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Intelligent sensor hub integrates programmability, precision in a single package

May 15, 2013 3:40 pm | Freescale Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Freescale Semiconductor is introducing a new Xtrinsic intelligent sensor hub that serves as an advanced sensor fusion platform. The Xtrinsic FXLC95000CL sensor hub integrates an on-board accelerometer with capability to manage multiple external sensors. The solution provides

Big 4 cellphone carriers unite on anti-texting ads

May 14, 2013 9:18 am | by PETER SVENSSON, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

The country's four biggest cellphone companies are set to launch their first joint advertising campaign against texting while driving, uniting behind AT&T's "It Can Wait" slogan to blanket TV and radio this summer. AT&T, Verizon Wireless, Sprint and T-Mobile will be joined by 200 other organizations backing the multi-million dollar ad campaign.

AT&T launches prepaid cellphone business

May 10, 2013 10:05 am | News | Comments

AT&T is launching a prepaid cellphone service - Aio Wireless. The new subsidiary will offer nationwide wireless service to value-conscious customers interested in unlimited talk, text and data plans without an annual contract. Aio launches Thursday in select stores in Houston, Orlando, Fla., and Tampa, Fla.

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Implementing remote tamper detection with wireless and capacitive sensing technologies

May 8, 2013 1:51 pm | by Parker Dorris, Senior Applications Engineer, Microcontroller Products, Silicon Labs | Silicon Laboratories Inc. | Articles | Comments

The advent of wireless connectivity in the home automation market has enabled developers to create many innovative products that make end users feel safer and more aware of their personal property. Remote tamper detection is one example of innovation made possible through wireless connectivity.

A modern solution for multi-aperture and phased-array antenna characterization

May 7, 2013 1:03 pm | by Alex Dickson and John S Hansen, Agilent Technologies | Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

Forming a beam or multiple beams with an electronically scanned array antenna has found utility in a number of applications. These include radar, communication systems, radio astronomy and others. An array antenna consists of multiple antennas or radiating elements that each transmits a signal....

Non-magnetic inductor said to be world’s smallest

May 7, 2013 10:11 am | Gowanda | Product Releases | Comments

Gowanda Electronics introduced what is asserted to be the world’s smallest non-magnetic molded RF inductor series, SMG1812. The overall size of the new SMG1812 is more than 40 percent smaller than Gowanda’s SMG3013 Series. The SMG1812 was designed specifically for

SMT limiter diode targets receiver protection applications

May 6, 2013 12:13 pm | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions introduced a surface mount limiter diode for receiver protection applications. The CLA4608-085LF is a low capacitance silicon PIN limiter diode designed for high power applications ranging from 10 MHz to over 6 GHz. The maximum resistance at

Robotic insects make first controlled flight

May 3, 2013 9:21 am | News | Comments

In the very early hours of the morning, in a Harvard robotics laboratory last summer, an insect took flight. Half the size of a paperclip, weighing less than a tenth of a gram, it leapt a few inches, hovered for a moment on fragile, flapping wings, and then sped along a preset route through the air.

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Bonding with your virtual self may alter your actual perceptions

May 2, 2013 2:28 pm | by Eurekalert! | News | Comments

When people create and modify their virtual reality avatars, the hardships faced by their alter egos can influence how they perceive virtual environments, according to researchers.A group of students who saw that a backpack was attached to an avatar that they had created overestimated the heights of virtual hills...

HEALTHBEAT: Not 'Star Trek' tricorder, but new smartphone tools may help people monitor health

May 2, 2013 9:34 am | by LAURAN NEERGAARD AP Medical Writer | News | Comments

It's not a "Star Trek" tricorder, but by hooking a variety of gadgets onto a smartphone you could almost get a complete physical - without the paper gown or even a visit to the doctor's office. Blood pressure? Just plug the arm cuff into the phone for a quick reading.

Police and politicians push for more surveillance cameras after Boston bombings

May 2, 2013 9:33 am | by TAMI ABDOLLAH Associated Press | News | Comments

Police and politicians across the U.S. are pointing to the example of surveillance video that was used to help identify the Boston Marathon bombing suspects as a reason to get more electronic eyes on their streets. From Los Angeles to Philadelphia, efforts include trying to gain police access to cameras used to monitor traffic,

ECN's interview with the Wireless Power Consortium

May 1, 2013 4:51 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

The Qi standard is the only non-proprietary solution for wireless charging available in products today. It works by generating a safe electromagnetic field between a charger and a device through a well-established process called magnetic induction. Qi chargers have a built-in transmitting coil, so any Qi device will work with any Qi charger, now and in the future.

