UPDATE: B'com, Toshiba win sockets in iPhone 3GS Teardown 6/19/2009 Post a comment Teardowns of the third generation Apple iPhone reveal a more integrated—and probably lower cost--handset thanks in part to new design wins for Broadcom and Toshiba that caused one analyst to quip the 'S' in the iPhone 3GS may stand for savings.
Beyond-IR: Remote Controls for Home Entertainment Design How-To 6/17/2009 3 comments The alternative to infrared remote control technologies is RF-based remote controls. RF-based remote controls overcome three major limitations of infrared technologies: line-of-sight and range; one-way communications; and high power consumption. Let's take a look at each of these limitations.
Skyworks unveils 2-stage low noise amplifiers with high linearity Product News 6/12/2009 Post a comment Fabricated using Skyworks' advanced pHEMT process, the small and cost-effective products serve a number of demanding receiver applications, including global positioning systems (GPS), satellite digital audio radio services, WCDMA and LTE infrastructure platforms, and ISM base stations, repeaters and access points.
Agilent CTO cites measurement trends, challenges at IMS 2009 News & Analysis 6/10/2009 Post a comment Nonlinear performance measurement, synchronized data collection and data visualization are among the solutions for clearing engineers' data acquisition and measurement hurdles, Darlene J.S. Solomon, Agilent Technologies CTO and vice president and director of Agilent Laboratories, said at the IEEE's MTT-S International Microwave Symposium.
Replacing RS-232 with 802.11n wireless Design How-To 6/10/2009 3 comments The RS-232 serial interface is used extensively in industrial environments, but there is a lot to gain from the replacement of these cables with a wireless transport mechanism. In this article we consider how a wireless link based on 802.11n WLAN can be configured and deployed for this purpose.
Terahertz SiGe imager sees through clothes News & Analysis 6/10/2009 Post a comment A silicon germanium image chip designed in a UCSD lab and shown at the IEEE RFIC Symposium operates in the terahertz range to provide X-ray-like imaging using safe, naturally occurring millimeter wavelengths. The chip can be produced using inexpensive silicon chip processing techniques.
Cree demos record efficiency for GaN HEMT amplifier News & Analysis 6/9/2009 Post a comment LED and high frequency component specialist Cree Inc. (Durham, N.C.) is demonstrating at this week's MTT-S International Microwave Symposium what it suggests is a record efficiency for a commercially available 2GHz microwave amplifier.
Ember targets smart metering with ZigBee SoC Product News 6/8/2009 1 comment Targeting industrial rather than consumer applications, and specifically smart metering in the medium term, Ember Corporation (Boston, MA.) will start shipping in the third quarter of this year an SoC for ZigBee networking based on an ARM Cortex-M3 processor.
A first look inside the Palm Pre Teardown 6/7/2009 Post a comment A new multi-touch display controller from Cypress Semiconductor is one of few surprises inside the modular design of the Palm Pre handset, according to a teardown by Portelligent.
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