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Tutorial: Radio Basics for UHF RFID--Part VII
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7/31/2008   Post a comment
Here is Part VII 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.
UHF FM transmitter module housed in compact package
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7/31/2008   Post a comment
Tailored for the 433.92MHz (UK) or 434.42MHz (European) radio bands, Radiometrix's PCB-mounting UHF radio transmitter is contained within a compact package, measuring 20x10x2 mm.
AWR adds high-frequency filter design to Microwave Office
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7/30/2008   Post a comment
AWR works with its partner, Nuhertz Technologies, to add filter synthesis and analysis to its high-frequency design suite.
Anritsu : Communication testers support HSPA Evolution
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7/29/2008   Post a comment
Anritsu offers two software packages offering signaling/protocol support for the extended HSPA Evolution standard for HSPA (HSDPA/HSUPA) 3.5G mobile terminals as defined in 3GPP Release 7.
Ethertronics shrinks GPS antennas to achieve world's smallest footprint
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7/29/2008   Post a comment
Check out Ethertronics 4 x 2 x 1.08mm embedded ceramic GPS antenna. Weighing in at 0.2 grams, the new device targets GPS-enabled mobile phones, personal media players, and navigation equipment.
Radio-ready enclosure provides turnkey solution for industrial wireless installations
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7/28/2008   Post a comment
Phoenix Contact has introduced a radio-ready NEMA 4X enclosure that simplifies the installation of industrial wireless radio modems and small RTU devices.
Report: Media fuels 12% rise in home networks
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7/28/2008   Post a comment
Wireless LANs, xDSL access networks and DSPs will continue to dominate home networking where one market watcher predicts an estimated 12 percent growth in units sales over the current five year period.
Troubleshooting antenna and feeder problems
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7/28/2008   2 comments
The antenna and feeder are probably the least reliable part of any radio system. Measuring the return loss using a dual directional coupler can assist in tuning and checking the antenna. This article explains what is involved in making measurements with a dual directional coupler, and what else to look out for.
Tutorial: Radio Basics for UHF RFID--Part VI
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7/25/2008   Post a comment
Here is Part VI 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.
IEEE WCET Certification practice exam available
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7/25/2008   Post a comment
Application Deadline for IEEE Wireless Communication Engineering Technologies (IEEE WCET) Certification Program Extended to 15 August 2008
ZigBee/802.15.4 RF transceivers offer best in class link budget
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7/24/2008   Post a comment
CEL introduces its own ZIC2410 Series that combines a powerful, ZigBee-compliant RF transceiver with an industry-workhorse, 8051-based 8-bit microprocessor.
RFID in Hospitals
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7/22/2008   Post a comment
A recent study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that radio frequency identification systems can cause "potentially hazardous incidents in medical devices" in hospitals. While these findings have sparked a flurry of media attention and panic over the safety of RFID, there might not be as much to fear as first thought.
SkyeTek refutes RFID interference study
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7/21/2008   Post a comment
According to SkyeTek, the study published in JAMA on RFID interference ignores real-world use cases.
I'm OOK. You're OOK?
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7/21/2008   2 comments
Interested in designing a receiver? Check out this article from Prashanth Holenarsipur, which outlines the implementation of ASK / OOK receivers using RF power detectors and a few discrete components.
SiGe PA beats mobile WiMAX specs
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7/21/2008   Post a comment
A 2.5GHz high-power amplifier from SiGe Semiconductor delivers industry-leading performance while exceeding the spectral mask requirements outlined in IEEE 802.16e and WiMAX Forum specifications.
Digging a hole in China
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7/21/2008   4 comments
China's forced deployment of the TD-SCDMA standard is a face-saving effort that will extend the wireless dark ages for its populace, and may, in the end, go down as one of the greatest wastes of engineering capital and resources in the history of wireless.
Fully integrated WLAN test set conducts high-speed radio layer measurements
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7/18/2008   Post a comment
Anritsu Company has introduced the MT8860C WLAN test set, which is a fully integrated test solution that performs high-speed radio layer measurements on WLAN chipsets.
Agilent offers aerospace/defense papers on CD
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7/18/2008   Post a comment
Agilent Technologies has released its 2008 Aerospace/Defense Symposium papers on CD ROM. Read on to learn how to get your free copy.
Tutorial: Radio Basics for UHF RFID--Part V
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7/17/2008   Post a comment
Here is Part V 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.
Collaborative Design, Touchscreens, and RF
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7/17/2008   1 comment
What's next for collaborative design? Check out this really cool tabletop designed for mulitple users to work together, and it's enabled with RF technology!
Infineon integrates RF and MCU for wireless controls
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7/16/2008   Post a comment
Infineon has combined an MCU with RF circuitry required to address several ISM frequency bands on a single chip. The devices aim at replacing infrared-based remote controls, but beyond that they enable applications in a broad range of wireless industrial controls.
