Top RF Articles of 2008 Design How-To 11/28/2008 Post a comment It's been another excellent year for RF DesignLine, and thanks to all of you for your comments, contributions, and insights. Here are the top articles that you voted for this year with your "clicks."
Nujira touts PA efficiency advance in handsets News & Analysis 11/28/2008 Post a comment Power amplifier specialist Nujira (Cambridge, England) is claiming PAs in handsets that use its High Accuracy Tracking technology are twice as efficient during HSUPA transmissions, and 1.5 times as efficient during W-CDMA transmissions, than the same PA with a standard constant voltage (CV) supply as widely deployed in the industry today.
3-D memristor chip debuts News & Analysis 11/26/2008 Post a comment Memristors technology got a boost recently from Hewlett-Packard Labs, which described the first 3-D memristor chip at a conference in Berkeley, Calif.
NXP, Phonak team for enhanced acoustics Product News 11/26/2008 Post a comment NXP Semiconductors and Phonak have jointly developed a single chip ultra low power radio for use in hearing systems that is being integrated into Phonak's forthcoming range of hearing aids and wireless accessories.
Italy plays host to MEMS 2009 Product News 11/25/2008 Post a comment The advance registration deadline of November 30th is about to expire for the 22nd IEEE International Conference on Micro Electro Mechanical Systems (MEMS 2009).
Analog Profile: Jim Solomon News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment As part of the 'Analog Profiles' series in which we dig a little deeper into the backgrounds of the people shaping the analog sector, ADLE interviews Jim Solomon, Executive Chairman at Gemini Design Technology.
Zigbee-based demand-response systems reduce home energy usage Design How-To 11/25/2008 5 comments Households consume one-fifth of the nation's energy each year, with 60 percent of that consumption in the form of electricity. At the same time, utilities are struggling to manage the peak energy demand dilemma, where about 10 percent of electric generating capacity exists only to be used less than one percent of the time.
Association tips 30 European startups News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment A two-day conference organized by the European Tech Tour Association and held in Montreux, Switzerland, provided a platform for 30 startups to present to an audience of venture capitalists, bankers and senior industry executives as well as to their peers at similar companies.
ISSCC points to tomorrow's cellphone News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment Chip designs to be described at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in February will show a future for cellphones that pack 32 Gbits of flash, play high def video and range across networks from the oldest GSM to the latest 3G.
ADI's profit jumps; plans to cut costs 10% News & Analysis 11/25/2008 Post a comment Analog Devices reported a net income of $143.9 million for the fiscal fourth quarter ended Nov. 1, an increase of 4 percent over the prior quarter and an increase of 47 percent over the same period of 2007.
Renault-Nissan mobilizes e-cars in Portugal News & Analysis 11/24/2008 1 comment In a move to promote emission-free individual mobility, the government of Portugal and automotive OEM alliance Renault-Nissan will establish a network of battery charging stations for electrical cars in that country. The vehicles will be provided by Renault-Nissan.
Revell RC Helicopter: Fun with mechatronics Design How-To 11/24/2008 1 comment Even if you're not a kid (at least in age) the toy section of stores can hold some intriguing electronic gems and we'll take a look at a remote-control (RC) device in the form of Revell's RC helicopter.
High voltage LDO has 3µA IQ Product News 11/21/2008 Post a comment Linear Technology Corp.'s LT3008 is the newest member in a family of high voltage, micropower PNP-based LDOs, featuring quiescent current of 3µA.
ST joins MIT industry consortium Product News 11/21/2008 Post a comment Geneva-based chipmaker STMicroelectronics NV announced it is the first European company to join the Microsystems Industrial Group (MIG) industry consortium at the Microsystems Technology Laboratories, an interdepartmental laboratory supporting research and education in micro- and nanosystems at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Build low power video SoCs with programmable multi-core video processor IP Design How-To 11/21/2008 Post a comment Low power programmable multi core video processor IP, requiring lower clock frequencies and voltages, achieves efficient parallelism using specialized blocks for common video processing computations -- including H.264 encode and decode -- while maintaining flexibility for future upgrades. With power consumption comparable to ASICs, this SoC architecture scales to 1080p and beyond.
UWB chip pioneers Staccato and Artimi merge News & Analysis 11/20/2008 Post a comment Ultrawideband and Wireless USB chip and software specialists Artimi (Cambridge, England) and Staccato Communications (San Diego, Calif.) have merged, with the new entity also closing a $20 million round of equity financing.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.