ISM band).

Introducing Thread: A new wireless networking protocol for the home

July 15, 2014 9:12 am | by ECN Staff | News | Comments

Recognizing the need for a new and better way to connect products in the home, seven companies today announced that they’ve joined forces to form the Thread Group (www.threadgroup.org) and develop Thread, a new IP-based wireless networking protocol. The charter of the Thread Group is to guide the adoption of the Thread protocol....

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Why contraception by remote control is a troubling idea

July 14, 2014 4:08 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Blogs | Comments

Forget about remembering to take a contraceptive pill. In just a few years, keeping track of your remote control may be as essential to family planning as it is to watching TV. MicroCHIPS, a small, Massachusetts company with backing from Bill Gates plans to bring an implantable contraceptive chip that can be turned on or off via remote control to market as early as...

Rugged 6U VPX radar solution is SWaP-optimized

July 14, 2014 10:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology, Inc. (San Jose, CA) announced the VPX6000, a rugged 6U VPX blade featuring a dual processor design based on quad-core 4th generation Intel Core i7-4700EQ processors.

Rotary joints accommodate signal transmission between rotating RF devices

July 11, 2014 9:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fairview Microwave, Inc. announced a line of single-channel/single-axis and single-channel/multi-axis RF Rotary Joints. These rotary joints are needed wherever RF signals have to be transmitted between stationary and moving parts of a system.

RFID light detector is battery-free

July 9, 2014 2:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The SHADOW from Farsens S.L., (San Sebastián, Spain), is a battery free RFID ambient light detector tag. These tags are compatible with commercial EPC C1G2 readers. It features a LPRS N5AC501085 Light Dependent Resistor (LDR) to detect exposure to light or darkness.

RF subsystem operates over the E-band frequency spectrum from 71- 86 GHz

July 7, 2014 12:30 pm | Ducommun Technologies, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

DLT (Carson, CA) has announced the release of E-band Radio link RF subsystem. This subsystem operates over the E-band frequency spectrum from 71- 86 GHz. One of its applications can be found in the E-band multi-gigabit wireless communication system, which offers local area networks....

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COTS card performs data acquisition, signal processing and storage in XMC form factor

July 7, 2014 10:44 am | Product Releases | Comments

4DSP’s (Austin, TX) FM788 FPGA-based COTS card is designed to perform in a variety of applications, including beamforming, direction finding, RADAR, and satellite communications. This XMC module is based on Xilinx’s Virtex-7 and features …

Multi-channel PXI-based test solution speeds LTE/LTE-Advanced waveform creation and analysis

July 1, 2014 10:34 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. (Santa Clara, CA) announced the LTE/LTE-Advanced multi-channel PXI-based test solution, which is positioned to accelerate the setup of multi-channel test system configurations and enables engineers to gain deeper insight into complex carrier aggregation and…

Wireless power coils comply with the Qi standard

June 30, 2014 1:26 pm | Wurth Electronics Midcom, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Würth Elektronik (Watertown, SD) expands its Wireless Power Coil program with three transmitter coils and one receiver coil. The new round transmitter coils 760 308 100 110 (A10) and 760 308 100 111 (A11) comply with the Qi standard of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC)....

Watch these drones fight to the death

June 30, 2014 8:04 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In the world of drones, there exists an underground fight club where different UAVs go head to head trying to destroy each other. Alright, that’s a little dramatized, but the drones really do battle each other in a BattleBot-style arena. Marque Cornblatt, co-founder of the group Game of Drones, says it’s all about aerial combat and going drono a drono for victory....

Bluetooth Smart beacon offers long range, flexibility, security

June 25, 2014 12:28 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EM Microelectronic (Marin, Switzerland) introduced the COiN Bluetooth beacon. It can be deployed anywhere iBeacon technology is used, but which also supports wireless sensor networking and many other applications over Bluetooth Smart…

Module integrates a BLE 4.1 stack for use with or without a host MCU

June 25, 2014 10:26 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, AZ) announced its first Bluetooth 4.1 Low Energy module.  The RN4020 builds on the Company’s Bluetooth Classic experience and carries both worldwide regulatory certifications and is Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) certified. 

HotSpot: IMS2014 Top Ten

June 25, 2014 8:20 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

At this year’s IMS2014 event in Tampa Bay, FL, Wireless Design and Development saw a lot of cool and innovative new products, and we’re excited to provide you with our Top Ten list from the show. First up is Signal Hound. Signal Hound was this year’s ECN Impact Award winner in the test and measurement category....

Phase frequency detector available for automotive applications

June 24, 2014 11:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lansdale Semiconductor, Inc. announced the continued availability of the ML145170 circuit originally designed and built by Motorola/Freescale Semiconductor, Inc.  Lansdale has single-source rights to both globally market and continue to manufacture Motorola’s line of PLL (Phase Lock Loop) Circuits.

Engineering Live: Emerging Test & Measurement Tech in Wireless Communications

June 24, 2014 10:14 am | by ECN Staff | Videos | Comments

Developing next-generation wireless communications technologies and specifications requires advanced test and measurement instrumentation that is not only capable of supporting advanced designs, but also legacy technologies that still exist in the market....

Normally open multi-throw coax switch covers DC to 12 GHz

June 19, 2014 2:26 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Teledyne Coax Switches (Cumbernauld, UK) introduced its new Series CCR-38 Coax Switch. The CCR-38 is a broadband multi-throw, electromechanical coaxial switch designed to switch a microwave signal from a common input to any of 10 outputs.

Millimeter-wave 40-GHz attenuators with 2.92-mm connectors target broadband

June 19, 2014 12:25 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Pasternack Enterprises’ (Irvine, CA) new line of 2-W, 40-GHz attenuators (part number PE7395-xx) is intended for applications requiring reliable broadband performance ranging from DC to 40 GHz (Ka microwave band).

Obama pets a giant, laughing robotic giraffe

June 19, 2014 9:40 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

While the Obama administration has been dealing with a lot of heavy topics lately, the White House also had time to push policy on innovation and creation. Part of the campaign was the White House Maker Faire, designed to celebrate “all things built-by-hand and designed-by-ingenuity.” It featured 30 projects from more than 100 students, engineers, creators and researchers from 25 different states.

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