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Prime Fishing for Mixed-Signal Integration

November 23, 2004 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

The move by digital IC developers to integrate as much analog functionality means next generation RFICs will offer more. However, issues still loom for large-scale integration. By Paul Kempf After casting a net in the deep sea of single-chip mixed-signal integration — pulling up a mixture of premium sea bass and questionable crustaceans — it may be time to switch the inlet to identify opportunities upstream and downstream of th...

Managing Synchronization Needs for 3G Wireless Networks

November 23, 2004 11:14 am | Product Releases | Comments

In 3G wireless networks, time is key to network efficiency and reliability. Technologies such as UMTS and CDMA2000 require strict synchronization of data streams to ensure the reliable signal hand-off between base stations to prevent dropped calls. By Phil Mann Synchronization is the foundation of digital mobile communications (see Figure 1)....

COTS Connectors for Military and Aerospace Designs

November 17, 2004 9:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The days of specialty military connectors are numbered so the cable and connector industry is reinventing this interface. By Ernest Worthman It's no secret that there is tremendous pressure for the military to go with COTS components whenever possible. Interconnect is one area where that pressure is hot and heavy, since connectors are relatively uncomplicated devices, when compared to some of the other cutting edge components For mi...


Wireless Access Point Design

October 27, 2004 11:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Today, enterprise and business users and applications demanding wireless access are expanding logarithmically. The implementation of these access points requires a new level of design sophistication. By Paul Delvy Security, manageability, and scalability are key requirements for wireless access points in a SMB/SME setting....

A Primer on High-level Wireless Security

October 27, 2004 11:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wireless security at government levels is significantly more complex than for the consumer. Understanding the protocol and standards at that level defines the methodology for design. By Roy Pereira The most compelling reason for organizations to adopt wireless technology is productivity. With access to information and corporate resources wherever and whenever, people have the potential to get more done in less time — and that, of co...

A Receiver Comparison for GSM/GPRS Applications

October 27, 2004 11:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

The latest GSM transceivers offer significantly different performance and flexibility depending upon system requirements. By Gary Levy The current generation of wireless transceivers, for applications ranging from PANs to mobile handsets, incorporates two predominant receiver architectures that can offer significantly different benefits depending upon the system requirements....

Wireless Modems

October 26, 2004 11:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

CML Microcircuits launches its wireless data IC, the CMX990. A single-chip GMSK packet-data modem with RF transceiver, this half-duplex IC offers: a versatile baseband modem, IF and RF processing functions, programmable synthesizers, signal level-setting functions and comprehensive on-chip and peripheral control, monitoring and interfacing....

ZigBee Development Platform

October 26, 2004 11:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Chipcon announces a complete ZigBee development platform, including hardware, the ZigBee protocol stack as well as development tools. The CC2420 ZigBee Development Kit is suited as a prototyping, evaluation, and demonstration platform targeting various real life ZigBee applications. The CC2420 ZigBee Development Kit includes the Z-Stack from Figure 8 Wireless....


RF Antenna Switch

October 26, 2004 11:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor announces the PE4263 SP6T RF antenna switch and the SP4T PE4261 RF antenna switch. The PE4263 switch provides a unique, high-performance solution to the quad-band GSM handset Antenna Switch Module (ASM) market by offering high power at 41 dBm P1dB; high linearity of 65 dBm IP3; and monolithic integration of key elements including a control logic decoder and driver....

RFID that Could Forever Change How We Shop

October 26, 2004 11:40 am | Product Releases | Comments

I have to give a lot of credit to the inventive and innovative minds in our industry. The stuff they come up with, and what they integrate it with never ceases to amaze me ... I love the 21st Century. In this column I've dissected a lot of technologies and applications over the years. I enjoy doing that....

DSP Verification Software

October 26, 2004 11:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

CoWare Inc. and AccelChip Inc. are teaming to provide an advanced design and verification flow for DSP designs that originate in MATLAB. The companies have integrated CoWare's DSP application design tool, SPW, with AccelChip's algorithmic synthesis tools to offer DSP design teams the ability to verify generated RTL levels in Verilog or VHDL within the SPW environment....

Software Design Platform

October 26, 2004 11:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

PrismTech announces OpenFusion e*ORB SDR, the first member of a new middleware product family specifically designed for wireless OEMs. OpenFusion e*ORB SDR provides the following benefits to Wireless OEMs: consumes very low amounts of system resources (e.g. memory) thus enabling the development of lower-powered, cooler-running devices with longer battery life....

Multichannel Data Acquisition Software

October 26, 2004 11:39 am | Product Releases | Comments

Acqiris offers a stand-alone multichannel acquisition software package, AcqirisMAQS. The package simplifies the monitoring and control of advanced data acquisition systems with multiple data channels, and can be used for the remote operation of multiple acquisition systems at various locations. AcqirisMAQS is flexible, and is suitable for applications that require a high number of channels, such as astrophysics and high-energy physics....

Credence Reports Results for Third Quarter 2004

October 26, 2004 11:38 am | Wireless Design & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Credence Systems Corporation reports that financial results for the third fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2004. These results contain the contribution from the acquisition of NPTest which closed on May 28, 2004. Net sales for the third quarter were $163.7 million, up 72 percent from prior quarter sales of $95....

LDMOS RF Power Transistor Exceeds 30% Efficiency

October 26, 2004 11:38 am | Product Releases | Comments

A major advance in Laterally Diffused MOS (LDMOS) technology that, for the first time, will allow Wideband-CDMA (W-CDMA) base station manufacturers to break through the 30% efficiency barrier for RF power amplifier output stages is announced by Royal Philips Electronics. The rollout of W-CDMA cellular infrastructures for the delivery of advanced multi-media and data services has created a high demand for efficient base station amplifiers th...


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