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Wireless power receiver simplifies contactless battery charging across a 1.2cm air gap

October 7, 2013 2:15 pm | Linear Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Linear Technology Corporation introduces the LTC4120, a first for the company in the wireless battery charging space. The LTC4120 combines a wireless power receiver with a constant-current/constant-voltage battery charger, functioning as the receive circuit component in a complete wireless power transfer system....

NFC antenna is 28% thinner and meets EMVCo 40mm specification

October 7, 2013 9:26 am | Pulse Electronics | Product Releases | Comments

Pulse Electronics Corporation introduces an ultra-thin near field communications (NFC) ferrite sheet antenna. The antenna is 28% thinner than the previous version and still meets the EMVCo specification of 40mm. It enables NFC connectivity to mobile devices for payment sharing, credential storage and exchange, accessing and controlling data, and wirelessly connecting to tags.

Gain block covers the frequency range from 50 to 4,000MHz

October 4, 2013 11:12 am | Rfmw Ltd, Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for the TQL9047, an 8-pin, 2x2mm DFN packaged gain block from TriQuint Semiconductor. The TQL9047 offers internally match I/O over the frequency range of 50 to 4000MHz. With OIP3 of 35.5dBm, this gain block is ideally suited for BTS transceivers and repeaters....

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Why the iPhone 5s makes me nauseous

October 3, 2013 4:43 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

For a girl who loves her Apple products, I’ve generally been pretty un-opinionated about the iOS 7. I’ve heard some complaints about the size of the app icons and other curmudgeonly complaints as everyone slowly updates. My favorite—and most frequently heard—complaint is actually that they changed the color of some of the app icons and now no one can find anything.

Top 10 must-see stories for September

October 3, 2013 3:30 pm | 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.

GaN transistors offer superior gain, thermal management, and efficiency

October 3, 2013 1:06 pm | Triquint Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

TriQuint Semiconductor announced the release of new gallium nitride (GaN) transistors that offer superior gain, thermal management and efficiency for commercial and defense RF amplifier designs. TriQuint is announcing two new high-power GaN packaged transistors including the 200 Watt T1G4020036-FS/FL....

Now at your library: Streaming movies, music

October 2, 2013 10:56 am | by MANUEL VALDES, Associated Press | News | Comments

There's a new source to stream movies and other digital content, and it's not a tech company with tens of thousands of titles. It's something more familiar, and might even be just down the street: the public library. Often thought of as stodgy brick-and-mortar havens for bibliophiles, libraries are trying out a new service...

Delta picks Microsoft for pilot tablets

October 1, 2013 12:47 pm | by JOSHUA FREED, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Delta Air Lines plans to buy 11,000 Microsoft Surface 2 tablets for its pilots to replace the heavy bundles of books and maps they haul around now. Other airlines, including American and United, have been buying Apple's iPad for that purpose. Delta says the Surface tablets will save it $13 million per year in fuel and other costs.

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Review: Gear watch has potential, but falls short

October 1, 2013 12:43 pm | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

It didn't take long to see how a computerized wristwatch might help manage my digital life — or to see how Samsung's new Galaxy Gear smartwatch falls short. First, the potential: Smartwatches are supposed to offer quick access to many of the things you normally do on your phone, such as checking messages, taking photos, checking the weather and answering calls.

Linear power amplifiers designed for LTE and WCDMA applications

September 30, 2013 4:50 pm | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. introduces four linear power amplifiers for LTE and WCDMA applications.  The fully matched surface-mount SKY66001-11 (2110 – 2170 MHz), SKY66002-11 (1900 – 2025 MHz), SKY66005-11 (850—920 MHz) and SKY66008-11 (900 – 990 MHz) modules meet the stringent spectral linearity requirements of femtocell applications....

Bias-T offers frequency band operation from 20 MHz to 20 GHz

September 30, 2013 12:16 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD announces immediate availability and full design support capabilities for a new ultra-wideband, SMA-connectorized Bias-T from Wavelex. The WBT000200A offers wide frequency band operation, from 20 MHz to 20 GHz, with a low insertion loss of 0.5 dB and 220 mA DC current handling.

Directional couplers cover the ultra-broadband frequency range of 0.5 GHz to 26.5 GHz

September 27, 2013 2:19 pm | Krytar | Product Releases | Comments

KRYTAR announces the continued expansion of its line of directional couplers with the addition of three new models offering high performance over the ultra-broadband frequency range of 0.5 to 26.5 GHz, each in a single, compact and lightweight package.

