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Updated: Printed battery maker expands in Wisconsin
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1/31/2012   5 comments
Blue Spark Technologies said it will expand production of printed carbon-zinc batteries in West Bend, Wis.
Wideband I/Q demodulator improves receiver performance
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1/31/2012   Post a comment
Linear Technology announces the LTC5585, an ultrawide bandwidth direct conversion I/Q demodulator that supports new generation wideband LTE multimode receivers’ and digital pre-distortion (DPD) receivers’ bandwidth requirements.
Avago amplifier cleans signal quality and drops power usage
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1/28/2012   Post a comment
Avago Technologies announced a high-gain, high-linearity power amplifier for high-data-rate applications found in 700-800 MHz cellular infrastructure equipment.
Analog front end targets femtocells and software-defined radio
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1/28/2012   Post a comment
Texas Instruments Incorporated has introduced an analog front end (AFE) for femtocell base stations and portable software-defined radio (SDR) applications.
Modularity provides functional, economical tire-pressure monitoring
Design How-To  
1/27/2012   4 comments
A building block approach allows mixing and matching features in affordable tire pressure monitoring system packages.
Targeting RF key security
Blog  
1/27/2012   3 comments
How secure are your RFID car key and other devices—to be afraid, or not?
A short history of spread spectrum
Design How-To  
1/26/2012   11 comments
What do the actress, pianist, German, and inventor have in common? It sounds like the start to a bad joke but the answer is frequency hopping spread spectrum technology
Tektronix power sensors/meters speed measurements
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1/26/2012   Post a comment
Tektronix, Inc. has introduced compact RF and microwave power sensors/meters that increase measurement speed, cover a wide frequency range, and provide extensive power measurements from basic average power to pulse profiling.
Test mobile devices by emulating the radio channel
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1/26/2012   Post a comment
Emulating a radio channel's fading in the lab is essential for testing throughput in the multiple-antenna systems used in cellular LTE and IEEE 802.11ac devices.
Testing modern MIMO Wi-Fi and LTE radios
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1/26/2012   4 comments
Testing MIMO radios requires new-generation over-the-air (OTA) technology.
Printed electronics startup plans pilot production line
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1/26/2012   1 comment
PragmatIC Printing Ltd., a developer of printed electronic technology, has announced plans to begin pilot-scale production at the government-backed Centre for Process Innovation in Redcar, Northern England.
Analog Devices releases 3.5GHz PLL synthesizers
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1/26/2012   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) has released two new PLL synthesizers-- ADF4151 and ADF4196--for applications such as communications infrastructure base-stations, pulse and Doppler radar applications, test and instrumentation equipment, microwave point-to-point systems, PMR (professional mobile radio), VSATs (very small aperture terminals) and aerospace systems.
Reference design for licence-free radio microphones based on DECT
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1/25/2012   Post a comment
By taking advantage of DECT, the radio microphone design delivers higher audio quality with no interference and quadruples the range of existing radio microphone technology.
Test solution troubleshoots cellular networks
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1/24/2012   Post a comment
The MW8208A aims to help wireless network field technicians and engineers accurately and quickly locate the source of passive intermodulation (PIM) either in the base station antenna system or in the surrounding environment.
High-tech conference promises help with design
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1/24/2012   Post a comment
DesignCon 2012 starts January 30 and ends February 2nd in the Santa Clara Convention Center.
Anritsu analyzer offers portable accuracy
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1/23/2012   Post a comment
Anritsu Company has introduced an NBFM for its LMR Master S412E handheld analyzer that measures narrowband analog FM (NBFM) land mobile radio (LMR) system performance.
Connect One’s Nano WiReach and Nano Socket iWiFi modules bring WiFi to industries at 25% reduced cost
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1/23/2012   Post a comment
Connect One has launched commercial-grade versions of its Nano WiReach and Nano Socket iWiFi modules at a 25% cost reduction.
Front-end module boosts power and reduces energy consumption
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1/23/2012   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices, Inc. has released the RFFM6201, a 2.4GHz band single-chip Zigbee® front-end module (FEM) featuring an integrated power amplifier, low noise amplifier, and diversity switch.
Software tests high-speed compliance for real-time scopes
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1/23/2012   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has released high-speed inter-chip (HSIC) compliance test software for real-time oscilloscopes.
Trial shows active antenna can raise cell capacity 40%
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1/22/2012   2 comments
A U.S. network trial for the LTE 700-MHz active antenna from Ubidyne GmbH (Ulm, Germany) has demonstrated a 40 percent increase in cell capacity, the company said.
Hittite advances clock generators
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1/21/2012   Post a comment
Hittite Microwave Corporation now offers two surface-mount packaged clock generators, the HMC1032LP6GE and the HMC1034LP6GE for cellular/4G infrastructure, fiber optic and networking applications.
Analog design in the 21st century: challenges, tools, and IC advances
Design How-To  
1/21/2012   1 comment
Let’s take a look into the analog sector’s crystal ball and see what’s coming to the rescue of analog designers to help them in the scope of variables they must manage, the extreme sensitivities to circuit constraints, and the quality of results necessary to make analog design as much of an art form as it is a science
TI's SimpleLink connects everyday objects with Wi-Fi
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1/18/2012   24 comments
The Internet of Things has long been a buzz phrase in the technology industry, with a bevy of experts predicting that someday soon, billions of mundane household appliances could be connected to the cloud, yet so far, that notion has remained right around the corner.
Health monitoring system features body-worn wireless sensors
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1/17/2012   Post a comment
The Equivital EQ02 LifeMonitor incorporates a miniaturised body-worn sensor designed on a ‘wear and forget’ principle that senses, records, processes and transmits data from the human body.
