Earth-digging robot could make laying underground cables much easier and cheaper

A robot developed by the MIT university could help bring down the enormous costs of laying underground and undersea cables. 

The machine is being called RoboClam – because it was based on how clams behave – is a relatively small device and it’s been called “the Ferrari of underwater diggers” because it’s particularly good at digging through soft, watery soil, or sand.

It was developed by MIT’s Department of Mechanical Engineering, along with Bluefin Robotics, and the team was led by Anete Hosoi.  Continue reading Earth-digging robot could make laying underground cables much easier and cheaper

5G telecommunications networks being constructed in many places around the world

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Fifth generation mobile telecommunication networks – or 5G – are being created in many places around the world, including the US, China and Europe. 

Currently, the majority of mobile device users access either 3G or 4G networks, which both have significantly lower data rates than 5G.

The table below has some basic numbers for how fast each network is – in megabits per second – and dates of when they were operational, or in the case of 5G when it will be.  Continue reading 5G telecommunications networks being constructed in many places around the world

New RF connector system for small cells to debut at Electronica 2016

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Library photo of Huber+Suhner connectors

Huber+Suhner, in partnership with Radiall and Rosenberger, is developing a new RF connector system for small cell applications, which will make its debut at Electronica 2016. 

As the telecommunications industry moves towards smaller equipment and small cell approach, the radios and antennas also become more compact demanding high-performing coaxial RF connectors in a small size.

By joining the expertise of three leading RF connector manufacturers in the telecommunications industry, the target has been to develop a small coaxial connector system which will meet existing and future demands of small cell networks for 4G and upcoming 5G networks.  Continue reading New RF connector system for small cells to debut at Electronica 2016

Toyota partners with KDDI to develop global connectivity platform for autonomous vehicles

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Toyota and KDDI jointly promote establishment of global communications platform to support car connectivity 

Toyota has set out on a mission to prepare the world for connected and autonomous vehicles by partnering with telecommunications provider KDDI to establish a global connectivity network.

Toyota says the platform will bring “greater connectivity” to its vehicles throughout the world.

The company says the network will need to be “a broad-reaching, robust communications platform and the use of a uniform data communications module (DCM) will be essential”.  Continue reading Toyota partners with KDDI to develop global connectivity platform for autonomous vehicles