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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.

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.

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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.

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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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Google releases digital wallet app for iPhones

September 20, 2013 11:14 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Google is bringing its digital wallet to the iPhone in its latest attempt to upstage Apple on its own popular device. Thursday's release of the Google Wallet app represents a challenge to the Passbook program that Apple has built into the iPhone's operating system. Both Google Wallet and Passbook allow iPhone users to store loyalty cards from some merchants and scan coupons offering discounts.

E-readers more effective than paper for dyslexic readers

September 20, 2013 10:38 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

E-readers are more effective than reading on paper for some with dyslexia, according to results published September 18 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Mathew Schneps from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics and colleagues from other institutions. Their results suggest it is the use of short lines on the display, and not the device itself, that leads to the benefits observed in this study.

Review: 3 camera phones stand out for good shots

September 20, 2013 10:35 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

I used to cringe when I'd see people capturing precious memories with their smartphones. Although most smartphones have megapixel counts similar to what stand-alone cameras offer, they have been inferior in lens quality and manual controls. Images have never been as good ... until now. Over the past two months, I've shot more than 3,000 test photos in four states using nine camera phones...  

Front end module designed for ZigBee/Smart Energy applications

September 20, 2013 10:17 am | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for Skyworks SE2432L, a high performance, fully integrated RF Front End Module designed for ZigBee/Smart Energy applications. The Skyworks SE2432L FEM offers fully matched input baluns, interstage matching, a harmonic filter, and digital controls compatible with 1.6 – 3.6 V CMOS levels.

This is what the world’s largest walking robot looks like

September 19, 2013 3:20 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Meet Tradinno, the world’s largest, walking robot who also happens to be a fire-breathing, blood-spewing dragon of death and destruction. Okay, the death and destruction part is hear-say, but the rest is true. Tradinno is 51-feet long and almost 30-feet high with a 40-foot wingspan.

UCLA researchers' smartphone 'microscope' can detect a single virus, nanoparticles

September 18, 2013 10:22 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Aydogan Ozcan, a professor of electrical engineering and bioengineering at the UCLA Henry Samueli School of Engineering and Applied Science, and his team have created a portable smartphone attachment that can be used to perform sophisticated field testing to detect viruses and bacteria without the need for bulky and expensive microscopes and lab equipment. The device weighs less than half a pound.

Single-, double-, & triple-throw switches ideal for telecom, remote-control applications

September 16, 2013 3:54 pm | C&K Components | Product Releases | Comments

C&K Components has developed a series of low-profile, cost-effective miniature slide switches. Designated the JS Slide Series, the switches are ideal for applications with limited PC board space and height restrictions, including mobile telecommunications, computer peripherals, instrumentation and remote-control equipment.

iPad app teaches students key skill for success in math, science, engineering

September 16, 2013 1:08 pm | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Engineers at the University of California, San Diego, have developed an iPad app that helps students learn spatial visualization, an essential skill for doing well in science, math and engineering. They have been testing the app during a high school summer program at the Jacobs School of Engineering at UC San Diego, as well as on undergraduate students at the school.

Researchers use machine learning to boil down the stories that wearable cameras are telling

September 16, 2013 12:41 pm | by University of Texas at Austin | News | Comments

Computers will someday soon automatically provide short video digests of a day in your life, your family vacation or an eight-hour police patrol, say computer scientists at The University of Texas at Austin. The researchers are working to develop tools to help make sense of the vast quantities of video that are going to be produced by wearable camera technology such as Google Glass and Looxcie.

What's the best technique for temperature management of sensitive components?

September 16, 2013 9:13 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here at ECN we're always looking for what's going to change the world of electrical design and make life better for our engineers. For November 15, we're focusing on Temperature Management.  We know our readers have varied opinions and valuable experiences – now here’s a great opportunity to showcase them.

Pre-orders for iPhone 5c to kick off in Japan

September 13, 2013 10:25 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Mobile phone carriers will begin taking pre-orders for Apple Inc.'s iPhone 5c from Friday afternoon in Japan, with NTT Docomo Inc.'s first launch of the popular handset series further fueling competition between carriers. NTT Docomo and its rivals Softbank Mobile Corp. and KDDI Corp. -- which already offer iPhone handsets -- will begin taking pre-orders for the device.

Why Apple's iPhone 5s fingerprint scanner is the dumbest feature

September 12, 2013 11:28 am | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

It came to my attention at a dinner last night that I am not fully supportive of the new iPhone. As you might have noticed from previous posts, I am an Apple FanGirl. I have a MacBook Pro, a Macbook Air, an iPad, an iPhone 5, an Apple TV, and various generations of the iPod (iPod Mini anyone?).

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