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Tower Semiconductor to Acquire Jazz Technologies

May 28, 2008 11:08 am | Product Releases | Comments

Tower Semiconductor Ltd., an independent specialty wafer foundry, and Jazz Technologies, Inc., a leader in Analog-Intensive Mixed Signal (AIMS) foundry solutions, have announced the signing of a definitive agreement by which Tower will acquire all of the outstanding shares of Jazz in a stock-for-stock transaction valuing Jazz at a fully diluted equity value of approximately $40 million, based on Tower’s closing price on NASDAQ on May 19, 2...

Femtocells: Spectrum Efficiency Improved

May 9, 2008 11:37 am | Product Releases | Comments

Since wireless spectrum is at a premium, it is advantageous for wireless carriers to use the spectrum efficiently in both outdoor and indoor environments. By Manish Singh, Continuous Computing One of the most limited resources in telecom is wireless spectrum; therefore, it is not surprising that carriers are paying premium licensing fees for spectrum acquisition....

UL-and VDE-certified Devices Provide Isolation for High Voltage Power Systems

May 9, 2008 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Providing design engineers with an extended line of key components for a variety of applications, TT electronics OPTEK Technology has expanded its family of optocouplers. OPTEK’s expanded optocoupler product line includes both analog and digital output devices that provide isolation for high voltage power systems....

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Universal and Affordable Smart Label Chip

May 9, 2008 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

IDS Microchip AG’s recent announcement significantly broadened the scope of affordable automatic data logging RFID applications by bringing to market the samples of its IDS-SL13A smart active label chip. Priced up to 10 times lower than existing RFID temperature-sensing modules, this sophisticated chip for the first time makes it practical to automatically track, monitor, time-stamp and record information about any goods in any supply chai...

ARM9 MCU Family Boosts Embedded Flash and Saves Part Count in Connected Applications

May 9, 2008 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

STMicroelectronics has increased the on-chip Flash capacity of its STR91xFA ARM966E-S based MCU family by introducing 1.1 Mbyte and 2.1 Mbyte variants, delivering higher memory density than many other ARM9, or ARM7-TDMI, based standard MCU currently available. The devices are pin- and function compatible with existing 288 Kbyte and 544 Kbyte versions in LQFP-80, LQFP-128 and BGA-144 packages, allowing engineers to scale designs easily witho...

SH-MobileR2, Multimedia Host Processor with Integrated H.264/MPEG-4 Video Engine

May 9, 2008 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Renesas Technology America, Inc. announces the latest member in the SH-Mobile series of application processors for portable multimedia systems. The SH-MobileR2, designated SH7723, enables the design of portable and mobile devices with multimedia capabilities that are suitable for personal navigation devices (PNDs), portable media players and V2IP (video and voice over IP) terminals....

System Designed for Multiple Industries

May 9, 2008 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Emerson Network Power announces the Centellis™ 500, a fully deployable MicroTCA system that uses innovative plastic packaging, and Emerson’s MicroTCA Carrier Hub (MCH) and high performance processor module. The Centellis 500 is a completely tested and validated MicroTCA system available for half the price of previous generation MicroTCA systems....

Intel-based ATCA CPU Blade Offers Performance, Integration and Flexibility

May 9, 2008 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

The aTCA-6900, a next-generation AdvancedTCA (ATCA) CPU blade which features the latest Intel® 5100 chipset, two quad-core LV-Xeon processors, and two AMC bays for enhanced performance, integration and flexibility, is available from ADLINK Technology, Inc.® By incorporating Intel® 64-bit extended memory technology, the aTCA-6900 provides telecom equipment manufacturers (TEMs) with a powerful, cost-effective solution which offers in...

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Silicon Success for Single Chip, Multi-standard Transceiver

May 9, 2008 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Lime Microsystems announces the availability of a single chip multi-band multi-standard reconfigurable transceiver IC. The chips have been tested and meet the original requirement for a highly frequency agile transceiver IC, operating from 375 MHz to 4 GHz. Sending and receiving data has been demonstrated successfully in each of the vital frequency bands required for WiMAX, 3G and LTE operation....

Channel Emulator for LTE and 4G Wireless Technologies

May 9, 2008 7:34 am | Product Releases | Comments

Azimuth Systems Inc.’s new channel emulator product line is designed to address the complex needs of emerging 4G wireless broadband technologies, including LTE, IEEE 802.16m, UMB and other technologies that will be deployed in the 700 MHz spectrum. The Azimuth ACE™ MX product line delivers a new universal channel emulator specifically built to meet complex 4G smart antenna requirements, including those for MIMO and beam-forming....

PCB Design Cycle Time Cut in Half

May 8, 2008 12:51 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Mentor Graphics Corporation and Agilent Technologies Inc. have jointly developed solution that can significantly improve productivity for the design of RF circuits click to enlarge Using the RF Solution, specific parametric RF shapes can be imported into the Mentor environment and all parameters are maintained....

WiFi "Piggybacking": Is it a Question of Ethics?

May 8, 2008 12:40 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Nancy Maas Editor-in-Chief I'm sure we've all been tempted at some point to hop on another person's WiFi connection when we are in desperate mode to access that "life changing" email. The situation usually starts out very innocently. You've got a project to do, you set aside the time, fire up your laptop, hit the Internet Explorer icon and you get one of those dreaded error messages....

3G+ Baseband Prototype System Implementation Part 3 of 3

May 8, 2008 12:16 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Second- and third-generation serial RapidIO devices provide additional proprietary features to further enhance 3G+ baseband performance and function. Trevor Hiatt, IDT Flow-Control Management (FCM) Division This is the third and final article in a series focusing on how enhancements in second- and third-generation serial RapidIO devices can improve 3G+ baseband Figure 1: Here is the Silicon...

Triple Output Step-Down Switching Regulator for Portable Applications

May 8, 2008 11:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Allegro® announces a new triple output step down switching regulator. Allegro’s A4490 provides three high current, adjustable, high performance, switching regulator outputs with an input voltage range of 4.5 to 34 V. Each output is adjustable from 0.8 to 5 V with a maximum current of 2 A. Multiphase switching reduces EMI and minimizes stress on input capacitors by interleaving the turn-on cycle of the regulators....

Signal Generators Cover a Wide Range of Frequencies

May 8, 2008 11:57 am | Product Releases | Comments

Portable and Lightweight Low Levels of Adjacent Channel Power Peak Output Power of Up to +16 dBm The IFR 3410 series from Aeroflex, Inc. contains portable, lightweight signal generators that cover a wide range of carrier frequencies to 6 GHz. High quality analog and vector modulation capabilities make them suitable for research, development and manufacturing applications....

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