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.
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.
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.
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.
Basics of ADCs and DACs, part 1 Design How-To 7/19/2007 Post a comment Part 1 of this 5-part series introduces the concept of sampling and explains Nyquist's sampling criteria. It also shows how to use undersampling and antialiasing filters.
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.