The United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently chosen a system developed in the United Kingdom which is capable of detecting and disabling unwanted drones near airports. This system is known as anti-unmanned aerial vehicle defense system, or AUDS, and was created by the collaboration of three companies: Blighter Surveillance Systems, Chess Dynamics, and Enterprise Control Systems. The AUDS will be supported by Liteye Systems in the United States.

The anti-unmanned aerial vehicle defense system is capable of identifying a drone as far as six miles away through the use of an electronic scanning radar from Blighter Surveillance Systems, tracking this drone automatically through daylight and infrared cameras from Chess Dynamics, and disrupting its flight through the use of a radio jammer from Enterprise Control Systems. It typically takes 8 to 15 seconds for the anti-unmanned aerial vehicle defense system to detect, track, disrupt, and defeat unwanted drones.

The FAA contacted our team following the success of AUDS at US Government sponsored counter-UAV trials at the end of 2015.

said Mark Rad-ford, the Chief Executive Officer of Blighter Surveillance Systems.

These trials confirmed that our production system was able to detect, track, disrupt and defeat a range of micro, mini and larger drones, even on unscripted sorties.

According to Blighter Surveillance Systems, the Federal Aviation Administration receives more than 100 reports each month for unmanned aircraft flying too close to a manned airplane or airport. The Federal Aviation Administration has been evaluating technologies which are capable of detecting and identifying unwanted drone flights near airports.

As part of a program called Pathfinder, the FAA is evaluating technologies that can detect and identify unauthorized drone flights near airports, and part of this is an R&D deal with Lit-eye Systems to test AUDS at selected US airports.

said Steve Bush from Electronics Weekly.

Applications are also foreseen at boarders, nuclear power stations, oil refineries, political events and sporting events.

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Jon Phillips, the Editor In Chief released an article on PC World about Samsung, its new innovative Gear Icon X earbuds. The Samsung Gear Icon X is very expensive at the price of $199. However, most would assume at this price point, the Gear Icon X is made with the audiophile in mind. But, this is not the case. These earbuds are 100% wireless with built in music storage as well as sensors. These sensors work to track and monitor heart rate and steps. As it stands, these earbuds are marketed towards the fitness person.

There are other heart rate tracking type earbuds on the market like LG’s Heart Rate Earphones however these are not completely wireless. The Heart Rate Earphones are connected by a wire and also have a control pod which allows for the wireless connectivity.

With the LG’s Heart Rate you would also need to pair your earphones with your phone which has the music to play. This is not the case with the Samsung Gear Icon-X which has on-board built in storage which allows you to play music directly from the earbud. This has 3.6 hours of batter life if playing through on-board storage. If streaming through a phone, the battery life cuts down to 1.5 hours.

Samsung is a multinational conglomerate which is headquartered in Samsung Town, Seoul. The company was founded in March of 1938 by Lee Byung-Chul. Samsung has products that range from apparel, chemicals, electronics, telecommunication equipment, medical equipment, semiconductors, and ships. The company has over 450,000 employees as of 2014.

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Indiegogo and Arrow have partnered together to create a crowdfund-to-production platform that is aimed at supporting both of the individual technology entrepreneurs. This partnership was struck with the intention that the crowd-funded companies would be able to scale much faster than ever before in terms of bringing their products to the market.

Arrow will be integrating their design and production platform into Indiegogo’s crowdfunding engine. This will grant qualifying Indiegogo entrepreneurs with direct online access to Arrow’s design tools, prototype services, supply chain management, engineering experts and manufacturing support which is all encompassed in a first of its kind program. This package of benefits is worth up to $500,000. Arrow will also assess select Indiegogo campaigns for manufacturability, technical feasibility and overall impact with Arrow-supported campaigns given a special Arrow badge denotation on the Indiegogo site.

In addition to all of the technical and design support Arrow also will provide discounts on bills of materials and technology-design software along with access to dedicated design engineers that are available to help solve the most complex design challenges via live video collaboration platform offered through Arrow.com. Solar Roadways which is a project intended to turn roads into renewable energy sources was launched on Indiegogo and with Arrow’s product support is currently installing its first project in Idaho after raising more than $2.2 million in funding. Another Indiegogo campaign being supported by Arrow is JIBO, which is the world’s first social robot for home.

