admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) Downtown Farmington celebrates Halloween a little early, with a day of fun on Saturday, Oct. 28.Here’s Saturday’s line-up:Haunted Farmington Farmers Market9 a.m.-2 p.m., Walter E. Sundquist Farmington Pavilion and Riley Park. Look for costumed vendors, free pumpkin painting (while supplies last), a bounce house, music with Sinjon Smith, and a chef’s demo with Dan Maier from Novi’s Providence Hospital.Story time at the library11 a.m., Farmington Community Library Farmington branch, 23500 Liberty St. Kids are invited to enjoy some not-so-scary stories, crafts and activities.Free movie12 p.m., Farmington Civic Theater, 33332 Grand River. The theater hosts a free showing of “Monsters, Inc.” and a raffle drawing for prizes.Trick-or-treating & Halloween fun house2 p.m.-4 p.m. Participating Downtown Farmington businesses (look for balloons) will welcome costumed trick-or-treaters, and Earned Not Given Crossfit’s Halloween fun house will be open on the east side of The Groves shopping center.Get more local headlines sent toyour inbox every morning (except Sunday). Reported by
Farmington Voice Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window) The Farmington & Farmington Hills Foundation for Youth & Families (FFHFYF) annual Gala Dinner, held on May 17 at Steven Lelli’s on the Green, honored a long-time Farmington Hills volunteer and raised more than $30,000 to support local programs and organizations.Carol Greening, left, is pictured with FFHFYF Trustee Lynn Halton. (Contributed)Carol Greening received the 2019 Riley Award for Altruism, presented each year to a resident who has made a significant contribution to the communities of Farmington and Farmington Hills. Actively involved in many areas, Greening has volunteered with the CARES of Farmington Hills food pantry (formerly St Alexander’s food pantry), FAST, FFHFYF and the Farmington Area Interfaith Association.One of the beautiful centerpieces made by Visions Unlimited shows food items that go into backpacks for kids in need. (Contributed)Centerpieces were made by the students of Visions Unlimited and contained some of the food items sent home every week with eligible students through the Farmington Public Schools Bountiful Backpack Program, which is supported by FFHFYF.Judge Marla Parker, right, presented the Riley Award for Altruism to Carol Greening. (Contributed)FFHFYF has supported programs and providing funds to improve the quality of life for children, youth and families in need since 1995. To find out more about FFHFYF, the Bountiful Backpack Program, or the grant award cycle, call 248-426-1190 or write to email@example.com.–Press release Reported by
AWR Corporation, the innovation leader in HF EDA, will offer a broad range of opportunities for current and prospective customers to learn more about its AWR 2011 software release, inclusive of Microwave Office™ ,AXIEM® and Visual System Simulator™ software. In addition to in booth #1618 demonstrations of key new features and enhancements contained with AWR 2011, AWR will present 9 talks within the MicroApps Theater as well as host “Spotlight Talks” within the AWR booth that highlights key customers/partner adoption of AWR software. SPOTLIGHT TALKS (AWR Booth 1618) AWR partner companies like Anritsu, Cadence, Cree, M/A-COM, National Instruments and Rohde & Schwarz, will demonstrate their use of AWR software as it pertains to their own product development efforts within the AWR booth on Tuesday, June 7th and Wednesday, June 8th beginning at 1:00pm. The full schedule for these “Spotlight” Talks can be found at: www.awrcorp.com/IMS-2011/. MicroApps (MicroApps Theater) AWR will also present and/or co-present at 9 MicroApps talks during IMS2011. Schedule includes: Tuesday, June 7th: 9:50 Practical Methods for Estimating the Q of Spiral Inductors Using EM Planar Simulators (AWR) 10:10 Tools for Creating FET and MMIC Thermal Profiles (AWR & CapeSym 14:50 Emergence of the Online Design Center (AWR & Transim Technology Corp.) 15:10 Design for Manufacturing: Yield analysis During EM Simulation (AWR) Wednesday, June 8th: 9:50 Customized, Deembedded Ports in 3D Planar EM Tools: Extending Deembedding to Arbitrary Geometries (AWR) 11:30 Design Benefits of Integrating Simulation and Measurement Environments: An LNA Example (AWR) 13:50 Simulation and Evaluation of Communications Systems in Conformance With Third-and Fourth-Generation wireless Standards (AWR) Thursday, June 9th 9:10 System-Level Simulation in the Design of Advanced Radar Systems (AWR) 14:30 Beyond the S-Parameter: The Benefit of Nonlinear Device Models (AWR) Lastly, AWR will also host two additional social events during IMS that offer the opportunity for more casual conversation and camaraderie. AWR’s 7th Annual Appreciation Party “AWR GAMES 2011” (Hard Rock Café) You are never too old to have more fun! Mark your calendars now and reserve your seat at the 7th Annual AWR Appreciation Party. This popular, annual event will be held on Wednesday, June 8 from 7 pm to midnight at the Inner Harbor waterfront Hard Rock Cafe. Advance registration is required at www.awrgames.com. Customers, partners, prospects and friends of AWR are all welcome to enjoy this fun event with us. IEEE-MTT-S Women in Microwave (WIM) Engineering Reception (Hilton Lobby Bar) AWR Vice President of Marketing Sherry Hess has again organized this event, which will take place on Tuesday, June 7 from 6 to 8 pm at the Lobby Bar at the Hilton Convention Center Hotel. This event is open to both woman and men however advanced registration is required: firstname.lastname@example.org
