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Turkeys inspire smartphone-capable early warning system for toxins

January 22, 2014 10:19 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Some may think of turkeys as good for just lunch meat and holiday meals. But bioengineers at the University of California, Berkeley, saw inspiration in the big birds for a new type of biosensor that changes color when exposed to chemical vapors. This feature makes the sensors valuable detectors of toxins or airborne pathogens.

Which way WiFi?

January 20, 2014 3:52 pm | by Joshua Israelsohn, Technical Contributor | Articles | Comments

WiFi users in densely populated urban locales experience signal interference from nearby unassociated WiFi networks. Additionally, significant growth in the number WiFi-enabled mobile devices has added to user dependency on WiFi channels and to the data traffic those channels carry.

Advanced Mezzanine Card module designed for wireless processing applications

January 20, 2014 9:33 am | Product Releases | Comments

CommAgility today announced the AMC-V7-2C6670, a high performance Advanced Mezzanine Card (AMC) module with the processing power of a Xilinx Virtex-7 FPGA and two TI TMS320C6670 multicore DSPs. The new AMC is designed for wireless processing applications including 4G, LTE, LTE Advanced and beyond.

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Engineering Update #41: Talking to your appliances

January 16, 2014 2:16 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week’s episode sponsored by Mouser: Communicating with your smart appliances: The LG HomeChat service allows homeowners to more or less talk to any smart appliances in their home from a cell phone. NASA’s newest primate robot...

Bluetooth Smart for connected gadgets

January 14, 2014 4:56 pm | by Sid Shaw, worldwide business and marketing manager, Texas Instruments | Texas Instruments | Articles | Comments

The introduction of Bluetooth low energy technology as part of the Bluetooth specification v4.0 has tremendously expanded the types of products using Bluetooth connectivity. Designed from the very beginning for ultra-low power, Bluetooth low energy uses short bursts of data transmission instead of a continuous stream....

Company releases world’s lowest profile active and passive antennas

January 14, 2014 11:21 am | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions and Parsec Technologies announced that a combination of the companies’ technologies results in the world’s lowest-profile companion solution for GPS receiver and antenna. For host devices able to accommodate higher volumetric symmetry, assembly of the components can be made to fit a 6x16x8mm volume.

'Superlens' extends range of wireless power transfer

January 13, 2014 10:40 am | by Duke University | News | Comments

Inventor Nikola Tesla imagined the technology to transmit energy through thin air almost a century ago, but experimental attempts at the feat have so far resulted in cumbersome devices that only work over very small distances. But now, researchers have demonstrated the feasibility of wireless power transfer using low-frequency magnetic fields over distances much larger than the size of the transmitter and receiver.

Single Chip Wi-Fi SiP modules designed for the Internet of Things

January 10, 2014 2:43 pm | Product Releases | Comments

eConais Inc., has announced the world’s smallest, most easily integrated, and lowest standby power single chip 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi System In Package (SiP) modules for the Internet of Things, according to the company.  To help speed the design of products for the growing Machine to Machine (M2M) and Internet of Things (IoT) markets, the eConais EC19D family of SiP modules enables product designers to quickly and easily connect their devices to 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi networks.  At 8x8mm in size, the EC19D modules can be embedded in almost any product or application.  The EC19D will also include FCC, IC, and EC certifications to further simplify and speed up product design and production for use with Wi-Fi networks throughout the world.

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Engineering Update #40: Augmented reality contact lenses

January 9, 2014 2:09 pm | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

In this week’s headlines: Wearable electronics take the spotlight at CES: Several companies are expected to unveil wearable computing devices at CES that are easier to use, extend battery life, and tap into the power of gestures, social networks, and cloud computing.  An open-source platform for mind-machine melding...

January 2014: Military

January 9, 2014 11:08 am | Digital Editions | Comments

Here at ECN, we love hot topics. So in our first issue of 2014, we’re talking about three important issues in the industry and the news: defense spending, transportation and healthcare. In the United States, defense is a serious business with a serious budget.

Why I’m A-OK with Disney tracking me "NSA-style"

January 8, 2014 3:39 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I recently spent a few days down in Disney World in Orlando—you might have noticed my two week writing hiatus—and like everyone else I was pretty curious about Disney's most recent billion dollar investment: Magic Bands. The wristbands, which utilize RFID and Bluetooth technology, were recently rolled out on a larger scale as part of the MyMagic+ program

MiniLEDs offered in ultra-compact 2.3 mm by 1.3 mm

January 8, 2014 9:09 am | Vishay Intertechnology | Product Releases | Comments

Vishay Intertechnology, Inc.  announced the release of a new series of power MiniLEDs in ultra-compact 2.3 mm by 1.3 mm by 1.4 SMD packages. Utilizing the latest advanced AllnGaP technology, the Vishay Semiconductors VLMx234.. series provides exceptional brightness with a typical luminous intensity of 3500 mcd and maximum luminous intensity of 4900 mcd at 70 mA while delivering improved thermal performance compared to previous-generation LEDs.

