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Moving Forward in 2007

February 20, 2007 12:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Nancy Maas Editor-in-Chief This month I decided to do a little something different in this space. In stead of sounding off about an opinion I have on a certain topic, I decided to use this forum to bring you up-to-date on some of the exciting things we have been working on at WD&D....

Optimizing Wireless Communication Designs

February 20, 2007 11:28 am | Wireless Design & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Martin Clark, Mike Mulligan, Colin Warwick, The MathWorks, Inc. A multi-domain executable model provides a practical method of global optimization of signal processing and communications systems. Global optimization of the design of a wireless communication system requires exploration of a multi-domain design space encompassing signal processing and communications algorithms and RF subsystem design....

Enhancements to Wireless Infrastructure Solution

February 20, 2007 10:58 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wavelink Corporation announces enhancements to Avalanche™ Mobility Center (Avalanche MC). The latest version, Avalanche MC 4.1.1, includes significant feature upgrades that enable Wavelink’s broad base of major retail, manufacturing and logistics customers to better manage and custom configure their wireless infrastructure, and to benefit from a flexible, multi-vendor management solution....

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Check E-mail without Connecting

February 20, 2007 7:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

Novatel Wireless, Inc. announces product availability for Microsoft’s new Active Notifications software on WWAN modules equipped with HSDPA and EV-DO technologies. Novatel Wireless’ modules will enable real-time email and calendar connections between Microsoft Exchange Server and the mobile PC. The Microsoft Active Notifications software alerts users to incoming e-mail and calendar appointments while the computer is in sleep mode....

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GPS Navigation Service with Traffic Routing

February 20, 2007 7:43 am | Product Releases | Comments

TeleNav unveils the first mobile phone-based GPS navigation service with intelligent traffic notification and rerouting functionality at the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Sprint customers using TeleNav GPS Navigator, a turn-by-turn, GPS-enabled voice and on-screen navigation service, will have access to TeleNav Traffic(tm), a new capability that regularly monitors traffic and proactively alerts users of slowdowns an...

RF CMOS 90 Nanometer Transceiver

February 20, 2007 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Expanding its RF offerings for Enhanced Data Rates for GSM Evolution (EDGE) handset design, Freescale Semiconductor unveils its first RF CMOS 90-nanometer transceiver. The RFX275-30 is a transceiver subsystem that offers low transmit and receive current, high receiver sensitivity and compact size....

Internal Antenna Solution

February 20, 2007 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Ethertronics announces its third generation quad-band WiFi/WLAN internal antenna solution. Designed to operate on 2.4, 4.9, 5.2 and 5.8 GHz spectrum bands, this robust antenna is suitable for integration into a variety of devices including mobile phones, notebook computers, industrial handhelds and access points....

Protyping Family Offers Fast Performance

February 20, 2007 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

EVE introduces a large capacity addition to its ZeBu family that offers desirable aspects of traditional emulation and rapid prototyping systems for hardware debugging and embedded software validation. Architected with large field programmable gate arrays and housed in a cabinet half the size of the previous ZeBu-XL generation, ZeBu-XXL verifies designs at three times the speed of the ZeBu-XL, providing twice the capacity in a single chassi...

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UMTS/HSDPA and CDMA-dualband Modules

February 20, 2007 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Telit Communications’ UMTS/HSDPAUC864 module provides high-speed connectivity while maintaining physical compatibility to its GSM/GPRS complementary, the GC864. The UC864 provides an instant upgrade path for applications benefiting from higher data rates and is EDGE-compatible. Also released is the CC864-Dual, a CDMA-1XRTT wireless module designed to have the same form, fit and function as its GSM/GPRS counterpart product, the GC864....

High Efficiency DC/DC Converters

February 20, 2007 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Maxim Integrated Products introduces the MAX8640Y/ MAX8640Z, small 500 mA, high-efficiency step-down DC/DC converters in a SC70 package. These devices are suitable for applications where small size, high efficiency and low output ripple are priorities. They utilize a proprietary switching scheme to reduce external component size and draw only 24 mA of quiescent current, thus providing desirable light-load efficiency....

Smart Antennas for MIMO Devices

February 20, 2007 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Airgain Inc. introduces its first smart antennas for MIMO devices, the Airgain MaxBeam65N and MaxBeam80N. Compatible with a variety of MIMO chipsets from leading manufacturers, these smart antennas double signal strength and receive sensitivity, dramatically increasing throughput over standard dipole antenna configurations in 802....

Reference Design Kit

February 20, 2007 5:09 am | Product Releases | Comments

Sigma Designs announces the Mini-PCI Windeo® Reference Design Kit that enables consumer electronics OEM and ODM companies to develop digital entertainment products featuring wireless capability for in-home HD audio/video distribution. The Windeo Reference Design delivers reliable non-line-of-sight wireless link and extended range with its Intelligent Array Radio™ technology that supports multiple antennas....

Broadband-Enabled Televisions to Reach 162 Million by 2011

February 13, 2007 11:23 am | Product Releases | Comments

A surge in the availability of high-quality Web-based video content and the proliferation of solutions that network-enabled TVs will usher in a new wave of television viewing, one defined less by walled garden PayTV operators and more by open access and a variety of highly-specialized niche content....

Using a Wireless Network Analyzer to Debug a ZigBee Protocol System

February 13, 2007 10:32 am | Product Releases | Comments

by Kim Otten, Microchip Technology Inc. Messages and beacons that appear when a device joins a ZigBee Protocol network can reveal some interesting facts. The short range wireless networking market is set click to enlarge Figure 1: When you fire up the ZENA Wireless Network Analyzer, messages similar to these should appear when a device joins the network....

Unlicensed Communications Products and the FCC

February 12, 2007 5:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Deploy Carefully — the Network You Save Could be Your Own by Frederick M. Joyce, Esq. and Ronald E. Quirk, Jr., Esq., Venable LLP During the past two decades, the Federal Communications Commission has made substantial strides in encouraging the deployment of unlicensed communications networks, that is, low-power radio frequency (RF) services that are operated without FCC licenses....

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