Wireless & Communications

New ‘Dynamic NFC Tag’ memory to enable smarter equipment

A new family of “dynamic NFC tag” memories from STMicroelectronics is set to make a vast range of consumer devices, domestic appliances and industrial equipment alot smarter, more flexible and easier. These memories will make it easier to add Near Field Communications (NFC) capability to any kind of electrical device, from loudspeakers and printers, to cookers and washing machines, to electricity, gas and water meters.

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32GB FlashAir cards simplify wireless photo sharing between devices and social media sites

Toshiba Electronics Europe has expanded its range of next-generation FlashAir wireless LAN SD cards, with the launch of a 32GB SD card. The card features a new “internet pass-through” mode that is intended to further simplify photo sharing. Once a mobile device is connected to the FlashAir card, the internet pass-through functionality enables the device to access the internet via a wireless access point.

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CSR announces in-car wireless connectivity partnership with Mentor Graphics

CSR has announced that it has established a partnership with Mentor Graphics to deliver an ‘out of the box’ solution for OEMs looking to deliver in-car wireless connectivity. CSR Synergy software will come pre-integrated in upcoming releases of Mentor Graphics’ GENIVI Linux compliant Automotive Technology Platform (ATP) to provide a complete software solution for a range of wireless connectivity technologies.

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Plans for 5G Innovation Centre in Surrey move to the next level

A significant number of the world’s leading mobile network operators, infrastructure and tools providers, media and communications organisations and the UK’s communications regulator have formally joined the University of Surrey in its ambitions to deliver a specialised 5G Innovation Centre (5GIC) on its main campus in Guildford.

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Sierra Wireless delivers new level of flexibility to essential wireless connectivity for M2M

Sierra Wireless has launched the latest additions to the AirPrime HL Series of embedded wireless modules for machine-to-machine (M2M) applications. The new AirPrime HL modules include satellite navigation support and are the smallest embedded wireless modules (22 x 23 mm) to be completely interchangeable across 2G, 3G, and 4G technologies. These new modules are intended to provide device manufacturers with the ability to serve different regions, across multiple network technologies, with one device design.

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In-flight wireless installations take off

New research has found that the number of commercial aircraft providing either Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity is set to reach 4,048 by the end of 2013, representing 21 percent of the global fleet. According to IHS the penetration of wireless is up from 15 percent in 2012 and 12 percent in 2011. By 2022, wireless connectivity penetration in commercial aircraft could top 50 percent.

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RFID antenna reliably recognises tools and production materials

HARTING has developed a new RFID antenna which enables the precise recognition of tools or production materials in an industrial environment. The sMR20 RFID antenna provides defined read ranges as low as one metre, representing an order of magnitude improvement over the currently accepted industry norm.

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Redux launches first 4G-haptics platform for smartphone form factors

Redux Labs a haptic and flat-screen audio start-up, has announced the Bullfinch-SP001, the industry"s first 4G-haptics platform that has been optimised for a smartphone"s small form factor. 4G haptic responses can be customised according to where a user touches the screen, what application they"re in and how hard they press. It is the first technology to optimise both haptic hardware and software for a smartphone form factor and to deliver a realistic multi-touch feedback response to the point of contact/s, rather than the whole device or screen.

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