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Over-the-air test system enables industry’s first 802.11n WLAN over-the-air measurements

May 23, 2013 3:28 pm | Rohde & Schwarz | Product Releases | Comments

CETECOM has selected Rohde & Schwarz (R&S) to enhance their over-the-air (OTA) testing capabilities with a new test system that includes LTE multiple-input, multiple-output (MIMO) and 802.11n functionality. The TS8991 test system can perform OTA measurements for LTE MIMO in addition to all cellular 2G, 3G, and 4G technology standards.

Reference design delivers ultra-wideband Doherty amplifiers

May 21, 2013 3:29 pm | Nxp Semiconductors | Product Releases | Comments

NXP Semiconductors N.V. announced the availability of its ultra-wideband Doherty reference design using the BLF884P and BLF884PS – asserted to be the industry’s first wideband Doherty power amplifiers capable of broadband operation (470 MHz to 806 MHz). The new 70-W DVB-T LDMOS designs

Catalog presents detailed specifications on magnetic components for a wide range of applications

May 21, 2013 11:32 am | Coilcraft Critical Products & Services | Product Releases | Comments

The Coilcraft CPS Short Form Catalog is a comprehensive reference to the company’s four lines of RF and power magnetics for critical applications. This 24-page catalog presents detailed specifications on magnetic components for a wide range of applications, including signal generation and processing, RF, power, impedance matching, LED drivers, timing and much more.

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Wireless networks balance military’s defense-in-depth, custom requirements

May 20, 2013 4:44 pm | by Chris Warner, Executive Editor | Ultra Electronics Ems Development Corp. | Articles | Comments

Wireless and wired technologies have advanced to the point where automated control systems are routinely networked together. Information can be shared and tasks performed across long distances, via the Internet, linking systems in large industrial spaces, or across remote or rugged areas. Networked control systems (NCS) offer many benefits such as far greater efficiency than manual controls....

RF analyzers include full finger-navigation functions

May 20, 2013 1:31 pm | Kaltman Creations Llc | Product Releases | Comments

Kaltman Creations has introduced a new generation of handheld touch tablet RF Analyzers. The new RF-Vue will be introduced under Kaltman’s Invisible Waves brand at the 2013 InfoComm trade show on June 12-14, in Orlando, FL. The RF-Vue is offered in several versions, but the flag ship model is the RF-Vue T10.

The future of Google Glass

May 16, 2013 3:49 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

 There has been a lot of talk about Google Glass lately, mostly due to the prototype debut, but one interesting aspect of that public viewing is that developers –outside of GoogleLand—can take a crack at coming up with interesting uses for the technology. By allowing new voices into the conversation, the world is seeing even more possibilities for Google Glass. 

Transistor series is presented as highest power for radar and communications systems

May 16, 2013 10:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

  M/A-COM Technology Solutions introduced a series of GaN in Plastic packaged power transistors for high-performance civilian and military radar and communications systems. The family scales to peak pulse power levels of 100 W, which is asserted to be the

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

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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.

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