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
Analog Devices releases 3.5GHz PLL synthesizers
Product News 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.
Test solution troubleshoots cellular networks
Product News 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.
Hittite advances clock generators
Product News 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
News & Analysis 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.
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.
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.
MMIC band pass filter tunes from 19 to 38 GHz
Product News 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
Product News 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.
Mixer serves millimeter wave transceivers
Product News 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.
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.
Transceiver supports NFC capability in cars
Product News 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