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Motorola prototype validates metal-oxide for WPAN device
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10/31/2007   Post a comment
A Motorola prototype validates Phiar's metal-oxide electronics for 60-GHz radios to be used in IEEE 802.15.3c wireless personal area networks (WPAN).
You want to put a tracking device where?!
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
10/31/2007   1 comment
RFID is an innovative, enabling technology, but is it time we dealt with the ethics of its implementation?
LNA targets comms, military, and space apps
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10/31/2007   Post a comment
Tyco Electronics announces a M/A-COM variable-gain low noise amplifier (LNA) for communications, military, space, and radar applications from 5 to 9 GHz.
The 700-MHz auction challenge
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10/30/2007   Post a comment
Watching Google's stock price is something of an obsession already among finacio-techies and I'm just not sure what the auctions are going to do to it.
TI's sub-1 GHz RF SoC integrates USB controller
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10/30/2007   Post a comment
The CC1111 is particularly useful when designed into a low-power sensor network utilizing TI's proprietary SimpliciTI network protocol.
Ember unveils EmberZNet PRO 3.1 to support new ZigBee PRO
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10/30/2007   Post a comment
The new protocol stack is well suited for secure applications in advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), home automation and monitoring, and building automation systems.
USB Bluetooth dongle design expands Bluetooth headset apps
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10/30/2007   Post a comment
A USB Bluetooth dongle design from CSR lets PC users with stereo or mono Bluetooth headphones switch seamlessly between listening to music and taking a VoIP call.
S3 acquires Portuguese mixed-signal startup
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10/30/2007   Post a comment
Silicon & Software Systems Ltd. (S3), a licensor of mixed-signal circuits for consumer products, has said it has acquired Acacia Semiconductor SA (Caparica, Portugal), a developer of data conversion intellectual property.
RFID Basics: Antenna Propagation
Design How-To  
10/30/2007   1 comment
While this book excerpt from The RF in RFID:Passive UHF RFID in Practice, focuses on RFID applications, it is an excellent primer for RF basics. This part covers antenna propagation.
EPCOS rolls out duplexer for WCDMA Band VIII
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10/30/2007   Post a comment
EPCOS is touting its latest product as the smallest duplexer for the WCDMA Band VIII.
MEMS tunable digital capacitor samples for cellular applications
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10/29/2007   Post a comment
WiSpry has started to sample MEMS tunable digital capacitors that integrate low power CMOS control and voltage generation logic with an array of tunable RF-MEMS digital capacitors.
SiGe BiCMOS LNA achieves high-power gain
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10/29/2007   Post a comment
With a 20.5-dB gain and 0.8-dB noise figure, the MAX2659 amplifier from Maxim Integrated Products is well-suited for GPS, Galileo, and GLONASS applications.
RF SoC integrates radio, MCU, flash and USB
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10/29/2007   Post a comment
TI delivers a sub-1 GHz RF SoC with integrated USB controller for wireless sensor networks. The CC1111 chip -- with a RF transceiver, MCU, flash memory and USB -- is said to provide easier assembly and lower system cost.
XRONet Mobile WiMAX Wave2 chipset aims for low power
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10/29/2007   1 comment
The XRO7000 MAC/PHY SoC and XRO3000RF transceiver handle Mobile WiMAX Wave2 as well as Wave1 and WiBro.
Anritsu's microwave signal synthesizer delivers super fast switching
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10/26/2007   Post a comment
The MG37020A utilizes advanced VCO-based hardware architecture to achieve its switching speed of 100 microseconds per point.
ON Semi offers ESD protection with ultra-low capacitance and low clamping voltage
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10/26/2007   Post a comment
The ESD9L is ideal for safeguarding high speed data lines in portable applications such as cell phones, MP3 players, PDAs and digital cameras.
Alvarion nabs WiMAX trial in South America
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10/26/2007   Post a comment
The trial targets SME and corporate users in Rosario, Argentina, with primary fixed and nomadic broadband services; high-speed Internet and advanced voice services.
