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GPS gets easier to implement
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4/28/2006   Post a comment
Focus-On: Global Positioning System satellite receivers are proliferating for myriad nomadic systems applications. If you’re not comfortable crafting RF circuits at 1.5-GHz, however, vendors are making it easier to embed critical high-performance GPS blocks. Off-the-shelf products range from receiver/active-antennas to LNAs to single-chip and modular GPS receivers. Here's a sampling of recent product roll-outs for OEMs.
RFID readers streamlined for embedded designs
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4/26/2006   Post a comment
SkyeTek has released five new products in its embedded RFID reader line based on the company's Advanced Universal Reader Architecture (AURA).
Transceivers enable fiber optic network to transport HD video
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4/26/2006   Post a comment
MRV Communications has released a family of digital video fiber-optic transceivers that allow transport of uncompressed high-definition (HD) video over standard fiber optic networks.
RF switches target automated test platforms
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4/25/2006   Post a comment
National Instruments introduces PXI and SCXI RF multiplexing switch modules to route signals ranging from DC to 5 GHz.
PXI chassis, controllers boost bandwidth with PCI Express
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4/25/2006   Post a comment
Instrumentation house National Instruments is dishing up the industry's first PXI chasses and controllers based on PCI Express. These wares deliver up to 1-Gbyte/s/slot dedicated bandwidth.
CompactPCI form-factor board packs eight channels of acoustic A/D conversion
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4/24/2006   Post a comment
Board maker ICS Sensor Processing is debuting an 8-channel acoustic A/D converter board designed for vibration analysis and military sonar applications. Each analog-input channel is sampled at up to 5-MHz with 16-bit resolution.
4-port synchronous PCI bus board carries multi-interface
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4/21/2006   Post a comment
Check out this PCI bus serial board from SeaLevel Systems. Its ports can be individually configured for RS-232, RS-422, or RS-485 I/O. In RS-232 mode, all common modem control signals are implemented, for ready compatibility with peripherals.
Module offers drop-in GPS functionality for embedded designs
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4/20/2006   Post a comment
Navman Announces that its Jupiter 30 Module for GPS Integration offers -160dBm tracking capability.
AdvancedTCA blade supports Gbit Ethernet, PCI Express, Serial RapidIO, more
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4/19/2006   Post a comment
Here's news of a highly configurable AdvancedTCA blade for telecom infrastructure applications. It's equipped with four AdvancedMC expansion sites that provide an open-architecture platform for building modular, scaleable, field-replaceable telecom blades.
VMEbus module simulates thermocouples
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4/19/2006   Post a comment
This VMEbus board comprises a 16-channel analog-output/thermocouple simulator. It provides outputs simulating every type of thermocouple, has automatic reference-junction temperature compensation, and produces user-programmable precision voltage outputs.
Diverse evaluation kits expedite RF designs
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4/18/2006   Post a comment
Developing VHF/UHF/microwave RF circuitry, feedlines, matching circuits, and antennas can be daunting—and expensive. But it doesn’t have to be. Board-level evaluation and reference designs, using a chip maker’s devices, can make it easier to tackle digital RF product development. eeProductCenter Senior Tech Editor Alex Mendelsohn takes a look at some recent eval boards.
Prototyping-to-production kit accelerates software-defined radio
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4/18/2006   1 comment
FPGA maker Xilinx and Canadian developer ISR Technologies announce the availability of a jointly developed off-the-shelf prototyping-to-production kit that accelerates implementation of software-defined radios. These systems target programs such as the US Department of Defense's Joint Tactical Radio System.
LNA enables RF front ends
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4/14/2006   Post a comment
NuWaves introduces the HILNAG2V1 low noise amplifier that delivers up to 40dB gain for communications systems, TV receivers, and RF front ends.
250-Msample/s 2-channel PCI digitizer uses unique dual-port memory
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4/13/2006   Post a comment
PCI bus plug-in maker AlazarTech is rolling out a family of 250-Msample/s 8-bit waveform digitizers. Their acquisition memory can optionally be converted to a dual-port architecture for applications where acquisition can't be stopped during data transfer to PC memory.
PXI generator line extends into the microwave domain
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4/12/2006   Post a comment
RF test gear, based on plug-in PC-hosted cards, is getting cheaper and better. With PXI instruments capable of generating signals above 6-GHz, National Instruments now offers seven signal generators, essentially spanning DC to microwave. They're priced starting at less than $3000.
American ELTEC Computer On Module comes with Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor
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4/11/2006   Post a comment
The new EUROCOM 400 CPU from American ELTEC features the new Dual-Core Intel Xeon processor LV 2.0 GHz with dual CPU capabilities in combination with the COM Express platform – the new PICMG-defined form factor for computers on modules that replaces the ETX standard.
RoHS-compliant ETX board runs 2-GHz Intel dual core, PCI Express
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4/10/2006   Post a comment
Take a look at this plug-compatible system for embedded system manufacturers facing complete re-designs of ETX baseboards. This RoHS-compliant ETX board runs a 2-GHz Intel dual core and uses PCI Express. Use it to provide a path forward for existing ETX designs.
PC/104-Plus single-board computer is RoHS-compliant
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4/10/2006   Post a comment
Power-managed single-board computers from VersaLogic are PC/104-Plus-compatible and RoHS-compatible. These boards dissipate 900-mW in standby, making them useful for nomadic and battery powered designs.
PC/104 analog/digital I/O card spans wide temperature range
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4/6/2006   Post a comment
Check out this high-density analog and digital I/O card from board maker WIN Systems. In addition to operating over an extended industrial temperature range, this PC/104-format card features trimmer-less calibration.
Less-than-$1200 cPCI Pentium M single-board computer packs PCI Express
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4/5/2006   Post a comment
The board makers at MEN Micro are dishing up a $1200 CompactPCI single-board computer that runs a 2-GHz Pentium M processor and packs multiple PCI Express lanes.
RoHS-compatible ETX replacement module to fill void
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4/5/2006   Post a comment
Board maker Ampro Computers is readying a cost-optimized product for commercial-grade embedded systems that are stranded due to a number of non-RoHS ETX modules that have reached end-of-life status. Ampro's module can bail out OEMs during the transition.
Thomson unveils DTV reference designs
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4/4/2006   Post a comment
France-based digital media and video company Thomson has unveiled two front-end digital TV reference designs based on the company’s first digital TV chips for the merchant market.
Single-chip HSDPA transceiver achieves receive diversity
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4/4/2006   Post a comment
Sirific Wireless claims that it is the first in the industry to sample a HEDGE RF transceiver that implements multi-band receive diversity.


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