Module designed for 9-axis movement, position sensing in wearable devices, next-gen mobiles

January 7, 2014 2:08 pm | Stmicroelectronics | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has revealed its most advanced module for 9-axis movement and position sensing in next-generation mobiles and tiny wearable devices. Delivering enhanced performance with reduced power demand, in a 3.5mm x 3mm outline, which is almost 35 percent smaller than previous generations, the LSM9DS1 module supports the context awareness needed for features such as gesture controls, indoor navigation, and augmented reality.

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New phone alerts for extreme weather may prevent casualties in India

January 7, 2014 12:23 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

When Cyclone Phailin hit India in late 2013 it became the largest storm to batter the subcontinent in over a decade. The storm, officially classified as a Category 5 tropical cyclone, affected more than 12 million people in India and neighboring countries, and required mass evacuations.  

LG strikes deals to sell curved smartphone in US

January 7, 2014 11:21 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

LG Electronics is bringing its smartphone with a curved six-inch screen to the U.S. later this year. The deals announced Monday with wireless carriers AT&T Inc., Sprint Corp. and T-Mobile US Inc. will give U.S. consumers their first chance to buy LG's "G Flex." The device is being touted as the first step in the smartphone's evolution...

Panasonic unveils wearable 4K camcorder

January 7, 2014 11:16 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Panasonic unveiled a product Monday that combines two big tech trends — ultra HD and wearable devices— with a portable, camera that hooks onto your ear and records in ultra-high definition 4K video. Panasonic didn't immediately name the gadget, but it resembles the company's A100 full HD camcorder...

Sensor combines pressure, humidity and temperature measurement

January 6, 2014 12:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Bosch Sensortec announced the BME280 Integrated Environmental Unit, which combines sensors for pressure, humidity and temperature in a single package. This sensor has been developed to support a broad range of emerging high performance applications such as

Breakdown of China's smartphone market

December 22, 2013 10:20 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sales of Apple Inc.'s iPhone are growing in China but their share of the smartphone market has shrunk. Apple faces intense competition from Samsung and Chinese brands. The following list shows how Apple's market share has declined over the past year while those of most of its biggest rivals have grown.

Positioning module achieves superior battery life performance

December 20, 2013 3:39 pm | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions announced the market introduction of Jupiter SL869 V2, the second generation of one of its top performing positioning products. The new module is based on the low-power MT3333 from MediaTek. The complete multi-GNSS receiver features easy integration and superior battery-life performance....

LNA for cellular infrastructure features low noise figure and high linearity

December 20, 2013 12:52 pm | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. has introduced a 0.7- GHz to 1.2 GHz single-die cascode, gallium arsenide (GaAs), pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (pHEMT) low-noise amplifier (LNA) for cellular infrastructure applications such as tower-mounted amplifiers, remote radio units, repeaters, and base

Voltage controlled oscillator operates at 2380 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3V~4.7 V

December 19, 2013 3:39 pm | Crystek Crystal | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek's CVCO55CC-2380-2380 VCO (Voltage Controlled Oscillator) operates at 2380 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3V~4.7 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -119 dBc/Hz @ 10 KHz offset and has excellent linearity. Output power is typically +2.5 dBm.

Isolator ideally suited for wireless infrastructure

December 19, 2013 3:33 pm | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. introduces a 2110-2170 MHz single junction, robust lead isolator in an industry leading, small footprint, 11 x 11 mm surface mount package.  The SKYFR-000727 is ideally suited for various wireless/cellular infrastructure applications including small-cell designs where space constraints exist.

New tech lets cholesterol-tracking smartphone users take lifesaving selfies

December 16, 2013 11:24 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

With a new smartphone device, you can now take an accurate iPhone camera selfie that could save your life – it reads your cholesterol level in about a minute. Forget those clumsy, complicated, home cholesterol-testing devices. Cornell engineers have created the Smartphone Cholesterol Application for Rapid Diagnostics...

Protest apps bring hi-tech flair to Thai rallies

December 16, 2013 10:59 am | by JOCELYN GECKER, Associated Press | News | Comments

For years, protesters in Thailand have used social media to organize rallies. Now they're taking smartphones to a new level. Apps have been created that allow phones to help protesters perform the high-pitched, raucous noisemaking that is a staple of Thai demonstrations.

Labor group sees progress at major Apple supplier

December 13, 2013 11:13 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A labor group monitoring three Chinese factories that make iPhones and other Apple products says once-oppressive working conditions have steadily improved in the last 18 months, but more must be done to reduce the amount of overtime that employees work.

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