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Atheros weaves mesh networking effort
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4/30/2010   Post a comment
Atheros Communications is trying to rally interest in a standard for using mesh technology in home networks, an effort that would help the company merge and add value to its Wi-Fi and powerline chip products.
Doherty Amps and the Three Amigos
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4/30/2010   Post a comment
Understand the three variations of the Doherty amplifier and their main attributes
2.4 GHz industrial wireless Ethernet products for M2M data communications
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
AvaLAN Wireless Systems, Inc., a provider of outdoor long-range industrial wireless Ethernet products, announces a secure, robust 2.4-GHz solution offering 38 non-overlapping independent operating channels.
Atmel development tools target ZigBee-certified Smart Energy applications
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
Atmel Corporation has released the Atmel BitCloud Profile Suite, a ready-to-use framework for rapid development of ZigBee-certified applications.
TI unveils lowest power JFET-input audio operational amplifiers
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4/29/2010   Post a comment
Extending its Burr-Brown Audio line, Texas Instruments has introduced a family of JFET-input op amps featuring ultra-low noise and distortion to maximize audio system quality and performance.
ESC: Embedded helping to harness medical data explosion
4/29/2010   Post a comment
The proliferation of portable medical devices and the explosion of new patient data wrought by widely available imaging technologies are forcing medical electronics designers to devise new ways of integrating diverse biotechnologies with electronics while curtailing power consumption.
ESC - Plurality launches world's first scalable 256 multicore processor for wireless infrastructure
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4/28/2010   Post a comment
Plurality has launched the world's first scalable 256 multicore processor for wireless infrastructure, creating a new category of acceleration co-processors, dubbed HyperCore, that simplifies code compilation, delivers performance that scales linearly with the number of cores, and offers power consumption that rivals hard-wired ASICs.
ESC - Synapse and Silicon Labs introduce complete solution for wireless mesh networking
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
Synapse and Silicon Labs introduce complete solution for wireless mesh networking. SNAP and Si1000 wireless MCU enable sub-GHz connectivity for smart meter, building automation, and personal medical devices.
ESC - Wi2Wi introduces industrial temp WLAN-Bluetooth module
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4/27/2010   Post a comment
The W2CBW009Di industrial temp WLAN-Bluetooth module from Wi2Wi measures a mere 16mm x 16mm x 2.1mm and operates in temps of -40C to +85C.
Low-Power Intel Architecture Platform for In-Vehicle Infotainment - Part 1: Overview
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4/26/2010   Post a comment
Part 1 of this white paper presents an overview of the key technology blocks that make up the Intel-based IVI platform, as well as the challenges faced in optimizing and incorporating these into the platform.
Living untethered brings new problems, solutions
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
4/23/2010   1 comment
The freedom of wireless connectivity spurs creative answers to problems we didn't have in the bad old days of "wired"
ESC: FitBit teardown as therapy
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4/23/2010   Post a comment
A casual encounter at the right time sends an imaginative and driven, out "of-shape engineer on a journey of passion, frustration, learning, marriage, birth " and the on-going struggle for mental and emotional survival against all the odds. There are many like him, but help is available.
LTE mobile gateways break 100 Gb/s speeds
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4/22/2010   Post a comment
Ixia together with with Alcatel-Lucent announced the results of an LTE Evolved Packet Core (EPC) test that broke the 100 Gb/s barrier for mobile gateways.
WIRELESS/RF - CC430 MCU RF platform jump starts RF designs
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4/21/2010   Post a comment
The CC430F513x microcontrollers (MCUs) from Texas Instruments Incorporated (TI) are supported by a rich developer ecosystem, offering complete, scalable hardware and software for single-chip radio frequency (RF) solutions.
The RCA phono plug: An outdated relic?
Audio DesignLine Blog  
4/21/2010   7 comments
When it came to choosing the RCA phono plug as a standard for consumer audio (and video) applications, "cheap" and "simple" clearly won out over technical considerations.
