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posted in February 2012
DAC reduces cable head-end footprint
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2/28/2012   Post a comment
DAC aims to improve channel density by 20 times over present cable modem implementations.
Bliley oscillator improves phase noise performance
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2/28/2012   Post a comment
The Zeus family of OCVCXOs is designed for phase-locked microwave signal sources such as DRO’s, low noise test equipment, synthesizers, microwave communication systems and radar applications.
Tiny module advances WiFi efficiency
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2/28/2012   Post a comment
The module targets mobile and fixed wireless data applications in the 5.15 to 5.85 GHz frequency range.
Eight ways to improve RF spurious performance
Design How-To  
2/27/2012   7 comments
RF board design is as much about keeping signals out of the places they don't belong as it is about getting signals to the places they do belong.
Libelium Waspmote Wifi Sensors connect directly to cloud servers and iPhone/Android platforms
Product News  
2/27/2012   1 comment
Libelium's new Wifi module for the Waspmote platform enables sensor nodes to send gathered data to Web servers in the Cloud and to any Smartphone device without the need for a special gateway, easing the deployment of sensor networks.
Powercast’s chipset and RF energy harvesting reference design enable low-cost wireless power over distance
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2/22/2012   Post a comment
Powercast Corporation has released an RF-based wireless power chipset and reference design for embedded, low-power, wireless charging applications.
Moving implant, body nets advance at ISSCC
News & Analysis  
2/22/2012   4 comments
Medical electronics researchers showed advances in self-propelled implants, 802.15.6 body area networks and ways to harvest energy from the human body at the ISSCC.
Peregrine rolls SP8T and SP10T switches in STeP5 process
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2/21/2012   Post a comment
These new devices support 4G LTE RF front end (RFFE) linearity and insertion loss demands over all conditions.
MATLAB phased array system expands design capabilities
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2/21/2012   Post a comment
Engineers can use MATLAB with the toolbox to model, simulate, and analyze complex phased array systems across applications such as radar, acoustics and communications.
TI launches next-gen WiLink
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2/21/2012   Post a comment
The WiLink™ 8.0 product family is a collection of 45nm single-chip solutions that integrate up to five different radios for next-generation mobile Wi-Fi, GNSS, NFC, Bluetooth and FM transmit/receive applications.
Quad-band transmit modules raise performance
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2/21/2012   Post a comment
These devices are designed for use as the final portion of the transmitter section in a GSM850/EGSM900/DCS1800/PCS1900/UMTS handset
Eight-channel RF measurement broadens LTE analysis
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2/15/2012   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has enhanced its N7109A multi-channel signal analyzer for emerging multichannel LTE, LTE-Advanced and MIMO RF measurement requirements, including LTE antenna beam forming and LTE-Advanced carrier aggregation.
Amplifier targets point to point applications
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2/14/2012   Post a comment
Operating between the 10 GHz to 13.3 GHz frequency range, the MAAP-008924, can be used as a power amplifier stage or as a driver stage in high power applications.
Nujira scores 80% efficiency for cellular PAs
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2/13/2012   Post a comment
Nujira’s NCT-L1100 uses envelope tracking to reduce wasted energy from power amplifiers (PAs) in mobile handsets by more than 50%, cutting heat dissipation and extending battery life.
Next-generation home networking: It's all about cable companies and the set-top box
Design How-To  
2/13/2012   3 comments
In order to retain and grow their subscriber base, cable companies and service providers are now taking the lead to deliver the long promised smart, automated home. ZigBee Rf4CE powered remote controls and set-top boxes are the new gateways for controlling home entertainment and smart applications.
e-Learning platform for ZigBee sensor networks accelerates time to market
News & Analysis  
2/12/2012   1 comment
Libelium has launched its e-Learning platform, a training and support capability that provides a highly interactive service for system integrators who need to develop and deploy wireless sensor networks in a short timeframe.
Continental joins OPEN Alliance Ethernet consortium
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2/12/2012   Post a comment
Continental presented the opportunities for Ethernet in vehicles at the Consumer Electronics Show 2012 in Las Vegas with a test setup of a vehicle data network.
NFC aid for the visually and hearing impaired
Research  
2/12/2012   3 comments
A group of affected persons recently tested an innovative, speech-based item identification system and new "talking" packaging for medicine and food.
ZigBee Smart Energy gateway optimized for large device deployments
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2/12/2012   Post a comment
The gateway connects ZigBee Smart Energy devices from a Home Area Network (HAN) to an energy service provider via broadband.
Half-duplex RFID mini-transponders for animal and asset tracking
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2/12/2012   Post a comment
Texas Instruments has announced what it claims to be the world’s smallest half-duplex RFID mini-transponders that enable customers to embed tags into smaller objects across a broader range of applications.
Telit's M2M modules support AIA Pioneer and GoFer remote monitoring
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2/10/2012   Post a comment
Telit Wireless Solutions M2M modules will enable connectivity for remote monitoring applications from Alta Industrial Automation Ltd. (AIA).
Design networks for wireless M2M applications
Design How-To  
2/9/2012   3 comments
Star networks present unique challenges, from managing the number of end nodes, ensuring connectivity, and balancing data from and to the source point. They can benefit from a simpler, more effective solution.
Design: Multimode, multiband transceiver technology delivers LTE
Design How-To  
2/7/2012   1 comment
Success of LTE technology is tied to an ecosystem development that must take place at the same pace—or faster—than that of the infrastructure implementation.
RFaxis front-end IC assists ZigBee networks
Product News  
2/7/2012   1 comment
RFaxis has launched the RFX2411, a 2.4GHz single-chip ZigBee® RF Front-end IC (RFeIC™) which integrates a power amplifier, low noise amplifier and antenna diversity switch in single-die CMOS process.
Wideband PLLs promise enhanced noise and spurious performance
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2/6/2012   Post a comment
Hittite Microwave Corporation has released two SMT packaged wideband phase-locked-Loop (PLL) with integrated voltage controlled oscillators (VCOs), the HMC833LP6GE and the HMC834LP6GE .
LNAs target 1.6 to 3.0 GHz receivers
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2/6/2012   Post a comment
Skyworks Solutions has introduced three LNAs for 1.6 to 3.0 GHz receiver applications.
Aircraft industry heads upward
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2/1/2012   Post a comment
Analysts project 9.3% growth in 2012.


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