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ZigBee Alliance charters new group to explore Internet solutions
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2/29/2008   Post a comment
The initiative is part of the Alliance's ongoing technology evaluation programs to ensure interoperability of ZigBee solutions.
Single-conversion TV tuner saves space in DVB-T, PAL applications
Product News  
2/29/2008   Post a comment
Maxim's single-conversion, hybrid (analog and digital) television tuner integrates a tracking filter, RF and IF VGAs, and VCOs, and consumes only 760mW from a single +3.3V supply.
802.11n chipset interoperability plus performance testing favors Metalink
Design How-To  
2/28/2008   1 comment
The most surprising result is that when a competing chipset is paired with the WLANPlus chipset, throughput can actually be greater than the pairing of two chipsets from the same company.
Image reject mixer enables frequency conversions across 32 to 42GHz
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2/28/2008   Post a comment
Mimix Broadband, Inc. introduces a GaAs MMIC sub-harmonic image reject mixer that achieves 9 dB conversion loss and 18 dB image rejection
TI launches RF transceiver for ZigBee, proprietary low-power apps
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
The CC2520 can be used in a wide variety of standard-based and proprietary wireless systems for industrial monitoring, building automation, remote controls and wireless sensor networks.
NFC on a roll
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2/27/2008   Post a comment
It's already in mobile phones and you're going to see it in a lot of other wireless stuff sooner rather than later.
Wisair gets additional $24 million in funding
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Financing was led by Susquehanna Growth Equity (SGE), a US-based private equity fund investing in growth capital and late stage venture opportunities.
Tundra Semiconductor Announces End-to-End RapidIO Baseband Development Platform
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
Tundra Semiconductor Corporation today announced an end-to-end RapidIO-enabled MicroTCA platform for wireless base stations.
Exceeding the standard for wireless sensor networks
Design How-To  
2/26/2008   1 comment
ZigBee claims to be "Wireless Control That Simply Works" and is optimized for low power operation and cost. But ZigBee is just one solution for wireless sensor networking applications and others can be easier-to-implement, more compact and use less power.
Sidedbar: Comparing ANT and ZigBee
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2/26/2008   Post a comment
When designing a wireless sensor network, the decision between standard-based and proprietary solutions is not always an easy one. Here's one assessment of the pros and cons.
Serve me up some basics with a side of low power
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
2/26/2008   Post a comment
I've been handling the RF DesignLine site for over a year now, and have noticed that some of the most popular pieces lately are the articles that offer basic RF tutorials and low-power system design.
Micrel rolls out programmable receiver with jam avoidance
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
Targeting garage door openers and tire pressure monitoring systems, Micrel is claiming the industry's first programmable receiver with a jam avoidance feature.
Micropower precision amplifiers deliver ultra-low-power consumption for portables
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
National Semiconductor's micropower precision amplifiers provide a guaranteed maximum offset voltage drift over temperature as low as +/- 0.4 uV/C and ultra-low-power consumption of less than 16 uW per channel.
Radio Architectures, Pt 3: Intermodulation and Intercept Points
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
Wish you knew more about radio architectures? Then this series is for you. Part 3 continues the discussion, covering intermodulation and introducing the concept of intercept points, including 1-dB compression point, IP2, and IP3.
Rohde & Schwarz RF switching matrix handles all types of automated tests
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
Users can deploy the controllable switch platform to set up calibration systems, switch test instruments and amplifiers in a test system, or multiplex devices under test (DUTs).
RFMD : RF shielding sticks to the RFIC or module
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices introduces MicroShield integrated RF shielding technology. The technology can eliminate the need for bulky and costly external shields by integrating RF shielding directly into the RFIC or module.
Aeroflex : Radio test set now has an RF spectrum analyzer option
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2/25/2008   Post a comment
Aeroflex has announced an RF spectrum analyzer option for the 3500 hand-held 1 GHz radio test set. The option allows users to see the signal they are receiving instead of just the frequency.