NXP, Trusted Logic open up NFC-Android API
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4/20/2010   Post a comment
Dutch chip company NXP BV (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and Trusted Logic SA (Paris, France) have announced the release of an open-source application programming interface to attach near-field communications to the Android software stack.
Bluetooth backers explore 60 GHz future
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4/20/2010   Post a comment
The Bluetooth Special Interest Group is expected to create a study group to help pick a transport for a future gigabit-class version of the short-range wireless technology, and the leading candidates are the two rival flavors of 60 GHz technology promoted by the WirelessHD Consortium and the Wireless Gigabit Alliance.
7 Tips for Getting Started with Multicore
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4/19/2010   Post a comment
This white paper offers seven tips to help developers make the first step in using multicore devices.
Addressing non-linear models with appropriate tools
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4/16/2010   Post a comment
This white paper entitled "X-parameters and Beyond, AWR's Support of PHD and Nonlinear Behavioral Models," provides details on rapidly-emerging nonlinear models and measurement systems and how Thye are employed in AWR's Microwave Office high-frequency design software.
WIRELESS - Digi Zigbee and Ethernet modules enable wireless building automation control
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4/15/2010   Post a comment
Minnetonka, Minn. - Control Solutions is using Digi International's XBee-PRO ZB ZigBee modules and Digi Connect ME Ethernet modules to develop a BACnet-to-ZigBee building automation controller with Babel Buster BB2-7040.
Practical Embedded Security - Part 3: Wireless technologies
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4/12/2010   Post a comment
Part 3 of an excerpt from the book "Practical Embedded Security" offers an overview of common wireless technologies and their security implications.
Are home base stations the answer?
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
4/10/2010   2 comments
Making "their" cellular-access problem into "your" Internet connection shows engineers and work-arounds in action.
Acoustics and Psychoacoustics Applied - Part 1: Listening room design
Design How-To  
4/7/2010   1 comment
Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Acoustics and Psychoacoustics", 4th edition, examines optimal speaker placement, IEC rooms, room energy evolution, LEDE rooms, non-environment rooms, and diffuse reflection rooms.
Update: Apple suggests fix for iPad Wi-Fi issue
News & Analysis  
4/7/2010   1 comment
Purchasers of the Apple iPad, which went on sale in U.S. on Saturday (April 3), have been complaining that the tablet computer is having problems connecting to Wi-Fi wireless LAN routers.
Update: Apple suggests fix for iPad Wi-Fi issue
News & Analysis  
4/7/2010   1 comment
Purchasers of the Apple iPad, which went on sale in U.S. on Saturday (April 3), have been complaining that the tablet computer is having problems connecting to Wi-Fi wireless LAN routers.
Agilent rolls its first handheld RF power meter
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4/6/2010   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has released its first handheld RF power meter, the V3500A, which includes a built-in display and integrated power sensor.
Ten mobile devices set to drive the processor market
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4/5/2010   Post a comment
The market for eBooks, tablets, smartphones and other mobile consumer products is exploding, according to Jon Peddie Research (Tiburon, Calif.), which creates an increasing market for multimedia and application processors.
ESC: Is the smart grid a little too smart for your own good?
4/5/2010   11 comments
The smart grid promises worthwhile energy savings as well as market opportunity for our industry, but it has some potential privacy and compulsive issues, as well.
Inside the iPad: Samsung, Broadcom snag multiple wins
Design How-To  
4/4/2010   7 comments
Samsung and Broadcom are among the major silicon suppliers for the Apple iPad which sports an unusually high processor-to-memory channel, an abundance of touch-screen silicon, a novel case design, according to a teardown performed by UBM TechInsights, a sister division of EE Times.
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for April 5, 2010; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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4/3/2010   Post a comment
Check out these interesting and tutorial items from other engineering and design publications, courtesy of Planet Analog, as well as an archive of the Planet Analog Newsletter

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