The project raised over $3 million dollars in funding and once again supported by Arrow’s design engineering support and services. JIBO robots are currently on track to a home near you. Indiegogo CEO David Mandelbrot can barely contain his excitement over the union and believes its strengthens their commitment to entrepreneurs along with spurring monumental growth “among tech and IoT projects on Indiegogo due in part because our team is constantly developing new ways to help entrepreneurs with support beyond funding.”

Finally as an added bonus, Arrow brings massive visibility through the Arrow technology-focused media network by featuring select technology campaigns on Arrow.com which generates over 50 million page views a month.

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Qualcomm has charted a plan to bring 5G services and enhance mobile broadband. Current versions of the prototype system for the 5G New Radio (NR) speculate of a possible two stage introduction of 5G. The system operates in the sub-6GHz spectrum bands, not in the frequency bands expected of 28-65GHz. To reach this, the market has to patiently wait as new technology for the T- Centric 5G program advances that will help it reach the expected data capabilities. 5G will pave the way for changes in networking and communication standards that are sure to benefit the next generation of systems. Those beneficiaries include those in the motorized, manufacturing, and health sectors.

Using frequency bands below 6GH allows Qualcomm to reach a pervasive network coverage that is also flexible. This will also lead Qualcomm from the standardization of 3GPP to a OFDM based 5G NR air interface. Advancements are still currently underway that allow the tracking of 3GPP. Additionally, this ensures 5G NR trials with mobile operators will continue to move forward in a timely manner.

Essentially, technicians are developing 5G to allow multi-mode connectivity in which different types of networks are connected at the same time on a single device. This way, 5G, 4G, and Wi-Fi could be connected all at once. At the moment, Qualcomm continues to work with China Mobile Communications to develop radio chips and other electronic parts in support of the 5G network.

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A new method to mass produce semiconducting nano-particles for light-emitting displays, sensors, solar panels and biomedical applications has recently began picking up steam as a result of a demonstration by researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory. While there are countless potential applications for zinc sulfide nano-particles which is a type of quantum dot that is a semiconductor, the high cost and limited availability has been the primary obstacle to their widespread use.

This could change though due to a scalable ORNL technique that was outlined in a paper recently published in Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology. The ORNL bio-manufacturing technique is centered on a platform technology that can also produce nano-meter size semiconducting materials as well as magnetic, photo-voltaic, catalytic and phosphor materials and differs from  conventional inorganic approaches that uses expensive precursors, toxic chemicals, high temperatures and high pressures.

ORNL's Ji-Won Moon led a team and used bacteria fed by inexpensive sugar at a temperature of 150 degrees Fahrenheit in 25- and 250-gallon reactors  which ultimately produced about three-fourths of a pound of zinc sulfide nano-particles all without process optimization therefore leaving room for even higher yields. ORNL's bio-manufactured quantum dot synthesis occurs outside of the cells which is a stark contrast to most biological synthesis technologies that occur inside the cell and as a result the nano-materials are produced as loose particles that are easy to separate through simple washing and centrifuging.

The results were extraordinary as the ORNL approach reduced production costs by more than 90% compared to traditional methods. ORNL’s approach to control material synthesis at the nano-meter scale with sufficiently high reliability, reproducible and yield to be cost effective is the end game for all successful bio-manufacturing of light-emitting or semiconducting nano-particles.

Moon said,

Since bio-manufacturing can control the quantum dot diameter, it is possible to produce a wide range of specifically tuned semiconducting nano-materials, making them attractive for a variety of applications that include electronics, displays, solar cells, computer memory, energy storage, printed electronics and bio-imaging.

The researchers of ORNL envisions their quantum dots being used initially in buffer layers of photo-voltaic cells and other thin film-based devices which will benefit tremendously from their electro-optical properties as light-emitting materials.

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Texas Instruments, the American electronics company which makes and designs semiconductors, has recently achieved the fastest 14bit ADC ever, with “one that works at 3Gsample/s, delivering an instantaneous 1.5GHz-per-channel bandwidth, enabling engineers to implement wide-band in-phase and quadrature-component receivers beyond 2.5 GHz,” said the company.

