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Freescale hits GaAs on RF basestation ICs
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6/30/2010   1 comment
Freescale is moving into gallium arsenide for monolithic microwave basestation ICs that harness ultralow-noise amps for trunk network amplifier radio cards and as predrivers for its high-voltage lateral diffusion MOS power amps.
Micron's results: What analysts are saying
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
Micron Technology Inc. roared past analysts’ consensus estimate in its recent quarter.
Qualcomm brews apps store for mobile OS
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
Qualcomm Inc. is expanding its efforts in the mobile operating system and connectivity arenas.
Price hikes, shortages seen in hot solar biz
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6/30/2010   2 comments
Photovoltaic demand is projected to double over last year.
Gyro vendor InvenSense files IPO
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6/30/2010   Post a comment
InvenSense Inc., a provider of motion processing solutions or gyroscopes, is filing for an IPO.
Samsung, TSMC hit by ITC complaint
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6/28/2010   3 comments
STC.UNM (STC)--the technology-transfer arm of the University of New Mexico (UNM)--said that it is charging Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) and Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. with alleged patent infringement.
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6/28/2010   1 comment
TI TUSB1310 provides essential physical-level functions, features sensitivity twice the USB 3.0 requirement
CoorsTek buys ceramics unit for $245M
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
CoorsTek Inc., a manufacturer of ceramic and specialty material components, has signed a definitive agreement to purchase the advanced ceramics business of Saint-Gobain for about $245 million.
Obducat CEO resigns amid losses
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6/28/2010   1 comment
Amid losses and order delays, Patrik Lundstrom has been named acting CEO of Obducat AB (Malmo, Sweden), a supplier of nano-imprint lithography tools.
Report: Firms buy stake in PSi
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI)and Narra Venture Capital II have acquired a 67 percent stake in PSi Technologies Inc. (PSi) of the Philippines for $30 million.
Book Excerpt Antennas: Fundamentals, Design, Measurement, Third Edition (Part 3 of 7)
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
Here are two chapters of a book on a vital topic, with emphasis on practical issues rather than equations
Top Embedded Internet How-To's of 2010 (so far)
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6/28/2010   Post a comment
With the year half-way through, here are the ten most popular Embedded Internet how-to articles so far for 2010.
Energy status quo is no longer an option
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6/26/2010   3 comments
The energy problem is serious enough to warrant the all-hands-on-deck response; wind, geothermal, solar, bio-thermal and even nuclear technologies all figure into the solution.
NXP opens RF design center in Massachusetts
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6/25/2010   1 comment
Dutch chip company NXP BV has opened a radio frequency product creation center in Billerica, Massachusetts.
Atmel completes sale of fab in France
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Germany's LFoundry GmbH, an analog and mixed-signal foundry, has completed its previously-announced acquisition of Atmel Corp.’s wafer fabrication operation in Rousset, France.
Can Nikon regain its focus?
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Can Nikon Corp. regain its focus?
IBM 'fab club' aligns 28-nm process, jabs rival
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6/24/2010   1 comment
IBM, Samsung, GlobalFoundries and STMicroelectronics said that they are in collaboration to ''synchronize’’ the production of chips, based on its previously-announced, 28-nm low-power process.
DRAM makers to pay $173M in price-fixing case
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6/24/2010   Post a comment
Some 32 states in the United States announced a $173 million settlement with six DRAM manufacturers who "conspired in an illegal global scheme to fix prices."
Group forms another 3-D chip alliance
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6/23/2010   Post a comment
Another three-dimensional (3-D) chip alliance has been hatched.
Will Spansion succeed or fail again?
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6/23/2010   Post a comment
Spansion Inc. is looking to make a big comeback.
Intel, FTC in settlement talks
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6/22/2010   2 comments
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Intel Corp. have filed a joint motion to ''suspend administrative trial proceedings.''
40MHz to 10GHz RMS detector provides 57dB dynamic range
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6/22/2010   Post a comment
Linear Technology has introduced the LTC5582, a high dynamic range 10GHz RMS detector that measures RF signals with high accuracy.
Chengdu: Spicy city faces hi-tech hurdles
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6/21/2010   3 comments
Chengdu is fast becoming the next major biotechnology, chip, information technology (IT), LED and renewable energy hub in China.
National Semi buys GTronix
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6/21/2010   Post a comment
National Semiconductor Corp. has acquired the technology of GTronix Inc.
Trio forms 3-D chip alliance
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6/21/2010   2 comments
Elpida Memory Inc., Powertech Technology Inc. and United Microelectronics Corp. (UMC) have formed an alliance to speed up the development of three-dimensional (3-D) chips.
Book Excerpt Antennas: Fundamentals, Design, Measurement, Third Edition (Part 2 of 7)
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6/21/2010   Post a comment
Here are two chapters of a book on a vital topic, with emphasis on practical issues rather than equations
Cryptography for embedded systems - Part 3: Choosing cryptographic algorithms
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6/21/2010   Post a comment
Part 3 of an excerpt from the book "Wireless Security: Know it All" looks at how to consider security and performance factors when choosing an appropriate algorithm for your application.
Power Tip 24: Convert parallel impedances to series impedances
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6/21/2010   2 comments
Understand how impedance-topology conversion can simplify transformer equivalent circuits or filter networks
Ozmo samples Wi-Fi PAN chip
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6/21/2010   1 comment
Ozmo Devices, a provider of low-power Wi-Fi personal area network chips, has started sampling its second chip, the OZMO2000.
Microchip delivers multimedia development system for 32bit MCUs
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6/18/2010   Post a comment
Microchip has announced two development tools for adding advanced human interfaces to PIC32, 32-bit microcontroller-based designs.
