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posted in October 2011
Time to stock the RF library
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
10/31/2011   Post a comment
I just heard from the team at SciTech publishing that they are setting up a big sale on RF/Microwave titles. I asked for details, and this is what they sent me. I hope you find it useful...
GHS and Silex build secure Wi-Fi platform
Product News  
10/30/2011   Post a comment
Silex's latest Qualcomm Atheros Wi-Fi radio modules and security supplicant software offerings are now integrated and available for Green Hills Software's INTEGRITY real-time operating system – the foundation for its Platform for Secure Wireless Devices.
HSPA+ module for M2M applications is 2mm thin
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10/30/2011   Post a comment
Cinterion has released what the company claims to be the world's thinnest HSPA+ M2M module, featuring flexible surface mounting technology and enabling secure, high-speed voice and data communications on global 2G and 3G cellular networks.
Traffic monitoring system uses Bluetooth sensors over ZigBee
News & Analysis  
10/30/2011   5 comments
The platform is capable of sensing the flow of Bluetooth devices in a given street, roadway or passageway while differentiating hands-free car kits from pedestrian phones.
Multiple secure elements drive NFC market above USD1 billion in 2016, says ABI Research
10/29/2011   Post a comment
Out of a total of 552 million NFC handsets shipped in 2016, 227 million will feature multiple secure elements.
What's up with Linear Technology?
Design How-To  
10/27/2011   17 comments
How have things changed at Linear over the years? Bob Dobkin, VP Engineering, Chief Technical Officer, and Linear co-founder was gracious enough to sit down with the RF & Microwave Designline and tell us about it.
Two-microphone wireless audio reference design kit
Product News  
10/26/2011   Post a comment
The nRFready Microphone wireless reference design kit provides a complete, fast-track two-microphone audio streaming solution ideally suited to consumer gaming and home karaoke applications.
What part of Part 15 didn’t you read?
10/25/2011   20 comments
I saw the recent TI announcement of their 6LoWPAN series of products, and it got me thinking about Part 15 devices in general.
Sign me up for home karaoke!
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
10/25/2011   3 comments
Those of you who know me, know that I have a keen interest in the ultra low power wireless market.
Multi-channel receiver targets social-alarm applications
Product News  
10/25/2011   2 comments
Radiometrix has released the multi-channel COR3-869-5-SAL receiver, the first in a new range of Category 1 compliant radio receiver modules.
Agilent introduces 3GPP Release 9 compliant multi-standard radio signal analysis solution
Product News  
10/25/2011   Post a comment
Suited for engineers manufacturing base stations and base-station components, the MSR measurement application enables one-button, standards-based testing per the RF requirements defined in the TR 37 series of the 3GPP Release 9 standard.
Symmetricom targets 4G/LTE equipment with multi-sync SoftClock
Product News  
10/25/2011   Post a comment
SCi 2000 software clock solution is designed for small cells, macro base stations and backhaul infrastructure
Hunting noise sources in wireless embedded systems
Design How-To  
10/25/2011   6 comments
In this article, we will explore tips and techniques for hunting noise sources using a new type of instrument called the mixed domain oscilloscope, or MDO.
Design concerns and global opportunities for TV
Design How-To  
10/25/2011   6 comments
With an overview of the global TV market, Alan Hansford of Silicon Labs explains how silicon TV tuners enable economical, flexible TV architectures
TriQuint DVGAs enhance transceiver signals
Product News  
10/18/2011   Post a comment
TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc. released a family of broadband, digitally-controlled variable gain amplifiers (DVGAs) that are optimized for high linearity, gain and output power with a low noise figure and a broad range of output gain control.
Hittite Mux and demux for broadband test, ATE, FPGA, DAC
Product News  
10/18/2011   Post a comment
The new parts support up to 32 Gbps data serialization and deserialization.
How does DECT fit in the wireless market?
Design How-To  
10/18/2011   13 comments
What exactly is ultra low power DECT? And where does it fit in to the wireless landscape. I asked Jos van der Loop of Dialog Semiconductor to respond.
