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"Goodby, UWB, we hardly knew you", or: What happened to ultrawideband?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
10/31/2009   4 comments
UWB was supposed to be the next big thing, but things didn't quite work out as promoted
Slideshow: Japan loves 3-D, veggies from LEDs
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10/30/2009   1 comment
We toured a flat-panel display and "green" device forum in Yokohama, Japan, and also found plenty of e-readers and some interesting applications for LEDs.
RECENTLY INTRODUCED ANALOG (and related) PRODUCTS, October 30, 2009 edition
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10/30/2009   Post a comment
Here is our frequently updated, linked list of new analog ICs and related products
'Roadrunner' supercomputer verifying U.S. nuke reliability
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Los Alamos National Laboratory is using the world's fastest supercomputer, dubbed "Roadrunner," to run extremely accurate simulations to verify the reliability of the U.S. nuclear stockpile.
Motorola swings to Q3 profit on cost cutting
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Motorola Inc. fought its way back into black territory in the third quarter by sharply reducing costs throughout its operations although sales continues to fall and the company yielded market share in the mobile handset segment.
Arasan integrates IP into Cadence verification kit
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10/29/2009   Post a comment
Cadence will engineer Arasan's MIPI design IP into the Cadence Incisive Verification Kit, which incorporates Cadence-developed MIPI-based verification IP, example flows, user workshops and documented best practices.
Bluetooth group drops ultrawideband, eyes 60 GHz
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10/29/2009   6 comments
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has shelved any plans to use the ultrawideband technology it acquired from the WiMedia Alliance when that group decided in March it would fold, and in its place is conducting due diligence on 60 GHz technology as a possible transport for a future high-rate Bluetooth.
Linear Tech : Downconverting mixers satisfy 4th generation LTE
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology’s LTC554x family of four high dynamic range downconverting mixers covers the 700MHz to 4GHz wireless infrastructure frequency range.
Silicon Labs seeks to unify touch interfaces
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories Inc. has launched a mixed-signal silicon and software initiative for developing human interfaces for touch-, proximity- and ambient light-sensitive devices.
Conexant launches SoC line for embedded audio applications
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10/28/2009   Post a comment
Conexant Systems has launched an audio system-on-chip (SoC) product line for embedded audio and voice applications.
Hyperlens harnesses metamaterials for ultrasound, sonar
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Researchers say they have harnessed metamaterials to fabricate the first acoustic hyperlens, potentially offering an eight-fold increase ultrasound and sonar image resolution.
IEDM to detail SRAM research firsts
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
Researchers will detail impressive achievements in SRAM memory cell developments in two technical papers at this year's IEDM.
WiMAX 802.16e compliant radio targets 5 GHz spectrum
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10/27/2009   Post a comment
BFi OPTiLAS claims to offer the first WiMAX 802.16e compliant radio solution for use in the 5 GHz spectrum released by leading Broadband Wireless vendor Alvarion.
SiRFstarIV modules deliver enhanced GPS receiver capability
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10/27/2009   1 comment
The first modules, from Vincotech, based on the latest SiRFstarIV technology integrated into the GSD4e chip from CSR open the door for enhanced GPS receiver capability across a broad range of customer applications, including telematics, commercial and consumer mobile devices, providing a significantly improved level of performance.
3-axis MEMs gyro chip debuts
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
A three-axis gyroscope chip developed by InvenSense Inc. combines separate MEMs resonators for motion tracking.
ADC pumps 12-bit results at 1 Gsps while buffered input yields smooth driving
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
Texas Instruments ADS5400 targets radar, defense, wireless, and test & measurement with ADC with speed/performance claimed to be twice as good as available ICs
Book Excerpt--Microwave and RF Design: A Systems Approach (Part 2 of 8)
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
Enhance your understanding of transmission lines and microstrip structures, in theory and practice
Understanding regulations when designing a wireless product in the unlicensed frequency bands
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10/26/2009   Post a comment
The unlicensed frequency bands have special regulations; this article explains how they relate to product design
Tilera announces plan for 100-core processors
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10/26/2009   3 comments
Tilera Corp. will announced plans for a 100-core embedded processors at the Many-Core Virtual Conference this week where system maker Top Layer networks will discuss its use of Tilera's architecture.
