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Test platform enables WiMAX test for 802.16e-2005
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6/29/2007   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has released its WiMAX Optimization Solution for IEEE 802.16e-2005 drive-test capabilities.
Mobile broadband set to take off, says analyst
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6/29/2007   Post a comment
Sweden and Austria are leading the way in the take-up of mobile broadband in Europe, according to market watcher Berg Insight, which suggests there will be 5 million connections at the end of this year.
CommScope finally grabs Andrew for $2.6 bn
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6/29/2007   Post a comment
Having rejected a $1.5 billion offer last year, CommScope Inc. has succeeded with a $2.6 billion offer for wireless infrastructure rival Andrew Corporation.
Icera takes HSDPA lead, says report
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6/29/2007   Post a comment
Independent research suggests that British wireless technology specialist Icera's HSDPA device and chipset outperform parts from much larger rivals such as Qualcomm and Ericsson Mobile Platforms in terms of data throughput for commercially available devices.
Agilent releases modeling design system for antenna systems
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6/28/2007   Post a comment
Agilent has released its Antenna Modeling Design System (AMDS), which is a 3D dedicated design, modeling and verification tool for antenna systems and placement.
Low-power limiting post amplifier targets SFP transceivers
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6/28/2007   Post a comment
Micrel launched the SY88973BL, a low-power limiting post amplifier that is designed for use in fiber optic receivers.
ST readies chips for Sirius' in-vehicle TV receiver
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6/28/2007   Post a comment
STMicroelectronics NV announced it has developed a digital broadcasting chipset for Sirius Backseat TV, a TV service that delivers live TV from family TV networks to the video screens of select vehicles.
Aeroflex rolls error/noise tester add-ons
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6/28/2007   Post a comment
Aeroflex has added a G.703 interface pod option to its FB100A bit error rate tester for telecommunications infrastructures. The add-on enables the tester to be used for a wider range of interfaces, ranging from T1 to STM-1 at 155 Mbit/s.
An introduction to UWB over coax technology for HD
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
This document paper provides a brief description of UWB-over-Coax technology (Ultra-wide-Band-over-Coax). It discusses the motivation for and benefits of UWB-over-Coax, its application, and some initial research findings in relation to high definition signals.
USB evaluation kit designed for AX5042 RF transceiver
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
AXSEM AG has announced the availability of its AX5042-EVK USB evaluation kit in North America for the AX5042 narrow-band RF transceiver.
WirelessHD readies 60-GHz spec
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
The WirelessHD group has released for final review its specification for 60-GHz radios for short range, high bandwidth home networking.
SiBeam takes wraps off Wireless HD technology
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
Gigabit wireless technology startup SiBeam Inc. has revealed some details of the 60GHz technology that it and partners in the WirelessHD consortium plan to deploy to deliver a promised gigabit per second of multimedia content wirelessly in the home.
Global mobile pentration set to pass 50%
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
There will be 3 billion mobile subscribers by the end of this month, and global mobile penetration is set to exceed 50 percent this year, according to consultancy group The Mobile World (London, England).
Samsung sampling multistandard mobile TV chip
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6/27/2007   Post a comment
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., has started sampling a multi-standard channel decoder and multi-band radio frequency tuner chipset made using its 65-nm process that it says supports almost all mobile TV standards including DVB-H/T, DAB-IP, ISDB-T, and terrestrial DMB.
Mattel makes a real radar gun, on the cheap
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
Although sold in toy departments, the Mattel Hot Wheels Radar Gun is a true microwave design, with clever engineering and low cost
How to solve the quality and reliability challenges of VoWLAN
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
VoWLAN architectures based on conventional access points can limit performance. An intelligent switch-based architecture delivers better performance.
Zarlink buys Legerity for $134 million
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6/26/2007   Post a comment
Zarlink Semiconductor Inc. has entered into an agreement to acquire Legerity Holdings Inc., a developer and supplier of communications IC, for $134.5 million in cash.
Low-pass filters are programmable in 1-MHz steps
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
Skyworks Solutions has launched a line of monolithic, digitally programmable low-pass filters in single- and dual-band versions.
Lattice introduces industry's first SERDES FPGA priced below $10
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
Best-in-class FPGA performance further enhanced up to 30% -- comprehensive solutions including silicon, design tools, and IP available now.
Designing for a dual Galileo-based GPS system
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
Global positioning system (GPS) functionality is quickly becoming a major market driver for consumer electronics applications, emerging as a primary differentiator in next-generation systems.
Under the Hood: ruggedized phone built for abuse
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
As every cell phone user knows, the more you use your mobile, the more likely it will suffer physical trauma. Pull it out to grab a call, and a slip of the hand sends it tumbling.
Open up 900MHz band to 3G, urges GSMA
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
The widespread deployment of third generation mobile networks in the 900MHz GSM spectrum band, as well as the 2100MHz band, could enable an additional 300 million people across Asia, Europe and Africa to get mobile broadband services by 2012, according to a study by the analyst and consulting company Ovum for the GSM Association.
French startup readies DVB-H IP encapsulator
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
Seeking to simplify and accelerate the rollout of mobile TV services worldwide, UDcast SA, French provider of IP over broadcast media, has introduced the first DVB-H IP Encapsulator (IPE) with integrated MIP (Megaframe Initialisation Packet) insertion.
