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Microwave VNA Delivers Optimal Measurement Speed

March 6, 2009 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company introduces its VectorStar premium series of microwave VNAs. The MS4640A delivers frequency coverage of 70 kHz to 70 GHz, dynamic range of 103 dB at 67 GHz and measurement speed of 20 µs/point. The product family offers 3 standard frequency ranges that go to 20, 40 and 70 GHz. This high-performance 2-port engine adds future capabilities, and it is compatible with existing four-port and broadband mmW systems for 70 kHz to...

Portable Base Station Emulator Facilitates Indoor Coverage

March 6, 2009 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Andrew, a division of CommScope, Inc., introduces its indoor Invex.NxG wireless drive-test system that makes designing and testing indoor wireless coverage systems easier. The i.Send portable transmitter imitates wireless base station signals by broadcasting RF signals that allow for coverage measurements indoors....

Validation Software Automates Compliance Testing

March 6, 2009 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies, Inc. announces its automated U7239A WiMedia-based multiband orthogonal frequency domain modulation (MB-OFDM) ultra-wideband (UWB) validation software that provides verification that MB-OFDM designs perform to the parameters defined by the WiMedia UWB PHY 1.2 test specification....

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Embedded System Features Fanless Design

March 6, 2009 6:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Advantech introduces its Model ARK-6310-6M01E compact, high-performance embedded computer that features an Intel Core 2 Duo processor and the Intel 965GME chipset on an integrated Mini-ITX motherboard. Its fanless design operates silently and works reliably in harsh environments. The industrial system is a powerful, all-in-one embedded box PC with optimal expansion capability, and it is suitable for embedded applications such as industrial ...

Staying the Course: A Proactive Customer Approach in Reactive Times

March 6, 2009 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

By Dave Doherty, Digi-Key Corporation Real-life engineering problems cannot always be solved through inanimate search engines and static content. To keep pace with this recent technology push, engineers are typically searching for the latest in RF and wireless discrete components and systems with application requirements that can be both unique and complex....

Testing LTE and WiMAX OFDM/MIMO-Based Systems

March 6, 2009 6:55 am | Articles | Comments

The introduction of new radio technoloiges, like OFDM and MIMO, in LTE and WiMAX systems has created the need for new types of test equipment. George Reed, Azimuth Systems click to enlarge Figure 1. Three methods of testing transmitter and receiver performance: lab-based, direct cable connectivity, over-the-air testing and lab-based, connection through a channel emulator that simulates real world conditions.

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Designing Handsets with Modularity

March 6, 2009 6:55 am | Articles | Comments

By Danny Tseng, Cypress Semiconductor Designing a platform with modularity in mind is one approach that can shorten design time as well as enable easier feature upgrades. click to enlarge Figure 1. Architecture modularization of a mobile handset.

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Selecting the Right Filter for Wireless Handset Applications

March 6, 2009 6:55 am | Product Releases | Comments

As more and more bands are getting integrated into wireless devices, rejecting the transmitter signals of the other radio bands becomes crucial when using a common antenna. By Allen Chien, Ph.D., Wireless Semiconductor Division, Avago Technologies click to enlarge Figure 1....

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FIR Filters Help Improve Audio Quality in Consumer Electronics

March 6, 2009 6:55 am | Articles | Comments

Consumer Audio Devices from TVs to Docking Stations to Personal Computers Benefit from the Use of FIR Filters in Providing High Quality Audio at a Reasonable Cost By QuickFilter Technologies, Inc. The U.S. market for consumer electronics goods is approximately $161B and growing at a rate of 8% per year (Consumer Electronics Association Digital America 2008).

Tantalum Capacitors Suited for Boosting Transmitter Power in Wireless Express Cards

March 5, 2009 5:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

AVX Corporation has developed a high capacitance PulseCap™ capacitor in a low profile package. The capacitors are designed for applications such as PCMCIA/USB wireless express cards where bulk capacitance is needed to boost transmitter power. These large case size tantalum products are rated at 2200µF (2....

BallNest Hybrid Socket Provides Reliable, Consistent Test and Burn-in

March 5, 2009 5:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aries Electronics has released its patented CSP/BallNest Hybrid Socket suitable for prototyping, test or burn-in of CSP (chip scale package), BGA (ball grid array), microBGA and LGA (land grid array) devices. The socket, which features a lid that nests each ball termination into the socket for a reliable connection, can be used on any device with a 0....

Accurate Tool for Evaluating Performance of Next-Generation LTE Chipsets and Mobile Devices

March 5, 2009 5:48 am | Wireless Design & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company introduces the MD8430A Signaling Tester, a LTE base station simulator. Providing flexible and responsive support for the latest 3GPP LTE standard, the MD8430A is a highly accurate cost-effective solution for manufacturers of LTE chipsets and mobile devices to evaluate their products and improve time to market....

Fully Matched Amplifier Achieves 38 dB Gain and 3 W Linear Power

March 5, 2009 5:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mimix Broadband, Inc. introduces a highly linear, 3-stage power amplifier module with 30 W of peak-power and 38 dB small signal gain. This power amplifier, identified as XP9003, operates at 1.6 GHz and is fully matched internally with no external components required. The power amplifier module is housed in a 40 mm x 36 mm, RoHS compliant, surface-mount, thermally efficient package with a shielded metal lid....

DSP and Microprocessor Algorithms Refactored for FPGA Acceleration

March 5, 2009 5:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Impulse Accelerated Technologies announced the launch of a new Professional Services Team providing C-to-FPGA services and custom IP for high-throughput processing. With this new team, Impulse offers custom engineering, tools, training and platform integration services, helping application development groups reduce their project risk while increasing performance and design reuse....

Digi-Key Corporation and Powerex, Inc. Announce Distribution Agreement for North America

March 5, 2009 5:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Electronic components distributor Digi-Key Corporation and Powerex, Inc. announced that the companies have entered into an agreement for the distribution of Powerex products in North America. In stock and available for immediate shipment from Digi-Key are Powerex's IGBT modules, Intelligent Power Modules (IPMs), thyristor power switches, DC/DC converters, and high power diode modules....

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