Robot tests visual prothesis designs
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10/23/2009   Post a comment
A new mobile robot promises to aid developers of artificial retinas and other visual prosthetics by testing the endless variations of video filters proposed to improve their effectiveness.
Research project aims at autonomous passenger cars
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10/22/2009   Post a comment
Autonomous driving cars is a solved problem — projects such as the DARPA Grand and Urban Challenges have shown proof. A European research project targets beyond: It will enable cars to organize themselves in "trains", driving largely autonomously behind a lead vehicle on motorways.
Nanodots could yield denser memories, ceramic engines
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10/21/2009   1 comment
Researchers at North Carolina State University said they were able to read and write bits at room temperature using magnetic nanodots that delivered 1 terabit of memory per square centimeter.
PM opportunities in LED lighting
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
The LED-based lighting market is poised for significant growth. And there's plenty of motivation for engineers to become part of the market.
Superconducting element detects explosives
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10/21/2009   2 comments
Air passengers find it annoying, experts claim it is indispensible for flight safety: Entrainment of liquids and gels on board of airplanes is subject to tight restrictions. The Juelich Research Center (Juelich, Germany) has developed a promising technology to reliably discriminate explosives from harmless liquids.
Memscap reduces loss in Q3
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10/21/2009   Post a comment
Memscap SA, French provider of micro-electromechanical systems (MEMS), published consolidated revenues of 2.4 million euros ($3.58 million) for the third quarter of financial year 2009, ending Sept. 30, 2009. This compares to revenues of 2.2 million euros ($3.29 million) for the second quarter and 4.1 million euros ($6.13 million) for the third quarter of 2008.
NXP offers power chip for CFLs
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10/21/2009   1 comment
NXP Semiconductors has introduced a 600 V power IC that can drive and control dimmable CFL applications up to 21 W, and features 3 integrated switches.
PC maker sees slow road for USB 3.0
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10/21/2009   1 comment
Description: Intel's decision to wait until 2011 to support USB 3.0 in PC chip sets will put mainstream adoption of the interconnect on hold for a year, said a senior technology manager at a top tier PC maker who also called for separate 60 GHz industry groups to unite in the wake of the failure of wireless USB.
SEMI's tool book-to-bill climbs again
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Business is looking up for fab tool makers.
E Ink to use Freescale SoC
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Seeking to attract more electronic book and newspaper customers, Freescale Semiconductor is collaborating with E-Ink Corp. on a new SoC that integrates Freescale's microcontroller with a display driver.
Synopsys optimizes high-performance energy-efficient ARM processor-based designs for mobile devices
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Synopsys, Inc. (Mountain View, Calif.) has created an optimized reference implementation methodology for the ARM Cortex-A8 processor that claims to achieve greater than 2 GHz (4000 DMIPS) at 540 mW.
LEDs and Lighting: Market could hit $5 billion by 2012
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10/20/2009   5 comments
LEDs have moved beyond their indicator-light legacy and are finding success in automotive lighting, signage and backlighting applications ranging from mobile phones to TVs.
Duo partner for wireless ECG patch
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10/20/2009   Post a comment
Research group IMEC and Terepac Corp. (Waterloo, Canada) are joining forces to develop a wireless ECG system within the Human++ Program at IMEC's Holst Centre in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
Comment: ARM, Xilinx and the future of programmable platforms
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10/19/2009   10 comments
The information provided to me so far about the ARM-Xilinx programmable systems collaboration was long on canned quotes and short on detail which of course leads to all sorts of questions and speculations.
Groups aims to create a Woodstock of engineering
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
An ad hoc alliance that promoted discussion of science issues in the U.S. presidential election has announced plans for a national science fair it hopes could become "a Woodstock of science and engineering."
ARM, Xilinx to collaborate on programmable systems
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
FPGA vendor Xilinx Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) and ARM Holdings plc (Cambridge, England) have announced they are collaborating to enable ARM processor and interconnect technology to be implemented within Xilinx FPGAs.
