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Venezuela signs joint venture with Samsung

November 27, 2013 10:49 am | by JORGE RUEDA, Associated Press | News | Comments

The government allied with Samsung on Wednesday to jointly produce consumer electronics and appliances, a deal coming after a week of raids on Venezuelan retailers and the emptying of store shelves by consumers taking advantage of officially forced discounts.

Power harvesters enable next wave of energy harvesting design

November 26, 2013 2:47 pm | Texas Instruments | Product Releases | Comments

Texas Instruments introduced five new next-generation power management integrated circuits that acquire and manage microwatts (µW) to milliwatts (mW) of power harvested from light, heat or mechanical energy sources. The bq25570, bq25505, TPS62740, TPS62737 and TPS62736 maintain

Phase shifters offer a frequency range up to 12 GHz

November 25, 2013 4:14 pm | Vaunix Technology Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

Vaunix Technology Corporation has added two new models to the their Lab Brick Phase Shifter family, the LPS-402 and LPS-123. The LPS-402 offers a frequency range of 2 – 4 GHz while the LPS123 ranges from 8 – 12 GHz. The phase for both models can be set from the easy to install and use GUI....

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If gov't backs in-flight calls, will the airlines?

November 25, 2013 12:10 pm | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

The Federal Communications Commission might be ready to permit cellphone calls in flight. But what about the airlines? Old concerns about electronics being a danger to airplane navigation have been debunked. And airlines could make some extra cash charging passengers to call a loved one from 35,000 feet.

Ruggedized fiber jumpers ensure reliable wireless system performance

November 22, 2013 3:24 pm | Cables Unlimited | Product Releases | Comments

Most wireless systems with remote radio head designs are installed outside, exposed to harsh environments that require ruggedized fiber-to-the-antenna cabling for reliable performance. The LC-LC duplex ruggedized fiber jumpers manufactured by Cables Unlimited, a division of RF Industries, are IP66/67 rated harsh environment.

Step-down regulator serves multimode, multiband RF power amplifiers

November 22, 2013 3:11 pm | Skyworks Solutions, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. introduces a step-down regulator with auto-bypass and low drop out that controls the operating voltage for multimode, multiband WDCMA or GSM/EDGE power amplifiers, delivering optimum efficiency for all operating states.

Watch our new missile defense system destroy a fighter jet

November 22, 2013 3:08 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

While it may seem like most countries around the world are focused on the Patriot Missile Interceptors, the United States is already looking to its next missile defense system. In fact, the military has moved on from looking at systems to testing them.

Loud cellphone talkers next bane of air travelers?

November 22, 2013 11:44 am | by SCOTT MAYEROWITZ, AP Airlines Writer | News | Comments

Airline passengers have already been stripped of their legroom, hot meals and personal space. Now, they might also lose their silence. The Federal Communications Commission is considering lifting its longtime prohibition on making cellphone calls on airplanes, saying it is time "to review our outdated and restrictive rules."

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GaN high electron mobility transistors target 2.9- to 3.5-GHz S-Band radar amplifier systems

November 22, 2013 11:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cree has introduced two new gallium nitride (GaN) high electron mobility transistors (HEMTs) for use in 2.9-GHz to 3.5-GHz S-Band radar amplifier systems, including: weather, air traffic control, marine, port surveillance, and search and rescue radar applications. Based on

RF front end module designed for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity

November 22, 2013 8:59 am | Microchip Technology Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology announced its latest 2.4 GHz, 50 ohm Matched RF WLAN Front End Module (FEM)—the SST12LF09—for Bluetooth connectivity, as well as 802.11b/g/n and 256-QAM Wi-Fi applications.  The SST12LF09 integrates a transmitter power amplifier....

5 Things to Know about $290 million Apple verdict

November 21, 2013 7:44 pm | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

A jury on Thursday ordered Samsung Electronics to pay Apple $290 million for copying features of the iPhone and iPad. That was in addition to $640 million the South Korea-based Samsung already owed Apple from a previous trial. Samsung plans to appeal the $930 million in damages in a San Jose...

Jury set to decide how much Samsung owes Apple

November 19, 2013 11:21 am | by PAUL ELIAS, Associated Press | News | Comments

A Silicon Valley jury is set Tuesday to begin deciding behind closed doors how much Samsung Electronics owes Apple for copying key features of the iPhone and iPad. Apple is demanding $380 million. Samsung counters that it only owes $52 million for using features such as "pinch-to-zoom" in 13 older-generation products.

New approach advances wireless power transfer for vehicles

November 18, 2013 11:29 am | by North Carolina State University | News | Comments

Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed new technology and techniques for transmitting power wirelessly from a stationary source to a mobile receiver – moving engineers closer to their goal of creating highway “stations” that can recharge electric vehicles wirelessly as the vehicles drive by.

