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Wireless network detects falls by the elderly

September 9, 2013 1:21 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

University of Utah electrical engineers have developed a network of wireless sensors that can detect a person falling. This monitoring technology could be linked to a service that would call emergency help for the elderly without requiring them to wear monitoring devices.

3G module to accelerate market’s move to higher speeds

September 9, 2013 10:27 am | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions announced the introduction of the company’s first 3G-cellular module to employ the versatile VQFN mounting technology at this year’s M2M Summit. The product, which also incorporates a Python Script Language interpreter, is capable of running customer applications internally without the need for additional electronics.

Review: Stylish makeover for Samsung Note phone

September 6, 2013 1:20 pm | by JOSEPH PISANI, AP Business Writer | News | Comments

Samsung is giving its latest Galaxy Note smartphone a stylish makeover. The Galaxy Note 3 has a soft, leather-like back. It feels like you're holding a fancy leather-bound journal. Grooves on the side of the big-screen phone make it easier to grip. There's too much going on.  

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120W GaN transistors offer > 50% drain efficiency from a 36V supply

September 5, 2013 1:51 pm | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for TriQuint Semiconductor wideband GaN on SiC transistors. The TriQuint T1G4012036-FL is a 120 W peak (24 W avg.) (P3dB) discrete transistor in a flange package while the TriQuint T1G4012036-FS provides an earless configuration.

Microwave power modules suitable for use in electronic warfare systems

September 5, 2013 10:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

At DSEI 2013, e2v will be introducing a new range of ultra wideband (2-18GHz) Microwave Power Modules (MPMs). Suitable for use in Electronic Warfare (EW), data links and radar and communications systems, the MPMs feature market-leading size, weight and power (SWaP) characteristics and are not covered by International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR).

Review: 'Mega' phone is huge, with limited appeal

September 4, 2013 12:21 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Please turn off all electronic devices, the flight crew instructs as we approach Los Angeles. With a small phone, I might have gotten away with ignoring safety regulations. Samsung's new Galaxy Mega phone was too conspicuous for that. The Mega shouldn't even be called a phone, if it weren't for the fact that it makes phone calls.

Sony launches camera phone with add-on lenses

September 4, 2013 12:17 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Sony Mobile has unveiled a new addition to its Xperia smartphone line-up that sports a massive 20.7-megapixel resolution camera capable of taking add-on lenses.The Xperia Z1 is Sony's attempt to leapfrog rivals such as Nokia and Samsung in the race for the phone with the best camera.  

Gimme a break: New Android system named 'KitKat'

September 4, 2013 11:41 am | by MAE ANDERSON, AP Retail Writer | News | Comments

Gimme a break, Google. Break me off a piece of that Kit Kat bar. The tech giant, which is known for nick-naming its Android mobile operating systems for smartphones and tablets after desserts, has for the first time chosen a brand-name candy for its 4.4 version that's expected to launch this fall: Kit Kat.  

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Power amplifier operates in the frequency ranges of 20 - 500 MHz

September 4, 2013 10:29 am | Empower Rf Systems | Product Releases | Comments

Empower RF Systems continues to leverage next generation hardware and software architecture and is proud to introduce the next series of the ‘’size matters” portfolio - 500W in 3U chassis. This new PA family operates in the frequency ranges of 20 - 500 MHz (Model 2173)....

Surface-mount crystal specially designed for high-density circuit applications

September 3, 2013 2:59 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Qantek has introduced their new QC16 Series Surface Mount Crystal, their smallest crystal unit yet.  The QC16, measuring a micro miniature 1.6 x 1.2 x 0.4 mm, is specially designed for high density circuit applications, requiring a reliable and precise frequency source which also operates in wide temperature ranges.

Nokia stock surges on Microsoft takeover

September 3, 2013 12:03 pm | by MATTI HUUHTANEN, Associated Press | News | Comments

Microsoft Corp. is buying Nokia Corp.'s line-up of smartphones and a portfolio of patents and services in an attempt to strengthen its fight with Apple Inc. and Google Inc. and capture a slice of the lucrative mobile computing market. The 5.44 billion euros ($7.2 billion) deal announced late Monday...