NXP Semiconductors and Freescale Semiconductor have announced the completion of the merger which was announced in March 2015. The merger has created a high performance mixed signal semiconductor industry leader, with combined revenue of over $10 billion. The merged entity will continue operations as NXP Semiconductors N.V. and has become the market leader in automotive semiconductor solutions and in general purpose microcontroller (MCU) products. As previously announced, the transaction is expected to be accretive to NXP non-GAAP earnings in 2016, and NXP anticipates achieving cost savings of $200 million in 2016 with a clear path to $500 million of annual cost synergies.This merger has created an industry powerhouse focused on the high growth opportunities in the Smarter World, capitalizing on the emerging opportunities offered by the accelerating demand for connectivity, processing and security. They expect to continue to significantly out-grow the overall market, drive world-class profitability and generate even more cash, allowing us to continue creating significant value for NXP’s shareholders.NXP also today announced the closing of the divestiture of its RF Power business to Jianguang Asset Management Co. Ltd (“JAC Capital”), after receiving official confirmation that JAC Capital has deposited the required funds at its bank in China to pay the purchase price. The cash proceeds for the sale will be received later this month following the required regulatory filings for cross-border transfers of funds from China. NXP has obtained bridge financing until the funds are received. The new company formed out of NXP’s RF Power Business is called Ampleon. You can read about it here
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) has announced that their next major release will be introduced some time in late 2016 or early 2017. This new release will be called Bluetooth 5 and will include significantly increased range, speed, and broadcast messaging capabilities. Extending range will deliver robust, reliable Internet of Things (IoT) connections that make full-home, building and outdoor use cases a reality. Higher speeds will send data faster and optimize responsiveness. Increasing broadcast capacity will propel the next generation of “connectionless” services like beacons and location-relevant information and navigation. These Bluetooth advancements open up more possibilities and enable SIG companies (over 30,000 member companies) to build an accessible, interoperable IoT.Mark Powell, executive director of the Bluetooth SIG said – “Bluetooth 5 will transform the way people experience the IoT by making it something that happens simply and seamlessly around them.” Increasing operation range will enable connections to IoT devices that extend far beyond the walls of a typical home, while increasing speed supports faster data transfers and software updates for devices. And now with the ability to broadcast a much richer set of information, Bluetooth 5 will make beacons, location awareness, and other connectionless services an even more relevant part of an effortless and seamless IoT experience.This new technology will quadruple range and double speed of low energy connections while increasing the capacity of connectionless data broadcasts by 800 percent. It achieves all this alongside its industry-leading low power performance. With the major boost in broadcast messaging capacity, the data being transferred will be richer, more intelligent. This will redefine the way Bluetooth devices transmit information, moving away from the app-paired-to-device model to a connectionless IoT where there is less need to download an app or connect the app to a device.There are over 8 billion Bluetooth products in use, and the enhancements in Bluetooth 5 and planned future Bluetooth technical advancements mean that Bluetooth will be in more than one-third of all installed IoT devices by 2020. According to a report by ABI Research, More than 371 million Bluetooth enabled beacons are projected to ship by 2020. With eight times the broadcast messaging capacity, Bluetooth 5 will further propel the adoption and deployment of beacons and location-based services in the home automation, enterprise, and industrial markets. In scenarios where contextual awareness like navigation and pin-point location are crucial – such as hassle-free airport navigation experiences, asset tracking of warehouse inventory, emergency response, even smart city infrastructure that helps the visually impaired be more mobile – Bluetooth 5 will send custom information people actually find useful in that moment without connection and application barriers.
