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Designing a MMIC VCO
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
Looking for insights on the simulation and layout of a VCO? Then this article is for you! Click here to read about a methodology and design flow to design negative resistance type VCOs using standard MMIC components and Agilent-ADS software for simulation and layout generation.
Lost in Space
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
6/30/2008   Post a comment
Admittedly, the bread is still being buttered by the commercial side of the business, but business also seems to be steadily growing in the defense and aerospace markets.
RFID modules enable global product lifecycle tracking
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6/30/2008   Post a comment
Murata has developed the tiny Magicstrap RFID module that enables product lifecycle tracking using any global frequency whilst minimizing the amount RF expertise required implementing an RFID solution.
Tutorial: Tuning the baseband-to-radio connection for wireless basestations
Design How-To  
6/29/2008   1 comment
The migration of advanced features to lower end mobile phones is challenging base station manufacturers to deliver new levels of performance. The Common Public Radio Interface (CPRI) spec is tuned to do exactly that.
AWR improves Microwave Office with 100+ enhancements
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6/28/2008   1 comment
With Version 2008 of the Microwave Office design environment, AWR® has made significant changes to the user interface in order to increase its flexibility for the user.
Low-voltage SP4T supports RFID
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
NEC low voltage CMOS SP4T switch features wideband operation, internal control logic decoder and ultra-miniature package
Tutorial: Radio Basics for UHF RFID--Part II
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6/27/2008   Post a comment
Here is Part II of Chapter 3--Radio Basics For UHF RFID--from The RF in RFID: Passive UHF RFID in Practice. Written for the electrical engineer but not the RFID expert, Dr. Dobkin explains what to expect, develop, and use while implementing an RFID system.
World's first 32-b ARM-based ZigBee radio module
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6/26/2008   Post a comment
CEL adds its new 32-bit ARM-based Freestar Pro radio module to its line of ZigBee transceivers.
Putting wireless expertise to the IEEE test
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6/26/2008   Post a comment
The WCET certification program will benefit employers as well as students and EEs in other fields who want to move into wireless.
SPDT switch aims to improve test equipment performance
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6/25/2008   Post a comment
Peregrine Semiconductor releases a new SPDT switch that is optimized to deliver ultra-linear, ultra-fast settling time from DC to 7.5GHz
picoChip delivers cost-optimized HSPA femtocell system-on-chip
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6/25/2008   Post a comment
The first offering, the picoChip PC302, is a single-chip solution for HSPA femtocells compliant to TR25.820 and the newly standardized Iu-h interface.
WiMAX woes
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6/25/2008   Post a comment
An EU investigation and a bleak market report add up to trouble. But it's not just WiMAX.
Silicon Labs buys Integration Associates
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6/24/2008   Post a comment
Silicon Laboratories Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Integration Associates Inc. for $80 million.
California Eastern Laboratories joins ZigBee Alliance
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6/24/2008   Post a comment
To advance its commitment to the design and manufacturing of ZigBee products, CEL has announced that it has joined the ZigBee Alliance.
SP2T switch spans DC to 26.5GHz
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6/24/2008   Post a comment
Narda SP2T electromechanical switch is optimized for low insertion loss, high isolation, and low VSWR.
Receiver brings digital radio to emerging markets
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6/24/2008   Post a comment
Frontier Silicon's unified digital radio receiver module is designed to work with all existing Band 3 and L-Band digital radio standards for Europe and Asia.
Rohde & Schwarz signal-analyzer firmware targets WiMAX MIMO ICs and systems
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6/24/2008   Post a comment
The R&S FSQ-K94 firmware can be used for testing IC components such as WiMAX MIMO chipsets, amplifiers and mixers, as well as complete products such as base stations and pico stations.
How adaptive modulation can multiply link capacity in carrier Ethernet over wireless
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6/24/2008   Post a comment
By utilizing the infrequently used fade margin (the difference between the instantaneous receiver level and the equipment receiver threshold) adaptive modulation can dramatically increase link capacity at little or no additional cost.
