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Audio development kit delivers up to 24-bit, 192 kHz audio

October 22, 2013 10:00 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced the new PIC32 Bluetooth Audio Development Kit. The full-featured kit enables custom application development on the PIC32 microcontrollers (MCUs) for Bluetooth and USB digital audio solutions. The creation of the Advanced Audio Distribution Profile...

Breed easy: Motion detectors aid dairy farmers

October 21, 2013 10:31 am | by M.L. JOHNSON, Associated Press | News | Comments

Every step a cow takes and every mouthful she eats at Saxon Homestead Farm is recorded by an electronic device on a collar around her neck. Since cows in heat move more and digest less, farmers can use the data to determine when to breed them. Karl Klessig, whose family has a dairy farm and cheese-making business in eastern Wisconsin, describes it as a kind of natural family planning system for bovines.

FETs designed to meet the requirements of X to Ku band low noise block downconverters for direct broadcast satellites

October 18, 2013 2:28 pm | Renesas, California Eastern Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics and California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) introduce the NE3516S02 and NE3513M04 GaAs FETs which were specifically designed to meet the demanding requirements of X to Ku band low noise block (LNB) downconverters for direct broadcast satellites.

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Rotary flange torque sensor measures up to 8,000 lb-ft at speeds up to 15,000 RPM

October 15, 2013 4:22 pm | Product Releases | Comments

SensorData Technologies has announced the global market introduction of the BT400 Series Bluetooth Non-contact Radio-Coupled Rotary Flange Torque Sensor. This high-performance torque sensor provides radio transmission of measured data, requires relatively little space for installation, and is capable of measuring torque up to 8000 lb-ft, at speeds up to 15,000 rpm.

Faster network processing and throughput with C-RAN

October 15, 2013 1:45 pm | by Gilad Garon, CEO, ASOCS | Articles | Comments

Video traffic from a myriad of devices, including smart phones, tablets, laptops and other devices, is overloading today’s networks. What’s more, the increased traffic must co-exist with legacy 2G and 3G protocols and anticipated new standards as the industry moves forward to 4G and beyond.

Discrete MOSFETs meet the demanding requirements of 2-way radios

October 14, 2013 1:18 pm | Renesas, California Eastern Labs | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Electronics and California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) introduce the NE555 family of RF Discrete LD MOSFETs which were specifically designed to meet the demanding requirements of 2-Way Radios. The NE555 series are also great medium power transistors for Automatic Metering Infrastructure, RFID readers, and general short-range wireless applications.

CDMA module offered in compact 24.4x24.4x2.6mm size

October 14, 2013 1:01 pm | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Targeted at North American market, the dual-band CDMA/1XRTT engine in the CL865-DUAL is voice-capable supporting analog and digital (DVI) interfaces. It delivers CDMA/1XRTT IS-95A/B and CDMA 2000 compliant data communications and is equipped with a USB 2.0 Full Speed port....

Will the QF-16 be the next step in drone warfare?

October 14, 2013 11:03 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

What happens when a fighter jet is too old to be used in combat by the Air Force, but too expensive to totally dump? It becomes a drone, at least sometimes it does. The F-16 Fighting Falcon was acquired by Boeing after being retired by the Air Force. In turn the aerospace company turned the old school jet into a brand new drone to be used for military training.

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LTE module series delivers 100Mpbs download and 50Mbps upload speeds

October 11, 2013 9:36 am | Telit Wireless Solutions | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Wireless Solutions announced the market roll-out of the LE910 LTE module series with initial variants for North America and Europe. The 3GPP Release 9 compliant products are positioned to expedite migration to 4G for new and existing designs including those already based on 2G or 3G members of the xE910 family.

Inductance-to-digital converter is presented as industry’s first for position and motion sensing

October 10, 2013 10:28 am | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments unveiled what it asserts is the industry’s first inductance-to-digital converter (LDC), a data converter category that uses coils and springs as inductive sensors. This contactless sensing technology can be used to measure the position, motion, or composition of a metal or conductive

Meet the voice behind Siri

October 9, 2013 2:44 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Internet, meet Siri. Siri, meet the internet. Surprise! It’s not really Siri. Obviously, Siri is a computer program on the iPhone, but Susan Bennett is the voice behind the virtual assistant. Bennett says the sassy, somewhat martyred, voice was a product of some July 2005 recording sessions for GM Voices.

Power supples available in 10 standard ranges from 23-800VDC

October 9, 2013 10:23 am | Schaefer Power Inc | Product Releases | Comments

Schaefer, Inc. announces the C/B 6600 Series of 30kWatt DC-DC and AC-DC converter modules and battery charger. This highly-reliable, compact and rugged design provides a high density solution for high-power applications in industries such as utility, oil/gas, automation, heavy industrial, military, telecom/datacom...

MEMS accelerometer enables highly accurate impact, shock, and concussive detection systems

October 8, 2013 1:49 pm | Analog Devices, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices introduced a 3-axis, 200-g digital MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) accelerometer with the highest bandwidth and lowest power in its class. The ADXL375 MEMS accelerometer continuously measures the duration and magnitude of impact or shock events within the full-scale range of ±200 g without saturation.

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Precision signal viewing

October 8, 2013 12:16 pm | by Joel Woodward, Agilent Technologies | Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

The need for seeing additional current and voltage detail is increasing.  Many scope users want better ability to see small signal changes on a large signal (high dynamic range measurements). Power rails, biomedical technology developed to interact with human physiology, high-energy physics experiments that produce small pulses....

Signal generator provides low distortion signals at up to 150MHz

October 8, 2013 9:05 am | Saelig Company, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Saelig Company has introduced the AG4151 - an economical, feature-rich, dual-channel multi-function generator which combines arbitrary waveform and function generation using Direct Digital Synthesizer (DDS) technology to provide stable, precise, low distortion signals at up to 150MHz.

Envelope-tracking power supply supports all 3G and LTE bands, including full 20-MHz LTE spectrum

October 7, 2013 3:10 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

To help get more life out of a battery, Texas Instruments introduced the industry’s most efficient envelope-tracking power supply solution to support 3G and 4G LTE multi-mode, multi-band RF power amplifiers used in smartphones and tablets. The new LM3290 step-down converter with integrated DC boost...

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....

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.

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.

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