True 4G mobile backhaul: Key ingredients

As service providers deploy mobile backhaul for the growing wave of 3G services, it is important to keep requirements for emerging 4G services in mind. True 4G mobile backhaul includes three key ingredients – resiliency, synchronization and performance. Deploying true 4G mobile backhaul today protects the service provider’s investment in legacy 2G services while providing cost-effective backhaul for 3G services and laying the groundwork for the performance required to unleash 4G services.

AMD embedded G-Series APUs reduce power consumption for fanless designs

AMD Monday announced immediate availability of two new AMD Embedded G-Series APUs (Accelerated Processing Units) with thermal design power (TDP) ratings of 5.5 and 6.4 watts, up to a 39 percent power savings compared to earlier versions (versus the previously released single-core 9W TDP AMD Embedded G-Series APU model number T44R, operating at 1.2GHz).

Toshiba cautious on nuclear, eyes renewables including smart grid

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Toshiba Corp said it may need to push back by several years a target to capture 39 orders for nuclear reactors and that it would expand sales in renewables, amid tighter safety standards in the wake of the crisis at the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant.

Orders for four AP1000 reactors in China are on target, but approval delays in the United States and other countries could block the firm's goal to expand nuclear sales to 1 trillion yen ($12.2 billion) in four years, Toshiba said.

M2M device detects heart arrhythmia

Cinterion (Munich, Germany), a global provider of cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) communication modules and a Gemalto company, and TZ Medical (Portland, Ore.), a manufacturer of critical-care medical products, today announced Aera-CT, a lightweight and cost effective mHealth heart arrhythmia monitoring device. Equipped with the Cinterion MC75i module, the Aera-CT is expected to be commercially available in North America in Q3, 2011 followed by rolling launches throughout the world.

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Samsung selects Ethertronics for smartphone technology

Ethertonics (San Diego Calif.), a technology company enabling the future direction of mobile communications via its portfolio of antenna and RF solutions, today announced that its Isolated Magnetic Dipole (IMD) antenna technology is enabling broadband connectivity for Samsung's new Infuse 4G smartphone, which is being dubbed as the world's thinnest 4G smartphone.

In today's smartphones and the Infuse 4G in particular, designing an antenna solution that will support competitive form factor design, yet meet stringent RF specifications is challenging.

Leap opposes proposed AT&T acquisition of T-Mobile USA

Leap Wireless International, Inc. (San Diego, California), a provider of wireless communications services and its operating subsidiary, Cricket Communications, Inc., today announced their opposition to AT&T's proposed acquisition of T-Mobile USA, a nationwide competitor to AT&T and the nation's fourth largest wireless carrier.

According to a press release issued by Leap:

Tekelec introduces customer experience management portfolio

Tekelec (Morrisville, NC), the mobile broadband solutions company, introduced a new customer experience management (CEM) portfolio to correlate subscriber experiences, service usage, handset metrics as well as network and service accessibility and reliability. The resulting combination of network and service intelligence gives service providers a complete view of the subscriber experience within the network along with customized views to improve performance and deliver more personalized services.

Toyota cars to be "friends" with driver

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Toyota Motor Corp (Japan) and cloud computing company Salesforce.com Inc (San Francisco, CA) will build a social network service that will enable owners to become "friends" with their cars and get friendly, tweet-like reminders for maintenance checks and other notices.

The deal marks the second tie-up between the world's biggest automaker and a software company in as many months. Toyota and Microsoft Corp last month announced plans to bring Internet-connected services to Toyota's cars across the world.

RedMere launches most portable Micro-HDMI cable in Asia

RedMere (Balbriggan, Ireland), a supplier of smart active cable solutions, has announced the launch of Asia’s first ever ultra-thin, portable High Speed Micro-HDMI cables for ultra-portable devices such as the smartphone, tablet, digital camera and camcorder with Buffalo Kokuyo Supply Inc. in Japan. RedMere and Buffalo Kokuyo Supply Inc. successfully introduced Japan’s first ever smart ultra-slim HDMI cables with an embedded booster for use in home theatre, PCs, PC peripherals, satellite box and gaming high definition and 3D TV applications late last year.

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