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EPCOS varistors feature a footprint of only 0.47 mm x 0.47 mm

November 18, 2013 9:10 am | Tdk Corporation Of America | Product Releases | Comments

TDK Corporation announces a new series of EPCOS multilayer varistors of the CeraDiodefamily, which includes the most compact, flattest and most rugged varistor for ESD protection of mobile equipment.

Firms turning to "augmented reality" apps to promote products

November 15, 2013 10:47 am | by The Associated Press | News | Comments

Smartphone applications featuring so-called "augmented reality" are being used by an increasing number of companies to promote their products. Ikea Japan K.K., the Japanese arm of the Swedish furnishing giant, launched a service in August that gives customers a virtual preview of how a piece of furniture will look in their home...

Review: Sony's smartwatch good, but not essential

November 15, 2013 10:41 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Sony's new SmartWatch 2 doesn't get as much attention — and doesn't do as much — as Samsung's Galaxy Gear computerized wristwatch. But for the things it does, Sony's version performs better. The SmartWatch 2 is also 33 percent cheaper, at about $200, and works with a variety of Android phones, not just Sony's.

Engineering Update #33: BearTek wireless gloves and Hirobo's unmanned helicopter

November 14, 2013 10:17 am | by Eric Sorensen, Coordinator of Multimedia Development | Videos | Comments

This episode of ECN's Engineering Update is brought to you by SanDisk (http://www.sandisk.com/business). In this week's headlines: Hirobo's HX-1 unmanned electric helicopter: Japan's HX-1 from Hirobo is a personal manned BIT electric micro helicopter.

Motorola unveils budget smartphone, aimed at world

November 13, 2013 11:22 am | by ANICK JESDANUN, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

Motorola says it wants to equip the world with the latest smartphone technology, at less than a third the price. The new Moto G phone starts at $179 in the U.S. without a contract requirement. That compares with $600 or more that people must pay for phones without traditional two-year service agreements.

Wireless diagnostic system offers remote data transmission capabilities of up to 750 feet

November 12, 2013 9:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

SensorData Technologies has announced the global market introduction of the Model M411-106-10K wireless diagnostic system, designed to aid factory floor personnel in the real-time evaluation and predictive maintenance of conveyor systems, with remote data transmission capabilities of up to 750 feet.

Wireless device converts 'lost' energy into electric power

November 8, 2013 10:17 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

Using inexpensive materials configured and tuned to capture microwave signals, researchers at Duke University's Pratt School of Engineering have designed a power-harvesting device with efficiency similar to that of modern solar panels. The device wirelessly converts the microwave signal to direct current voltage...

Antenna booster designed to provide worldwide, multiband mobile coverage

November 6, 2013 4:33 pm | Richardson RFPD, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Richardson RFPD, Inc. announces immediate availability and full design support of the new mXTEND antenna booster from Fractus, S.A. (Fractus). The mXTEND (part number FR01-S4-250) is specifically designed to provide multiband performance in mobile and other wireless devices....

A better way to track your every move

November 5, 2013 10:59 am | by Northwestern University | News | Comments

Physical activity tracking apps on smart phones are a potentially important tool for doctors who want to collect data and create treatment or intervention plans to improve the health of patients who struggle with activity and movement -- such as those with Parkinson’s disease. A new Northwestern Medicine study has found a way to make these apps more accurate...

Voltage-controlled crystal oscillators offer a wide choice of frequency, voltage, and output combinations

November 4, 2013 12:52 pm | Rfmw Ltd | Product Releases | Comments

RFMW, Ltd. announces design and sales support for Sunny Electronics SVP-53 series of FastClock voltage controlled crystal oscillators (VCXO’s). The SVP-53 series of FastClock VCXO’s is available in a CMOS output waveform and comes in a standard 5x3.2mm package.

Why you shouldn’t implant computer chips in your arm

November 1, 2013 3:31 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

In general, medical implants and their components are strictly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration and for good reason. You can’t just stick anything under your skin without extreme consequences including things like major infections, pretty gnarly scaring, and potentially deadly health complications.

Clock oscillator measures a mere 2.0 x 1.6 x 0.65 mm

November 1, 2013 9:28 am | Product Releases | Comments

Raltron Electronics Corp., Miami, FL has released a new clock oscillator, Model CO2016, measuring a mere 2.0 x 1.6 x 0.65 mm, further increasing Raltron’s effort  to address the worlds’ increasing demand for ever smaller components. The CO2016 fills the need for a ultra-small miniature package essential in high density PCB’s....

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