The dual-channel ADC32RF45 can be used for direct RF signal conversion up to 4GHz.

said Texas Instruments.

The first in a new data converter family, it eliminates up to four intermediate-frequency down-conversion stages in multi-band receivers.

For multi-band digital down-conversion, each and every analog to digital converter is capable of being connected to a dual-band DDC, or digital down-converter, with up to three autonomous, 16-bit numerically controlled oscillators, or NCOs, per digital down-converter for phase-coherent frequency hopping. The analog to digital converter is equipped with RMS power detectors and front-end peak with alarms to support external automatic gain control, or AGC, algorithms. Various applications are expected for this analog to digital converter, such as in software-defined radio, radar, test, wireless communication, measurement, radio astronomy, defense, and aerospace.

Noise-spectral density of -155dBFS/Hz, is claimed, as is a signal-to-noise ratio of 58.5dB with 1.8GHz on the input.

said Steve Bush from Electronics Weekly.

Volume production is planned for the third quarter of 2016 10x10mm 72pin QFN packaging. There is an evaluation kit, and the firm suggest its ADC be used alongside the LMH3404 7GHz dual-channel differential amplifier, LMX2592 9.8GHz frequency synthesizer and LMK04828 clock-jitters cleaner. In addition, the 66AK2L06 processor offers an alternative to FPGAs.

added Texas Instruments.

The device was on display at the International Microwave Symposium in San Francisco in May.

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In a recent visit to Hannover Messe exhibition, US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were given a demonstration of Germ  an IoT technology and a taste of Industrie 4.0 by Harting on its stand at the exhibition. The President and Chancellor were shown the Rinspeed “Etos” car which uses a MICA mini industrial computer as the neural interface between Cloud and machine which enables the systems and machines to function as part of the IoT. Etos was created by the group best known for building zero-emission aquatic cars, robot-driven EVs and shape-shifting smartphone controlled carriers.

The next-gen car has a custom bodywork covering the carbon fiber and aluminum structure of the BMW i8 and features a fully autonomous mode and eight HD exterior cameras that constantly track people and objects around it. The ETos comes with its own personalized drone which can peel off from the vehicle to complete tasks such as picking up a bouquet of flowers and dropping it off to your loved ones or taking epic selfies while the car drives you around. Industrie 4.0 is a current trend of automation and data exchange in manufacturing technologies which include cyber-physical systems, IoT and cloud computing.

The term was originally coined by the German government to promote the computerization of manufacturing. It is the fourth iteration of the industrial revolution with the first mobilizing the mechanization of production using steam power, the second through electric power and the third being the digital revolution using electronics and IT. There are four major design principles in Industrie 4.0 which are Interoperability, Information Transparency, Technical Assistance, and Decentralized Decisions.

The major characteristics of Industrie 4.0 revolves around the strong customization of products under the conditions of highly flexible mass production. Some large scale projects currently taking place in Industry 4.0 are the BMBF leading-edge cluster “Intelligent Technical Systems OstWestfalenLippe”, BMBF project RES-COM and Cluster of Excellence "Integrative Production Technology for High-Wage Countries". Big Data Analytics play a huge role in helping predict the possibility to increase productivity, quality and flexibility within the manufacturing industry which allows us to assess the advantages among the competition.

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While driving at night with your headlights off is a serious offense that could have catastrophic consequences, what if the person driving wasn’t you? What if it’s not a person at all? Ford Motor company have been testing autonomous vehicles getting their bearings during the night without any lights. If that sounds like science fiction to you that’s because at one point it was unfathomable that cars could even be autonomous but with the advent of technology and the massive funding and interest pouring in from the public for the ultimate convenience, cars that can drive themselves and passengers, are starting to become a reality.

The test vehicles were fitted with LIDAR sensors instead of headlights and cameras and Ford put it to the test on Ford’s Proving Ground in Arizona. As part of the carmaker’s Ford’s Smart Mobility program, the R&D department was implemented by Ford to drive all future-prone technology development projects ranging from digitization of mobility, connectivity and of course autonomous driving.