Mobile WiMAX test system delivers high measurement throughput
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10/25/2007   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies and Fujitsu Microelectronics partner to deliver chipset test system for Mobile WiMAX with high measurement throughput.
Ultrawideband under the gun
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10/25/2007   Post a comment
In the race to a gigabit-per-second wireless link for the digital home, some ultrawideband backers are gasping for air while Wi-Fi proponents are revving up for the next lap.
Catalyst rolls dual, 300mA LDO regulator
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10/25/2007   Post a comment
Each LDO in the CAT6221 has an independent enable pins which combined, offer low quiescent current and a very low typical dropout voltage.
Frontier Silicon Wi-Fi/DAB radio module notches design wins
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10/25/2007   Post a comment
Designs using the module include portable and alarm clock radios, CD micro systems, and Hi-Fi tuners. Companies adopting the platform include Roberts Radio and Grundig.
SDR Forum launches tactical radio SIG
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10/24/2007   Post a comment
The new SIG is slated to launch in early 2008, and the SDR Forum invites participation by a cross section of players from the worldwide tactical radio community.
QuickLogic adds SDIO system block to functional library
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10/24/2007   Post a comment
The SDIO client block can be integrated into a variety of QuickLogic's CSSP platforms and can be tailored by QuickLogic to meet customer specific requirements.
RF connector delivers small size for wireless apps
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10/23/2007   Post a comment
Murata Electronics North America claims to introduce the industry's smallest surface-mount RF switch connector for wireless applications.
Bluetooth-enabled equipment shipments to hit 800 million
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10/23/2007   Post a comment
IMS Research cautions, however, that growth in emerging markets will begin to erode the once anticipate attach rate of 90%.
WiMAX roundup: Part 3: Evolving ecosystems
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10/23/2007   Post a comment
Chip companies were active at WiMAX World last month but not all had product announcements. What we're seeing is emphasis on ecostructure building.
Cirronet's single-chip ZigBee solution targets M2M
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10/23/2007   Post a comment
The ZMN2405HP module includes 6 GPIO lines, 3 ADCs, 2 DACs, a UART, and a SPI port allowing a variety of sensor inputs or data streams to be sent over the ZigBee network.
RFID Basics: Antenna Polarization
Design How-To  
10/23/2007   1 comment
While this book excerpt from The RF in RFID:Passive UHF RFID in Practice, focuses on RFID applications, it is an excellent primer for RF basics. This part covers antenna polarization.
Wireless audio chips claim 'wired quality' sound
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10/22/2007   Post a comment
The AudioMagic and VoiceMagic wireless audio transmitter/receiver ICs from Avnera Corporation deliver uncompressed CD-quality sound and claim to solve the interference problems that have been typical of previous wireless audio solutions.
WPAN chip set promised
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10/22/2007   Post a comment
IBM teams with MediaTek to jointly develop a 60-GHz-band millimeter-wavelength radio and baseband chip set for wireless personal area networks providing gigabyte performance.
Startup tries proprietary path to wireless hi-fi
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10/22/2007   Post a comment
Touting a successful pairing of wireless and hi-fi audio, fabless chip vendor Avnera Corp. (Beaverton, Ore.) today will announce chip sets for wireless audio connections in the 2.4-GHz band that outperform data-oriented wireless connections in range, freedom from interference, automatic network configuration and full CD-quality sound.
Is fab lite on analog's diet?
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10/22/2007   Post a comment
As digital integrated-device manufacturers increasingly turn to foundries for their production needs, with some announcing they will no longer build fabs, an inevitable question arises: Will the big analog IDMs follow the same path and move toward fab-lite or even fabless strategies?
Gainspan's ultra-low-power Wi-Fi SoC targets sensor market
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10/22/2007   Post a comment
The GS1010 SoC extends battery life for remote applications such as temperature monitoring and condition monitoring to between 5 and 10 years.
WiMAX and the ITU
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10/22/2007   Post a comment
Lest we forget, OFDM is a basic technology for numerous standards--not just WiMAX.
