CTIA: TI integrates GPS with Bluetooth, ULP and FM Product News 3/31/2008 Post a comment Texas Instruments has leveraged its Digital RF Processing (DRP) technology to integrate assisted GPS (A-GPS) capability with Bluetooth 2.1 EDR, ULP and FM to lower power and space requirements on handsets starting in the $70 to $100 range.
HD video line buffering in FPGA Design How-To 3/28/2008 Post a comment Complex video processing algorithms -- encoding, motion estimation, and scaling -- implemented using FPGAs need access to various pixel values within a single frame or across multiple frames. The required video line buffers within an FPGA make video applications memory intensive.
Digital signal controllers integrate 16-bit audio DAC module Product News 3/26/2008 Post a comment Microchip Technology announced six 28- and 44-pin 16-bit dsPIC digital signal controllers with a dual-channel, 100-ksps, 16-bit audio DAC module for price- or size-conscious embedded system designers who require improved audio performance or wish to add audio playback to existing embedded applications.
Digital-to-analog Conversion is everywhere Design How-To 3/26/2008 Post a comment Only a few know the differences in architecture and what advantages and disadvantages a string architecture has over an R2R ladder, and vice versa. Knowing the differences and how those general purpose DACs work enables the designer to choose the best DAC for their application. This article will shed some light on the basic operation of DACs and will give some answers to questions you always wanted to know.
It's out of my hands RF & Microwave Designline Blog 3/26/2008 Post a comment Recently, in my home state of NJ, police received the authority to stop and fine motorists for using hand-held cell phones while they drive. But are we actually safer?
PCB Piezotronics : Preamplifier suits high-temp. applications Product News 3/25/2008 Post a comment PCB Piezotronics has released the HT426E01 preamplifier, designed to overcome high temperature testing challenges associated with NVH powertrain and vehicle underhood testing applications, and to broaden options for NVH test engineers collecting acoustic data in high temperature areas.
SP3T antenna switch targets 2.4- to 2.5-GHz band News & Analysis 3/25/2008 Post a comment The SKY13309-370 LF, from Skyworks Solutions, is a single pole three throw (SP3T) antenna switch for the 2.4-2.5 gigahertz (GHz) band. It is ideal for a wide variety of wireless applications, including WLAN and Bluetooth systems.
Radio Architectures, Pt 5: ADCs and Receivers Design How-To 3/24/2008 Post a comment Wish you knew more about radio architectures? Then this series is for you. This final part takes a closer look at the importance of ADCs in relation to front end design and offers a case study of a communications receiver.
Software-Defined Radio Platforms Design How-To 3/24/2008 Post a comment A team at IMEC recently took the design complexity hurdle. They designed and demonstrated an SDR on MPSoCs, using advanced methods such as electronic system-level (ESL) design and co-emulation.