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China Telecom profit rises after it offers iPhone

August 21, 2013 10:18 am | by KELVIN CHAN, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

State-owned China Telecom, the country's third biggest mobile phone operator by subscribers, said Wednesday that profit grew in the first half of the year as revenue from iPhone sales kicked in. Beijing-based China Telecom, also the world's biggest fixed-line telephone operator, stepped up marketing spending to woo customers...

VNAs add cutting-edge pulse measurement and true mode stimulus capabilities

August 20, 2013 12:20 pm | Anritsu Company | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company expanded its VectorStar family of Vector Network Analyzers (VNAs) with the introduction of the MS4640B Series. Featuring a number of new cutting-edge measurement capabilities, including PulseView, which provides pulse profile, point-in-pulse and pulse-to-pulse measurements of

New Samsung 'Mega' phone nearly tablet-sized

August 19, 2013 2:00 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

NEW YORK (AP) -- Smartphones are getting bigger as people use them more to watch movies and play games. A new one from Samsung is beyond big. With a screen measuring 6.3 inches diagonally, the Galaxy Mega is almost as big as a 7-inch tablet computer. The difference: It makes phone calls.

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GaAs MMIC driver amplifier suited for complex communications systems

August 19, 2013 1:52 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Custom MMIC announces the addition of the CMD191C4 to their growing MMIC library of standard products.  The CMD191C4 is a GaAs MMIC driver amplifier housed in a leadless, RoHs compliant, 4x4 mm surface mount package. It offers high output power and low current consumption.

Digital radio test set features low phase noise RF signal generator

August 19, 2013 1:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Aeroflex Incorporated announced the introduction of the new 3920B Digital Radio Test Set for Analog AM and FM, Digital P25, P25 Phase II, DMR, NXDN™, dPMR, TETRA and TEDS technologies. The 3920B features a new low phase noise RF signal generator in addition to the already advanced functionality available on the Aeroflex 3900 Series Radio Test Sets.

Research collaboration aims to improve wireless technology, smartphones

August 19, 2013 9:29 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Through a new research partnership, Kansas State University is helping Kansas businesses and the state's economy while improving the technology behind wireless communication systems and smartphones. Kansas State University's Electronics Design Laboratory and Lawrence-based Avatekh Inc. are solving challenges

Equipping a construction helmet with a sensor can detect the onset of carbon monoxide poisoning

August 19, 2013 9:15 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

Research calling for the use of a wearable computing system installed in a helmet to protect construction workers from carbon monoxide poisoning, a serious lethal threat in this industry, has garnered the Virginia Tech investigators a Best Paper Award from a prestigious scientific and engineering community.

NTC thermistors tout precise temperature measurement

August 14, 2013 6:30 pm | Tdk Corporation Of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces two new series of narrowly toleranced EPCOS NTC thermistors in EIA 0402 and 0603 SMD case sizes. These components have a rated resistance of 10 kΩ in tolerance classes ± 1 percent, ±3 percent and ±5 percent. The narrow tolerances were achieved with a

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Advancing resistive memory to improve portable electronics

August 14, 2013 11:18 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A team has developed a novel way to build what many see as the next generation memory storage devices for portable electronic devices including smart phones, tablets, laptops and digital cameras. The device is based on the principles of resistive memory, which can be used to create memory cells that are smaller...

Wireless devices go battery-free with new communication technique

August 14, 2013 10:47 am | by University of Washington | News | Comments

Engineers have created a new wireless communication system that allows devices to interact with each other without relying on batteries or wires for power. The new communication technique, which the researchers call “ambient backscatter,” takes advantage of the TV and cellular transmissions that already surround us around the clock.

Crowdsourcing weather using smartphone batteries

August 14, 2013 10:31 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Smartphones are a great way to check in on the latest weather predictions, but new research aims to use the batteries in those same smartphones to predict the weather. A group of smartphone app developers and weather experts discovered a way to use the temperature sensors built into smartphone batteries to crowdsource weather information.

Temp sensors offer 1.8V SMBus and I2C Interface for the latest smartphone, tablet and PC chipsets

August 13, 2013 6:53 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announced a six-member family of temperature sensor ICs called the EMC118X. The family is presented as the world’s first family of temp sensors with 1.8V SMBus and I2C communications, which is required for interfacing to the latest generation of smartphone, tablet

Will 3D-printing change the world of engineering?