Ford believes that night rides will mark the next step towards developing completely autonomous vehicles. If Ford can prove that a car can rely entirely on LIDAR technology eliminating the need for cameras and visible light than the first major milestone will be accomplished. The LIDAR sensors can scan surroundings up to 2.8 million times a second and in connection with a high-resolution digital 3D road-map and the virtual driver software, the vehicle was able to follow twisting roads in a safe and precise manner utilizing LIDAR.

The data is then stored and compared to previous digital high-resolution comprehensive data to describe and navigate the road, geography, topography, and even traffic, trees and lights. LIDAR technology is quite expensive so it wasn’t until recently that developments in LIDAR technology has significantly become more cost-effective and widely available as a result. In co-operation with the RWTH technical university of Aachen (Germany), Ford is at the forefront of autonomous vehicles in Europe and is developing innovative HMI concepts that will be an indispensable part of the evolution from driver assistance system to one hundred percent fully autonomous vehicles.

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On May 6th 2016, Richard Wilson released an article on Electronics Weekly talking about how Intel i3 processors will be scaling for embedded modules that are COM. Intel has created and designed the XMC module that will come with an envelope that is conduction cooled. This Conduction cooled envelope is appropriate for carriers that are considered either open standard or custom. This includes carriers such as VPX and VME.

Concurrent Technologies are made the latest and greatest COM processor module which is based off the Intel Core processor. This Intel Core processor is the Skylake-H which is considered a 6th generation processor.

The XP B5X/MSD will have a 64GB solid state disk. The solid state disk will provide storage for the operating system.

Here is what Glen Fawcett, the Concurrent Technologies CEO wrote about this topic.

Most of our products are based around the premise that the Intel processor board is the center of a solution that scales by adding more boards in a rack or slot type of environment.

This XP B5x/msd module turns that concept around, allowing customers with a signal processing board to add an Intel processor module for control, storage and display purposes. This makes it simple to create solutions for applications like image analysis and signals intelligence.

Concurrent Technologies works in many fields. Some of these fields include: energy and environment, secure information technology solutions, education and training, logistics information systems, advanced intelligence solutions, and advanced engineering and manufacturing.

Concurrent Technologies has won the award for World’s Most Ethical Company four times by Ethisphere Institute. The headquarters are located in United Kingdom.

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Mercury Systems has just announced that the company received a $4.7 million dollar contract from the U.S. Government facility for their advanced digital transceivers to be used in an electronic warfare application capacity. Mercury Systems is expected to deliver the order which was booked during the company’s fiscal 2016 fourth quarter over the next several quarters spanning the next couple of years.

Charlie Hudnall, Vice-President and General Manager of Mercury’s Embedded Sensor Products group revealed that the reason the U.S. Government selected Mercury had to do with their ability to rapidly deliver high-performance transceivers for their critical EW defense program at an extremely cost-effective price. Hudnall beamed as he went further to remark that Mercury Systems is proud to be able to offer advanced digital products that will enhance the capabilities of their customer’s systems while marrying that with our own military’s ability to maintain strategic dominance in the electromagnetic spectrum.

Mercury Systems is one of the industry’s forefront leaders as a commercial provider of secure processing subsystems which are optimized for their customer’s needs and mission requirements while being wholly designed and made in the USA. Per Mercury Systems’ website, the company aims to leverage its experience in the radar and Electronic Warfare (EW) domain to offer solutions that addresses current and future war-fighter requirements while addressing the modern day challenges of vulnerability and systemic attacks across the whole RF spectrum.

They have maintained their positional dominance as the industry leader in coherent, fast-tuning, low-latency DRFM-based sub-systems and promises to deliver complex and highly-integrated system-level solutions at an affordable price and in the most expeditious manner. Electronic warfare (EW) refers to any action involving the use of electromagnetic spectrum or any kind of directed energy to control the spectrum, used in an attack against opposition or impede enemy assault via the spectrum.

EW is used to deny the enemy access and subsequently the advantage of the EM spectrum and by ensuring friendly access to the EM spectrum unimpeded. Being that EW can be applied from land, sea, air and space by manned and unmanned systems, it can target anything from humans, technology and weapons.

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