Consultancy ports medical software to wearable phone
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6/18/2010   Post a comment
Cambridge Consultants Ltd., a design and development firm, has launched software for the delivery of wireless connectivity from a medical device to on-line health services, compliant to the Continua Health Alliance standard.
WiMAX group updates mobile standard
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6/16/2010   Post a comment
Amid threats from a rival standard, the WiMAX Forum has reached a milestone in advancing the speed of data and the efficiency of broadband wireless networks based on the 802.16e Mobile WiMAX standard.
EnOcean claims expanded cooperation with TI
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6/16/2010   Post a comment
Energy harvesting company EnOcean GmbH has said it has expanded its cooperation with Texas Instruments Inc. to provide wireless control systems for building automation.
NI PXI brings record and playback capability to car radio
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6/14/2010   Post a comment
A turnkey system that records real-world RF signals, impairments, and environmental data for convenient playback in the lab that was built on the strength of high-bandwidth NI PXI products and building a custom reference library with Averna for long-term test efficiency.
Philips tests home health care devices
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6/14/2010   Post a comment
Philips Research is exploring the horizon for wearable sensors that measure an increasing number of vital signs to deliver devices that make meaningful predictions about health care while keeping a lid on the devices' power consumption.
Perpetuum and Dust Networks demonstrate interoperability of vibration energy harvesting with low power WSNs
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6/14/2010   Post a comment
At Sensors Expo, Perpetuum Ltd. and Dust Networks demonstrated energy harvesting-powered wireless sensor networks suited to industrial condition monitoring applications.
Book Excerpt Antennas: Fundamentals, Design, Measurement, Third Edition (Part 1 of 7)
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6/14/2010   3 comments
Here are two chapters of a book on a vital topic, with emphasis on practical issues rather than equations
ConnectBlue wins ZigBee-based energy efficiency design
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6/14/2010   Post a comment
ConnectBlue has received a 350,000 euros order from Schneider Electric for the development of a wireless energy efficiency system based on IEEE 802.15.4 / ZigBee technology.
"Also of Interest" and "Elementals" for June 14, 2010; plus recent "Planet Analog" Newsletters
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6/12/2010   Post a comment
Check out these interesting and tutorial items from other engineering and design publications, courtesy of "Planet Analog", as well as an archive of the "Planet Analog" Newsletter
Laird Technologies signs APTX
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6/11/2010   Post a comment
Wireless components manufacturer Laird Technologies has entered into a technology license agreement with audio coding technology provider APTX.
ESC Chicago: Machines that Tweet... and some that shouldn't
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6/10/2010   Post a comment
It started well: Wade Patterson, president and CEO of Synapse Wireless, used his opening remarks at Wednesday’s ESC Chicago keynote address to outline how a wireless embedded network OS has fundamentally changed the game with regard to ubiquitous wireless connectivity, thus enabling 27.6 billion devices to talk to each other, potentially via 140 characters or less a la Twitter. Then reality set in.
RF-based energy harvesting is "back to the future" again, but with a twist
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6/9/2010   3 comments
"Free" energy, captured from the RF around us, is a new idea and also an old one but there is a mirror-image aspect to it, as well
NTT Docomo switches on LTE network
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6/9/2010   Post a comment
Japan's NTT Docomo has announced that it has begun operating its Long Term Evolution mobile communication network in the Tokyo area.
Sensors Expo: Powercast demos a prelude to mobile network RF energy harvester
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6/9/2010   1 comment
After setting up an RF energy-harvesting demo at this week’s Sensors Expo collocated with ESC Chicago, Powercast’s director of marketing Harry Ostaffe presented a paper that outlined the concepts and paths to what he believes to be the endgame: full ambient RF harvesting capabilities that sip power from ubiquitous mobile networks and eliminate batteries and direct RF power sources completely.
ESC Chicago: Microchip debuts embedded Wi-Fi and sub-GHz transceivers
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6/8/2010   Post a comment
Advancing its strategy to be a major player in the “wireless connectivity of things,” Microchip used ESC Chicago to announce an embedded Wi-Fi transceiver module and an ultra-low-power transceiver module for 868, 915 and 950 MHz networks.
Cryptography for embedded systems - Part 1: Security level categories & hashing
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6/7/2010   Post a comment
Part 1 of an excerpt from the book "Wireless Security: Know it All" begins with a review of various application security level categories and a look at hash algorithms as a basic level of security.
Single-chip 802.11n dual-band 3x3 wireless chip revolutionizes multimedia over WiFi
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6/7/2010   Post a comment
Broadcom has announced a single-chip 802.11n dual-band 3x3 wireless solution designed to revolutionize how users experience multimedia content in their homes.
Intel invests in Ozmo
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6/7/2010   Post a comment
Ozmo Devices Inc. (Palo Alto, Calif.), a provider of low-power Wi-Fi personal area network (Wi-Fi PAN) solutions, has completed its series D funding round in the amount of $10.8 million.
RF chips use 10x less power than Bluetooth, Zigbee
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6/7/2010   3 comments
Europe's Imec research group plans to produce before the end of the year a short range RF transceiver ten times more power efficient than today's Bluetooth and Zigbee chips and demonstrated discrete blocks capable of sending 1,024 Kbytes/second over five meters while consuming less than one milliwatt.
Managing the power in wireless sensor networks powered by energy-harvesting circuitry
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6/7/2010   1 comment
Wireless sensor networks, combined with energy harvesting, are a powerful combination; understand how supercapacitors can help deliver the needed power
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