Home net chip does UWB, coax, Ethernet
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6/24/2008   Post a comment
Sigma Designs has developed a second-generation ultrawideband chip set called CoAir for home networks that can simultaneously run UWB over wireless and coax at rates up to 370 Mbits/second while maintaining a Gbit Ethernet link, aiming to serve set-top boxes, routers and gateway devices on home networks.
Mood is up: Wireless is Hot
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
6/24/2008   Post a comment
Perhaps our wireless gadgets have become "can't do without" devices. Will that be enough to keep the industry growing in periods of worldwide economic downturns? What do you think?
Peregrine Semiconductor expands digital step attenuator line
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6/23/2008   Post a comment
7-bit DSAs feature a serial-addressable control interface and target cellular base stations, repeaters, femtocells and power amplifier distortion cancelling loops.
Measuring insertion loss in automated test systems
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6/23/2008   4 comments
One interesting use case for power meters is insertion loss characterization in automated test (ATE) systems. Read on to find out how it's done.
SiGe launches tiny dual-antenna input GPS receiver IC
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6/23/2008   Post a comment
The SE4150L offers industry-leading performance, including a system noise figure of 1.0 dB and input third-order intercept performance (IIP3) of better than 0 dBm.
Peregrine : Dual-SP4T RF switch delivers 116 dBm IMD3
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6/23/2008   Post a comment
The PE42112 MultiSwitch RFIC, a 2.6-V dual-SP4T RF switch, is designed for the needs of the tri-band WCDMA antenna switch module (ASM) market for use in multimode cellular handsets.
Tutorial: Radio Basics for UHF RFID--Part I
Design How-To  
6/20/2008   1 comment
Here is Part I of Chapter 3--Radio Basics For UHF RFID--from The RF in RFID: Passive UHF RFID in Practice. Written for the electrical engineer but not the RFID expert, Dr. Dobkin explains what to expect, develop, and use while implementing an RFID system.
Synapse adds battery-powered mesh routing to 802.15.4-compliant SNAP Pro protocol
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6/19/2008   Post a comment
Sleepy Mesh helps avoid single point-of-failure vulnerability of routers that must always remain awake. It also helps maximize battery life.
Tek's handheld RF spectrum analyzer delivers real-time multi-technology optimization
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6/18/2008   Post a comment
The Y500 employs Tek's Digital Phosphor technology, which reveals signals often missed by conventional swept spectrum analyzers and vector signal analyzers.
Aeroflex adds 3-GHz digital RF signal generator to its RF test platform
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6/17/2008   Post a comment
The 3020C has wideband width modulation up to 90 MHz for broadband communications standards or multicarrier test applications as well as RF output power from -120 dBm to +6 dBm.
Multimode: The other missing piece
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6/17/2008   Post a comment
Multimode may take a long time to happen but it is coming and it will have a big impact.
TI joins consortium to develop RF remote control technology
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6/17/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments joins RF4CE Consortium and will provide hardware and software solutions for new RF4CE protocol
Agilent introduces RF Conformance test system for mobile handsets
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6/17/2008   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies Inc. has announced the latest addition to its GS-8800 family of RF design verification and conformance test solutions: the GS-8852 2G RF Conformance Test (RCT) system, a GSM, GPRS, EGPRS test system for mobile handset conformance test.
Integrating RFID and Sensor Technologies to Advance Systems: Part 2
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6/17/2008   Post a comment
Creating an intelligent, converged system is much easier and more affordable than one might think. The first step is to understand the challenges in advancing convergence initiatives, and the limitations of the current business practices. Patrick Esposito II, president and COO at Augusta Systems, tells us how in Part 2 of this two-part series.
GPS RF antenna modules for mobile handset applications
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6/16/2008   Post a comment
The most suitable antenna for a fixed receiver provides a beam extending down to about 15deg above the horizon over a range of 360deg azimuth with some gain reduction overhead. However the situation for mobile handsets is not so clear, and in this article we discuss what the best mobile GPS antenna design strategy should be.
Skyworks announces low-power portfolio
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6/16/2008   Post a comment
At IMS2008, Skyworks Solutions, Inc. introduced a product portfolio of energy management products for the wireless home, specifically for automated meter reading, advanced metering infrastructure, and ZigBee.