Hands On: Improve performance in RF transceiver designs
Product How-To  
10/18/2011   Post a comment
This paper describes ZIF and superheterodyne receiver differential interfaces for the demodulator, IF VGA, mixer, and analog port of the ADC, as well as transmitter differential interfaces between the TxDAC and FMOD, using Analog Devices parts for active portions of the signal chain. Gain calculations and simulation results are presented for the application filters that were designed for these circuits.
Wireless window contacts benefit from energy harvesting sensors
10/16/2011   3 comments
Research scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS in Duisburg have now developed wireless window contacts which indicate when a house's windows are open or closed. The fail-safe system uses sensors that harvest the energy they need to run from ambient radio signals.
M/A-COM announces S-band digital phase shifters
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10/11/2011   Post a comment
M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. introduced a set of S-Band digital phase shifters for communications, electronic warfare (EW), and radar applications.
IR-UWB radio targets mobile and sensing apps
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10/11/2011   Post a comment
Imec and Holst Centre present a fully chip-integrated ultralow-power IR-UWB (impulse-radio ultra-wideband) solution for use in the worldwide available 6-10GHz band.
ADI rolls new demods and PLL
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10/11/2011   Post a comment
Today, Analog Devices Inc. (ADI) has released two new quadrature demodulators and a new phase locked loop (PLL) for use in wireless infrastructure and point to point systems
How femtocells will solve data capacity
Design How-To  
10/4/2011   2 comments
Data traffic is overwhelming mobile operator's networks reports Steven Brightfield of Qualcomm CDMA Technologies. Projections from major operators confirm this trend, with recent reports ranging from data capacity doubling every 3 months (KT/Korea) to 12 months (Vodafone).
STMicro transistors aim for wireless systems
Product News  
10/4/2011   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has announced the LET family of RF power transistors for applications such as government communications, private mobile radio as used by emergency services, and L-band satellite uplink equipment.
A Ham’s Eye View: Ham radio, Engineering, and Scouting
10/3/2011   8 comments
A very unique opportunity to pay it forward is coming up on the weekend of October 15-16.
Renesas Electronics Europe and AND TR release ZigBee Smart Energy 1.1 module-based design kits
Product News  
10/2/2011   Post a comment
Based on Renesas’ M16C/6B single chip ZigBee silicon, the AND TR design kits are tuned to provide optimum RF performance in the most demanding situations and have been tested for interoperability at ZigBee Smart Energy interoperability events.
Ultra-low power wireless networking solution now available
Product News  
10/2/2011   Post a comment
Mouser is now stocking the Panasonic PAN1317 / PAN1327 Bluetooth RF Modules, which feature both Dynastream's dual-mode Area Network Technology (ANT+) software protocol and Bluetooth v4.0 connectivity.
TinyMesh RF modules with self-configuring mesh protocol for ISM bands
Product News  
10/2/2011   Post a comment
Radiocrafts AS has introduced a powerful mesh network protocol operating in all sub-1 GHz and 2.4 GHz license free ISM bands.
Secure RFID keys feature a 13.56 MHz interface for access control, e-cash, and ID cards
Product News  
10/2/2011   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products introduced a line of RFID keys and cards designed for the two-billion-units-per-year automatic identification, access control, and electronic cash (e-cash) markets.
Demand for NFC grows, says NXP
News & Analysis  
10/1/2011   Post a comment
NXP says it has responded to growing demand, with the NTAG2 family of NFC tag solutions to effectively deploy NFC in emerging use cases such as smart posters, social media, service discovery, and electronic enhancement of printed media.
Wall switch brings 802.11n Wi-Fi to hotels
News & Analysis  
10/1/2011   1 comment
Ruckus Wireless announces that its high-speed Wi-Fi wall switch has experienced broad adoption by hotels around the globe looking to deliver a myriad of IP-based in-room services over a unified wired/wireless infrastructure, while also providing high-speed wireless Internet access to a flood of new Wi-Fi-enabled mobile and handheld devices.
u-blox acquires Fusion Wireless, expands its reach in the US CDMA wireless markets
News & Analysis  
10/1/2011   Post a comment
u-blox has acquired 100% of the shares of Fusion Wireless, a provider of CDMA wireless modules for consumer and M2M applications, based in San Diego.

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