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Solve high power consumption challenges in active RFID systems

July 30, 2013 11:12 am | by Shawn Rezaei, ams, www.ams.com | Articles | Comments

Active RFID usually operates at 455 MHz, 850 MHz, 900 MHz, 2.4 GHz or 5.8 GHz. It is suited to applications such as asset and people tracking, access control, passive keyless entry in cars, parking management systems and temperature monitoring. Active RFID tags have greater transmission power than passive tags.

Antenna switches enable high performance in 4G LTE-Advanced mobile wireless applications

July 30, 2013 9:14 am | Peregrine Semiconductor Corp | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation announced it is expanding its family of MultiSwitch STeP8 dual single-pole, seven throw (SP7T/SP7T) UltraCMOS antenna switches optimized to solve the significant carrier aggregation challenges of 4G mobile wireless applications as adopted by leading RF front-end module suppliers such as Murata Manufacturing.

Connectors simplify installation on high-performance coax cables

July 29, 2013 1:40 pm | Rf Industries | Product Releases | Comments

The RFN-1006-49I features a solderless captive pin and the RFN-1006-4I features a crimp pin. Both connectors are compatible for high performance cables such as Times Microwave LMR-400, CommScope CNT-400, Belden  9913, and RF Industries RFI-CU400.

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A guide to ZigBee device developers for the smart connected home

July 29, 2013 11:15 am | by Cees Link, CEO of GreenPeak Technologies, www.greenpeak.com | Articles | Comments

For decades, technology experts and home automation enthusiasts have been talking about and promising the emergence of the smart, connected home. They have foretold a home connected by multitude of sensors, monitoring applications such as HVAC, home security, and even the health of the inhabitants, and all controlled remotely over the web via a smartphone or a tablet.

Embedded memory family is presented as industry’s fastest

July 27, 2013 12:12 pm | Samsung | Product Releases | Comments

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., is mass producing the world’s fastest embedded memory – asserted to be the industry’s first eMMC 5.0 devices – in 16 gigabyte (GB), 32 GB and 64 GB densities for next-generation smartphones and tablets. Featuring an interface speed ofSamsung Electronics Co., Ltd., is mass producing the world’s fastest embedded memory – asserted to be the industry’s first eMMC 5.0 devices – in 16 gigabyte (GB), 32 GB and 64 GB densities for next-generation smartphones and tablets. Featuring an interface speed of

ZigBee home automation: Transforming home security

July 25, 2013 11:55 am | by Ryan Maley, Director of Strategic Marketing, ZigBee Alliance | Blogs | Comments

A transformation is taking place in home networks as the number of communicating devices increase dramatically. Low power technologies like ZigBee are now connecting devices in ways that provide unprecedented control to consumers. For many years, home automation solutions had focused on enabling comfort and convenience in affluent homes, a la Jetsons’ home.

Zigbee home automation fully interoperable with earlier versions

July 25, 2013 11:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The ZigBee Alliance announced that an update to ZigBee Home Automation has been ratified and is now available for product development. The new version is fully interoperable with the earlier versions of the standard.ZigBee Home Automation is the industry leading standard helping to create smarter homes that enhance the comfort, convenience, security and energy management for the consumer.

Sensors allow rescue teams to "speak" dog

July 24, 2013 2:58 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Have you ever had a burning desire to understand what your dog is saying? Personally, I feel it would be mostly, “Food? Walk? Toy? Food? But, seriously, food?” but that’s just me.For your average housedog, it’s not really imperative the owner understand everything the dog is trying to communicate. However, if the dog’s job is a little more intense, it could make a huge difference.

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A magnetic pen for smartphones adds another level of conveniences

July 24, 2013 11:31 am | by EurekAlert! | News | Comments

A doctoral candidate at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) developed a magnetically driven pen interface that works both on and around mobile devices. This interface, called the MagPen, can be used for any type of smartphones and tablet computers so long as they have magnetometers embedded in.

The must-have security device

July 23, 2013 3:54 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

I am, by nature, a very anxious person. Alright, I am a worrier—particularly when it comes to leaving the house. Did I leave the garage door open? The stove on? The hair straighter plugged in? Did I lock all the doors? Windows? And that’s just when I leave for work.

Compact, stripline design microwave directional coupler covers 0.5 GHz to 8.0 GHz frequency

July 23, 2013 10:36 am | Krytar | Product Releases | Comments

KRYTAR introduced a new directional coupler offering low insertion loss, high directivity and tight coupling. The new directional coupler is suitable for emerging wireless ultra-broadband designs and many test and measurement applications. These couplers can also

Adhesive vent extends life of outdoor electronic enclosures

July 22, 2013 12:25 pm | W.L. Gore & Associates | Product Releases | Comments

W. L. Gore & Associates has expanded its line of GORE Protective Vents with a new product specifically engineered to increase the reliability of outdoor electronic enclosures that are commonly exposed to changing weather and environmental conditions.