MIPI Alliance offers new specs for RF control
Blog  
1/17/2012   5 comments
Today, the MIPI Alliance announced new DigRF and RFFE specifications, and yesterday, I had the opportunity to speak with Jim Ross, of Skyworks, and Dr. Dietmar Wenzel, of Infineon about the changes. Both men are part of the MIPI Alliance.
Radar Essentials
Design How-To  
1/16/2012   1 comment
Promising to cover the essentials in 128 pages, this spiral bound book lists principles, data, tables, and equations commonly used by radar and aerospace system designers.
NXP teams with Treehouse for machine networks
News & Analysis  
1/16/2012   1 comment
NXP's low power wireless chips are being used for new technology for control, tracking and monitoring machine networks from US startup Treehouse Labs.
M2M wireless gateway bridges different wireless networks
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1/15/2012   Post a comment
Laird Technologies' APG BT W400 wireless access point gateway has been designed for M2M wireless communications and for connecting Bluetooth enabled devices in a Personal Area Network to IP network via Ethernet or WLAN interface.
Low-power, long-life wireless sensors eliminate the need for battery replacement
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1/15/2012   Post a comment
Powercast Corporation has expanded the capabilities of its Lifetime Power Wireless Sensor System with two ultra-long-life, battery-powered sensors.
Amplifer targets radar, air traffic, surveillance
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1/15/2012   Post a comment
RFMD’s new RF3928B is a 65V 380W high power discrete amplifier designed for S-Band pulsed radar, air traffic control and surveillance, and general purpose broadband amplifier applications.
MMIC band pass filter tunes from 19 to 38 GHz
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1/15/2012   Post a comment
Hittite Microwave Corporation has introduced a tunable MMIC band pass filter for hybrid and microwave integrated circuit (MIC) applications in wideband test and measurement equipment, communication systems and electronic warfare (EW) subsystems to 38 GHz.
PLL chip set spans DC to 7GHz
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1/15/2012   Post a comment
The HMC983LP5E DC to 7 GHz Fractional-N divider and frequency sweeper and the HMC984LP4E digital phase-frequency detector and charge pump are targeted for PLL and frequency modulated continuous wave (FMCW) sweeper applications.
Gowanda chip inductors meet military specs
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1/14/2012   Post a comment
Gowanda Electronics recently achieved qualification to the military’s MIL-PRF-83446 (/36A and /37A) for its ML0603 and ML0805 series of RF surface mount wire wound ceramic core chip inductors.
Capacitive proximity detection spurs automotive convenience features
Design How-To  
1/12/2012   4 comments
A broad range of motion detection depends on an astute application of technology. Moisture and rapid temperature changes are challenges.
CES: MaxLinear rolls single-chip receiver for ISDB-T set-top boxes
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1/11/2012   Post a comment
MaxLinear Inc has launched the MxL683, which the company claims is the industry’s first true single-chip receiver for ISDB-T set-top boxes.
Mixer serves millimeter wave transceivers
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1/10/2012   Post a comment
Hittite Microwave Corporation has released the HMC1015 triple-balanced GaAs MESFET MMIC mixer die which is well suited for microwave and millimeterwave radios, military sensors, and test/measurement equipment applications from 26 to 32 GHz.
CES: Frontier Silicon network audio module features dual-band 802.11n connectivity
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1/10/2012   Post a comment
Frontier Silicon announced the launch of Milan, a module for high volume networked wireless speaker and docker applications.
Ultra-low-power wireless makes inroads into many applications
Design How-To  
1/9/2012   2 comments
Once the insignificant step children of the wireless world, lower-power wireless technologies are hot, and they are making inroads into many new applications.
Hands on RF: Handle multiple waveforms in a software-defined radio platform
Design How-To  
1/9/2012   3 comments
This paper steps through a software defined radio project that used the secure Xilinx® Zynq™-7000 Extensible Processing Platform (EPP).
Wi-Spi surveillance 'toys' shown at CES
News & Analysis  
1/9/2012   10 comments
Interactive Toy Concepts was showing off its new "Wi-Spi" line of remote control video surveillance devices at CES Unveiled 2012. The firm was demoing two models, a helicopter and a race car, which can be remote controlled through a phone application to fly or drive around shooting live stream videos, which show up directly back on the users phone and can be quickly uploaded to YouTube, Facebook and other social networks.
Synthesizer spans 350MHz to 6GHz
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1/5/2012   Post a comment
New integer-N frequency synthesizer from LTC targets multi-band applications.
Out of Europe: Top auto electronics articles 2011
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1/3/2012   Post a comment
As with elsewhere in the world, there is interest in EV and hybrid electric technologies.
Transceiver supports NFC capability in cars
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1/3/2012   Post a comment
Designed for automotive applications, the Melexis MLX90132 is a 13.56MHz, fully integrated, multi-protocol RFID/NFC transceiver IC that supports ISO/IEC protocols 18092, 14443A and B, 15693 as well as 18000-3
Skyworks targets wireless networking with SOI switches
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1/3/2012   Post a comment
Skyworks Solutions has introduced its first set of discrete silicon-on-insulator, single-pole, triple-throw switches for the wireless networking market.
Premo unveils antenna for near field communications
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1/3/2012   Post a comment
Premo antennas targets RFID and NFC applications.
Understand and characterize envelope-tracking power amplifiers
Design How-To  
1/3/2012   6 comments
In contrast to fixed supply PAs, the performance of an ET PA is not ‘self contained’ and requires substantially more data to be gathered to predict system performance.


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