RF design team raises funds for CMOS PA initiative
News & Analysis 7/30/2007 Post a comment
Is it possible to make a CMOS power amplifier for 3G cell phone applications that can operate with the same power efficiency and robustness as a gallium arsenide version? ACCO Semiconductor (Saint Germain en Laye, France) believes it has found a way to do just that and with its patent applications in hand is hoping to reap the benefits in a multibillion dollar market.
Dates added for ZigBee training
Product News 7/26/2007 Post a comment
This hands-on three-day course is designed to provide a solid foundation in RF capabilities, MAC layer communications, OSAL/HAL usage, ZigBee networking and Z-Stack protocol stack-based product development.
Infineon, ARM extend mobile platform deal
News & Analysis 7/26/2007 Post a comment
ARM Holdings plc and Infineon Technologies AG have extended their licensing deal that will see the German chip maker moving from using its own proprietary solution in its low cost mobile phone platform to using ARM processors in the future.
PMC/XMC module offers complete software radio system
Product News 7/24/2007 Post a comment
Pentek has released its Model 7140-420 dual digital transceiver with wideband digital downconverter (DDC) core and interpolation filter. This is a complete software radio system in a PMC/XMC module with a GateFlow FPGA IP core that provides high-performance DDC and interpolation.
Telit readies dual processor M2M module
Product News 7/23/2007 Post a comment
Italian machine-to-machine networking modules specialist Telit has developed a GSM/GPRS module based on a dual CPU that it says significantly simplifies M2M design for POS terminals, fleet management systems and automated meter reading applications.
Time domain blurs RF test definitions
News & Analysis 7/23/2007 Post a comment
Traditionally, digital and RF testing have been two different cultures. A substantial gap in the frequency domains of interest led to different test approaches and instrumentation requirements.
Bringing ZigBee designs to high volume
Design How-To 7/23/2007 Post a comment
The ZigBee wireless networking standard is fostering a wide range of newly untethered products for applications such as home and building automation, utility metering and building security. Devices without the cost or power budgets to support wireless connectivity now can leverage proven ZigBee technology for new innovation possibilities. However, "going wireless" brings new test challenges for designers unfamiliar with radio technology.
Startup launches microwave-powered light bulb
News & Analysis 7/23/2007 Post a comment
Startup company Ceravision Ltd. (Milton Keynes, England) has said it has invented a microwave-powered light bulb that is more efficient than filament or fluorescent lighting and with a long stable lamp life. The company said it has prototypes available for evaluation by lamp and electronics manufacturers.
Research center to fathom terahertz applications
Product News 7/19/2007 Post a comment
German research group Leibniz-Gemeinschaft has launched a terahertz research center. The institute, based in Braunschweig, will explore technology and applications for terahertz radiation with emphasis on semiconductor material research.
More than meets the eye
Blog 7/18/2007 Post a comment
There are many figures of merit for comparing wireless technologies, not just range and data throughput, although these might be the most important.
The need for RF in remote controls
Design How-To 7/18/2007 Post a comment
Although remote controls were first introduced to the world in the 1950s, it wasn't until the use of infrared (IR) signals as the communication medium in the early 1980s that started the revolutionary adoption of remote controls in consumer electronics. However, there are several drawbacks to IR.
New ID system is 'lousy' technology but it's cheap
News & Analysis 7/18/2007 Post a comment
Three different identification card programs under development in the United States will use three different technologies with no consistency, little long-term strategy and a virtually nonexistent regime of government coordination.
NRL researchers report spintronics advance
News & Analysis 7/17/2007 Post a comment
Naval Research Laboratory scientists will next month describe a technique that could bring next-generation spintronics--silicon semiconductors that encode bits based on the spin of individual electrons--a step closer.