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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.


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