Mass Femtocell Deployment and the RF Environment
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2/22/2008   Post a comment
If you need to learn more about femtocells, this article outlines the key challenges of mass femtocell deployment as they relate to RF.
First 60GHz single-chip CMOS transceiver out from down under
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2/21/2008   Post a comment
NICTA, Australia's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Research Centre of Excellence announced the world's first transceiver integrated on a single chip that operates at 60GHz on the CMOS (complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor) process.
Anritsu's analyzers add options for advanced HSDPA and W-CDMA
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2/21/2008   Post a comment
Both analyzers incorporate advanced DSP and parallel-measurement technologies to dramatically reduce manufacturing and inspection test times.
Bluetooth SIG names new board chairman
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2/21/2008   Post a comment
Ian Macmanara is the technology manager for Nokia's Complementary Wireless Platforms group.
Analog's answer to FPGA opens field to masses
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2/21/2008   Post a comment
By making analog circuits easier to design and simulate, researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology hope to further the cause of analog while enabling engineers to incorporate lower-power circuitry into their products. In the same way that field- programmable gate arrays have spawned advances in digital signal processing, the Georgia Tech researchers believe their large-scale field-programmable analog array (FPAA) has the potential to seed growth in analog.
Ofcom denies spectrum bundling
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2/21/2008   Post a comment
U.K .communications regulator Ofcom has denied rumors that it will further delay the 2.6 GHz mobile broadband auction so refarmed 900 MHz spectrum can be bundled into the same auction.
Analyzers test next-gen data rates, Tx/Rx characteristics
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2/21/2008   Post a comment
Anritsu Company has introduced HSDPA high data rate and W-CDMA band XI test options for its MT8820B/MT8815B radio communication analyzers.
802.11n test tool addresses early stages of product development
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2/21/2008   Post a comment
VeriWave, Inc. has expanded its WLAN performance testing and analysis portfolio by delivering what it claims is the first 802.11n debugging, troubleshooting and device test tool to address the early development stages of 802.11-compliant devices.
Hitachi taps Tzero for UWB video in advanced HDTVs
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
Tzero is one of several companies applying UWB technology to wireless HD video distribution and its selection is among the first design wins.
Are Sprint/Nextel and Clearwire getting together again?
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2/20/2008   Post a comment
Matchmaking can be expensive in the corporate world but it can also be lucrative.
Wireless UWB HD video: Appendix A: Test methodology
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
This article describes the test methodology employed by octoScope to test Radiospire's wireless, uncompressed HD video
Wireless HD video: Raising the UWB throughput bar (again)
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2/19/2008   Post a comment
This article reviews the promise and technical challenges facing UWB, reports on the most recent test results, and analyzes a particular approach to UWB. It also discusses the throughput and encryption considerations for HD video distribution.
Dialog Semi lands order from Asustek
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2/18/2008   Post a comment
Fabless chip vendor Dialog Semiconductor plc (Kirchheim, Germany) succeeded in attracting 3C vendor Asustek as a customer. The Taiwanese company plans to equip its next-generation smartphones with two Dialog ASSPs.
Antenna tuning switch offers industry leading specs
Product News  
2/18/2008   Post a comment
Peregrine Semiconductor's PE42641 SP4T antenna tuning switch is optimized for industry-leading linearity, IMD performance and Class 3, 4000 V ESD. It is well suited for use in GSM/EDGE/WCDMA and CDMA applications.
Harry Potter and the future of streaming video?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
2/18/2008   Post a comment
As Harry channeled the evil Voldemort's experiences and could see from Voldemort's eyes, I could not help thinking, hey, this could be the future of mobile streaming video. How freaky would it be to simply have the images appear in your head?.
Maxim shrinks RF transceiver BOM by 50%
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2/17/2008   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products has released a 3.3GHz to 3.9GHz WiMAX RF Transceiver that it claims can save 50% BOM cost
Rohde & Schwarz unveils mobile spectrum analyzer for WLAN, WiMAX, WCDMA
Product News  
2/15/2008   Post a comment
The R&S FSL18's I/Q demodulation bandwidth plus the software capabilities of the R&S FSL family to make it only instrument in its class to support the WLAN, WiMAX and WCDMA standards.
