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posted in February 2010
SOFTWARE TOOLS - CoWare SPW boosts signal processing prototyping for advanced wireless systems
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2/26/2010   Post a comment
CoWare SPW boosts signal processing prototyping for advanced wireless systems and combines LTE libraries with advanced Xilinx implementation flow.
Adjunct SOC for power amplifier performs complex signal processing in RF domain
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2/25/2010   Post a comment
Scintera has developed a power amplifier linearization SoC that performs complex signal processing in the RF domain, resulting in low-power consumption, wide signal bandwidth, and broad frequency operation.
Antenna "diversity" always amazes me
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
2/25/2010   Post a comment
This first/last element in the RF signal chain is an area of vibrant innovation and creative thinking.
Bluetooth group explores apps in smart grid
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group has formed a Smart Energy Study Group with CSR, Broadcom and Emerson Electric as the initial members of the group.
HARDWARE TOOLS - connectBlue offers Development Kits for Wireless LAN modules OWL221a and OWL222a
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
connectBlue has launched ten Wireless LAN Development Kits designed to evaluate the connectBlue third generation Wireless LAN modules OWL221a and OWL222a. The kits offer complete system functionality with an out-of-the-box testing capability designed to accelerate the customers' product design, development and delivery.
Global shipments of short range wireless ICs to exceed 2 billion units in 2010
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2/24/2010   Post a comment
Global shipments of short range wireless ICs (Bluetooth, NFC, UWB, 802.15.4, Wi-Fi) are expected to surpass two billion units this year, increasing approximately 20 percent compared to 2009. Shipments are forecast to total five billion in 2014, according to new market data from ABI Research
Comment: Sparking interest in engineering
Industrial Control DesignLine Blog  
2/23/2010   Post a comment
Intel is behind a $3.5 billion initiative to support investment in U.S.-based growth-oriented industries. The initiative also wants to increase jobs available this year for recent college graduates.
Metamaterials antenna supports multiple bands
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2/23/2010   Post a comment
The world's first metamaterial antenna permits multiple bands--LTE, 3G, WiMax, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS--to share the same antenna without the usually switching circuits and matching components.
Tiny RF switch delivers +67 dBm IIP3
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2/22/2010   Post a comment
Peregrine Semiconductor recently announced an SP4T RF switch that is designed using the company's green UltraCMOS silicon-on-sapphire process technology, yielding broadband RF performance to 3-GHz.
What made you become an EE? Join the Conversation
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2/18/2010   27 comments
In honor of National Engineers Week, we ask readers what inspired them to become engineers and what can be done to encourage more young people to join the ranks.
SMSC acquires wireless audio IC vendor
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2/18/2010   Post a comment
Mixed-signal IC vendor SMSC said it acquired Kleer Semiconductor, a maker of chips for wireless audio. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.
WIRELESS: Transcede processors serve 3G/4G/LTE mobile infrastructure
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2/17/2010   Post a comment
Transcede application-specific SoCs from Mindspeed reduce system power, complexity and cost while boosting performance for 3G/4G/LTE mobile infrastructure.
ZeroG chief executive joins GainSpan
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2/17/2010   Post a comment
Greg Winner has been named chief executive of embedded Wi-Fi chip startup GainSpan Corp., fresh from closing a deal in January to sell its competitor startup ZeroG to Microchip Technology Inc.
Automation platform enables planning and optimization of wireless access networks
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2/16/2010   Post a comment
Mentum has unveiled its latest product line, Mentum Fusion, which provides automation of planning and optimization processes for wireless access networks.
Extend the range of low-power RF devices without exceeding FCC regulations
Design How-To  
2/15/2010   1 comment
Understand how to calculate and improve your link's wireless range, while minimizing power dissipation
RF configurable power core covers multiband, multi-mode cellular air interface standards
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2/15/2010   Post a comment
RFMD launched its PowerSmart power platforms, based on a new RF configurable power core for increased functional efficiency and delivering state-of-the-art processing for all known cellular communications modulation schemes
Long range Bluetooth module offers 1000 meter range
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2/12/2010   Post a comment
2001 Electronic Components has made available a long range Bluetooth module, designated, WT41.
Broadcom sees feature phones getting smarter
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2/11/2010   Post a comment
EE Times caught up with Robert Nalesnik, senior director of marketing with Broadcom's Mobile Platforms group, to ask him questions about trends in wireless handsets as part of a series of interviews with wireless chip vendors in advance of Mobile World Congress.
POWER - ConnectPort X2 connects ZigBee Smart Energy devices with Smart Meter deployments
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
ConnectPort X2 is the industry's first gateway that connects, controls, or gathers data from ZigBee Smart Energy devices equally well before or with Smart Meter deployments. When a Smart Meter is present the gateway can make meter information immediately available to any energy management application.