RF power detection ICs raise performance bar for cell phones, wireless basestations
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6/16/2008   Post a comment
Analog Devices has unveiled two RF detector ICs, aimed at improving power detection performance and simplifying cell phone and wireless basestation designs.
Reflections from IMS: Tornadoes
RF & Microwave Designline Blog  
6/16/2008   Post a comment
I just attended a panel discussion here at the RFIC Symposium. The topic was "Millimeterwave ICs: Is Silicon Winning? Is GaAs still alive?" After the panel presented, an observation from the floor set off some tornado warnings in my head for RF.
NI GPS Toolkit for LabVIEW delivers GPS receiver testing
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6/16/2008   Post a comment
National Instruments has expanded its NI RF PXI platform with the release of its GPS Toolkit for LabView that delivers multi-satellite GPS signal simulation.
Fujitsu's Mobile WiMAX chipset delivers low idle current, small form factor modules
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6/16/2008   Post a comment
Designers using the chipset can build modules that are 12-by-12 mm. Idle current, which has a direct impact on battery life, will not exceed 0.5mA.
Analog Devices targets 900MHz with new front end
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6/16/2008   Post a comment
Targeting high-performance analog front-end devices in the 900MHz band, Analog Devices has released the ADF9010 transmit modulator with receive analog baseband.
RF power transistors reduce weight, size, cost in avionics, radar apps
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6/16/2008   Post a comment
HVVi Semiconductors has expanded its HVVFET RF power transistor portfolio with a 35-W device for avionics applications and a 200-W device for ground-based radar applications.
Endgame: Will WiMax and LTE find happiness in multimode?
Design How-To  
6/16/2008   4 comments
LTE and WiMax may be two peas in an OFDM pod, but they are not twins. Harmonizing the contenders in orthogonal frequency-division multiplex standards before silicon would have distinct advantages, not the least of which is power consumption.
RFIC Symposium opens in Atlanta
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6/16/2008   Post a comment
The RFIC Symposium kicked off in Atlanta, GA Sunday night with a Plenary Session featuring a talk from Robert Van Buskirk President of the multi-markets products group at RFMD, Inc. and Dr. Zoltan J. Cendes, CTO at Ansoft, Corp.
Modulation basics, part 3: Spread spectrum and OFDM
Design How-To  
6/16/2008   2 comments
Part 3 discusses spread spectrum modulation techniques, focusing on the most widely used techniques, Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS), and Orthogonal Frequency Division Multiplex (OFDM).
2 to 6 GHz PAs deliver 4W in surface-mount package
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6/13/2008   Post a comment
The QB-900 series high-power amplifiers do not require external circuitry, only a DC power supply and a good ground.
RFID for Dummies, or Nine Steps to an RFID Business Case--Part III
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6/12/2008   Post a comment
According to RFID For Dummies--Chapter 15, Making the Business Case, even if you're IT challenged and skipped physics class, you'll discover how RFID works and how to set up and deploy your network. This chapter provides nine steps to the business case. Here's the final segment, Part III.
It's crunch time for HDMI in the digital home
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6/11/2008   Post a comment
Analog and mixed signal chips are the foundations that determine many digital consumer systems' time to market. This theory is what Analog Devices Inc. is banking on after announcing recent design wins with Yamaha and Hitachi.
Analog Devices goes to Sweden to license mobile middleware
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6/11/2008   Post a comment
Factum Electronics AB (Stockholm, Sweden), a supplier of digital multimedia broadcasting systems, has said that it is teaming up with, and would license software to, integrated circuit vendor Analog Devices Inc. (Norwood, Mass.).
Why is PA efficiency so low for WiMAX?
Design How-To  
6/10/2008   1 comment
GSM PAs can be driven much harder, since GSM linearity requirements are significantly relaxed compared to WiMAX.
MeshNetics 900 MHz module implements ZigBee PRO feature set
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6/10/2008   Post a comment
The ZigBit 900 module delivers sensitivity of -110 dBm and output power of 11 dBm that result in the line-of-sight range of up to 6,000m (over 3.7 miles).
WiMAX makes another right turn
Blog  
6/10/2008   1 comment
Conspicuously missing from the Open Patent Alliance are the start-ups that have accounted for much of the innovation in WiMAX chips.
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