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Analysis: European technology report hints at protectionism
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9/30/2009   Post a comment
A long-awaited strategy document from the European Commission on technology shows hints of a climate of increased protectionism within Europe, where the beleaguered technology-based industry has suffered more than its equivalents in many other regions.
WIRELESS/RF - Kits speed Zigbee development on ARM Cortex-M3 SoC cores
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
EM35x InSight Development Kits enable development and debugging of ZigBee products on ARM Cortex-M3 based SoCs
Analysis: What's behind Taiwan's decision to ease investment rules?
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
Comments reported by local media from Taiwan's economic minister Shih Yen-shiang on the easing investment restrictions with regard to mainland China were enough to send the share prices of Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. and United Microelectronics Corp. shooting upwards, but the devil could yet be in the detail.
TSMC, UMC boosted by lifting of Taiwan investment ban
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
The Taiwan government is set to lift a long-running ban on investment by Taiwanese companies in Chinese counterparts, according to reports. The result is likely to benefit foundry chipmakers Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. and United Microelectronics Corp.
The case for using millimetre waves for solving the backhaul capacity crunch
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9/29/2009   Post a comment
The author makes the case for going past microwaves and up to millimetre waves to get the capacity up and cost down for higher-capacity backhaul links.
Book Excerpt--RF Front-End: World Class Designs (Part 6 of 7)
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
Learn about RF/IF circuits from Chapter 9 of this recently published book, presented here in serial form
Eye-Fi uses Secure Digital (SD) card slot for Wi-Fi in cameras
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9/28/2009   Post a comment
In a recent product teardown, Portelligent analyzed Eye-Fi's "Share," a Wi-Fi-enabled SD card that makes it easy and affordable to add Wi-Fi connectivity to any digital camera with an SD card slot. Eye-Fi's product line-up includes five Wi-Fi SD card/service combinations between $50 and .
Premier Farnell to offer EDA to get closer to engineers
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9/24/2009   Post a comment
Component distributor Premier Farnell plc (Leeds, England) wants to become a vendor of PCB layout software, including a free-of-charge lightweight edition. This should allow the company to get closer to engineers and to be able to sell chips direct to them from the design tool as it is in use.
Melexis keeps cutting jobs as it raises guidance
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9/23/2009   Post a comment
Melexis Microelectronic Integrated Systems NV (Ieper, Belgium), a supplier of automotive ICs and subsystems, has said it now expects 2009 sales to be towards the top of the range given in July, of between 118 million euro (about $175 million) and 123 million euro (about $182 million). Nonetheless the company has announced job cuts at a newly-opened facility in Erfurt, Germany.
PolyIC, ThinFilm announce pilot of volume printed plastic memories
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9/22/2009   Post a comment
PolyIC GmbH & Co. KG (Fuerth, Germany) and ThinFilm Electronics ASA (Oslo, Norway) have announces that they have manufactured rewritable polymer memory products in a high-volume, roll-to-roll printing process.
AT&T to unleash femtocell for 3G
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9/22/2009   1 comment
AT&T's long-awaited entry into the femtocells market is believed to rely on home basestations supplied by ip.access (Cambridge, England), powered by silicon from picoChip (Bath, England) and Cisco acting as systems integrator.
Book Excerpt--RF Front-End: World Class Designs (Part 5 of 7)
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
Learn about RF/IF circuits from Chapter 9 of this recently published book, presented here in serial form
ADI targets 4G infrastructure with mixers, modulators
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9/21/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., has started sampling the first devices in a range of highly integrated RFICs for fourth generation cellular basestations.
MSC : Coaxial connectors suit 50 ohm systems up to 6 GHz
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9/18/2009   Post a comment
MSC offers Daa-Sheen’s MCX series of miniature connectors which are designed for 50 ohm systems with working frequency up to 6 GHz.
Altair offers LTE RF transceiver
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9/16/2009   Post a comment
Altair Semiconductor Ltd. (Hod Hasharon, Israel), a developer of 4G semiconductors for handheld devices, has announced the availability of its LTE RF transceiver, the FourGee-6150.
