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Wireless Semiconductor Market Overview for 2006/2007

January 4, 2007 7:35 am | Product Releases | Comments

2006 was a significant year for microwave and millimeter-wave gallium arsenide (GaAs) semiconductors, particularly in the areas of packaging, integration and WiMAX. Rick Montgomery Packaging— Point-to-point radio and satellite communications systems at 14 to 50 GHz have traditionally used bare die devices with chip and wire construction to meet high linearity, high power and broad...

RFID Testing Challenges

January 3, 2007 11:21 am | Product Releases | Comments

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Designing Graphics-rich Mobile Devices: Part 2 of 2

January 2, 2007 11:41 am | Product Releases | Comments

By Nic Roozeboom High-speed Serial Interfaces for Mobile Devices High-speed serial interfaces replace parallel topologies in a wide array of applications today. Many of today’s common interconnect standards such as USB and PCI click to enlarge Figure 1....

Designing Graphics-rich Mobile Devices: Part 1 of 2

January 2, 2007 11:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

By Nic Roozeboom A new architecture for video serializers and deserializers, built specifically for mobile devices, can address the demands for increasingly graphics-rich visual content. The emergence of the “personal information device” driven by rapid adoption of cell phones and their expanding panoply of features, capabilities and services is pushing the need for high resolution displays capable of displaying the increasingly rich...

The Role of Time-Domain in the Digital RF World

January 2, 2007 10:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

By Darren McCarthy Many emerging applications call for a highly-capable RF analysis tool that captures the dimension of time along with the traditional frequency and amplitude axes. Many of today’s RF signals change from one instant to the next. Some hop frequencies, others spike briefly, and then disappear....

Will it Entice or Alienate the Consumer?

January 2, 2007 8:19 am | Product Releases | Comments

As I reflect back on 2006 one thought reoccurs in my mind — if ever there was a year to be involved with the wireless industry in some way, it was this year. We saw many emerging technologies become a reality and new consumer-driven applications were in abundance. Developments in WiMAX, RFID and Security and ID technologies lead the way resulting in products that gave us greater mobility, security and reliability....

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Grade 802.11n Draft-compliant Dual-band Chipset

January 2, 2007 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Metalink Ltd. announces the second generation of its WLANPlus chip-set. Designed to enable high-throughput, rich-content, quality-critical applications, WLANPlus provides the foundation for a robust, full-coverage wireless home entertainment network. The WLANPlus 802.11n chip-set family is optimized to go beyond previous solutions that are designed primarily to transport data, and addresses the far more rigorous needs of the consumer electronics market.

High-frequency Electromagnetic Package

January 2, 2007 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Vector Fields launches its high-frequency electromagnetic package, Concerto. Features of the electronic design automation (EDA) software include enhanced solvers, sophisticated model parameterization and an enhanced scripting capability, which provide the means to rapidly create and optimize the most complex radio and microwave designs.

Low Power, High Performance FPGAs

January 2, 2007 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Altera’s Stratix® III family of FPGAs introduces an innovative FPGA architecture that goes beyond optimized process and circuit techniques. Unique features like Programmable Power Technology and Selectable Core Voltage deliver a combination of performance, density and power consumption. Altera’s Programmable Power Technology provides the ability to turn on performance where needed and minimize power consumption everywhere else.

Application Processors

January 2, 2007 7:59 am | Product Releases | Comments

Marvell’s new generation of application processors are designed for feature handsets, Smartphones, GPS navigation systems, wireless handhelds and other consumer electronic devices. The PXA3xx family of application processors is based on the third generation of Intel® XScale technology and is designed for cost efficiency by offering a broad roadmap that is architecturally consistent for maximum software reuse.

Linux Moving to the Handset

January 2, 2007 6:38 am | Articles | Comments

By Paxton Cooper Linux is running as the underlying OS platform in millions of devices. It has proven itself as a mainstream embedded technology and a robust platform for the next-generation of multimedia intensive handsets. Linux is traditionally viewed as a server or desktop operating system, but the real success story for Linux may well be its adoption into the telecommunications industry.

Ceramic Frequency Mixers

December 27, 2006 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Mini-Circuits introduces MCA1, a series of very broadband, low temperature cofired ceramic (LTCC) frequency mixers. With level 7, 10 and 13 (LO) models available for your 300 MHz to 6GHz designs, these double balanced mixers have insertion loss down to 6 dB (typ), isolation up to 40 dB (typ) and are built with all circuitry hermetically embedded inside the ceramic to realize suitable temperature stability, repeatability and compact 0....

Charge-management Controllers

December 27, 2006 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology Inc. announces the MCP73833 and MCP73834 (MCP73833/4) single-cell, high current (1 A), Li-Ion/Li-Polymer linear charge-management controllers. These fully integrated charge-management controllers combine several key, standard charge-management and safety features in a single chip for reliable charging of high-capacity Li-Ion and Li-Polymer batteries....

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