DesignArt launches 4G basestation chip family
Product News 3/29/2010 Post a comment
DesignArt Networks Ltd. (Ra'anana, Israel) has announced its DAN3000 family of ICs for use in 4G LTE and IMT-Advanced basestations. The company said its chips would allow the deployment of multi-gigabit mobile radio access networks (RANs).
Adding 3G Radio to Embedded Devices: Five Steps to Success
Design How-To 3/26/2010 Post a comment
A 3G radio is rapidly becoming standard equipment on embedded devices. 3G technology offers much faster download and upload speeds compared to older cellular technologies and, for the first time, allows for simultaneous data and voice transmission. With these and other benefits, more OEMs are finding 3G radios make their devices much more capable and powerful.
ESC: Microchip simplifies access to embedded wireless
Product News 3/26/2010 9 comments
Recent moves regarding ZigBee, Wi-Fi and Google have greatly increased the opportunities for designers of embedded systems, once they overcome the many issues associated with embedded wireless, from determinism to FCC regulations to rising concerns regarding security.
Femtocells set for explosive growth, says iSuppli
News & Analysis 3/25/2010 Post a comment
The ecosystem around the cellular basestations that improve indoor wireless coverage will experience explosive growth in 2010 and several years thereafter, according to market research company iSuppli Corp. (El Segundo, Calif.).
Groups seek path to bring smart grid home
News & Analysis 3/24/2010 2 comments
Members of the ad hoc U-Snap Alliance hope to field this summer the first products based on its specifications for carrying smart grid data over home networks, one of a handful of new efforts seeking ways to unite today's fragmented wired and wireless technologies for emerging energy applications.
Google, Microchip develop energy monitor software
News & Analysis 3/24/2010 Post a comment
Microcontroller company Microchip Technology Inc. (Chandler, Ariz.) has announced the result of a partnership with software giant Google Inc. to produce a reference implementation of the Google PowerMeter application programming interface.
Report highlights emerging 'killer apps' for MEMS
Product News 3/23/2010 Post a comment
An emerging set of killer applications of micro-electro-mechanical systems is on the horizon, according to Yole Development , which predicts that the total MEMS market will climb from $7 billion in 2009 to over $18 billion in 2015.
Greening processor design
Design How-To 3/22/2010 8 comments
For the engineers and designers, delivering a high-performance design, while keeping energy conservation in mind, remains a delicate balance. Fundamental advances at the silicon design level, however, have led to significant improvements in power efficiency for many of these electronics. To that effect in the last few years much of the attention of the industry has been focused on multicore architectures. While this architecture shift has certainly helped address some power concerns, a lesser kn
4G/LTE chips coming . . . but first, a little chaos
News & Analysis 3/22/2010 8 comments
As the wireless industry transitions to WiMax/LTE, gone are the days when baseband chip vendors could continuously hold onto their existing 3G/2G solutions. On the horizon is the industry's growing appetite for DSPs -- specifically designed to run Software Defined Radio (SDR), according to CEVA.
RFID firm raises $12 million in Series D funding
News & Analysis 3/18/2010 Post a comment
Tagsys, developer of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) systems, announced it has secured 8 million euros ($12 million) in a fourth round of financing, bringing the total venture capital raised to date to 71 million euros ($97.7 million).
Smart grid protocol will ride Wi-Fi at home
Product News 3/17/2010 Post a comment
Zigbee and Wi-Fi backers will collaborate to on bringing the Smart Energy 2.0 protocol to Wi-Fi networks as the first phase of a broad collaboration between the Zigbee Alliance and the Wi-Fi Alliance on wireless home area networks for smart grid applications.
Analyst: Smartphones sales surged in 4Q '09
Product News 3/15/2010 Post a comment
Smartphone sales surged 25 percent in the fourth quarter of 2009 compared to sales in the previous quarter with Apple, Nokia and Research in Motion all riding the wave, a particularly sharp rebound from generally depressed sales last year, said an analyst from ABI Research.
Chip firm makes solar cells on RF production kit
News & Analysis 3/15/2010 Post a comment
RF Micro Devices Inc., a provider of radio frequency integrated circuits for wireless communications applications, has claimed that it has manufactured the industry's first photovoltaic cell using high-volume six-inch gallium arsenide (GaAs) semiconductor production machinery.
Email: Is there still room for startups in WSN?
News & Analysis 3/12/2010 2 comments
A postgraduate student from Newscastle in the northeast of England writes asking if there is room left for startups to make an impact in wireless sensor networks. If so, he asks that the industry to save a space for him while he finishes his PhD.
Audio codecs, algorithms target the ARM Cortex-M4
Product News 3/10/2010 Post a comment
Ittiam Systems has announced audio processing software for the ARM Cortex-M4 processor, including a fully optimized implementation of MP3 and WMA decoders, complemented by a set of audio effects and acoustic processing algorithms.
Small-sized PA reduces component cost
Product News 3/9/2010 Post a comment
Targeted at Bluetooth, 802.15.4/ZigBee and other 2.4 GHz applications, California Eastern Laboratories is now shipping its new µPG2251T6M GaAs power amplifier (PA), which eliminates the need for RF component matching.
Beamforming Wi-Fi startup raises $15 million
News & Analysis 3/4/2010 Post a comment
Quantenna Communications Inc., a developer of silicon for wireless networking that delivers guaranteed bandwidth, has raised $15 million in a Series D round of financing from its current investors Grazia Equity, Sequoia Capital, Sigma Partners, Southern Cross, Swisscom, and Venrock Associates.
ESC: Panel to debate wireless sensor networks
News & Analysis 3/4/2010 4 comments
A panel of experts has been drawn together to discuss the future of wireless sensor networks at the Embedded Systems Conference, which take place April 26 to 29 at the McEnery Convention Center in San Jose, California.
Bluetooth enters smart grid market
News & Analysis 3/3/2010 Post a comment
The Bluetooth SIG has formed the Smart Energy Study Group to address smart energy initiatives sponsored by governments and other organizations on energy management throughout the world.
Unclonable 'silicon DNA' secures RFID tags
News & Analysis 3/2/2010 Post a comment
Verayo's unclonable chips leverage each chip's unique "silicon DNA" to combat counterfeiting. Extending the concept from military apps to mass-market RFID tags required a tweak of Verayo's authentication technology to free it from reliance on an online database.