TRX Systems has introduced NEON WiFi Mapper. The WiFi Mapper enables simple and fast multi-floor site surveys and heatmap analysis. This solution is ideal for measuring, troubleshooting and documenting RF coverage and performance of 802.11wireless LANs.WiFi Mapper is an Android-based application deployed with a small, wearable tracking unit that enables seamless tracking of indoor and outdoor WiFi signal levels. These can then be geo-referenced to a 3D building model. WiFi Mapper greatly reduces the time to accurately document the site survey and deliver actionable data in complex buildings and campus environments by automatically geo-referencing the signal readings and recording the measurements in 3D.NEON WiFi Mapper has a number of unique capabilities that only a 3D solution can provide including the ability to seamlessly combine and compare heatmaps to show network changes, to geo-reference notes and pictures that are stored and visualized in 3D, and to generate reports with 3D images and WiFi data. Most importantly, this innovative new solution for IT managers and technicians enables quick analysis of signal coverage and faster problem resolution by delivering the industry’s only indoor and outdoor real-time 3D heatmap visualization. Click here to learn more.
More than 10 years ago, some AT&T Labs engineers worked on earlier experiments to deliver BPL. Back then, broadband merely meant megabit speeds. The technology worked well, but couldn’t keep up with the move to higher speeds. So, the engineers shifted their focus from BPL to millimeter wave (mmWave) technology, and became curious about combining mmWave and powerlines. No one in the industry had connected these technologies together yet.Some of the first experiments involved transmitting data signals using funnels from a local auto parts store covered with aluminum foil, placed next to unenergized power cables. These tests produced unexpected positive results, creating the foundation of Project AirGig’s development – transporting mmWaves over powerlines.Now, they have more than 200 patents and patent applications for Project AirGig. AT&T Labs engineers and scientists invented low-cost plastic antennas, a Radio Distributed Antenna System (RDAS), mmWave surface wave launchers and inductive power devices. The RDAS will reconstruct signals for multi-gigabit mobile and fixed deployments. A typical DAS carries cellular signals throughout buildings and stadiums, using fiber and/or coaxial cables to transmit analog signals.With the RDAS, AT&T found a system design to effectively deliver not just broadband, but also mobile traffic. The mmWave surface wave launchers and inductive power devices can power themselves without a direct electrical connection. These devices create a multi-gigabit signal that travels along or near the wire – not through it. This signal means connected experiences become an everyday reality for people – regardless of location.Whether in a big city or rural town, things like 4K mobile video streaming, virtual reality and smart cities become possible. These antennas and devices along power lines effectively deliver broadband and mobile traffic. No need to build new towers. No need to bury new cables in the ground.Future field trials will demonstrate how Project AirGig will work to support the smart grid technologies used by power companies, such as meter, appliance and usage control systems and early detection of powerline integrity issues. The trials will also evaluate the technology during inclement weather, such as rain, snow and high winds. Importantly, we can more precisely determine the cost of deployment while maintaining the highest signal quality for a customer. AT&T is in advanced discussions with power companies and others to kickstart Project AirGig in at least two locations by this fall. AirGig is a transformative technology from AT&T Labs that could one day deliver low-cost, multi-gigabit wireless internet speeds using power lines. One of the planned locations will be in the United States with others to be determined in the coming months.AT&T has experimented with this unique, patented broadband-over-power lines (BPL) technology at its outdoor facility for some time with positive results. These results led to the development of new innovations like the Radio Distributed Antenna System (RDAS). Now, they are closer to taking their trials to the next level. This technology will be easier to deploy than fiber, can run over license-free spectrum and can deliver ultra-fast wireless connectivity to any home or handheld wireless device. They designed Project AirGig literally from the ground up to be both practical and transformational.AT&T is focused on delivering a gigabit-per-second speed everywhere we can with our wired and wireless technologies. Project AirGig represents a key invention in its 5G Evolution approach. AT&T Labs is ‘writing the textbook’ for a new technology approach that has the potential to deliver benefits to utility companies and bring this multi-gigabit, low-cost internet connectivity anywhere there are power lines – big urban market, small rural town, globally.In the last several years, AT&T has seen staggering usage growth on their wireless network – data has increased about 250,000% since 2007, and the majority of that traffic is video. This trend is not going to stop, with the rise of 4K mobile video streaming, augmented and virtual reality, smart homes and cities, autonomous vehicles and more. And they are working to provide connectivity everywhere, so its customers can enjoy these technologies seamlessly, wherever they are.
