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A better way to track your every move

November 5, 2013 10:59 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Physical activity tracking apps on smart phones are a potentially important tool for doctors who want to collect data and create treatment or intervention plans to improve the health of patients who struggle with activity and movement -- such as those with Parkinson’s disease. A new Northwestern Medicine study has found a way to make these apps more accurate...

Voltage-controlled crystal oscillators offer a wide choice of frequency, voltage, and output combinations

November 4, 2013 12:52 pm | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for Sunny Electronics SVP-53 series of FastClock voltage controlled crystal oscillators (VCXO’s). The SVP-53 series of FastClock VCXO’s is available in a CMOS output waveform and comes in a standard 5x3.2mm package.

Why you shouldn’t implant computer chips in your arm

November 1, 2013 3:31 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In general, medical implants and their components are strictly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and for good reason. You can’t just stick anything under your skin without extreme consequences including things like major infections, pretty gnarly scaring, and potentially deadly health complications.

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Clock oscillator measures a mere 2.0 x 1.6 x 0.65 mm

November 1, 2013 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Raltron Electronics Corp., Miami, FL has released a new clock oscillator, Model CO2016, measuring a mere 2.0 x 1.6 x 0.65 mm, further increasing Raltron’s effort  to address the worlds’ increasing demand for ever smaller components. The CO2016 fills the need for a ultra-small miniature package essential in high density PCB’s....

Go ahead, dunk your cell phone in salt water

October 30, 2013 12:04 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Barrier films, used in everything from food and drug packaging to consumer electronics and solar cells, help prevent your food from spoiling, help to preserve medication, and protect your electronics from damage due to exposure to air or a splash of water. Now a group of researchers in Georgia have developed a new way to produce better films using atomic layer deposition.

Google expands sales of Internet-connected glasses

October 28, 2013 8:51 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. (AP) — Google is relying on a little social networking to put its Internet-connected glasses on the heads of more people. The expanded sales of the device known as Google Glass will come as part of an invitation-only program announced Monday. The roughly 10,000 Glass owners...

DSP-based System-on-Chip designed for hearing health solutions

October 28, 2013 1:10 pm | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

ON Semiconductor has launched the Ezairo 7100 series of integrated circuits and packaged hybrids for advanced hearing aids and hearing implant devices. With five times the processing power of previous systems, the system-on-chip (SoC) provides built-in flexibility to support evolving algorithm, wireless and system-level needs.

Do we need an Internet of Things? Or, when your fridge gets on your nerves

October 25, 2013 9:45 am | by Matthias Poppel, Cheif Operation Officer, EnOcean | Enocean | Blogs | Comments

I think it’s time to distinguish between an “Internet of Things” and an “Internet of useful Things.” When I’m talking to customers who are looking for remote sensor solutions, there are many fields where the IoT could really solve emerging problems. A service

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Evaluation kit helps launch Internet of Things (IoT) development

October 24, 2013 4:56 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments (TI) announced the MSP430 USB LaunchPad Evaluation Kit and supporting ecosystem of software and support for its portfolio of USB microcontrollers. The MSP-EXP430F5529LP LaunchPad, based on the low power MSP430F5529 microcontroller (MCU), provides engineers and

RF power amplifier optimized for 20 to 1000 MHz operation

October 24, 2013 4:34 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc., Nitronex | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD today announces availability and full design support capabilities for a new 28V gallium nitride-on-silicon (GaN-on-Si) RF power amplifier from Nitronex. The NPA1006 is a wideband GaN power amplifier optimized for 20 to 1000 MHz operation.

Iran’s newest “drone” held together with duct tape

October 24, 2013 4:20 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

A recently released video of Iran’s new “suicide remotely piloted vehicle” called the Ra’ad 85—aka Thunder 85—reveals it might be less impressive than originally announced. A few weeks ago, Brigadier General Ahmad Reza Pourdastan, Commander of the Iranian Army Ground Force, announced the Ra’ad 85 would be a game-changer for Iran’s military.

Microprocessor crystal occupies 50% less surface area than similar products on the market

October 23, 2013 1:59 pm | Raltron Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Raltron Electronics Corp, Miami, FL has just released its new Model R1612 Microprocessor Crystal at 1.6 x 1.2 x 0.4 mm in size addressing the ever increasing demand for smaller size components. Featuring ultra-small, ultra-thin size; with automatic processing and reflow capability and its excellent use for high density usages, make the R1612 a superior choice....

Audio development kit delivers up to 24-bit, 192 kHz audio

October 22, 2013 10:00 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the new PIC32 Bluetooth Audio Development Kit. The full-featured kit enables custom application development on the PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs) for Bluetooth and USB digital audio solutions. The creation of the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile...

