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Move over Bluetooth – You've Got Some Competition

August 25, 2008 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

By Nancy Maas, Editor-in-Chief?nancy.maas@advantagemedia.com Get ready Bluetooth because another player has entered into the Personal Area Network (PAN) market. Challenging the future of Bluetooth, a new start-up called Ozmo Devices and an Intel Corporation program point to a future for Wi-Fi in a broad range of peripherals, ranging from computer mice to cellular handsets and MP3 players....

GPS Receiver IC Features Dual Antenna

August 25, 2008 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

SiGe Semiconductor, Inc.'s 4-mm 2 SE4150L GPS radio receiver features dual-antenna input capability and a multi-bit output to help with sensivity and interference resistance for next-generation GPS systems. Sige Semiconductor specifically designed the SE4150L to address the three primary challenges asssociated with embedded GPS applications: small size, low power and low price, all while improving the performance....

Solid State Relays Feature High Speed Switching

August 25, 2008 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

OPTEK Technology's OSSR Series of solid state relays are offered in hockey puck (panel mount), SIP1 and SIP2 packages. They incorporate a zero crossing circuit that minimizes current and noise surges due to resistive and inductive loads. Providing design engineers with the reliability of solid state switching and optical isolation, these relays are specified for applications such as industrial and packaging equipment, robotics, motor contro...

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Micropower Hall-effect Switch Conserves Board Space

August 25, 2008 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro MicroSystems, Inc. introduces its Model A1172 ultra-sensitive, Hall-effect switch with latched digital outputs and omni-polar magnetic actuation. It features operation at low supply currents and voltages, making it suitable for battery-operated electronics. The low operating supply voltage, 1....

MMIC Mixers Provide Broad Frequency Coverage

August 25, 2008 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hittite Microwave Corporation announces its family of GaAs MMIC fundamental mixers, I/Q mixers and sub-harmonic IRM mixers in chip form which provide broad frequency coverage from 19 to 90 GHz. These Velocium GaAs MMIC mixer products are suitable for use in a range of applications that include microwave radio, military and space, wideband communication systems, VSAT, SATCOM, automotive radar and test instrumentation....

VCO Operates from 787 to 805 MHz

August 25, 2008 7:57 am | Wireless Design & Development | Product Releases | Comments

Crystek Crystals introduces its Model CVCO55CC-0787-0805 VCO that operates from 787 to 805 MHz with a control voltage range of 0.3 V to 4.7 V. This VCO features a typical phase noise of -122 dBc/Hz at 10 kHz offset with optimal linearity. It is packaged in the industry-standard 0.5" X 0.5" SMD package....

Vibration Sensors Displace Piezoresitive Technology

August 25, 2008 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Colibrys wide-bandwidth capacitive accelerometers set new performance standards on vibration sensing, and they are expected to displace piezoresistive sensors in health and usage monitoring systems (HUMS), aeronautics, railway technologies and automotive crash testing applications. The extended bandwidth of these capacitive sensors, combined with a high degree of miniaturization make this product family well suited to meet the requireme...

Wideband Switches Offer High Isolation and High Frequency

August 25, 2008 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Spectrum Microwave introduces its expanded line of switches that offer SPDT to SP5T designs with a bandwidth from 100 MHz to 22 GHz. These switches feature an integral TTL driver and are available with switching speeds higher than 100 nsec, high isolation up to +95 dB and insertion loss as low as 0....

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Buck Regulator Includes an Integrated Dual Power Monitor

August 25, 2008 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Austriamicrosystems expands its DC/DC converter portfolio with the AS7620 hysteretic, high efficiency 32 V step-down regulator in a small 4 mm² MLPQ 12-pin package. Well suited to maximize up-time of utility metering, sensor interface and other industrial motion control and battery-powered data-acquisition equipment, it provides early-power-fail warning and power-good signals to microcontrollers that cannot afford to lose critical data duri...

T/R Module for Short-Range Indoor Communications

August 25, 2008 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Endwave Corporation releases its 60 GHz T/R module that targets short-range indoor communications that must transport data traffic at multi-gigabit speeds. The design allows full-duplex operation with flexible modulation, and the module can also be operated in various radar modes if desired. Typical specifications at 60 GHz are a receiver noise figure of 5 dB and a transmitter output power (at P1dB) of over +5 dBm with ?1....

RFID Reader Patch Antenna Minimizes Attenuation

August 25, 2008 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Astron Wireless Technologies offers its Model H91CDPSFPM RFID Reader Patch Antenna that is available in the 902 to 928 MHz frequency range. Its polarization is left or right hand circular, helping to minimize attenuation caused by cross polarization, and the VSWR is 1.5:1. Measuring 6.88" × 6.88" × 2....

BAW Filters Enable WiMax and WLAN Co-Existance

August 25, 2008 7:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Skyworks Solutions, Inc. announces its bulk acoustic wave (BAW) filters for customer premise equipment (CPE) to allow co-existence between wireless local area networks (WLAN) in the home and enterprise, and WiMAX networks which cover wider areas including neighborhoods and cities. Since both networks operate at very closely spaced frequency bands, these BAW filters reject the interfering frequencies while allowing the desired signals to pas...

Trend Report: Energy Conservation and Sustainable Design

August 25, 2008 7:56 am | Articles | Comments

For a US company intending to launch a worldwide product, compliance with EuP regulations will ensure entry to that market of almost 500 million people. Jeff Uden, Newark One of the most interesting trends in the electronics industry at the moment is the movement towards designing products in an environmentally friendly way.

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WiMAX Forum Certified… Why Do We Need to Test Protocol?

August 25, 2008 7:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

Performing automated Procotol Conformance Testing (PCT) in-house is essential for vendors who are eager to minimize time-to-market. By James Thomsit, Aeroflex Test Solutions, Wireless Division Dropped calls, “network busy” messages and intermittent service — these are all potential symptoms of poor device interoperation....

Adapting Next-Generation Applications to Universal Radio Environments

August 25, 2008 7:56 am | Articles | Comments

As the variety of user devices and applications increase, the need to predict end-user experience becomes even more critical. Sudeep Gupta, Azimuth Systems Wireless access communications have changed dramatically over the past five years. As users demand more from their mobile devices, the interaction between the devices and the radio environment has become more complex.

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