Under the radar (gun)
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
Using a radar/laser detector, I found myself actually driving slower.
SiGe Semiconductor announces additional financing
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6/25/2007   Post a comment
Samsung Ventures joins as a strategic investor to help fund expansion of SiGe Semiconductor's product lines supporting the Wi-Fi, WiMAX and GPS markets.
TeraVicta releases RF MEMS switch configurations
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6/24/2007   Post a comment
DPDT and SP4T products leverage company's RF MEMS switch technology dubbed High Force Disk Actuator (HFDA).
UWB's traction toubles
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6/22/2007   Post a comment
Alereon's sampling of a chip set that operates up to 10GHz is likely to shape the competitive landscape for some time to come.
Execs debate future of Asian mobile markets
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6/21/2007   Post a comment
Just about everyone agrees that Asia is the world's most dynamic mobile market, but delegates at an industry summit in Singapore had mixed views on what technologies will take it forward.
UWB chipset supports Certified Wireless USB, Bluetooth and WiMedia
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6/21/2007   Post a comment
Alereon has started to sample devices from its AL5000 family, the first ultrawideband (UWB) products able to meet all regulatory requirements worldwide for applications based on Certified Wireless USB, Bluetooth and WiMedia.
RF IC is designed for DVB-S receivers
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6/20/2007   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors says it has introduced the industry's first fully integrated down converter for the Ku-band digital video broadcasting satellite LNB.
RF Design with Operational Amplifiers: Part I
Design How-To  
6/20/2007   2 comments
Want to make the jump to using op amps but just don't have the time to figure out what you need to know? Then today is your lucky day! TI's Bruce Carter steps up with a two-part series to help with an explanation on the key things RF designers need to know about using op amps.
Introduction to Bluetooth ULP
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6/19/2007   Post a comment
By merging its ubiquitous technology with Wibree, the Bluetooth SIG adds new applications and gives design engineers more challenges.
Cadence Improves Allegro PCB Technology for RF Printed-Circuit-Board Design
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6/19/2007   3 comments
Cadence has added RF technology and design methodology to its Alegro PCB Design XL and GXL product offerings.
NXP, Andrew partner for satellite LNB
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6/19/2007   Post a comment
NXP Semiconductors and Andrew Corporation have collaborated on the development of a fully integrated down converter for Ku-band digital video broadcasting satellite Low Noise Blocks (LNB).
Siano Mobile seals FLO chip licensing deal
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6/19/2007   Post a comment
Israeli mobile TV silicon developer Siano Mobile has become the second chip maker to take a royalty-free license from Qualcomm Inc. to make devices that comply with the Media FLO technology.
Fundamentals of the Bluetooth protocol
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6/19/2007   Post a comment
Bluetooth followed a different course to deployment than IEEE standards but it is just as tweakable as 802.11.
Solving the coexistence of WiMAX, Bluetooth and WiFi in converged handsets
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6/18/2007   2 comments
Here are the basics of WiMAX/Bluetooth coexistence and a proposed solution to ensure the simultaneous and flawless interface operation to maintain their inherent high performance with standard, commercial Bluetooth and WiFi gear.
MeshNetics opens ZigBee centre in Dresden
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6/18/2007   Post a comment
ZigBee technology specialist MeshNetics has opened a development and training centre in Dresden, Germany that it says will improve its ability to serve the company's increasing European operations and cut delivery times of its modules and development kits.
Peregrine houses RFICs in advanced chip-scale packaging
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6/15/2007   Post a comment
Peregrine Semiconductor has advanced its RF switch line for quad-band GSM and GSM/WCDMA handset applications by introducing RFICs using advanced chip scale packaging.
Toshiba develops single-chip 60-GHz receiver
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6/15/2007   Post a comment
Toshiba Corp. has fabricated a 60-GHz receiver CMOS chip which it claims can drastically lower the cost of devices for emerging millimeter-wave communication applications.
CSR unveils ultra low power Bluetooth chip
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6/14/2007   Post a comment
ULP Bluetooth enables products such as watches, training shoes, TV remote controls and medical sensors to communicate with mobile phones and PCs.
GHz-band RF transceiver equipped with SPI-compatible interface
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6/14/2007   Post a comment
Maxim Integrated Products introduced the MAX2837, a single-chip WiMAX RF transceiver in high-volume production. Designed using a zero-IF architecture, this transceiver requires neither a SAW filter nor extra VCO circuitry, both of which are needed by existing superheterodyne solutions.
SoC integrates location engine for ZigBee applications
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6/13/2007   Post a comment
TI is sampling an SoC from its Chipcon product line with a hardware location engine targeting low-power ZigBee/IEEE 802.15.4 wireless sensor networking applications.
Fundamentals of the 802.11 protocol
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6/12/2007   Post a comment
If you dig deeper into the technology than the typical application programmer this article will tell you how to use the protocol stacks to their fullest potential.
Metalink's 802.11n SoC supports 2.4- and 5-GHz bands
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6/5/2007   Post a comment
Metalink's MtW8200 enables transmission of HD multimedia in the 5-GHz band and supports data networking on the 2.4-GHz band.


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