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posted in March 2009
GaAs MMIC SP8T switch streamlines mobile phone design
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
NEC's UPG2193T6E SP8T GaAs MMIC antenna switch meets the needs of new 3G UMTS, W-CDMA and Quad Band EDGE mobile phone designs.
Wi-Fi sensor networking module has 5-year battery life
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3/31/2009   Post a comment
RF Monolithics' 2.4 GHz IEEE 802.11 g radio transceiver module enables OEMs to build low-power WLAN and sensor monitoring solutions for the global market.
ST-Ericsson samples music DAC for mobiles
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
Mobile phone chip joint venture ST-Ericsson NV has announced that it is sampling an audio quality digital-to-analog converter (DAC) for use in the mobile music market.
Vendors call for cloud computing standards
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3/30/2009   Post a comment
A group of 38 companies and academic groups have signed on to a so-called Open Cloud Manifesto calling for open standards for cloud computing.
Company Spotlight on Broadcom
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3/27/2009   Post a comment
Broadcom's Robert Nalesnik provides insight into the mobile industry related to Broadcom's integrated chipset, which offers BlueTooth, FM, 802.11n and GPS, as well as trends like HD capabilities in cell phones and open source software.
TriQuint rolls new driver amplifiers
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3/25/2009   Post a comment
TriQuint Semiconductor Inc. has rolled out two new driver amplifiers, including the industry's first surface-mount technology (SMT) device for use in 40-gigabits-per-second networks.
Wireless triangulation using RSSI signals
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3/24/2009   7 comments
Understand how a received signal strength indicator, combined with a networked quartet of transceivers and antennas, can pinpoint a transmitter's location
OCXO delivers high stability in a miniature package
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Greenray Industries has announced the availability of the YH1420 series OCXO (ovenized crystal oscillator) which delivers excellent short-term stability from 10 MHz to 100 MHz.
Wireless or not? When are short-distance, point-to-point RF links worthwhile?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
3/23/2009   Post a comment
I am not a big fan of RF for short distance, point-to-point interconnection (under 3 feet or 1 meter). Sometimes, a basic cable is a better way to get information from point A to point B. Yet other times, wireless is the better choice. . . .
Anadigics introduces RF line amps for CATV distribution
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
Anadigics Inc. (Warren, New Jersey) has launched a family of 870-MHz hybrid line amplifiers, designed primarily for use in CATV distribution systems.
DC-DC regulators optimized for noise sensitive RF power amplifiers in single cell Li-Ion battery applications.
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3/23/2009   Post a comment
The AS1332-34 family of step down DC-DC regulators from austriamicrosystems is optimized for noise sensitive RF power amplifiers in single cell Li-Ion battery powered applications.
Trio of free application resources covers broadband distortion measurements, RFID tag testing, and satellite payload assessment
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3/20/2009   Post a comment
Two conventional application notes and a seminar on CD can help designers in various RF and related areas
Startup begins shipping MMIC receiver modules
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3/19/2009   Post a comment
MMIC Solutions Ltd (Ledbury, England), a startup focusing on modules and subsystems for commercial millimetre wave applications, has shipped its first integrated receiver modules to U.S. group HXI LLC, which specializes in radio links for backhaul.
CSR, Taiyo Yuden team for wireless modules
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3/19/2009   Post a comment
Wireless chip specialist CSR plc (Cambridge, England) is partnering with Japanese module maker Taiyo Yuden to produce modules integrating Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS capabilities.
Sensys traffic management system uses TI MCU, RF components
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3/18/2009   Post a comment
A traffic management system developed by Sensys Networks Inc. targets states and cities dealing with increasing traffic, fuel cost and pollution.
Understand Mobile IP--Part III
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3/16/2009   1 comment
Mobile IP is a dynamic routing protocol where end devices signal their own routing updates and dynamic tunnels eliminate the need for host route propagation. Need to learn about or brush up on Mobile IP? Here's your chance. This excerpt from Understanding Mobile IP, is an exhaustive and valuable tutorial.
Radiometrix : UHF FM receiver includes wide range RSSI
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
The Radiometrix RX3G is a PLL synthesiser based miniature board mounted UHF radio data receiver device.
The AspireRfid Project
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3/16/2009   Post a comment
RFID middleware is gradually becoming a cornerstone for non-trivial RFID deployments. John K. Soldatos and Didier Donsez provide insight into why this is true in complex heterogeneous environments comprising multiple readers, applications instances, legacy ICT systems, as well as sophisticated business processes and semantics.