Audio processor with Bluetooth connectivity from CSR
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2/10/2010   Post a comment
The CSR7810 is what CSR claims to be the industry's first audio processor with Bluetooth connectivity readily integrated for handsets implementing noise cancellation.
ST-Ericsson likes its odds in race to smarter smartphones
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2/9/2010   Post a comment
On the eve of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, wireless chip joint venture ST-Ericsson (Geneva) outlined the main trends in the mobile handset market for 2010 and detailed how the company aligns its business strategy with market opportunities.
Ikanos partners with picoChip to advance the Femtocell market
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2/9/2010   Post a comment
Ikanos Communications and picoChip announced a strategic relationship to advance the integration of smart mobile devices into the home network.
Case study: Wireless baseband DSP on Intel architecture
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
Here's how two of the most demanding next-generation baseband processing algorithms - LTE turbo encoder and channel estimation - can be effectively implemented on modern Intel processors (from the Intel Technology Journal).
Ceva, MimoOn to demonstrate LTE platform at MWC
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
LTE software company MimoOn GmbH (Duisberg, Germany) and Ceva Inc. (San Jose, Calif.) have announced that a joint demonstration of an LTE user equipment PHY platform is set to take place at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.
ZigBee RF4CE coexistence with common 2.4-GHz ISM-band consumer electronics
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
Understand the challenges and tradeoffs when using this slice of spectrum, crowded with devices supporting different standards
Premo and Ihman partner to integrate radio modules in active RFID
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
Ihman and Predan, part of the Premo Group, will join their efforts in a commercial and marketing project to provide a radio communication module for integration in active RFID and telemetry applications
Multimode vector radio dismantles barriers to SDR software portability
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2/8/2010   Post a comment
With new 3G and LTE wireless standards every year, software-defined radio (SDR) remains a Holy Grail. To ensure cost reduction of SDR platforms via economies of scale, software portability across multiple processors must be achieved. The new generation of SDR, called multimode vector radio (MVR), offers that portability.
Cognitive radio's foundation on display at ISSCC 2010
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2/5/2010   1 comment
The ethereal concept of cognitive radio will be seeking paths to corporeal form among the many wireless breakthroughs being presented at ISSCC 2010 conference in San Francisco. From highly integrated SAW-less front ends to multistandard, multiband systems on chip to emerging 60-GHz interfaces , the foundational elements of our ubiquitous wireless future will be on display for all to see.
Power amplifier linearization SoC enables highly efficient broadband 3G and 4G networks
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2/5/2010   Post a comment
Scintera Networkshas made available its SC1887 adaptive RF power amplifier linearizer (RFPAL) system-on-chip (SoC).
Monopole antennas enable multiple M2M applications for Zigbee and ISM Band
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2/5/2010   Post a comment
Pulse, a Technitrol Company, is offering a set of monopole antennas that deliver Zigbee 2.4 GHz and ISM bands 868 MHz, 915 MHz, and 2.4GHz. These antennas are ideal alternatives to using trace antennas because they occupy very little printed circuit board space while maintaining their key properties regardless of changes to the board.
FCC may redraw spectrum allocations in broadband plan
News & Analysis  
2/4/2010   1 comment
A Federal Communications Commission director suggested the agency is exploring new ways to use a swath of spectrum to serve multiple users including utilities building smart electric grids as part of a national broadband plan the FCC will release March 17.
Panel sees smart grid engineering challenges
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2/3/2010   Post a comment
Engineers face plenty of challenges enabling smart grids in the home and in utility distribution networks, according to a panel at the GridCom Forum event here.
Dash7 sensor network alliance rolls working groups
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2/2/2010   Post a comment
The Dash7 Alliance, a coalition of organizations promoting a standard for wireless sensor networks based on the ISO18000-7 standard, has announced it now has more than 40 participating organizations, including leaders from the semiconductor, supply chain and RFID industries.
Agilent handheld VNA takes accuracy, portability, built-in calibration to the field
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2/2/2010   Post a comment
N9923A FieldFox RF vector network analyzer brings up to 6-GHz range & capabilities from the lab and bench to where the action really is
Over-the-air Testing of MIMO Mobile Terminals (Part 3 of 3)
Design How-To  
2/1/2010   Post a comment
This white paper discusses the issues related to testing of multiantenna multiple-input, multiple-output mobile terminals
The differential-signal advantage for communications system design
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2/1/2010   Post a comment
Understand how differential signal chains and architectures can improve system performance in challenging applications


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