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Breed easy: Motion detectors aid dairy farmers

October 21, 2013 10:31 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Every step a cow takes and every mouthful she eats at Saxon Homestead Farm is recorded by an electronic device on a collar around her neck. Since cows in heat move more and digest less, farmers can use the data to determine when to breed them. Karl Klessig, whose family has a dairy farm and cheese-making business in eastern Wisconsin, describes it as a kind of natural family planning system for bovines.

FETs designed to meet the requirements of X to Ku band low noise block downconverters for direct broadcast satellites

October 18, 2013 2:28 pm | Renesas, California Eastern Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics and California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) introduce the NE3516S02 and NE3513M04 GaAs FETs which were specifically designed to meet the demanding requirements of X to Ku band low noise block (LNB) downconverters for direct broadcast satellites.

Rotary flange torque sensor measures up to 8,000 lb-ft at speeds up to 15,000 RPM

October 15, 2013 4:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SensorData Technologies has announced the global market introduction of the BT400 Series Bluetooth Non-contact Radio-Coupled Rotary Flange Torque Sensor. This high-performance torque sensor provides radio transmission of measured data, requires relatively little space for installation, and is capable of measuring torque up to 8000 lb-ft, at speeds up to 15,000 rpm.

Faster network processing and throughput with C-RAN

October 15, 2013 1:45 pm | by Gilad Garon, CEO, ASOCS | Articles | Comments

Video traffic from a myriad of devices, including smart phones, tablets, laptops and other devices, is overloading today’s networks. What’s more, the increased traffic must co-exist with legacy 2G and 3G protocols and anticipated new standards as the industry moves forward to 4G and beyond.

Discrete MOSFETs meet the demanding requirements of 2-way radios

October 14, 2013 1:18 pm | Renesas, California Eastern Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics and California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) introduce the NE555 family of RF Discrete LD MOSFETs which were specifically designed to meet the demanding requirements of 2-Way Radios. The NE555 series are also great medium power transistors for Automatic Metering Infrastructure, RFID readers, and general short-range wireless applications.

CDMA module offered in compact 24.4x24.4x2.6mm size

October 14, 2013 1:01 pm | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Targeted at North American market, the dual-band CDMA/1XRTT engine in the CL865-DUAL is voice-capable supporting analog and digital (DVI) interfaces. It delivers CDMA/1XRTT IS-95A/B and CDMA 2000 compliant data communications and is equipped with a USB 2.0 Full Speed port....

Will the QF-16 be the next step in drone warfare?

October 14, 2013 11:03 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

What happens when a fighter jet is too old to be used in combat by the Air Force, but too expensive to totally dump? It becomes a drone, at least sometimes it does. The F-16 Fighting Falcon was acquired by Boeing after being retired by the Air Force. In turn the aerospace company turned the old school jet into a brand new drone to be used for military training.

LTE module series delivers 100Mpbs download and 50Mbps upload speeds

October 11, 2013 9:36 am | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions announced the market roll-out of the LE910 LTE module series with initial variants for North America and Europe. The 3GPP Release 9 compliant products are positioned to expedite migration to 4G for new and existing designs including those already based on 2G or 3G members of the xE910 family.

Inductance-to-digital converter is presented as industry’s first for position and motion sensing

October 10, 2013 10:28 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments unveiled what it asserts is the industry’s first inductance-to-digital converter (LDC), a data converter category that uses coils and springs as inductive sensors. This contactless sensing technology can be used to measure the position, motion, or composition of a metal or conductive

Meet the voice behind Siri

October 9, 2013 2:44 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Internet, meet Siri. Siri, meet the internet. Surprise! It’s not really Siri. Obviously, Siri is a computer program on the iPhone, but Susan Bennett is the voice behind the virtual assistant. Bennett says the sassy, somewhat martyred, voice was a product of some July 2005 recording sessions for GM Voices.

Power supples available in 10 standard ranges from 23-800VDC

October 9, 2013 10:23 am | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer, Inc. announces the C/B 6600 Series of 30kWatt DC-DC and AC-DC converter modules and battery charger. This highly-reliable, compact and rugged design provides a high density solution for high-power applications in industries such as utility, oil/gas, automation, heavy industrial, military, telecom/datacom...

MEMS accelerometer enables highly accurate impact, shock, and concussive detection systems

October 8, 2013 1:49 pm | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices introduced a 3-axis, 200-g digital MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) accelerometer with the highest bandwidth and lowest power in its class. The ADXL375 MEMS accelerometer continuously measures the duration and magnitude of impact or shock events within the full-scale range of ±200 g without saturation.

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