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SD college tests fingerprint purchasing technology

February 22, 2013 8:57 am | by AMBER HUNT Associated Press | News | Comments

RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) -- Futurists have long proclaimed the coming of a cashless society, where dollar bills and plastic cards are replaced by fingerprint and retina scanners smart enough to distinguish a living, breathing account holder from an identity thief.

The greatest use of (bus stop) technology ever

February 21, 2013 3:13 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Companies often struggle with how to incorporate new technology in a useful way, but Qualcomm knocked it out of the park this week with their new bus stop surprise. Qualcomm, a company that specializes in wireless technology, decided that they could use the combination of smart phones and boredom at bus stops

Wi-Fi module designed for easy and fast serial-to-Wi-Fi connectivity

February 21, 2013 1:20 pm | Lantronix | Product Releases | Comments

Lantronix announced the launch of its new xPico Wi-Fi module, a compact, embedded wireless device server designed for easy and fast serial-to-Wi-Fi connectivity. Lantronix will be showcasing a live demo of the xPico Wi-Fi device during Embedded World 2013 at the Nuremberg Exhibition Centre, Hall 1 - Booth I-309, from February 26 - 28, 2013.

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Transceiver chipset enables the development of low-power, high-data rate solutions for true mobile devices

February 20, 2013 4:41 pm | Imec Inc., Panasonic | Product Releases | Comments

Imec, in collaboration with Panasonic Corporation (Japan), has presented at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC2013) a 60GHz radio transceiver chipset with low power consumption, that delivers high data rates over short distances.

Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

February 19, 2013 4:18 pm | by Polygon Solutions Inc. | Blogs | Comments

On February 21, 2013, women engineers, along with their male counterparts, will engage and mentor as many as one million girls around the country during National Engineers Week Foundation’s 12th Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.

High-speed machine-to-machine module enables connectivity on the Sprint Network

February 19, 2013 2:55 pm | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions announced its DE910-DUAL cellular M2M module is now tested for compatibility on the Sprint Network. A dual-band CDMA 1x EV-DO Rev. A module, the DE910-DUAL allows Sprint M2M Solutions customers to deploy a wide range of M2M applications that will benefit from reliable, high-speed connectivity over Sprint’s nationwide network.

Near-field communications antenna is 40% thinner than competing solutions

February 19, 2013 2:16 pm | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation introduces a near field communications (NFC) antenna that is 40% thinner than similar NFC ferrite sheet antennas, while still complying with the EMVCo specification. The new ferrite sheet antenna enables mobile devices to read data from a distance of up to 40mm....

Stores are tracking your every move

February 14, 2013 2:11 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

When you walk into a store, you basically expect that you’re going to be recorded on a security video and surreptitiously watched by sales associates lest you decide to steal anything. But did you ever stop to think what information the store is gleaning from your cell?

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Large-scale free WiFi is still a dream worth pursuing

February 13, 2013 3:34 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Sometimes, it seems our nation no longer aspires to great things. These days our astronauts hitch rides to the International Space Station on Soviet spacecraft, and just recently, the U.S. Postal Service — once the envy of the world — announced its intention to eliminate Saturday mail service.

Fanless medical computer features rich I/O connectivity and wireless support

February 13, 2013 1:44 pm | Adlink Technology | Product Releases | Comments

ADLINK Technology announces the first of its new TOPAZ line of medical computers, the 3rd edition of EN-60601-1 certified TPZ-1300, featuring rich I/O connectivity, wireless support, and duty-specific performance processors with long life support. The TPZ-1300 delivers ruggedized reliability....

LED driver optimized for commercial and wireless lighting

February 13, 2013 1:29 pm | Iwatt | Product Releases | Comments

iWatt Inc. debuted an innovative digital AC/DC LED driver platform designed to address cost, performance and operating life in commercial and wireless solid state lighting (SSL) systems. The first device in this new platform, the iW3630 is a two-stage, Flickerless LED driver with output power up to 45W....

Ultra-broadband directional couplers cover the frequency range of 1.0 GHz to 40.0 GHz

February 13, 2013 9:53 am | Krytar | Product Releases | Comments

KRYTAR announces the continued expansion of its line of directional couplers with the addition of two new models offering 20 dB Nominal Coupling over the ultra-broadband frequency range of 1.0 to 40.0 GHz, each in a single, compact and lightweight package.

Engineers weigh in on best energy management tactics

February 13, 2013 9:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We know ECN readers have varied and valuable opinions – now here’s a great opportunity to showcase them. Send us an answer to the question below and if we think yours is the best, we’ll feature your response in the April print issue. Plus, you’ll get a $15 Starbucks gift card simply for sharing your thoughts.

