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Low-cost wireless mouse pays
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4/25/2005   Post a comment
While the ubiquitous computer mouse is hardly something that screams leading edge, the product's sheer necessity and volume have quietly driven some fantastic technology developments in this sometimes-overlooked peripheral. Longtime PC users will remember the days of hardwired mice and lint-clogged roller balls, but modern approaches to mouse design dictate cutting the cord and scrapping mechanical-motion translation.
Under the Hood of Siemens' ADSL modem: Broadband from A-to-D (and back)
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4/18/2005   Post a comment
Guess whose parts Portelligent's David Carey found inside Siemens' asynchronous digital subscriber line interface? The essentials are codecs and DSP. Oh yes, clocking and power management devices as well. From the April issue of Planet Analog magazine.
Ruggedized notebooks stand up to abuse
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4/18/2005   Post a comment
At present, there are more than 1,000 notebook computer models in the U.S. channel, and each one strives to attract consumers with varying features, price points and manufacturer incentives. Despite the differing mix of features, prices and incentives, the majority of notebook consumers base their choices on price, performance and form factor. After all, who doesn't want to get the most bang for their buck?
PDA nears wireless trifecta
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4/11/2005   Post a comment
The PDA market is in the midst of an identity crisis. Long heralded as the electronic potion to organize one's life and bring the PC to the pocket, the personal digital assistant must now up the ante to stay relevant.
Chips square off on Zigbee
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4/5/2005   Post a comment
Standards differ widely in their adoption and longevity, and 802 is one of the IEEE's most prolific standards families. IEEE 802.15.4, with Zigbee compliance, is a wireless personal-area network (WPAN) communication standard designed for "groups of unattended wireless systems in homes, offices and factories." This teardown highlights the key criteria for Zigbee market adoption and casts the spotlight on two currently available Zigbee offerings: Chipcon's CC2420 and Freescale's MC13192.


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