Microtune unveils integrated receiver platform, reduces workforce
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Microtune has unveiled an ultra-small, low-cost technology platform dubbed MicroCeive that the company says will be the foundation for a new breed of tightly integrated receiver products for the digital TV and cable TV markets.
Book Excerpt--Microwave and RF Design: A Systems Approach (Part 1 of 8)
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Enhance your understanding of transmission lines and microstrip structures, in theory and practice
Comment: Waiting for Plastic Logic's e-reader
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
Plastic Logic clearly believes the more you read about its upcoming e-reader, the more you will want, even need it. It has been revealing details about its device and the technology behind it for several years now, and this week, has given it a name " the Que 'proReader'.
Leti's planar SOI technology suits low power 22nm node
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10/19/2009   Post a comment
The Electronics and Information Technology Laboratory of the CEA (CEA-Leti) of France claimed that its planar SOI technology meets requirements for low-power 22-nm node devices.
MEMS film could enable brighter, cheaper displays
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
A possible successor to the CRT, LCD and even the organic LED is scheduled to hit the market next year, according to a MEMS film developer.
Silicon Saxony grows beyond silicon
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
Infineon, Globalfoundries, and, until recently, Qimonda — these large chip vendors have shaped the image of the 'Silicon Saxony' area around Dresden as one of Europe's largest electronics innovation clusters. But there is more than silicon in Saxony: A number of renown R&D institutes and high-tech universities forms a fertile soil for a vivid start-up scene. A travelogue.
Alfred University latest to turn to LED lighting
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10/16/2009   1 comment
Alfred University has joined the Cree LED University program, an international community of universities working to accelerate the adoption of energy-efficient LED lighting across their campuses.
SMIC stretches 45-nm process to 40-nm, 55-nm
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10/16/2009   Post a comment
Foundry chipmaker Semiconductor Manufacturing International Corp., which is fighting to catch up with the leading-edge semiconductor technology pace set by its rivals, has said it plans to extend its 45-nm bulk CMOS to 40-nm and 55-nm geometries.
IEDM offers most recent research nuggets
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10/15/2009   Post a comment
Research in semiconductor technology will be featured at the 55th International Electron Devices Meeting and two trends stand out: challenges for creating ever-decreasing feature sizes in next-generation processing nodes and integration of application-specific devices.
Nano antennas open perspective for terabit networks
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10/15/2009   Post a comment
A research team at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (Karlsruhe, Germany) has created antennas for multi-terahertz frequencies. The devices could form a cornerstone of extremely powerful future data networks.
Marine VHF baseband processor enables maritime mobile transceivers
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10/15/2009   Post a comment
The CMX885 Marine VHF baseband processor from CML Microcircuits is designed to meet the global requirements of low cost, highly integrated marine VHF transceivers by offering complete audio processing with selectable audio processing order.
Slideshow: Chip R&D, Euro style
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10/14/2009   Post a comment
There is no shortage of semiconductor research and development in Europe, as our recent visit to R&D centers in Belgian and the Netherlands attests.
Electric motor efficiency depends upon power factor - Part 1
Design How-To  
10/13/2009   2 comments
Electric motor power efficiency has taken center stage. Individuals, corporations, and governments are increasingly interested in saving power, and we now have the technology that can make it possible. Advances in motor control algorithms and cost-effective electronic components for implementing motor drives are creating a revolution in virtually every electric motor market and this article from Actel shows you how to design with this in consideration.
Multimode wireless devices: It's the software, stupid!
Design How-To  
10/13/2009   2 comments
The advent of parallel processing architectures is a big step toward realizing seamless, intelligent connectivity among 3G and 4G wireless standards, but the potential show stopper is the software. Thankfully, some companies are making progress when it comes to enabling hardware and software to work together in harmony.
Vishay : Panel potentiometer withstands 2 million cycles
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10/13/2009   Post a comment
Vishay Intertechnology has doubled the rotational life of its P30L compact panel potentiometers, which are now specified to deliver 2 million cycles at rated power.
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