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New technologies deployed to counter the threat of GPS jamming

February 13, 2013 9:17 am | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

The first profile of the perpetrators of GPS jamming on British roads will be presented today alongside research results that confirm it is these small device, available online for as little as £30, rather extreme solar weather, which poses the greatest threat to navigation and timing signals in the UK.

Multilayer organic diplexers support several wireless standards

February 12, 2013 2:31 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has introduced a new series of low profile, best-in-class 0805 MLO diplexers. Based on its patented multilayer organic high density interconnect technology, AVX’s new MLO diplexers incorporate high dielectric constant and low loss materials to realize high Q printed passive elements, such as inductors and capacitors in multilayer stack ups.

Ultra-broadband directional couplers cover the 1.0 to 40.0 GHz frequency band

February 11, 2013 2:44 pm | Krytar | Product Releases | Comments

KRYTAR, Inc. announces the continued expansion of its line of directional couplers with the addition of two new models offering 6 dB Nominal Coupling over the ultra-broadband frequency range of 1.0 to 40.0 GHz, each in a single, compact and lightweight package.

Coaxial Resonator Oscillator features internal proprietary frequency double

February 8, 2013 3:18 pm | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek’s new CVCO55CXT-5370-5470 Coaxial Resonator Oscillator (CRO) is a coaxial-based VCO with an internal proprietary frequency doubler. The CVCO55CXT family’s frequency doubling, 2X fundamental technology reaches new performance levels of lower phase noise and much lower harmonics over the competition, while achieving lower current consumption in the process.

Why your car is a better driver than you

February 7, 2013 2:06 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

It came to my attention while working on an article about intelligent systems in cars that people might be a tad touchy when it comes to talking about letting cars do the work when driving.  I’m not talking about infotainment systems or fancy doodads, I’m talking about systems that could greatly improve the safety of cars....

In defense of crazy technology

February 6, 2013 4:22 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

Alright, I’ll admit it. I’m a bit of a technological dreamer. I’ve seen my fair share of pipe-dream technology—easily created, easily dismissed—but most days are a roving door of surprisingly innovative, potentially life-changing, incredibly awesome designs.  In general, I tend to be a bit jaded, some might say curmudgeonly...

FTC wanders down the wrong path

February 6, 2013 3:01 pm | by Andrew Berg, Senior Editor, Wireless Week | Blogs | Comments

Friday’s announcement of Path's settlement is illustrative of the way regulation works when you're trying to safeguard consumers from technology that the regulators themselves don't understand. It's also the way regulation works when you're trying to drum up press that illustrates how you catch the bad guys and make them pay.

Digital position sensor designed for precise rotational and incremental measurement of magnetic field fluctuations

February 6, 2013 12:30 pm | Measurement Specialties | Product Releases | Comments

Measurement Specialties has released the KMA36, a digital position sensor for precise rotational and incremental measurement of magnetic field fluctuations. Using anisotropic magneto resistive (AMR) technology, the contactless sensor measures angles of an exterior magnet over a 360° rotation as well as incremental positions along a linear magnetic pole strip with a 5 mm pole length.

Microsoft and Huawei launch phone aimed at growing African phone market

February 6, 2013 8:58 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Chinese phone maker Huawei and Microsoft are combining forces to sell a new smartphone in Africa, which they say is the world's fastest growing mobile phone market. The two companies launched the Huawei 4Afrika Tuesday. The phone runs Windows Phone 8 and comes pre-loaded with applications designed for the African market.

Wireless networking in 2013

February 4, 2013 4:57 pm | by Jack Shandle, Mouser Electronics | Mouser Electronics | Blogs | Comments

The outlook for wireless networking keeps getting brighter as more devices — some as large as automobiles — become connected. Megatrends also drive wireless growth with the single most important being the conversion of electricity grids into Smart Grids, which in turn creates markets for smart meters and smart homes.

LTE small-cell base stations provide high-capacity wireless data service to as many as 256 simultaneous users

February 4, 2013 2:30 pm | Product Releases | Comments

PureWave Networks recently announced the latest addition to its portfolio of base stations – the PureWave Constellation. This family of advanced LTE small-cell base stations delivers unmatched capacity in densely populated areas by providing high capacity wireless data service to as many as 256 simultaneous users.

Top 10 posts for January

February 1, 2013 12:41 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We had a record-breaking January here at ECN online with our most trafficked month in the history of the website. So, without further delay, here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments.

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