TI boosts range of low-power wireless systems by 15X
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7/16/2008   Post a comment
When added to a transceiver circuit, the CC2591 front end provides an additional +22dBm of output power.
TI chip boosts range for Zigbee
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7/16/2008   Post a comment
Texas Instruments will bolster the reach of Zigbee networks as much as ten-fold with the CC2591 that integrates a group of mainly passive components including a power amplifier, low-noise amplifier, balun, switches, inductors and RF-matching devices.
RS232 radio interface board enables a 9600-baud wireless data link
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7/15/2008   Post a comment
The TDi2 from Radiometrix is a RS232 interface board that combines a TDL2A 433-9 OEM multi-channel wireless modem module (operating at a half-duplex serial data rate of 9600bits/s ), an RS232 driver, a 9 way DB9F connector, helical SMA aerial and power connectors, and a local 5V voltage regulator.
Asymmetrical Doherty for 3G base stations
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7/14/2008   Post a comment
This article outlines how Jean-Jacques Bouny and his team at Freescale Semiconductor developed a pair of LDMOS transistors for use in an asymmetrical Doherty topology.
Under the Hood - Update: Apple iPhone 3G exposed
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7/12/2008   7 comments
A close analysis of iPhone 3G's insides shows major wins for Infineon and TriQuint, though it's clear that much of the emphasis this time around less on reinventing the wheel and more on user experience and applications development.
Impinj acquires Intel's RFID reader chip unit
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7/10/2008   Post a comment
Impinj Inc. said it has acquired Intel Corp.'s RFID operation that includes an RFID reader chip that the Seattle-based company has renamed the Indy R1000.
Wireless test systems target MIMO, WiMedia and GPS
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7/10/2008   Post a comment
LitePoint Corp. has launched three new systems -- the IQnxnplus, IQultra and IQnay -- for testing four wireless standards.
3GPP Long Term Evolution: System Overview, Product Development, and Test Challenges
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7/10/2008   Post a comment
Looking for a better understanding of LTE and its test challenges? Then read on, this app note from Agilent may be just what you are looking for.
Tutorial: Radio Basics for UHF RFID--Part IV
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7/10/2008   Post a comment
Here is Part IV 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.
Development kit simplifies evaluation of energy harvesting for practical implementation
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7/8/2008   Post a comment
Advanced Linear Devices Inc. has launched energy harvesting module development kits for system designers who are developing alternative power sources for low-power wireless sensor applications.
Correlating and simulating substrate parasitics in RFICs
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7/7/2008   Post a comment
Do you need a technique to simulate substrate parasitics in RFIC designs? Read on for this step by step tutorial on how you can get it done for your next RF design.
Symposiums Online?
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7/7/2008   Post a comment
Someone recently suggested to me that trade shows should become a thing of the past.
AWR enhances Visual System Simulator Software
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7/7/2008   Post a comment
AWR announced Version 2008 of its Visual System Simulator (VSS) software suite for the end-to-end design and optimization of communications systems
Modulation roundup: error rates, noise, and capacity
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7/6/2008   6 comments
The article compares various digital modulation schemes like BPSK, QPSK, PAM, 16PSK, 32PSK, 16QAM and 64QAM using a variety of metrics.
Compact ZigBee network module
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7/4/2008   Post a comment
Radiocrafts expand their product line with a compact ZigBee Network Module (RC2300-ZNM) for use in ZigBee based mesh networks. The module offers the complete ZigBee network protocol in a small module with an easy to use API.
JTAG Technologies simplifies boundary-scan integration for the Agilent 3070
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7/3/2008   Post a comment
Because the JT 37x7 / APC pin-card controller is fully compatible with a single-density 3070 pin-card slot, it delivers convenient installation with minimum cabling and optimum signal performance.
Tutorial: Radio Basics for UHF RFID--Part III
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7/3/2008   Post a comment
Here is Part III 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.
STM delivers handset audio filtering and ESD in flip-chip package
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7/2/2008   Post a comment
The EMIF06-AUD01F2 provides superior audio performance in feature-rich mobile phones by eliminating audible handset demodulation noise.
AWR and UMS announce PDK for advanced GaAs MMICs
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7/1/2008   Post a comment
AWR and United Monolithic Semiconductors (UMS) introduced an advanced process design kit (PDK) for the UMS PPH25X GaAs pseudomorphic high electron mobility transistor (pHEMT) foundry process.
Rohde & Schwarz adds power analysis, pulse train generation to microwave signal generator
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7/1/2008   Post a comment
The full dynamic range and speed of the pulse generator and modulator can be integrated as options into the R&S SMF100A, which is a unique capability, according to R&S.
Harris Stratex Networks unveils low-power solution for cell site connections, IP migration
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7/1/2008   Post a comment
Eclipse Edge's 50% reduction in DC power consumption and small footprint makes it ideal for deployment at base station sites that rely on locally generated energy.


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