IEDM: I've got an app for that Blog 11/30/2011 2 comments Anyone that has attended a big technical conference, such as the International Electron Devices Meeting, which opens on Monday Dec. 5, in Washington DC, knows that selecting which papers to attend can be a difficult process.
iPhone 4s performance measured News & Analysis 11/21/2011 15 comments Mobile device performance analytics firm, Metrico Wireless, has released its report on the iPhone 4S and its relative performance across its three supported U.S. networks; AT&T, Sprint and Verizon Wireless.
Spectrum analysis in real time Product News 11/21/2011 Post a comment The latest MCS real-time spectrum analyzer software from Aaronia AG runs with any operation system such as MAC OS, Linux and Windows and provides real-time remote control with any Spectran spectrum analyzer.
SerDes chip enables integration of multiple video streams Design How-To 11/18/2011 2 comments In a parking assist system example, single twisted-pair communication and an interface chipset provide a bidirectional control channel with a minimum latency and general purpose I/O functionality, enabling seamless frame-synchronous processing of individual video data streams.
Personal Geiger counter, anyone? News & Analysis 11/17/2011 18 comments Radiation is something you cannot smell or see. Unless you have your own Geiger counter, you can’t hear it, either. But that isn’t stopping the Japanese from figuring out a way to “sniff it out.”
NI adds six to PXI portfolio Product News 11/16/2011 Post a comment National Instruments has introduced six PXI products including a real-time embedded controller, PXI Express system expansion modules and high-speed data storage products for streaming data to and from disk.
FDDI built-in test Engineering Investigations 11/14/2011 Post a comment One of the many tasks I have had as a Hardware and Software Engineer is troubleshooting unintended consequences of design decisions made many years previously. Sometimes the decision was made by others, sometimes I throw a wrench in the gears all by myself.
Combine power feed and data link via cable for remote peripherals Design How-To 11/10/2011 6 comments It is possible to combine power distribution and high-speed data transmission by sharing a shielded twisted pair cable. A power feed network is necessary at both ends for power injection and extraction. By properly designing this network, and managing power supply switching noise, performance degradation is minimized.
802.11ac Wireless LAN: what’s new and the impact on design and test Design How-To 11/9/2011 Post a comment The first popular standards for wireless LAN (IEEE 802.11a and b), and later 802.11g, were designed primarily to connect a laptop PC in the home and office, and later to allow connectivity “on the road” in airports, hotels, Internet cafes, and shopping malls. Today, there are further usage models that require even higher data throughput to support today’s “unwired office”.
Build a DAQ system for about $30 Design How-To 11/2/2011 3 comments Arduino is an open-source hardware microcontroller with its own development environment. The latest board, the Arduino Uno costs under $30 from a variety of vendors.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times