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160-Gbit/second PCB bus goes optical
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
IBM Corp. described what it claims is the world's first optically-connected circuit board at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference in San Diego.
Fun DIY kits: vacuum tube radio, Edison phonograph
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
Some neat hobby kits from Japan include a working vacuum tube radio (see an assembly video here) and an Edison-style phonograph kit that actually lets you record your own voice on a plastic cup!
NXP, NTRU team for microcontroller security
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors and embedded security specialist NTRU have started sampling what they say is the first software-based encryption solution for general-purpose ARM7 processor-based microcontrollers.
MRAMs headed for orbit
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
MRAM technology is headed for orbit with the launch of SpriteSat by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
AMC baseband card targets WiMAX, LTE
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
CommAgility's AMC card features TI's multicore TCI6487 DSP. It targets wireless baseband and other processing-intensive applications such as WiMAX and LTE.
Tundra Semiconductor Announces End-to-End RapidIO Baseband Development Platform
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation today announced an end-to-end RapidIO-enabled MicroTCA platform for wireless base stations.
CANopen tool dramatically saves development time, Infineon claims
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
With a CANopen development kit, Infineon addresses developers of cost-sensitive, networked real-time motor control systems using the company's XE-166 16-bit microcontrollers. The kit will speed time-to-market by up to one year, the vendor promises.
Radio Architectures, Pt 3: Intermodulation and Intercept Points
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
Wish you knew more about radio architectures? Then this series is for you. Part 3 continues the discussion, covering intermodulation and introducing the concept of intercept points, including 1-dB compression point, IP2, and IP3.
VXS module features dual-core PWRficient processors
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2/24/2008   Post a comment
Mercury Computer Systems' latest VXS module, the VS6-210, features two 2.0-GHz dual-core PWRficient PA6T-1682M processors.
Motor control development kit enables high power efficiency
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2/21/2008   Post a comment
For engineers trying to combine industrial and consumer motor control design targets such as very low cost and high power efficiency, Infineon offers a design kit tailored for this purpose.
USB modem, ExpressCard deliver HSPA mobile broadband access
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
Sierra Wireless recently added two products to its lineup of HSPA mobile broadband modems—the AirCard 885E ExpressCard and the Compass 885 USB modem.
Groups link for millimeter wave comms development
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
Photonic communications specialist Lumera Corporation is teaming with wireless transceiver group Asyrmatos to develop millimeter wave communication systems.
TES expands Indian multimedia design group
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
Electronics design and manufacturing services group TES (Langon, France) is planning to grow its embedded hardware, software and system design team in India from currently 50 engineers to over 100 in over the next six months.
Carrier-grade MicroTCA platform touts low cost, space savings
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2/18/2008   Post a comment
Kontron has unveiled its OM5080 MicroTCA integrated platform that supports up to eight AdvancedMC modules for telecommunications equipment applications.
Option, Qualcomm link on Gobi wireless modules
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2/18/2008   Post a comment
Wireless module startup Option NV (Leuven, Belgium) is working with Qualcomm Inc. on a multi-mode mobile Internet design for laptops based on the chip maker's Gobi platform that will be available from the second half of this year.
Asterisk VoIP PBX guide
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2/15/2008   Post a comment
Here's a roundup of articles on the Open Source Asterisk VoIP PBX.
"Rock-bottom" mobile TV companies looking up
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2/15/2008   Post a comment
DiBcom and Siano Mobile Silicon, two leading mobile TV chip vendors, are looking beyond mobile phones to sell their mobile TV chips.
Sun preps Infiniband for broad net role
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2/14/2008   Post a comment
Sun Microsystems hopes to get a jump on Ethernet developers later this year when it rolls out its first Infiniband products capable of natively handling networking, storage and clustering jobs, leapfrogging a similar vision of a unified data center network based on advances in Ethernet.
‘Through wall vision’ startup raises $14 million
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2/14/2008   Post a comment
Startup Camero Inc. (Vienna, Virginia), a provider of 'through-wall vision systems, has closed a $14 million Series B investment round led by Greylock Partners.
PCB Tools Vendors Reference Chart
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2/14/2008   Post a comment
Reference chart for Printed Circuit Board (PCB) design tools. Courtesy of Gary Smith EDA.
NXP, Thomson combine tuner modules operations
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2/14/2008   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors and Thomson are to combine their can tuner modules operations in a joint venture that the companies say would have the focus and scale to invest in the sector and thus expand.
ST readies integrated SoC for NFC applications
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2/13/2008   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics will start sampling in the second quarter of the year to lead customers engineering versions of an integrated secure SoC for Near Field Communications applications.
Using WiMedia UWB technology to enable future-generation WPANs
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2/12/2008   Post a comment
This article by a member of the WiMedia Alliance analyzes the performance, immunity and power requirements for next-generation WPANs that will succeed Bluetooth. It also provides the points of comparison between Wi-Fi and WiMedia/Certified Wireless USB technologies.
Space tugboat set for March launch
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2/12/2008   Post a comment
The world's first space tugboat--the "Jules Verne" Automated Transfer Vehicle--is scheduled for launch next month.
Freescale opens MXC mobiles to Linux
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2/12/2008   Post a comment
Freescale Semiconductor has started supporting Linux on its cellular products and is demonstrating the capabilities of its cellular platform using the open source operating system at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
With UWB uptake slow, Bluetooth hops on Wi-Fi
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2/11/2008   Post a comment
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group will provide a mechanism to let its protocol to ride on top of 802.11 networks while its longer term plan to create a version 3.0 based on ultrawideband technology moves slowly forward, a recognition of the market's rapid adoption of .11n and the relative slowness of UWB to gain traction.
Laird buys wireless modules specialist
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2/11/2008   Post a comment
Laird Technologies, Inc., the U.S. based wireless related division of U.K. engineering group Laird plc, has bought, for an undisclosed sum, privately owned Ezurio Ltd, a chip and module design specialist focusing on short range wireless technologies, including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and M2M (Machine-to-Machine).
Xilinx, Freescale demo DPD design for efficient PA's
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2/11/2008   Post a comment
Xilinx Inc. is demonstrating a digital pre-distortion (DPD) based reference design based on its Virtex range of FPGAs and XtremeDSPs that is optimized for Freescale Semiconductor's LDMOS power amplifiers at this week's World Mobile Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The companies say the deisgn could significantly reduce development time and both capital and operational expenditure of wireless infrastructure.
YouTube comes to mobiles
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2/11/2008   Post a comment
YouTube is coming to mobile handsets, as On2 Technologies rolls out a multi-format configurable hardware decoder, called Hantro 8190, which supports H.263, H.264, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, VC-1, Sorenson Spark and VP6 video formats, along with up to 16MP JPEG still images.
8- and 16-channel data acquisition cards target PCI Express
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2/8/2008   Post a comment
Strategic Test Corp. has announced two 250-kHz, 16-bit data acquisition cards for PCI Express.
NXP Demonstrates Dual-Mode EDGE-WiMAX Reference Design
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2/7/2008   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors will demonstrate a dual-mode EDGE-WiMAX reference design at the Mobile World Congress.
Circuit board layout guidelines for Class-D amplifiers
Design How-To  
2/6/2008   3 comments
Optimize the performance and reliability of your Class-D amplifier design by following these basic pc-board layout practices.


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