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Serial Data Equalization Software Tests High Speed Designs

February 25, 2009 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies, Inc. announces serial data equalization software for its Infiniium 90000A series oscilloscope. This software is suitable for testing devices based on high-speed serial data technologies such as PCI Express 3.0, USB 3.0, SATA 6 Gbps and SAS 6 Gbps. The software provides equalization tools for real-time analysis to help reduce receiver errors....

Hybrid Camera Platform Puts Photos, Video on a Chip

February 25, 2009 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ambarella, Inc. announces its A5 system-on-a-chip (SoC) platform for hybrid cameras. The A5 platform enables key hybrid camera functions such as 10 mega-pixel (MP) still images, full high-definition (HD) recording and simultaneous dual-resolution recording for fast Internet sharing. Tucked into a small low-power package, the SoC platform lets consumers take high-quality photos and video in affordably priced pocket-sized cameras....

FPGA-Computing Boards Support Military/Aerospace Applications

February 25, 2009 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

BittWare, Inc. releases its S4-AMC (S4AM), a member of the "S4" family of board-level signal processing solutions which leverages Altera Corporation's Stratix IV family of FPGAs. This advanced mezzanine card (AdvancedMC) uses the Altera Stratix IV GX FPGA to provide optimal performance and flexibility....

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Mini Twin Transistor Devices Function in VCO Applications

February 25, 2009 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

California Eastern Labs introduces the UPA828TD Twin Transistor from NEC for shrinking VCO designs. The unit combines two closely-matched silicon NPN chips in a miniature 1.2 ×1 × 0.5 mm 6-pin leadless RoHS-compliant package. Suitable for VCO applications, the transistor enables oscillator and buffer amplifier functions to be combined in one miniature device....

Digitally-Controlled Power Supplies Available in Compact Sizes

February 25, 2009 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Network Power announces its expanded NTS line of 500-W digitally-controlled power supplies with the addition of the NTS505 and NTS508. Intended primarily as medium power front-end units for distributed power systems, NTS500 series AC/DC power supplies offer OEMs optimal power density in a compact 4? × 7? footprint....

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Small Data Line Chokes Developed for Automotive Electronics

February 25, 2009 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Epcos, Inc. introduces its SIMDAD 1201 small current-compensated data line chokes for automotive electronics that measure 3.2 × 2.5 × 2.5 mm³. Despite a volume reduction of more than 50% compared with the 1812 case size, good electrical and mechanical parameters have been retained. These chokes cover an inductance range from 11 to 100 µH, and they are designed for continuous temperature of up to 150°C....

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Medium Power Amplifiers Target Microwave and Millimeterwave Radios

February 25, 2009 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hittite Microwave Corporation introduces two GaAs PHEMT MMIC medium power amplifiers that provide frequency coverage in the 5 to 18 GHz and 34 to 42 GHz bands. They are suitable for use in applications that include point-to-point and point-to-multipoint radios, VSAT, military and space, fiber optics, sensors and test instrumentation....

Power Transistors Operate in UHF Applications

February 25, 2009 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

HVVi Semiconductors, Inc. announces its Model HVV0405-175 power transistor, using the high voltage vertical field effect transistor architecture for radar applications in the UHF band. Operating across the 420 to 470 MHz band, the device offers UHF system designers a fully qualified 175 W RF power transistor with optimal gain and ruggedness specifications....

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Low Cost FPGA-Based HD/SD SDI Transceivers

February 25, 2009 10:46 am | Articles | Comments

The recent advent of low-cost FPGAs equipped with high-performance transceivers and DSP blocks will greatly reduce the build and deployment costs of a video broadcast system. By Shakeel Peera, Lattice Semiconductor Corporation click to enlarge Figure 1.

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Redefining the Digital Handset

February 25, 2009 10:46 am | Articles | Comments

Greater access to digital audio data off-chip presents an opportunity for applying powerful digital enhancement techniques which can improve speaker performance not just for music but also for voice. By Robert Hatfield, Wolfson Microelectronics In some mobile phone architectures, the evolution of speaker drive technology has recently been struggling to make progress.

Coming to a Screen near You: Innovation Set to Bring Mobile TV to Europe

February 25, 2009 10:46 am | Articles | Comments

In order to market Mobile TV and Mobile Video successfully, service providers and technology companies need to target the specific entertainment needs people have when away from home, rather than just assuming that the populace will be willing to sign up regardless. By Mike Green, European Correspondent Wireless Design & Development The DVB-H infrastructure needed to support video transmission has been in place in Europe for over three years now (it was first showcased to the public at the Winter Olympics in Turin, in February 2006, with crowds being able to tap into the video broadcasts of all the different events taking place).

LTE Testing Challenges

February 25, 2009 10:46 am | Articles | Comments

Working closely with the test equipment vendor is required in order to synchronize feature implementation, reference specifications and timely delivery of the test equipment software. By Paul Gooding, Rohde & Schwarz click to enlarge Figure 1.

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Noise Elimination Power Converter Control Circuit

February 25, 2009 10:46 am | Articles | Comments

Grounding and care in layout is the key to keeping noise out of the control circuit and allowing correct operation. Grounding and care in layout is the key to keeping noise out of the control circuit and allowing correct operation. By John Bottrill, Texas Instruments click to enlarge Figure 1.

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Specifying Directional Couplers for Critical Applications

February 25, 2009 10:46 am | Product Releases | Comments

Unfortunately, the ideal directional coupler does not yet exist. However, system performance will benefit greatly by keeping key concepts and parameters in mind. Directional Coupler Theory and Definitions. Over the years many different techniques have been utilized to bring about the physical realization of directional couplers....

Femtocell-Based VDSL2 Residential Gateway Platform Demonstrated by Ikankos Communications and GlobalWireless

February 13, 2009 6:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ikanos Communications, Inc. and Global Wireless Technologies LLC announce that Ikanos has demonstrated a femtocell-based VDSL2 residential gateway platform. The GlobalWireless femtocell base station, combined with an Ikanos Fusiv Vx180 integrated gateway processor, extends mobile coverage indoors while providing flexible service options and reductions in cost and power consumption to the consumer and mobile operators....

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