Switch and LNA includes bypass mode for front-end WLAN applications

July 22, 2013 12:11 pm | Product Releases | Comments

M/A-COM Technology Solutions announced a new integrated SPDT switch and Low Noise Amplifier (LNA), with bypass mode, for WLAN 802.11a,n,ac network applications. The MAMF-010614 is an innovative solution for customers who need a versatile, ultra-small packaged multi-function MMIC for 8082.11a,n,ac applications.

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High-sensitivity limiting post amplifiers target 10Gbps FTTH PON, Ethernet, wireless and OTN apps

July 18, 2013 2:38 pm | Micrel | Product Releases | Comments

Micrel, Inc. launched the SY88053CL and SY88063CL limiting post amplifiers. The devices are suitable for FTTH XGPON and 10GEPON OLT (Optical Line Terminal) applications supporting the build out of next generation PON networks. This product family is also suitable for use in fiber optic transceiver modules

DC-DC converters simplify power systems for space RF equipment

July 12, 2013 3:14 pm | International Rectifier | Product Releases | Comments

International Rectifier introduced the radiation hardened ML Series dual output DC-DC power converter platform designed for RF communication equipment such as low noise amplifiers (LNA), receivers and frequency converters used onboard satellites.

Single-chip system serves IP-based wireline and wireless applications

July 12, 2013 3:01 pm | Semtech Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corporation announced the general availability of the ACS9522T, the latest addition to the ToPSync platform that integrates a revolutionary new synchronization system on a chip (SoC). The ACS9522T breaks new ground in the industry by providing a complete single-chip hardware and software synchronization solution....

Stamped spring pin features 19 gram actuation force per pin

July 11, 2013 3:23 pm | Ironwood Electronics, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Ironwood Electronics recently introduced a new LGA socket addressing high performance requirements for 2.54mm pitch devices - CBT-LGA-5002. The contactor is a stamped spring pin with 19 gram actuation force per pin and cycle life of 500,000 insertions.

MEMS resonators eliminate temperature compensation

July 9, 2013 5:49 pm | SiTime Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

SiTime Corporation introduced TempFlat MEMS resonators that are asserted to natively outperform quartz crystals. This technology promises to eliminate temperature compensation and is said to result in dramatically higher performance, smaller size, lower power and

Top 10 must-see posts from June

July 9, 2013 3:22 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

Here’s a rundown of the most read, most popular, most awesome articles on the web. Take a look at what you missed the first time around or check up on an old favorite to see the conversation in the comments. Keep checking out the Lead at www.ecnmag.com and follow us on Twitter @ecnonline for our most up-to-date articles.

Tantalum polymer capacitors designed for consumer applications

July 3, 2013 4:15 pm | Avx Corporation | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has introduced a new series of miniature, Frameless, tantalum polymer SMD capacitors. Utilizing proprietary FRAMELESS technology, which is characterized by a unique lead-frame-less and facedown structure, precise dimensions, and low-stress packaging...

Connectors designed for SSD, wireless cards, ultraportable devices

July 2, 2013 2:54 pm | Product Releases | Comments

TE Connectivity (TE) launched a line of M.2 next-generation form factor (NGFF) connectors, which are designed using the new interface standard for a smaller form factor in both size and volume. Engineered for a wide range of applications, including SSDs (solid state drives) and wireless cards of all types for use in notebooks, ultraportable devices, tablets, desktops and servers, TE’s M.2 (NGFF) products meet both current and future market needs for slim solutions

RFIC platform boosts the transmission range of devices to up to 15 kilometers

June 27, 2013 1:30 pm | Semtech Corp. | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corporation introduced the SX1272, the first product in a new long-range RFIC platform that boosts the transmission range of the devices to up to 15 kilometers (km). This device integrates Semtech’s new LoRa (long range) modulation technology to enable drastic range improvements over alternative modulation methods.

Wi-Fi modules enable streamlined data accessibility

June 26, 2013 4:18 pm | Radicom Research, Inc. | Product Releases | Comments

Radicom Research announced the release of their RW8200 Embedded Serial to Wi-Fi Modules. It integrates a M3 Cortex host processor, Broadcom’s BCM44362 Wireless Internet Connectivity for Embedded Devices (WICED) and an embedded processor.

This smoke-detecting phone dock could save your life

June 26, 2013 4:17 pm | by Kasey Panetta, Managing Editor | Blogs | Comments

House fires are a serious, deadly problem. Death from fires and burns are the third leading cause of fatal home injury, according to the CDC. Every 169 minutes, someone dies in a fire and every 30 minutes, someone is injured. 

SKorea mobile network touted as world's fastest

June 26, 2013 10:25 am | by YOUKYUNG LEE, AP Technology Writer | News | Comments

South Korea's largest mobile operator is this week launching what it says is the world's fastest wireless network. SK Telecom Co. said Wednesday that the LTE-Advanced network can download data at speeds twice as fast as LTE networks and 10 times faster than third generation services.

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