This drone will make sure you’re never lost again

September 27, 2013 12:10 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

You know that moment when you’re walking around say, a college campus, and suddenly realize you’re horribly lost and all the buildings of ivy-covered bricks look exactly the same? Yeah, me neither, but apparently it happens a lot at MIT because they’ve developed a drone to make sure you’re always on the right path.

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GaN transistors are capable of amplification into the multiple-GHz range

September 26, 2013 10:19 am | Efficient Power Conversion | Product Releases | Comments

Efficient Power Conversion Corporation extended its family of high-speed, high performance transistors with the EPC8000 family of products. These third generation devices have switching transition speeds in the sub nano-second range, making them capable of hard switching applications above 10 MHz. These products exhibit

Backplane connector transfers data at 25 Gbps

September 25, 2013 4:57 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The STRADA Whisper backplane family was designed with your end customer’s need for high-performing, high bandwidth systems in mind. Its revolutionary design transfers data at blinding speeds of 25 Gbps and offers unparalleled scalability up to 40 Gbps—allowing you to achieve efficient future system upgrades without costly backplane or midplane redesigns.

Integrated MMIC designed for commercial radar applications

September 25, 2013 4:28 pm | M/A-Com Technology Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions announced the industry’s first integrated core chip for the 8 GHz – 11 GHz frequency range. Containing 6-bits of phase control, 6-bits of attenuation control and 26 dB of gain, MACOM’s Core Chip is an easy to use serial/parallel interface in a surface mount QFN package.

Microwave/RF assemblies optimized for Ka-band uplink and downlink satellite applications

September 24, 2013 3:59 pm | W.L. Gore & Associates | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates has introduced a new line of GORE Spaceflight Microwave/RF Assemblies that have been optimized for Ka-band uplink and downlink satellite applications. The durable construction of the Type 5G Series of GORE Spaceflight Microwave/RF Assemblies provides outstanding shielding effectiveness and ensures reliable signal integrity....

Surrender your smartphone, save 10% off your bill

September 24, 2013 3:02 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In this week’s episode of 'Getting People to Stop Acting Like Jerks and Start Acting Like Human Beings', a restaurant in Beirut has decided they’re going to start bribing customers to put down the smartphone and interact with actual people at the actual table.

RF switch delivers 50 times more isolation and 10 times better linearity for 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points

September 24, 2013 2:33 pm | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation announced the highest performance, carrier-grade Wi-Fi switch on the market. With the highest isolation by a factor of 50, Peregrine’s switch also sets a new bar in linearity, which makes it ideally suited for the fast-growing market of 802.11ac Wi-Fi access points.

Researchers use smart phone photography to diagnose eye disease

September 24, 2013 12:48 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Retinal (or fundus) photography is an essential part of any ophthalmology practice. Commercial fundus cameras can cost tens to hundreds of thousands of dollars, making the technology out of reach for smaller ophthalmic practices and to physicians in third-world countries.

Stanford scientists publish theory, formula to improve 'plastic' semiconductors

September 24, 2013 12:14 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Anyone who's stuffed a smart phone in their back pocket would appreciate the convenience of electronic devices that could bend. Flexible electronics could spawn new products: clothing wired to cool or heat, reading tablets that could fold like newspaper, and so on.  

How-to guide to hosting your own website

September 23, 2013 1:54 pm | by Tom Gordon, Contributor | Blogs | Comments

There’s nothing like setting up your own web server and staking out your own little piece of the internet.  When I decided it was time to stop paying for somebody else to host our neighborhood website, a friend suggested looking into the Pogoplug personal cloud server as a possible hardware platform. 

Coin cell battery holder saves over 5 mm in board height

September 20, 2013 3:47 pm | Product Releases | Comments

MPD has invented another new CR2016 low profile coin cell battery holder.  While other CR2016 holder solutions often rise more than 8.5 mm above the PCB, our new BLP2016SM-GTR rises 3.1 mm with an installed CR2016. This directly saves over 5 mm in board height when compared to typical CR2016 battery holders available on the market.

Will vehicle-to-vehicle communication ever be a thing?

September 20, 2013 3:38 pm | by Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN, we love hearing from our own readers about different trends and new technologies you guys are working with! We like it so much we're devoting an entire issue to what our readers think about the impact of different technologies on their jobs and projects. Our forth and final category is automotive technology.

Wireless sensor devices don't need batteries on the sensors

September 20, 2013 12:04 pm | Product Releases | Comments

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 and are able to continuously monitor and transmit data, together with the 96-bit EPC unique tag identifier, to any EPC Gen 2 standard compliant reader.

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