Designing a MMIC VCO Design How-To 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.
Tutorial: Radio Basics for UHF RFID--Part II Design How-To 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.
Home net chip does UWB, coax, Ethernet Product News 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?
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.
Integrating RFID and Sensor Technologies to Advance Systems: Part 2 Design How-To 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 Design How-To 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 Product News 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.
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.
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 Product News 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.
It's crunch time for HDMI in the digital home Product News 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.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros & cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight, as are piloted airplanes? Is the technology advancing faster than we can answer the questions it poses?
Panelists: Chad Sweet, Director of Engineering, Qualcomm; Yannick Levy, VP Corporate Business Development, Parrot; Jim Williams, ex-FAA drone chief; Michael Drobac, Exec. Director, Small UAV Coalition; Moderator: Junko Yoshida, Chief Int'l Correspondent, EE Times