Top 10 must-read posts from August

September 3, 2013 11:17 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

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. Keep checking out the Lead at www.ecnmag.com and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.

Battery-free sensor kits enables testing of products

September 3, 2013 9:13 am | Product Releases | Comments

Farsens is offering basic and regular sample kits for parties interested in testing with their wireless battery-free sensor products. Farsens has developed wireless sensor devices that can be used without the need of batteries on the sensors. These battery-free sensor tags are based on UHF RFID technology....

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1st US-made smartphone just as cheap to produce

August 29, 2013 12:23 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Motorola's new Moto X phone doesn't cost more to make simply because it's assembled in Texas, research firm IHS said Wednesday. The Moto X is the first smartphone to carry the "Made in the U.S.A." designation. Labor costs are higher in the U.S. compared with Asian factories, where phones are typically made.

Vodafone in talks to sell Verizon Wireless stake

August 29, 2013 12:06 pm | by DANICA KIRKA, Associated Press | News | Comments

Britain's Vodafone PLC, one of the world's largest cellphone companies, confirmed Thursday that it was talking to Verizon Communications about selling its U.S. operations. The U.K. company is mulling its options for its 45 percent stake in the U.S.'s Verizon Wireless, of which Verizon Communications owns the other 55 percent.

Directional coupler includes 30 dB coupling over the 4.0 to 20.0 GHz frequency range

August 29, 2013 9:33 am | Krytar | Product Releases | Comments

KRYTAR announces a new Directional Coupler operating in the frequency range of 4.0 to 20.0 GHz offering Nominal Coupling of 30 dB in an extremely compact package. KRYTAR’s new directional coupler offers some of lowest frequency coupler with stripline designs on the market. Stripline designs offer superior low insertion loss....

Bluetooth Basics & Developer Training

August 28, 2013 4:09 pm | Events

Bluetooth technology is expanding into new markets, with exploding sales in the Automotive, Consumer Electronics, Health & Wellness, Mobile Telephony, PC & Peripherals, Sports & Fitness, Smart Home markets. Bluetooth is poised to reach 30 billion shipped devices by 2018.

Antenna tuning switch targets LTE-A smartphones

August 28, 2013 12:43 pm | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation announced a single-pole, single throw (SPST) antenna tuning switch for LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) smartphones. This device uses the company’s UltraCMOS process with its HaRP and DuNE enhancements to deliver a desirable combination of

Sensor-enabled RFID tags extend wireless data-logging beyond identification

August 27, 2013 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

ams AG announced next-generation sensor-enabled RFID tags offering breakthroughs for medical, automotive safety and other applications where temperature, physiological or environmental data is required. The new devices, the SL13A and SL900A enable a simple, low-cost implementation of a new class of wireless data-logging applications.

TVS array provides circuit protection in computing applications

August 26, 2013 10:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

ProTek Devices introduced a very low capacitance transient voltage suppressor (TVS) array designed to protect computing applications from the damaging effects of electrostatic discharge (ESD) and electrical fast transients (EFT). Such computing applications include Ethernet 10/100/1000 base T, FireWire, wireless communications devices and USB interfaces.

Dispensing valve improves productivity and reduces cost

August 26, 2013 9:54 am | Nordson Efd Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Nordson EFD introduces the PICO xMOD Valve, a new and exciting fully exchangeable and modular concept in non-contact and contact needle dispensing of assembly fluids. Nordson EFD's PICO xMOD valve system technology uses high-tech, robust, durable piezoelectric actuation technology for continuous operation at speeds of up to 500 cycles/second.

GaN HEMTs target L-Band radar systems

August 22, 2013 11:07 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree has released two new gallium nitride (GaN) high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) for use in 1.2 GHz to 1.4GHz L-Band radar amplifier systems: the 250-W CGHV14250 and the 500-W CGHV14500. Featuring what is asserted to be the highest known L-Band efficiency performance at 85°C

SPDT switch-limiter touts high power handling and fast recovery time

August 22, 2013 10:20 am | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions announced a new SPDT switch-limiter that is suited for S-Band military and commercial radar systems. The MASL-011023 operates over the 2.7 GHz to 3.5 GHz bandwidth and handles 125W of CW power at 85°C while providing a fast recovery time of

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

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