GPS gets easier to implement Product News 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.
VMEbus module simulates thermocouples Product News 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 Product News 4/18/2006 Post a comment Developing VHF/UHF/microwave RF circuitry, feedlines, matching circuits, and antennas can be dauntingand 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 Product News 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 Product News 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.
PXI generator line extends into the microwave domain Product News 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.
RoHS-compatible ETX replacement module to fill void Product News 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.
In conjunction with unveiling of EE Times’ Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. One of Silicon Valley's great contributions to the world has been the demonstration of how the application of entrepreneurship and venture capital to electronics and semiconductor hardware can create wealth with developments in semiconductors, displays, design automation, MEMS and across the breadth of hardware developments. But in recent years concerns have been raised that traditional venture capital has turned its back on hardware-related startups in favor of software and Internet applications and services. Panelists from incubators join Peter Clarke in debate.