Wireless charging: An interview with the Alliance for Wireless Power

May 1, 2013 4:38 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Articles | Comments

Wireless power is slowly evolving to help make charging second-nature to the consumer. In Japan, for instance, several portable devices are available that support wireless charging.As more portable devices that offer wireless charging capabilities enter the market, the need for standards naturally will follow.

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Vector signal generator creates complex multichannel scenarios for highest demands

May 1, 2013 3:09 pm | Rohde & Schwarz | Product Releases | Comments

The R&S SMW200A high-performance vector signal generator from Rohde & Schwarz enables faster time-to-market, improves end-device quality, and exceeds important 2G, 3G and 4G digital standards and applications. Featuring versatile configuration options...

10 MUST READ posts from April

May 1, 2013 2:44 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.

Varistors offer higher surge current ratings in smaller disc sizespplications

April 30, 2013 5:05 pm | Littelfuse, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Littelfuse has introduced the LV UltraMOV Series of low voltage, high surge current, radial leaded varistors. They provide an ideal circuit protection solution for lower DC voltage applications by offering higher surge ratings than ever before available in such small disc sizes.

The newest storybook: Scannable pjs

April 25, 2013 1:49 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

It was really only a matter of time before QR codes invaded bedtime, but at least they made it interesting. Smart PJs (patent-pending) are a new kind of clothing complete with QR code-like scannable patches that could make bedtime a little more fun.

Oscillator boasts stability 1,000 times more accurate than typical OCXO

April 24, 2013 5:03 pm | IQD Frequency Products, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

IQD’s latest high performance oscillator, the IQRB-1, offers a stability around a 1,000 times more accurate than a typical Oven Controlled Crystal Oscillator (OCXO). This means it can be used as a free run frequency source in applications such as LTE (Long Term Evolution) systems that require exceptional timing accuracy.

iBeetle: Everything you never wanted in an infotainment system

April 22, 2013 2:59 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Associate Editor | Blogs | Comments

We’ve talked A LOT about safety and innovation when it comes to infotainment systems in cars. We've talking more regulation, less regulation, new systems and crazy ideas. The discussion revolves primarily around how to integrate electronics 

Embedded wireless portfolio adds PIC32 Bluetooth digital audio kit, plus Wi-Fi modules

April 22, 2013 12:07 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. expanded its embedded-wireless portfolio to include the PIC32 Bluetooth Audio Development Kit, featuring modules, stacks and CODECs, and XBee footprint-compatible socket modules with integrated stacks. The new Wi-Fi offerings comprise IEEE 802.11b/g Wi-Fi modules with

VCO operates from 2700 to 5400 MHz with a tuning voltage range of 0-24 Vdc

April 19, 2013 4:06 pm | Product Releases | Comments

The new V600ME31-LF operates from 2700 to 5400 MHz with a tuning voltage range of 0-24 Vdc. This octave tuning VCO features a typical phase noise of -107 dBc/Hz @ 100 kHz offset and an average tuning sensitivity of 140 MHz/V.

This is the most ridiculous phone ever

April 19, 2013 3:48 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

The words “mega” and “phone” should never be combined when it comes to cellphones, but that didn’t stop Samsung from making the most ridiculous phone yet. The company has blown away the competition when it comes to screen size with their new 6.3 inch (diagonally) and 5.8 inch Galaxy Mega phones. For the sake of comparison, the Apple iPhone 5 is 4 inches.

Two-way power divider offers a wide, 1 GHz to 40 GHz coverage

April 19, 2013 12:03 pm | Krytar | Product Releases | Comments

Krytar, Inc., announced a new two-way power divider offering desirable performance over the broadband frequency range of 1.0 GHz to 40.0 GHz in a compact package with 14 dB Isolation and ±0.60 dB amplitude tracking. The Model 6010400 two-way divider exhibits

Intelligent network interface controller features a USB 2.0 high-speed device port and an integrated coax transceiver

April 18, 2013 3:10 pm | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the OS81118, the first MOST150 Intelligent Network Interface Controller (INIC) with a USB 2.0 high-speed device port and an integrated coax transceiver. The MOST150 technology was successfully deployed in the first car models in 2012.

Antenna contact technology optimized for applications in mobile wireless devices

April 18, 2013 2:43 pm | Autosplice | Product Releases | Comments

Autosplice has introduced a new series of compact surface mount contacts for antenna applications in mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets. The new single-piece contact designs are ideally suited for Near Field Communications (NFC) Antenna requirements....

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