Aeroflex portable RF spectrum analyzer delivers high-performance
Product News  
2/15/2008   Post a comment
The P25 tests will include C4FM modulation fidelity, frequency error, power and symbol deviation measurements.
3G transmit system simplifies handset design
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2/15/2008   Post a comment
RF Micro Devices has announced the availability of its RF6280 3G transmit system that is designed to simplify and accelerate implementation of multi-band and multi-mode 3G handsets and mobile device platforms.
Comsys adds ExpressCard/34 form factor to its cellular/WiMAX reference designs
Product News  
2/14/2008   Post a comment
The ComMAX ExpressCard/34 features the ComMAX CM1125 multi-standard baseband processor along with third-party radio transceivers.
The embedded wireless promise: Where do we stand?
Design How-To  
2/13/2008   2 comments
By promising too much and delivering too little, wireless embedded control products have failed to pick up market momentum. What can be done about it?
Radio Architectures, Pt 2: Receivers, LOs, and Mixers
Design How-To  
2/13/2008   2 comments
Wish you knew more about radio architectures? Then this series is for you. Part 2 covers direct-conversion and superheterodyne receivers as well as local oscillators and mixers.
700-MHz WiMAX
Blog  
2/12/2008   Post a comment
Work on the technical specifications is underway and published specifications will be unveiled as they are completed.
Drop-in modules ease design of low power ISM-band apps
Product News  
2/12/2008   Post a comment
Designers without RF expertise can now build an ultra-low power ISM-band wireless link into a product or application within hours.
Agilent adds WiMAX manufacturing test support for Sequans Wave 2 chipset
Product News  
2/12/2008   Post a comment
Agilent adds WiMAX calibration and verification software to its one-box wireless networking test set for WiMax devices based on the Sequans Wave 2 chipset.
RF power amplifier claims exceptional linearity, efficiency
Product News  
2/12/2008   Post a comment
ANADIGICS has introduced its AWM6422 RF power amplifier for WiMAX and WiBro applications in the 2.3- to 2.4-GHz frequency range at the Mobile World Congress 2008.
Using WiMedia UWB technology to enable future-generation WPANs
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2/12/2008   Post a comment
This article by a member of the WiMedia Alliance analyzes the performance, immunity and power requirements for next-generation WPANs that will succeed Bluetooth. It also provides the points of comparison between Wi-Fi and WiMedia/Certified Wireless USB technologies.
Antenna chip sharpens mobile digital TV reception
Product News  
2/12/2008   Post a comment
Mobile TV chipmaker Siano Mobile Silicon launched its second-generation antenna-chip product, the SMS8022, that is aimed at helping drive mass adoption of mobile digital TV (MDTV) on mobile phones, portable multimedia players, notebooks, UMPCs and accessory cards.
RF Transceiver targets 2G and 3G modes with a single chip
Product News  
2/12/2008   Post a comment
Renesas announced the R2A60281LG, a 2G/3G dual-mode RF transceiver that supports both the 2G and 3G modes used in cellular communications.
Sequoia announces transceiver support for multiple wireless specs
Product News  
2/12/2008   Post a comment
Sequoia Communications' SEQ7400 HEDGE transceiver supports TD-SCDMA, HSUPA, S-Band, and GMR specifications
Active upconverting mixer touts high dynamic range
Product News  
2/11/2008   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced a high-dynamic range active upconverting mixer with a wide frequency range of 1.5 GHz to 3.8 GHz.
Active bypass power amplifiers improve low-power efficiency
Product News  
2/11/2008   Post a comment
Avago Technologies has introduced a family of power amplifiers, leveraging its CoolPAM technology, which supports three power modes: high-, mid- and active-bypass mode for mobile handset designs.
IMEC fields mobile SDR baseband processor platform
Product News  
2/11/2008   Post a comment
Despite the chip's speed, a patented power management approach means the SoC consumes only a few milliwatts in standby mode.
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