Wireless & Communications

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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ARM and Nordic Semiconductor partner to develop Bluetooth low energy-enabled devices

ARM and Nordic Semiconductor have announced an agreement to incorporate Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) solutions with the ARM mbed IoT device development platform. The collaboration is intended to enable developers to quickly and easily create new Bluetooth-connected devices and applications that leverage Nordic’s system on chips (SoCs) which are based on the ARM Cortex-M processor series.

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Analog Devices looks to support next-generation software defined radio designs

Analog Devices has launched an RF solution for software defined radio (SDR) applications that supports programmable radio applications operating over a wide range of modulation schemes and network specifications such as defence electronics, instrumentation equipment and communications infrastructure. The new AD9361 RF Agile Transceiver offers a combination of performance, high integration, wideband operation and flexibility.

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Alpha Micro adds to its portfolio with new Bluetooth v4.0 dual-mode modules

Growing demand for Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) devices has led Alpha Micro Components to extend its product portfolio with the addition of Laird Technologies’ new Bluetooth v4.0 Dual-Mode Modules. The new series offer dual-mode, or Bluetooth Smart Ready support, enabling connections to devices that support BLE and Classic (pre-v4.0) Bluetooth.

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Solid-state high-power amplifier module guarantees performance for military jamming systems

Newly available from Link Microtek is a solid-state high-power amplifier module that operates over the frequency range 20 to 520MHz, making it suitable for use in either broadband mobile jamming systems to counter the threat of IEDs or band-specific high-power linear applications in the UHF and VHF bands.

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TrueTouch Gen5 family gets new controller

Cypress Semiconductor has introduced a new controller to its TrueTouch Gen5 family that brings enhanced levels of noise-immunity touchscreen control technology to superphones, smartphones, tablets and e-readers. The TMA568 controller supports writing and drawing with a 2.0-mm-tip passive stylus, enabling touchscreens to capture characters as small as 7 mm.

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Alpha Micro launches TOBY-L1 for superfast 4G M2M applications

Alpha Micro customers who are looking to make their M2M applications 4G capable can now use the new TOBY-L1 series of ultra-compact LTE modules from u-blox. Offering 4G download speeds that are 5-7 times faster than its 3G counterpart, the TOBY-L1 has been designed for high-speed bandwidth hungry M2M applications such as digital signage, mobile health, traffic management and security system applications.

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