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posted in February 2009
At ESC Silicon Valley, survival's in the bag
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Books, scholarships, games, training, and more, all in a pretty cool Safari bag--yours if you register quickly for ESC Silicon Valley.
The Need for Linear Circuits
Design How-To  
2/23/2009   3 comments
This article focuses on the trend of less filtering and more linearity in radio design, both as a differentiating factor for receivers and as a differentiating factor for analog/RF circuit designers.
2009 EE Times ACE Awards finalists announced
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
See the companies, executives, teams, and others selected as ACE Award finalists.
Point-to-point embedded 240-to-960 MHz RF link gets feature-rich TX/RX front end
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2/23/2009   Post a comment
Silicon Labs' EZRadioPro provides extra link budget due to sensitive front end, higher power PA, despite ultra-low-power design
Netbooks, smart phones: Will the twain meet?
2/23/2009   Post a comment
Conventional laptops and mobile phones remain worlds apart when it comes to cost, size and design metrics.
802.11n client device forms core of WiFi sensor networking systems
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2/20/2009   Post a comment
Redpine Signals has developed an 802.11n wireless sensor module it is marketing under the brand name SenSiFi that it says provides all the control and wireless functionality required to build and deploy wireless sensor nodes in the industrial and enterprise sectors.
The Future of Audio Entertainment in the Car - Part 2
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2/19/2009   Post a comment
The connection between user behavior and technology sometimes allows predictions as to which technology will be the next big thing and which one will prevail over a longer period. A study of chip vendor NXP connects user behavior to concrete car radio design.
Semtech debuts highly integrated ISM-band transmitter
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2/17/2009   Post a comment
Check out the SX1230, Semtech's latest RF transmitter that reduces BOM by up to 40% for a wide array of applications.
Direct conversion receiver designs enable multi-standard/multi-band operation
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2/16/2009   Post a comment
Click here to read this article, which discusses the performance and merits of a direct conversion receiver signal chain in the context of 3G and 4G wireless cellular applications.
Startup aims Wi-Fi at embedded systems
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2/16/2009   Post a comment
Startup ZeroG Wireless officially throws its hat into the ring of competitors trying to bring Wi-Fi to embedded systems with a new chip and module that could bring 802.11b connectivity to new lows in cost, size and power consumption.
Sequans launches single-die, triple-frequency mobile WiMAX chip
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2/15/2009   Post a comment
The SQN1210 reduces power consumption by 35%, implements uplink MIMO for double cell coverage, and paves the way to a 4G cellular solution.
Wireless implants aid medical research
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2/13/2009   Post a comment
Researchers described at the International Solid State Circuits Conference two implantable wireless chips that could advance medical research on multiple fronts.
The Future of Audio Entertainment in the Car - Part 1
Design How-To  
2/12/2009   1 comment
The connection between user behavior and technology sometimes allows predictions as to which technology will be the next big thing and which one will prevail over a longer period. A study of chip vendor NXP provides valuable insights in automotive infotainment trends.
60GHz unbound
2/12/2009   Post a comment
IMEC research consortium delivers true, single-chip, 60GHz receive chain at ISSCC
Want to connect at ESC? Use Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, and MyESC
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2/11/2009   2 comments
Embedded systems designers can exchange ideas via Internet-based social networking.
SEI's cellular network solution claims world-leading efficiency
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2/10/2009   Post a comment
Sumitomo Electric Industries (SEI) has developed the first cellular network product based on Nujira's patented High Accuracy Tracking (HAT) technology.
Connect with international press at ESC
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2/9/2009   Post a comment
Spread the news about your products around the world. ESC Silicon Valley has new opportunities to meet the international press.
Free sponsored sessions at ESC deliver real stuff
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2/9/2009   Post a comment
Vendors offer indepth info about Windows' Embedded, nonvolatile memory architectures, and more.
Radio chips dial into medical apps
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2/9/2009   Post a comment
Radio frequency CMOS is being applied to a growing but fragmented set of medical applications ranging from imaging and DNA testing to networking in and around the body, according to a panel of experts here in a session before the formal opening of the International Solid State Circuits Conference.
The ISM Revolution: The Next Big Thing
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2/9/2009   Post a comment
Interested in developing products for the ISM band? This article is a great place to start, covering Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, IEEE 802.15.4, and ZigBee.
Implementing LTE on FPGAs
Design How-To  
2/6/2009   3 comments
Here's a review of the LTE algorithms and a practical implementation on a Xilinx FPGA. The reference design is tested using multiple video stream with varying encoding rates.
New course from Cypress covers low-power RF
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2/6/2009   Post a comment
If you are interested in learning more about Cypress Semiconductor's CyFi low-power RF product, then check out this new TechOnline course
Staccato achieves new WiMedia certifications
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2/6/2009   Post a comment
Staccato's Ripcord2 single-chip UWB solution earns WiMedia platform certification for recently ratified Spectrum Extension Release; Ripcord A-200TM earns WiMedia PHY certification for Band Groups 1, 3 and 6
Turn down that radio! Or wait, is it a black hole?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
2/6/2009   Post a comment
Apparently, three years ago scientists in Texas launched seven balloon-borne radio receivers in search of a faint radio signal from the warming of interstellar space caused by early stars. To their surprise, they received a booming signal a full six times louder than their wildest prediction.
Amplifer targets satellite applications
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2/4/2009   Post a comment
NEC medium power MMIC IF amplifier delivers 25 dB of gain flat from 100MHz to 2.6 GHz
Atmel acquires ZigBee IP
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2/3/2009   Post a comment
Taking a step into a new market, Atmel Corp. has acquired the ZigBee-based intellectual-property rights from LuxLabs BVI for an undisclosed sum.
The Basics of MIMO Testing
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2/2/2009   1 comment
A few key parameters and tests help engineers understand how a MIMO radio is performing
Meet FM antenna design challenges in portable devices
Design How-To  
2/2/2009   5 comments
As wireless usage models become more popular in portable devices, customers are demanding wire-free FM radio reception with embedded antennas. This article discusses maximizing sensitivity to improve FM reception using an embedded antenna and the methods to achieve that goal
Intel's 'My Wi-Fi' seeks to mobilize personal-area nets
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2/2/2009   Post a comment
Intel Corp. wants to connect millions of Wi-Fi-enabled devices by building a wireless access point called My Wi-Fi into Centrino 2-equipped notebook computers, establishing a personal-area network that travels with users.

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