New Treatment Uses Radio Frequency Technology to Provide Relief from Chronic Osteoarthritis Knee Pain
Halyard Health, a medical technology company focused on eliminating pain, speeding recovery and preventing infection, has announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has cleared its COOLIEF Cooled Radiofrequency (Cooled RF) thermal treatment for the relief of chronic moderate to severe knee pain caused by osteoarthritis (OA). This is the first and only RF treatment to be cleared specifically to relieve OA knee pain, COOLIEF RF is a minimally invasive, thermal radio frequency pain management system using water-cooled technology to safely deactivate pain-causing sensory nerves.This new clearance is based on results from a 151-patient prospective, randomized multi-center study comparing COOLIEF Cooled RF to intra-articular steroid injections in patients suffering from knee pain due to osteoarthritis. In 74.1 percent of the cooled RF patient group, pain was reduced by at least 50 percent at six months and maintained in over 65.4 percent of those patients for a full 12 months post procedure. At baseline, 67.1 percent of the cooled RF group and 62.7 percent of the steroid injection group reported symptoms of severe arthritis. Results indicate that six months post-procedure, only 5.2 percent of the cooled RF group reported the same severity level versus 37.3 percent of patients treated with steroid injections, as measured by the Oxford Knee Score. In addition, the cooled RF patient group’s Oxford Knee Score remained low for 12 months with only 11.5 percent reporting severe symptoms at that point. The Oxford Knee Score is a validated outcomes instrument designed to assess function and pain associated with the knee.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, OA affects over 30 million adults in the U.S. and is caused by the damage and breakdown of cartilage between bones that can lead to joint pain, swelling and stiffness. The prevalence of OA is on the rise as both the age and weight of Americans continue to increase. As cases of OA increase, so do associated economic costs including treatment, adaptation of lives and homes to help patients manage pain caused by the disease, and lost work productivity.Surgery can be beneficial in properly selected patients, but due to BMI, age, co-morbidities, invasiveness or lack of necessary support systems, some patients are either not candidates for surgery, or are forced to delay surgery. Patients suffering from chronic knee pain wait an average of nine years until they are ready or qualify for surgery.Prior to surgery, initial treatments for knee pain often include nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, opioids and steroid injections. Medication provides only short-term relief and comes with serious risks, which include opioid abuse and dependence. According to the Mayo Clinic, one in four patients prescribed opioid painkillers is at risk to progress to episodic or long-term prescription use. Healthcare providers are becoming more conservative in the use of opioids to reduce associated complications such as nausea, respiratory depression, and even death. Steroid injections can provide relief for months at a time, but may have to be repeated for continued pain relief.To learn more about COOLIEF, click here.
I2R Nanowave has released a new rapidly tunable electronic filtering technology that can be used to develop high pass, low pass, band pass and band stop filter topologies with high Q, and deep rejection bands.The INW-ETF electronically tunable filter (ETF) is an electronic scanning filter capable of agile frequency selection over multi GHz bandwidths. It is ideal for signal analysis, signal discrimination and post-filtering applications. The filter’s bandwidth and stop band rejection can be customized based on application. It features sub-100uS tuning time with greater than 50 dB stop band rejection at X band and a 3 dB pass band of less than 200 kHz. Click here to learn more.
Amphenol RF has launched a new ATC-PS Series of amplitude and phase stable test cables. These pre-configured SMA assemblies are designed for high performance applications which require minimal insertion and return loss. They are ideal for test and measurement applications up to 20 GHz and each assembly is tested to ensure electrical and mechanical performance.The new series of cable assemblies is available in standard lengths of 24, 36, 48, and 72 inches, as well as 1 meter with custom lengths also available upon request. The ultra low loss cable assemblies feature a robust strain relief construction to ensure stability of the center contact relative to the connector body. This rigidity allows for optimal performance and consistent phase stability of ±5°.The connectors are precision machined from stainless steel to provide enhanced durability of over 5,000 mating cycles. Connectors are terminated to triple shielded coaxial cable with FEP jacket featuring strip braid construction to provide low attenuation with maximum shielding effectiveness. Click here to learn more about these cables.