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Mezzanine Combines On-board Wireless, GPS and Cryptography

October 7, 2009 12:12 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Curtiss-Wright Controls Embedded Computing has introduced the XMC-660, multi-function mezzanine card that combines wireless, GPS and cryptography to provide portable, secure in-the-field wireless connectivity. The light-weight, small form-factor XMC-660 helps add

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GPS Timing Receiver Suits WiMax Applications

September 9, 2009 7:12 am | Product Releases | Comments

Designed for use in synchronization and timing in WiMax applications, the Wi125 GPS timing receiver module from Connor-Winfield has an on-board programmable NCO oscillator that outputs a synthesized frequency up to 30 MHz. Steered by a GPS receiver, the self-survey mode of operation allows the receiver to enter a position hold mode

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Wi-Fi via White Spaces

August 18, 2009 5:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Long-range, low-cost wireless Internet could soon be delivered using radio spectrum once reserved for use by TV stations. TV stations have traditionally broadcast over lower frequencies that carry information longer distances. However, with the ongoing transition from analog to digital broadcasts, more unused frequencies are opening up than ever.

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Group Sets Wireless Power Standards

August 18, 2009 4:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Wireless Power Consortium released today the 0.95 technical specification for review by its members and announced the launch of prototype testing at a members' interoperability test to be held on 15-17 September, 2009. The Consortium also announced that it has chosen the logo “Qi” (pronounced “chee”, meaning “energy flow”) to represent the first international wireless power standard which brings new levels of convenience to power charging in consumer electronic devices.

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Design Talk - Communications Technology

July 21, 2009 6:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Communications are a keystone of our information-based econonomy and society. The next-gen world of ubiquitous computing and cloud data services will rely on high-quality comms in the user interface, RF, and hard wire, to truly exist. Here are some design articles to help you in your communications design tasks.

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Rugged RF Tester Offers Interference Analyzer Option

July 20, 2009 7:02 am | Keysight Technologies | Product Releases | Comments

The FieldFox RF Analyzer from Agilent is now available with an interference analyzer option. Key measurements include: cable and antenna test; spectrum, interference and vector network analysis; true average power measurements; and a vector voltmeter.

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Improved RFIC For Millimeter-Wave Imaging

June 29, 2009 7:50 am | On Semiconductor | Product Releases | Comments

Electrical engineers from the University of California, San Diego invented radio frequency integrated circuits that could lead to significantly less expensive imaging systems for identifying concealed weapons, for helping helicopters to land during dust storms, and for high frequency data communications. UC San Diego engineers presented this circuit at the 2009 IEEE Radio Frequency Integrated Circuits (RFIC) Symposium on June 9, where it won one of the best three-student-paper awards.

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Wireless Power Harvesting for Cell Phones

June 11, 2009 6:01 am | Product Releases | Comments

A cell phone that never needs recharging might sound too good to be true, but Nokia says it's developing technology that could draw enough power from ambient radio waves to keep a cell-phone handset topped up.

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Spectrum Analyzer Provides Improved Broad Sweep Capability

May 26, 2009 6:51 am | Tektronix | Product Releases | Comments

Targeting a variety of demanding RF applications, Tektronix’s RSA6000 Series of spectrum analyzers now includes advanced time, amplitude, and DPX trigger functions as well as with a swept DPX engine that collects more than 292,000 spectrums/second  (transients as brief as 10.3 µs) over a 110-MHz bandwidth up to 14 GHz.

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Hitachi Creates Mote-Sized RFID Chips

May 19, 2009 4:30 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Mu-chip (µ-chip) is Hitachi's pioneering contribution to smart tag technology. It is a radio frequency identification (RFID) microchip that is small enough to be embedded in paper.

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LNA Die covers E-Band Applications from 71 to 86 GHz

May 11, 2009 5:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Well-suited for automotive radar, MIL/Aero, and wireless LAN, the HMC-ALH508 GaAs HEMT MMIC Low Noise Amplifier (LNA) die from Hittite Microwave serves E-band applications from 71 to 86 GHz. The amplifier provides 13 dB of small-signal gain, a 4.5 dB noise figure and an output power of +7 dBm at 1 dB compression.

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Amplifier MMIC Comes in a Small Package

May 6, 2009 7:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing an integrated GaAs LNA for use in the 1.5 to 8 GHz band, the GaAs MGA-21108 low-noise amplifier MMIC from Avago is provided in a 2.5 x 2.5 x 0.55-mm 8-pin STSLP package. Featues include an input voltage from 1.4 V to 3.3 V, a gain of 18.7 to 10.7 dB at 1.5 to 8 GHz, noise of 1.5 to 2.8 dB at 1.5 to 8 GHz, and a CMOS-compatible variable bias control and shutdown pin.

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Self-Powered 3G System Provides WiFi HotSpot In A Box

May 4, 2009 4:49 am | Renesas | Product Releases | Comments

Designed to provide mission-critical wireless communications, the Proxicast’s new Cell-PAK 3G + Wi-Fi HotSpot in a box is a wireless "grab & go" solution that provides mobile wide-area cellular Internet connectivity (WWAN) and local 802.11 a/b/g Wi-Fi access (WLAN) in an easy-to-deploy portable form-factor. The Cell-Pak features Proxicast’s commercial-grade LAN-Cell 2 mobile 3G cellular router.

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External LNA Improves Sensitivity in GPS Receivers

April 20, 2009 6:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Deployable near the antenna to reduce trace losses, NEC’s UPC8240T6N external LNA can use distributed filtering to improve noise performance in GPS receiver ICs.

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Wireless Interface Lets Encoders Communicate

April 13, 2009 9:29 am | Product Releases | Comments

Working with any of the company’s sensors, encoders, or magnetostrictive devices, the SwiftComm Wireless Interface from BEI Industrial Encoders attaches directly to the SSI port in the controller, just like a conventional wired system.

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