Book Excerpt--RF Front-End: World Class Designs (Part 4 of 7)
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Learn about RF/IF circuits from Chapter 9 of this recently published book, presented here in serial form
Multiband 3G transceiver needs no SAW filters, shrinks BOM and board space
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9/14/2009   Post a comment
Fujitsu Microelectronics MB86L01A uses innovative architecture, ultra-low-noise design, and IP to achieve long-sought objective
TD-SCDMA: Here Comes the Love
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9/11/2009   Post a comment
Optimized devices are finally arriving for TD-SCDMA, rather than just the "these will do" parts
Improving energy efficiency in ultra low-power devices
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9/10/2009   Post a comment
The quest for ultra-low power devices is never-ending. This article explains a technique to improve their energy efficiency, by means of sysclock tick reconfiguration during runtime.
Analog Devices unveils multi-standard terrestrial digital TV RF tuners
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9/9/2009   Post a comment
Analog Devices, Inc., is extending its mobile television RF (radio frequency) product family with the introduction of what the company claims is the industry's smallest terrestrial mobile TV RF tuners.
Siano offers digital TV chip for at-speed operation
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9/8/2009   Post a comment
Mobile TV chip specialist Siano Mobile Silicon Ltd. (Netanya, Israel) has the availability of its SMS1230 mobile TV chip, which supports the DVB-T, ISDB-T, T-DMB, DAB and FM Radio standards.
Consortium touts crosstalk eliminating DSL technology
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9/8/2009   Post a comment
Two of the founding members of the iSMART consortium, ECI Telecom and Actelis Networks, said at this week's Broadband World Forum in Paris they have completed the first successful tests of the consortium's Dynamic Spectrum Management Level 3 (DSM L3) technology in conjunction with three major operators.
Austin startup claims first CMOS PA for 3G
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9/8/2009   1 comment
Fabless semiconductor company Black Sand Technologies Inc. (Austin, Texas) has said it has produced an RF power amplifier for 3G communications in CMOS and claimed it is the world's first.
Dual-band 5 GHz antenna targets Wi-Fi, WiMAX, LTE
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9/7/2009   Post a comment
Laird Technologies' new antenna system integrates the 2400-2850 MHz and 4900-5850 MHz frequency bands with the company's patented RJ45-ECS field replaceable feed-through Ethernet connector and UV-resistant radomes made of ASA plastic and stainless steel hardware. Additionally, seven antenna connector options are available to adapt to any user's equipment.
Wireless ECG necklace enables long-term monitoring at home
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9/7/2009   1 comment
IMEC and its research affiliate Holst Centre have developed a prototype of an electrocardiogram (ECG) necklace based on IMEC's proprietary ultra-low power analog readout ASIC.
Wi-Fi connectivity becoming pervasive
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9/7/2009   3 comments
Manufacturers launched over 1,000 new Wi-Fi-enabled products in 2008 and 2009 promises to surpass 2008 in new product introductions, according to market research firm In-Stat.
Book Excerpt--RF Front-End: World Class Designs (Part 3 of 7)
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9/7/2009   Post a comment
Learn about RF/IF circuits from Chapter 9 of this recently published book, presented here in serial form
Qualcomm lowers power for body area networks
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9/4/2009   Post a comment
Qualcomm described a new algorithm to lower the power of body area networks at the EMBC '09 conference, attracting attention from several attendees including representatives of implantable device maker Medtronic.
Thales launches technology prize for ideas from Scottish universities
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9/1/2009   Post a comment
Thales UK has announced the launch of its second Thales Scottish Technology Prize. This year, the company is looking for creative and innovative ideas in the areas of data and image processing and their associated applications.
Yageo : PIFA ceramic antenna suits compact mobile devices
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9/1/2009   Post a comment
Yageo has released the 3216 PIFA ceramic antenna catering to compact mobile device applications.
Phoenix Contact : Bluetooth adapter enables wireless Ethernet
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9/1/2009   Post a comment
The Bluetooth Ethernet port adapter FL BT EPA AIR SET from Phoenix Contact is a rugged and reliable “wireless Ethernet cable” to transfer control data to machine units that are either moved frequently or are mobile in rugged industrial environments.
Link Microtek : Coaxial rotary joint is circuit board mounting
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9/1/2009   Post a comment
Link Microtek has introduced a circuit-board-mounting coaxial rotary joint. Featuring a wide operating frequency range of dc to 5 GHz, the AMCORJ-PCB-SCA1 device is designed to allow a coaxial cable to be rotated through 360 degrees while connected to a printed circuit board.


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