Mobile Devices

OriginGPS’ Nano Module Powers Tiny Zano Drone

December 9, 2014By
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What flies, takes selfies and fits in the palm of your hand? The tiny Zano drone. Zano is a portable aerial photography and video platform designed for consumers that measures 65 x 65 millimeters and weighs 55 grams. Torquing Group, who is developing Zano with the help of a successful Kickstarter campaign, said that Zano’s ability to fly autonomously will provide new possibilities for users seeking to capture images... read more

u-blox Inside Explosion-Proof Smartphone

December 9, 2014By
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Bartec Pixavi has launched the “Impact X intrinsically safe smartphone” based on u-blox’ rugged 3G cellular module technology designed for devices used in tough industrial and outdoor environments. Bartec Pixavi is a manufacturer of mobile devices used in hazardous or explosive environments such as oil platforms, mines and chemical plants. “Our Impact X smartphone is designed with the most robust, reliable and safe components available to... read more

Broadcom Launches Location Hub with Galileo Support for Smartphones

December 2, 2014By

Broadcom Corporation has announced a GNSS location hub that supports Galileo. Along with Galileo, the Broadcom BCM4774 simultaneously supports GPS, GLONASS, SBAS, QZSS and the BeiDou satellite systems. With a planned deployment of up to 30 additional satellites for Galileo, smartphones with built-in support for this new system will experience an even higher level of accuracy and better positioning with faster times to... read more

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u-blox GNSS Timing Modules Designed for Upgrades

December 1, 2014By
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u‑blox has announced the NEO-M8T and LEA-M8T precision timing modules, which are able to generate a precise reference clock with <20 ns accuracy. The receivers offer high sensitivity (-157 dBm signal acquisition with assisted GNSS) that allows quick start-up inside structures with limited sky view. The precise reference clock is derived from multi-GNSS including GPS, GLONASS, and BeiDou. The LEA-M8T module is footprint... read more

Report: Moto 360 Leads First Wave of Android Wearables

November 24, 2014By
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Nearly 5 million smart and basic wearable bands shipped in Q3 2014, with total unit shipments increasing 37% quarter on quarter as Android Wear made its mark for the first time, according to a report by independent analyst company Canalys. Motorola Mobility’s Moto 360 was by far the most successful of the initial Android Wear devices, accounting for more than 15%... read more

Handheld CEO Predicts Mobile Computing Trends for 2015

November 24, 2014By
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Jerker Hellström, founder and CEO of Handheld Group, has identified three key trends in mobile computing in 2015. Handheld is a maker of rugged computers for professionals. His predictions: 1.    Larger displays even for rugged mobile computers.  “Rugged laptops, tablets, PDAs and smartphones continue to be the fastest growing market mobile computer segment, and just like the screen size of smartphones for the... read more

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Buddy Launches Platform to Access Connected Device Data

November 20, 2014By

Buddy Platform, Inc., has launched its new platform that hosts and manages data generated by any connected device, enabling measurement of a device from the moment it’s turned on throughout its entire lifecycle. This data, often referred to as “telemetry data,” conveys information about the performance and usage of the device, and is now accessible from any common BI tool. Buddy helps... read more

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NTLab Launches GNSS RF Front-End with Reduced Power Consumption

November 12, 2014By

NTLab, a fabless microelectronic company based in Belarus, is offering the NT1051 dual-channel multi-frequency (L1/L2/L3/L5) mutli-system (GPS/GLONASS/Galileo/BeiDou) RF front end. Manufactured in 0.18 um TSMC BiCMOS technology, it provides operability of the GNSS receiver even if interference power is 120-dB higher than the satellite signal. The chip was designed to bring benefits of high-grade GNSS receivers to portable devices. To allow reliable... read more