August 12, 2013 2:33 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Articles | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design and make life better for our engineers. This month we're focusing on Time-to-Market strategies. We're looking at it a little bit differently and discussing the issues from the viewpoint of 3D printing and rapid prototyping.

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Gardening tools go mobile

August 12, 2013 12:23 pm | by DEAN FOSDICK, Associated Press | News | Comments

Smart phones that respond to signals from plants? Laptops that coordinate irrigation at dozens of vineyards? Remote weather stations programmed to text frost alerts? Many commercial growers are using laptops, tablets or smart phones to keep costs down and production up. Home gardeners too, if they can afford it.

This is what happens in one SECOND on the internet

August 9, 2013 12:21 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Last week, we learned what happens on the internet in 60 seconds. There are 2 million Google searches, 70 new domains registered, 347 blog posts, $83,000 in Amazon sales and 204 million emails sent. Does it make you wonder what happens on during one SECOND on the internet? Luckily, Designly.com shares your love of information

Review: Google Glass could be peek at tech future

August 9, 2013 10:43 am | by MICHAEL LIEDTKE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Google believes it has the perfect accessory for the next phase of technology, the mind-boggling and appearance-shifting category already being described as "wearable computing." The widely anticipated evolution hatched Google Glass, a spectacle-like device that contains digital wizardry.

What is the “next big thing” in near field communications?

August 7, 2013 3:30 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Mike Kabala, ECN Reader The next advance in NFC will be in the area of multi-factor authentication.  The current forerunner in this area is the Yubikey Neo, which contains both USB and NFC interfaces. Further advancement should eliminate the need for the USB connection, allowing a contact-free way of generating a one-time password for use in authentication.

What is the “next big thing” in near field communications? (Part II)

August 7, 2013 3:27 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

V.Kadal Amutham, Reader: Already many countries are implementing mobile payment for ticketing in the bus / train and purchases at stores avoiding credit cards.Another possibility for this technology is as follows. The mobile phone will store any personal data like, size of cloth, preferred brand of many household items.

Developer kit facilitates fast development of batteryless wireless solutions

August 6, 2013 2:46 pm | Product Releases | Comments

EnOcean announced the availability of its new developer kit, EDK 350U, for the North American market. The kit covers the entire product range in 902 MHz, from energy harvesting and wireless modules to ready-made product solutions. The new kit is part of a modular concept with

Boost regulator uses only 150nA IQ

August 1, 2013 10:17 am | Product Releases | Comments

Touchstone Semiconductor announced the TS3310 dual output boost regulator. The TS3310 consumes only 150nA of supply current. Boost regulators are traditionally the highest current consumer in a system during sleep modes. The TS3310 removes this major constraint in power budgeting and enables years of battery life from a tiny battery cell.

Low phase-noise clock synthesizer includes typical RMS jitter below 500 femtoseconds

July 31, 2013 2:59 pm | Semtech Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corporation announced the general availability of the ACS1790T, a new low phase noise clock synthesizer. The ACS1790T is a tiny device offering frequency selection better than one part-per-billion on a low phase noise platform with typical RMS jitter below 500 femtoseconds.

Key factors for wireless power transfer

July 31, 2013 11:49 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

What happens to a resonant wireless power transfer system in the presence of complex electromagnetic environments, such as metal plates? A team of researchers explored the influences at play in this type of situation, and they describe how efficient wireless power transfer can be achieved in the presence of metal plates.

Georgia Tech uncovers iOS security weaknesses

July 31, 2013 11:45 am | by Georgia Institute of Technology | News | Comments

Researchers from the Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC) have discovered two security weaknesses that permit installation of malware onto Apple mobile devices using seemingly innocuous applications and peripherals, uncovering significant security threats to the iOS platform.

The ridiculous amount of stuff happening in 60 seconds on the internet

July 30, 2013 2:41 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Ever wonder what happens in just one minute on the internet? Qmee, an internet ad agency of sorts, created a great infographic so you can see exactly what everyone else is looking at on the internet and maybe check some out for yourself.

Wi-Fi for embedded Internet of Things applications

July 30, 2013 12:39 pm | by Dana Myers, Channel marketing manager, Wireless Connectivity Solutions, Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a hot topic these days and for good reason — the market offers a tremendous opportunity to create products that make consumers’ lives easier and will touch many things in our daily life with over 30 billion Internet connected devices expected by 2020.

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