IMEC powers 2.4-GHz wireless EEG system with body heat
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10/22/2007   Post a comment
Integrated into a headband, the system's low power consumption of only 0.8mW and autonomous operation increase the patient's autonomy and quality of life.
ITU includes WiMax in IMT-2000 wireless suite
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10/22/2007   Post a comment
The International Telecommunications Union's Radiocommunication Sector stole a page from Sprint-Nextel's dictionary on Friday (Oct. 19) when it elected to include WiMax in the IMT-2000 suite of wireless standards.
HDD drives wireless infotainment storage versatility
Design How-To  
10/18/2007   1 comment
Robust disk drives keep pace with entertainment system connectivity to personal music, movie, and image libraries and downloads.
RF module delivers testing of multi-port RF SoC devices
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10/18/2007   Post a comment
Advantest has introduced a RF test solution for low-cost testing of multi-port RF SoC devices used widely in cellular phones and other wireless products and equipment.
UWB on ice?
Blog  
10/16/2007   3 comments
Every new technology has some kinks it has to work out. So we gave CWUSB a pass. Now, more than 10 months have passed and the holiday buying season will soon be upon us. We're wondering what's up.
RF transistors deliver 600W CW and 1kW pulsed power
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10/16/2007   Post a comment
Freescale raises the bar on output power for ISM, UHF radar, and broadcast applications.
Customer-specific product platforms speed mobile device designs, reduce BOM
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10/16/2007   Post a comment
Like the ASSP, a customer specific standard product (CSSP) platform provides many pre-designed functions. Unlike the ASSP, however, the CSSP does not restrict the developer to only pre-designed functions.
RFID Basics: Antenna Gain and Range
Design How-To  
10/16/2007   1 comment
While this book excerpt from The RF in RFID:Passive UHF RFID in Practice, focuses on RFID applications, it is an excellent primer for RF basics. This part covers the effect of antenna gain on range.
Ultrawideband SoCs pose new challenges to manufacturers
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10/15/2007   Post a comment
Increased call for higher-quality wireless connectivity and capability to deliever audio, video, and data makes higher demands on ATE industry because of wider bandwidth, higher frequencies and frequency hopping specifications.
Fujitsu and Navini demo beamforming on Mobile WiMAX
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10/15/2007   Post a comment
Beamforming plus MIMO will provide an estimated doubling of system capacity, while offering up to twice the coverage of simple WiMAX networks in a fully mobile setting.
Rohde & Schwarz's millimeter wave converters target W band measurements
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10/12/2007   Post a comment
R&S ZVA-Z110 mm-wave converters add a new frequency range—from 75 GHz to 110 GHz (W band)—to Rohde & Schwarz's high-end network analyzers.
Design considerations for integrated CMOS receivers
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10/12/2007   Post a comment
Want to know more about how to design a better receiver? This article focuses on the major building blocks in the receiver that influence performance.
Directional couplers offer high sensitivity across 40GHz
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10/11/2007   Post a comment
Narda has introduced a family of directional couplers that are well suited for use in electronic warfare, radar, communications and test equipment applications
Gen 2 — The Definitive, Myth-Busting, Item-Level Solution
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10/11/2007   Post a comment
A resurgence of interest in RFID has attended the use of ultrahigh frequencies (UHF), and, as a result of the physics of RF propagation at UHF, long- and short-range operations can now coexist. This paper describes a UHF Gen 2 for ILT solution and debunks several myths about its effectiveness.

WiMAX license bidding draws a crowd in Japan
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10/11/2007   Post a comment
NTT DoCoMo Inc, Softbank Corp, KDDI Corp. and the handy-hone company Wilcomm have all filed for licenses to supply high-speed WiMAX Internet access in Japan.
Wired vs. wireless HD connectivity
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10/10/2007   Post a comment
This article examines the facts in the debate surrounding Wired versus Wireless Multimedia Connectivity. The methods used to deploy High Definition video content are analysed in detail to determine the likely outcome in the ongoing Wireless Versus Wired debate.
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