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Smart things: Information shadows - Part 2: Designing with information shadows
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2/21/2011   7 comments
Part 2 of an excerpt from the book "Smart things: Ubiquitous computing user experience design" reviews several interesting design properties of information shadows.
NI blows the lid off VSA performance in PXI form factor
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2/21/2011   Post a comment
Last week I sat down with a team from National Instruments, they had a new vector signal analyzer (VSA) in a PXI form factor to show me that offers industry-leading performance for automated test.
Mobile MIMO Wi-Fi unveiled
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2/15/2011   Post a comment
Targeting such handheld products as smartphones and tablets, Marvell unveiled the industry's first high performance MIMO combination radio with advanced power management.
Smart things: Information shadows - Part 1: Introduction
Design How-To  
2/14/2011   4 comments
Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Smart things: Ubiquitous computing user experience design" looks at information shadows - the digitally accessible information about an object - and systems.
RF demodulator assists high dynamic range receivers
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2/14/2011   1 comment
Analog Devices releases the ADRF6801 demodulator which integrates a PLL synthesizer and VCO.
Don't worry, be happy: Design, test, verification support for LTE-Advanced is here
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2/14/2011   Post a comment
World Mobile Congress is venue for array of LTE-Advanced products from Agilent
Tunable RF module offers AMC form factor
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2/13/2011   Post a comment
At Mobile World Congress, Signalion and N.A.T. plan to show what they claim as the world's first tunable RF module in an advanced mezzanine card form factor.
Footwear and fashion to drive UHF passive RFID item-level tagging growth
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2/13/2011   Post a comment
Item-level passive UHF tags now make up an increasing share of the total world market for RFID tags. ABI Research forecasts that more than three quarters of a billion RFID tags will be used in global apparel markets in 2011.
Skyworks and Ember partner to deliver next-generation ZigBee systems
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2/13/2011   Post a comment
Skyworks Solutions and Ember have introduced innovative solutions for ZigBee applications targeting the growing energy management, home area network and industrial automation markets.
Sleep assessment monitor offers 'professional' results
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2/13/2011   Post a comment
The ReadiBand from Fatigue Science is claimed to be the only consumer friendly, scientifically validated sleep assessment product to provide medical grade results without requiring users to stay overnight in a specialist sleep clinic.
C2X communications scheme takes shape
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2/13/2011   Post a comment
Car-to-car and car-to-infrastructure communications, summarily called C2X, is one of the big technology projects currently under development in the automotive and IT industries. The Fraunhofer Institute for communication technology systems now has developed a configurable C2X system which shows the basic structure of future C2X services.
Dovado claims world's first 4G/LTE-ready residential router
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2/13/2011   Post a comment
Dovado has software upgraded its product portfolio to support 4G/LTE USB modems, beginning with the Huawei E398 which is already being offered by LTE operators in Europe.
Beating signal degradation in wireless networks
Design How-To  
2/13/2011   4 comments
For wireless operators, using passive intermodulation distortion (PIM) equipment correctly requires greater care than standard voltage standing wave ratio (VSWR) site sweeps or distance-to-fault transmission line testing.
Does EMC stand for exasperating, magic, or confusing?—Part 1
Design How-To  
2/10/2011   10 comments
While it is merely a nuisance to experience radio interference, it is definitely a serious matter if an ABS, stability control, or airbag suffers a malfunction because a vehicle passes a TV tower too closely. Thus, mastering EMC is a basic requirement for automotive electronics designers. Part one of this article explains basic strategies and provides useful hints.
Learn to optimize opamps
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2/10/2011   Post a comment
OnFebruary 9th at noon eastern time Analog Devices will be running a 60minute webcast that explains the different types of operational amplifiers, their basic function and describe how engineers can select the right op amp for their circuit design.
Startup introduces RF power management IC
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2/10/2011   Post a comment
Quantance Inc. has developed the Q1005 IC that combines power conversion with closed-loop feedback and is intended to boost the efficiency of power amplifiers in wireless devices.
Wireless audio distribution offers automotive infotainment flexibility: Part 2—Back channel communication and technology choices
Design How-To  
2/10/2011   1 comment
Any system must distribute multiple streams of content to selected occupants, such that each occupant has control over stream selection and any interactive options that stream may offer.
AWR releases impedance matching module
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2/8/2011   Post a comment
AWR announces iMatch, an automated impedance matching module
Learn to optimize opamps
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2/8/2011   Post a comment
OnFebruary 9th at noon eastern time Analog Devices will be running a 60minute webcast that explains the different types of operational amplifiers, their basic function and describe how engineers can select the right op amp for their circuit design.
Wireless audio distribution offers automotive infotainment flexibility: Part 1—IR vs. RF
Design How-To  
2/7/2011   2 comments
Any system must distribute multiple streams of content to selected occupants, such that each occupant has control over stream selection and any interactive options that stream may offer.
Introducing LTE-Advanced
Design How-To  
2/5/2011   6 comments
LTE-Advanced is being specified initially as part of Release 10 of the 3GPP specifications, with a functional freeze targeted for March 2011. Read on for an introduction to what is expected and involved.
Nordic releases chip for Bluetooth low energy
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2/3/2011   Post a comment
Nordic Semiconductor ASA has released the µBlue nRF8001, which it reports is the first fully qualified Bluetooth v4.0 low energy design to combine the radio, link layer, and host into one end product listing (EPL), which enables designers to create new Bluetooth end products without any additional listing fees.
TriQuint releases PA module for ST-Ericsson broadband platforms
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2/1/2011   Post a comment
TriQuint Semiconductor, Inc has added the TQM7M9070 device to its TRIUMF Module™ Family.
I/Q downconverters target military apps
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2/1/2011   Post a comment
Hittite adds three I/Q downconverter/receivers for applications from 5.6 to 24 GHz


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