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Intro to biomechatronics, Part 2
Design How-To  
11/27/2011   6 comments
This 600page book aims to provide fundamentals of electronic and mechanical components required to assist or replace limbs, senses, and even organs damaged by trauma, birth defects, or disease.
Sierra Wireless launches world’s smallest M2M cellular module
Product News  
11/26/2011   Post a comment
The AirPrime WS6318 module measures just 15 x 18 mm and provides essential M2M connectivity in a small, simple package that uses a conformal coating rather than metal shielding.
Z-Wave millimetre solution for smart homes
Product News  
11/26/2011   3 comments
The Fibaro wall inserts can be used to convert any series of switches into switches or dimmers controlled wirelessly by Z-Wave technology.
Thinfilm unveils first scalable printed CMOS memory
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11/25/2011   Post a comment
Combination of Thinfilm printed rewritable memory and PARC transistors enables low-cost, printed integrated systems for the “Internet of things”
Skyworks SPDT switches target access points
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11/25/2011   Post a comment
The small-package SKY13348-374LF and SKY13370-374LF are well suited for use in high-power access points and router applications given their matched ports which reduce low noise amplifier pulling and deliver better system performance. 
Intro to biomechatronics, Part 1
Design How-To  
11/25/2011   7 comments
This 600page book aims to provide fundamentals of electronic and mechanical components required to assist or replace limbs, senses, and even organs damaged by trauma, birth defects, or disease.
Implant that moves, electric shoes at ISSCC
News & Analysis  
11/21/2011   12 comments
A tiny implant that can propel itself through your body and a tennis shoe that can gather enough energy from walking to power a pedometer are two of the papers at ISSCC.
Agilent’s link analysis software troubleshoots wireless messaging
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11/19/2011   Post a comment
Software aims to provide greater visibility into the complex and dynamic interaction between the MAC and physical layers in product designs based on today’s wireless standards.
Rohde & Schwarz signal generator simulates CATV
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11/19/2011   Post a comment
Rohde & Schwarz reports that its R&S®CLG multichannel signal generator is the first instrument on the market to simulate a cable TV network with all channels fully loaded with analog and digital TV signals.
SerDes chip enables integration of multiple video streams
Design How-To  
11/18/2011   2 comments
In a parking assist system example, single twisted-pair communication and an interface chipset provide a bidirectional control channel with a minimum latency and general purpose I/O functionality, enabling seamless frame-synchronous processing of individual video data streams.
Hittite releases programmable direct conversion receiver
Product News  
11/14/2011   5 comments
Fully field programmable, the HMC6383 platform is designed to serve as a receiver subsystem building block for various applications including cellular basestations, microwave radio, adaptive IF strips, wireless LAN, software defined radio and test equipment.
Wireless-powered telemetry system monitors dragonflies
Design How-To  
11/14/2011   1 comment
An engineering team at Duke has developed a wirelessly powered telemetry system to study dragonflies in flight.
Dual-interface memory uses energy harvesting for battery-free design
Product News  
11/14/2011   1 comment
Dual-interface memory family from STMicroelectronics adds 16-Kbit device capable of powering small systems entirely from harvested RF power with no battery required.
Nordic preps new RF family, TV remote
News & Analysis  
11/11/2011   2 comments
Nordic Semiconductor announced plans to refresh its 2.4 GHz product line in the next nine months and showed a reference design for a connected TV remote control.
TI calls baseband a distraction, but is it?
News & Analysis  
11/10/2011   10 comments
While Texas Instruments pushes forward quickly and aggressively with its OMAP mobile processor, some still wonder whether the firm’s “strategic decision” to leave out baseband could come back to bite it.
Test MIMO over-the-air with a two-stage method
Design How-To  
11/9/2011   Post a comment
One way to accurately predict the real-world performance of a mobile device is through the use of over-the air (OTA) testing, or in the case of LTE, Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) OTA testing.
Transmit beamforming provides reliable wireless
Design How-To  
11/7/2011   3 comments
One of the most efficient techniques available to improve connectivity and create more reliable Wi-Fi is transmit beamforming, or Tx-BF, as specified in IEEE 802.11n/ac.
Firm releases first handheld software defined radio
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11/7/2011   Post a comment
Epiq Solutions has announced Matchstiq, which it claims is the world's smallest commercially available software defined radio (SDR) capable of tuning between 300 MHz and 3.8 GHz
Tiny tuner targets analog TV
Product News  
11/7/2011   3 comments
Fresco Microchip has released the FM2150, which it reports is the world's smallest silicon tuner for analog TV.
TI claims smallest, lowest power, dual, 500-MSPS DACs
Product News  
11/7/2011   Post a comment
The new DACs aim to reduce the cost of wideband transmit systems.
Ham radio in the 21st century
Design How-To  
11/7/2011   17 comments
Ham radio today differs greatly from that of past years, but it still offers a fascinating way to explore electronics. Here’s a look at how it has changed and what it has to offer both old hands and newcomers alike.
Achieving the lowest power in wireless sensor networks
Design How-To  
11/6/2011   4 comments
Low-power circuit design: Energy harvesting and SOC designs are key to reducing power consumption in autonomous wireless sensor networks.
Murata launches world's smallest 2.4 GHz balanced output filter
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11/3/2011   Post a comment
Murata's balanced output matching filter is aimed at a broad range of 2.4 GHz wireless applications using ZigBee and Bluetooth low energy technologies.
Epiq Solutions announces first handheld software defined radio
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11/3/2011   Post a comment
Matchstiq from Epiq Solutions is, according to the company, the world's smallest commercially available software defined radio (SDR) capable of tuning between 300 MHz and 3.8 GHz.
The Griggs Hall haunting
Blog  
11/1/2011   7 comments
A University of Minnesota ham radio operator discovers that his ham use has some scary side effects.
Driver Amplifier Spans 48 GHz
Product News  
11/1/2011   Post a comment
GaAs pHEMT MMIC distributed amplifier delivers 0.25 Watts output power
Interoperability the key to Bluetooth technology’s success
Blog  
11/1/2011   2 comments
Seamless communication with other manufacturers Bluetooth chips is essential if the sector is to realize its potential, says Svenn-Tore Larsen
Skyworks LNA targets wireless infrastructure
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11/1/2011   Post a comment
Applications include tower mounted amplifiers, remote radio units, repeaters and base stations


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