Comment: This too shall pass?
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3/14/2009   1 comment
Though their speaking topics and presentation slides differed, executive after executive who took the podium at the Semico Summit 2009 said, essentially, two basic things: "This is the worst we've seen" and "Semiconductors remain critical to solving the world's problems and will grow again."
To ZigBee or Not to ZigBee? Factors to consider when selecting ZigBee Technology
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3/13/2009   Post a comment
This article aims to help engineers answer a fundamental question when faced with selecting ZigBee technology: Is ZigBee the right technology platform for the next product to be developed?
ZigBee module delivers +6 dBm output power
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3/13/2009   Post a comment
California Eastern Laboratories is shipping its MeshConnect radio module, the latest in its line of ZigBee/802.15.4 transceiver products.
Spread spectrum clock synchronizes up to eight switching regulators
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3/12/2009   Post a comment
Linear Technology is offering a precision silicon oscillator that significantly reduces peak radiated EMI and improves control of switching regulators in multiphase power supplies.
Fanfare integrates with Agilent comms test
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3/9/2009   Post a comment
Automated test solutions vendor Fanfare is extending its partnership with Agilent Technologies to offer joint customers the ability to integrate their test assets while automating complex system testing.
Analyst: DSPs now driving the semis industry
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3/9/2009   Post a comment
The Digital Signal Processor sector is continuing to lose its identity as a separate chip class, and DSPs have actually become the driver for the entire semiconductor industry, according to an analyst who has long tracked the sector.
A better way to distinguish Wi-Fi's flavors
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3/9/2009   Post a comment
Good, better, best. Anyone who's ever set foot in an electronics store--let alone designed or packaged consumer technology merchandise--understands this fundamental tenet of product marketing.
Attend the 'too-hot-to-miss' live product teardowns at ESC Silicon Valley
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3/6/2009   Post a comment
We're tearing it up in Silicon Valley. See the inner workings of a deep-sea unmanned sub, a high-flying black box, and other cool stuff.
RFID sees continued growth
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3/6/2009   1 comment
Having reached the a high degree of maturity, the RFID technology will continue its growth over the years to come — not despite but because of the crisis, says German industry association Bitkom.
Understand Mobile IP--Part II
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3/6/2009   Post a comment
Mobile IP is a dynamic routing protocol where end devices signal their own routing updates and dynamic tunnels eliminate the need for host route propagation. Need to learn about or brush up on Mobile IP? Here's your chance. This excerpt from Understanding Mobile IP, is an exhaustive and valuable tutorial.
WIRELESS/RF: SenSiFi WiFi sensor module promises battery life of 3+ years
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3/5/2009   Post a comment
Redpine Signal's 802.11n single stream module provides all control and wireless functionality to build and deploy wireless sensor nodes
What does it mean to be unplugged?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
3/5/2009   1 comment
I have found myself in a panic when I cannot find my mobile phone, more so than when I misplaced a credit card. Sometimes I wonder, how healthy is that?
Avoid the crowds at ESC booth events
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3/4/2009   Post a comment
Know what's going on in the booths, and get there first
Jennic : Wireless MCU suits ZigBee PRO mesh networks
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3/4/2009   Post a comment
Jennic announces a single-chip 32-bit wireless microcontroller which sets new benchmarks for wireless networking communications based on the ZigBee PRO and IEEE802.15.4 standards.
Software stack and reference designs target next generation RF remote controls
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3/4/2009   Post a comment
GreenPeak announces software stack and reference designs that are compliant with the new RF4CE Standard developed by Panasonic, Philips, Samsung and Sony.
SIGNAL CHAIN BASICS (Part 27): Control EMI resulting from board-level clock distribution
Design How-To  
3/3/2009   1 comment
Use shielding, decoupling, careful layout, and changes to the clock-source characteristics to beat EMI induced by clock distribution on your PC board
Sperry vertical gyro for Boeing 747
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3/3/2009   4 comments
Surplus hardware reveals beauty in electromechanics.
RFID Technology and Testing
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3/2/2009   Post a comment
Transient signals, bandwidth inefficient modulations, backscattered data and passive tags all require special measurement capabilities not commonly found in traditional test instruments. This article examines RFID and NFC technologies and their associated test and measurement requirements.
RF chips to fare better in '09, says analyst
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3/2/2009   Post a comment
Projections for the overall semiconductor industry in 2009 are dire, but favorable trends in the handset market should keep the market for RF chips from crashing this year and ready to bounce back more quickly than many industry segments, according to an analyst.


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