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Software Shapes Next-generation RF Instrumentation

November 20, 2006 10:25 am | Wireless Design & Development | Product Releases | Comments

The growth of RF technology in the wireless communication industry over the past few years has been astonishing. This year alone, more than 850 million cellular phones will be manufactured and sold around the globe. As production volumes rise, test engineers are being challenged to increase their test throughput and decrease their cost of test....

Sustaining Network Performance While Deploying New 3G Services

November 20, 2006 10:25 am | Product Releases | Comments

By Gur Lavie The majority of cellular service providers plan, maintain and troubleshoot their Radio Access Network (RAN) performance by performing extensive drive tests and using prediction-based models. Since radio access networks comprise most of the providers’ CapEx investment (50%-70%), and have a major impact on the revenue potential through user experience of the network, it is no surprise that major efforts are bei...

Cell Phones: Think Twice before you Toss

November 20, 2006 6:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

Nancy Maas Editor-in-Chief Like most people today, I have a box at home filled with used cell phones, along with their chargers and accessories. Each time I drop one in the box, I say to myself — “I really should do something useful with these or, at the very least, find out how to dispose of them responsibly....

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Development Test Mode

November 20, 2006 5:03 am | Product Releases | Comments

Aeroflex releases its Development Test Mode for the WiMAX 802.16e protocol conformance test solution. The availability of this product gives first-line WiMAX equipment manufacturers, chipset developers and protocol stack developers an early opportunity to test both subscriber and base station functionality and interoperability throughout the development phase of their products....

Vector Signal Analyzer

November 20, 2006 4:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The National Instruments PXI-5661 is a modular 2.7 GHz RF vector signal analyzer with wide real-time bandwidth, optimized for automated test in a compact, 3U PXI package. It is suitable for high-throughput RF acquisition and measurements. The 20 MHz wide onboard quadrature digital downconverter (DDC) significantly reduces the required load size and the time needed to transfer waveform data to the host controller or PC....

All-in-one Field Measuring OTDR

November 20, 2006 4:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu introduces its ACCESS Master MT9083A Series, the All-in-one Field Measuring OTDR for Construction and Maintenance of Optical Networks. They feature multiple wavelengths and options to satisfy any network testing requirement, access or metro, FTTx or LAN. MT9083A test sets are designed to make measurement experience simple and error-free with true one-button fault location, pass/fail classification, automated file saving and naming a...

WiMAX Baseband Card

November 20, 2006 4:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Intel Corporation has developed a new baseband card that helps speed the creation of WiMAX base stations. The Intel NetStructure® WiMAX Baseband Card is Intel’s first integrated hardware and software platform for transport, control and baseband processing in a standards-based AdvancedMC form factor....

Silicon Reader Chipset

November 16, 2006 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

WJ Communications, Inc. announces it has developed a RFID UHF Silicon (Si) reader chipset. The WJC200 is the RFID reader chipset that meets the ECPglobal Gen2/ISO18000 6C and ISO18000-6B international standards. This low-cost reader chipset is an excellent candidate for RFID enabled mobile and stationary printers, readers, PDAs and Handheld devices.

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Portable Oscilloscope

November 16, 2006 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

AEMC® introduces the OX 7104 –CK portable oscilloscope It’s a 12-bit fully four-isolated-channel 600V Cat III rated scope on the market. Up to eight traces can be on the screen. This all-in-one portable and rugged hand-held instrument features five complementary tools: an oscilloscope, FFT analyzer, TRMS multimeter, harmonic analyzer and recorder.

Frequency Multiplier Modules

November 16, 2006 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hittite Microwave Corporation introduces four Active x2 Frequency Multiplier modules which provide output frequency coverage from 6 to 46 GHz. Each of these Active x2 Frequency Multipliers provide high output power, and excellent fundamental and sub-harmonic suppression for Microwave Communications, RADAR, Test Equipment and general laboratory applications.

PowerSense Midspan Power

November 16, 2006 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Belden announces the introduction of its Managed PowerSense Midspan Power over Ethernet Hubs. Power over Ethernet (PoE) is the technology that allows powering of such devices as VoIP phones, wireless access points, IP security cameras and a host of emerging products over the LAN data cabling infrastructure.

Clock IC

November 16, 2006 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices, Inc. announces the clock IC to combine low-phase noise clock generation with 14-channel clock distribution at jitter levels below 1 pico-second. The AD9516 series integrates an integer-N synthesizer, two reference inputs, a voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO), programmable dividers, adjustable delay lines and 14 clock drivers, including LVPECL, LVDS and CMOS.

Wide-band Power Amplifier Modules

November 16, 2006 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Hittite Microwave Corporation announces the release of two connectorized Wide-band Power Amplifier modules, which are suitable for EW, ECM, Radar and test equipment applications from 17 to 31 GHz. The HMC-C020 and the HMC-C021 are GaAs MMIC PHEMT power amplifiers in miniature, hermetic modules with replaceable 2.

Ultra Low Dropout Regulator

November 16, 2006 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Austriamicrosystems introduces an ultra low dropout regulator (LDO), optimized to deliver improved operating times in battery-powered portable equipment such as PDAs, digital cameras, Bluetooth and GPS modules. The devices are designed to extend the talk and standby time of mobile cell phones as a result of its extremely low dropout voltage.

C-series ceramic resonators

November 16, 2006 11:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

Murata Electronics introduces the redesigned C-series (CSTCR-G-C, CSTCE-G-C and CSTCE-V-C) tight tolerance ceramic resonators for the automotive market. Murata’s resonators, suitable for Controller Area Network (CAN) bus or any automotive network bus that requires tight tolerance, are a smaller (CSTCR-G-C: 4.

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