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posted in April 2012
Innovative IC can't trap lightning, but can let you know it's coming
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4/30/2012   10 comments
Austriamicrosystems AS3935 Franklin Lightning Sensor IC senses approach via analog circuitry plus waveform-analysis algorithms
ST’s SPIRIT1 wireless transceiver cuts power budget 50% in smart meter apps
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4/27/2012   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics has launched a high-performance, ultra-low-power wireless transceiver for Automatic Meter Infrastructure and other wireless sensor node applications.
Music out of the blue
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
4/27/2012   3 comments
I love Bluetooth. Little did I know, seventeen years ago when I was assigned my first project to write about the origins of Bluetooth and the viking that inspired the name that it would bring so much joy and convenience to my life
Agilent PC software analyzes scope captures
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
The application supports a variety of popular waveform formats.
DSP-based AM/FM one-chip tuner drives car entertainment innovations
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4/25/2012   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors N.V. has made a new addition to its highly successful family of RFCMOS-based one-chip car radio solutions.
Getting test-ready for 802.11ac
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4/24/2012   2 comments
From a manufacturing test perspective, the evolution of WLAN standards is something that must be understood and planned for ahead of time.
CEL modules claim best-in-class ZigBee performance
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4/24/2012   Post a comment
California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) recently announced sample availability of its MeshConnect™ EM357 Mini Modules, which are built around the EM357 ZigBee chip from Ember Corporation.
RF driver amp adjusts bias, extends temperature range
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4/24/2012   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc. (ADI) has made available its ADL5324 half-Watt RF driver amplifier.
Receiver protection: a game-changer
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4/24/2012   5 comments
Receiver protection is a pretty important issue in radio transceivers of all kinds. Think about it…the receiver front-end is built to amplify very small signals – fractions of a microvolt – and needs to be protected from the output of the transmitter.
Changing the paradigm for TV silicon tuners
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4/24/2012   6 comments
The ability to achieve the lowest cost system solution without compromising performance requires disruptive technology. This article will look at key TV market trends and their effect on next-generation TV front-end solutions.
Wireless sensor networks evaluation kit for measurement and control applications
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4/23/2012   Post a comment
Designed to test applications at designated locations, the s-net evaluation kit “DATA“ released by the Fraunhofer IIS comprises a master and five sensor nodes, which independently set up a radio network as well as a pre-installed application template.
ISO/IEC wireless standard optimised for ultra-low power consumption and energy harvesting
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4/22/2012   Post a comment
The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has ratified a new standard — ISO/IEC 14543-3-10 — for wireless applications with ultra-low power consumption.
RFID Market worth over USD70 billion across the next five years, says ABI Research
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4/22/2012   Post a comment
The market was boosted by a growth of USD900 million in 2011 and the market is expected to grow 20% YOY per annum.
Sensor architecture allows real-time auto emissions monitoring, Pt. 2
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4/19/2012   Post a comment
As opposed to current periodic emission-control system testing—sensors, MCUs, and memory come together in an updated approach to real-time exhaust monitoring for improved pollution control. This part--sensing emissions and future challenges.
Redpine launches industry's first simultaneous dual-band 2.4GHz 802.11n/BT4.0 + 5GHz MIMO 802.11ac convergence SoC
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4/17/2012   Post a comment
Redpine Signals, Inc., has released the industry’s first simultaneous dual-band 5GHz MIMO 802.11ac + 2.4GHz BT4.0, 802.11n chipset, designated the RS9333.
Antenna-sharing IC enables sleek designs and 4G performance
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4/17/2012   Post a comment
The DIP1524 diplexer utilizes ST’s Integrated Passive Device (IPD) technology, fabricated on a glass substrate designed to minimize insertion losses
Radio IC targets low-cost 60 GHz application
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4/17/2012   Post a comment
Hittite Microwave Corporation has released an integrated HMC6000/6001 silicon transceiver chipset for 60 GHz applications.
SPDT switch assists cellular designs
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4/17/2012   Post a comment
A commercialized switch designed to provide simple switching between RF filters with differential inputs is available from Skyworks Solutions. 
Scope roundup
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
4/17/2012   3 comments
There's been a lot of news and events surrounding oscilloscopes lately, so I thought I would do a round up for you.
What’s up with TI and National Semiconductor?
Design How-To  
4/16/2012   11 comments
It’s been six months since the combination of National Semiconductor and TI, so I thought it was a good time to see how things are going. Here is the text of my interview with Gregg Lowe, senior vice president of the company’s analog business.
Nav system 'scam'
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/13/2012   35 comments
How would you thwart thieves use of stolen car's GPS navigation system?
RFID readers target embedded and consumer applications
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4/9/2012   Post a comment
RFID reader chips from austriamicrosystems combine low-power operation, small size and low cost for implementation in embedded, portable and consumer devices.
Mixer spans 26 to 32GHz
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4/9/2012   Post a comment
Hittite Microwave Corporation has released a triple balanced gallium arsenide (GaAs) metal semi-conductor field efficient transistor (MESFET) MMIC mixer die for microwave and millimeterwave radios, military sensors, and test and measurement equipment applications from 26 to 32 GHz.
Enabling wireless smart lighting - with an Internet address for every bulb
Design How-To  
4/9/2012   1 comment
The 'Internet of Things' (IoT), in conjunction with wireless connectivity, can deliver a smart wireless Internet-enabled and highly energy-efficient lighting network for use in the home and in commercial lighting applications.
Adeunis-RF partners Avnet Memec to develop a NFC 'reader-writer' smart module
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4/8/2012   Post a comment
Avnet Memec is partnering with Adeunis-RF to launch a new range of compact, reliable, modular and affordable Near Field Communications (NFC) solutions to address the growing need for eCommerce applications.
Dual RFID-ZigBee sensors enable NFC applications for the Internet of Things
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4/8/2012   Post a comment
Libelium has launched a new RFID/NFC module for the Waspmote sensor platform that allows sensor data to be used in Location Based Services (LBS), such as asset tracking, supply chain monitoring, intelligent shopping or access management.
austriamicrosystems' AS3993 and AS3980 RFID reader ICs
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4/5/2012   Post a comment
austriamicrosystems' latest devices offer -90 dBm sensitivity and high immunity to self-jamming to ensure reliable reading of Gen 2 RFID tags even in noisy environments.
Limiter diodes offer receiver protection
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4/3/2012   Post a comment
Skyworks introduces three surface mount limiter diodes for receiver protection applications.
u-blox launches satellite positioning module
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4/3/2012   Post a comment
The LEA-6N (17.0 x 22.4 x 2.4 mm) supports all available satellite positioning systems, including GLONASS and GPS positioning required by M2M applications in Russia
Selecting high-speed ADCs for high-frequency applications
Design How-To  
4/3/2012   3 comments
This article covers the converter features required to obtain the best possible performance for high-frequency applications and system design considerations.
How to characterize wireless ICs faster at less cost
Design How-To  
4/2/2012   1 comment
In this application-based article, ST-Ericsson works with National Instruments to validate and characterize RFICs in three weeks instead of two months.
Super robot able to leap buildings in a single bound!
Automotive DesignLine Blog  
4/2/2012   3 comments
If you think you've seen all possible forms of robotic locomotion, think again.


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