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Low Voltage MCUs Doubles Battery Life for Battery-powered Products

April 11, 2008 9:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Silicon Laboratories Inc. has released a family of microcontrollers (MCUs) capable of operating down to 0.9 V, enabling portable devices to derive power from a single-cell battery for the first time. The C8051F9xx family’s 8-bit architecture with an integrated high-efficiency DC/DC boost converter, which can supply up to 65 mW of power for both internal MCU use and to drive other components, creates a true single-cell battery system solutio...


Devices Deliver Ultra-low Phase Noise

April 11, 2008 9:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

Peregrine Semiconductor’s UltraCMOS™ PE97022 and PE97042 phase locked loop (PLL) frequency synthesizers are in production and available for satellite payload designs. The new pair of 3.5 GHz Integer-N PLLs provide an ultra-low normalized phase noise of 𤫈 dBc/Hz, and the two PLLs feature programmable counters, a phase comparator and +10/11 Dual Modulus Prescaler, allowing for backward compatibility to previous generation PLLs....

Single Chip Enables USB Dongles with Future-proofed Performance and Security

April 11, 2008 9:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Nordic Semiconductor nRF24LU1™ single chip 2.4 GHz transceiver enables the implementation of ultra-compact, high performance USB dongles for wireless peripherals by providing a true single chip solution in a 5 × 5 mm QFN package with full on-chip security. It is also designed to integrate seamlessly (via Nordic Semiconductor’s unique Enhanced ShockBurst™ hardware link layer) with ultra-low power 2....


Wireless: A Bright Spot in the ’08 Economy

April 11, 2008 9:00 am | Product Releases | Comments

Justin Panzer R ohde & Schwarz and WDD Editorial Advisory Board Member As it concerns the health of the U. S. economy, it’s hard to maintain an optimistic viewpoint these days. There is no doubt that many sectors of the economy face a major retrenchment....

Moving to System on Chip (SoC) Integration

April 11, 2008 8:36 am | Articles | Comments

By Ian Keen, Innovision Research & Technology The success of Near Field Communication (NFC) across a range of applications depends on its large-scale adoption. This means simple, low-cost implementation of the technology in mass-market electronic devices, from mobile phones and laptops to point-of-sale terminals and ticket machines.

Simplify Spectrum/Signal Analyzer Selection with Five Key Considerations

April 11, 2008 8:06 am | Articles | Comments

By Takayuki Hando and Ben Zarlingo, Agilent Technologies Understanding your specific design needs and the functionality required can ease the selection process.


MIMO RF Test System Features Signal Analysis Software

April 11, 2008 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Keithley Instruments, Inc. releases its 4X4 MIMO (multiple-input, multiple-output) RF test system for R&D and production testing of RF communications equipment and devices. This test system consists of Model 2920 vector signal generator (VSG) and Model 2820 vector signal analyzer (VSA), Model 2895 MIMO synchronization unit and MIMO signal analysis software....

Hardware- and Software-Compatible Tektronix Replacement VXI Module

April 11, 2008 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Ascor division of Giga-tronics announced its Model VX4357 with 32 SPDT 5AMP switches, a true drop-in replacement with full software and hardware compatibility for the Tektronix VXI Module. It is has the same connector and pin-outs, plug-and-play or message based interface, therefore it requires no cable adapters or new software....

PXI Express RF Vector Signal Generator with 20 MHz Onboard Signal Processing

April 11, 2008 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

National Instruments releases its NI PXIe-5672 RF vector signal generator that delivers signal generation from 250 kHz to 2.7 GHz, 20 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth and real-time data streaming at up to 25 MS/s. It also features a PXI Express interface that makes it possible to stream data from hard disk or PC memory at the full output rate of the instrument....

Signal Generator Covers RF and Microwave Frequencies

April 11, 2008 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anritsu Company introduces its MG37020A fast-switching microwave signal generator that covers both RF and microwave frequencies from 10 MHz to 20 GHz. The device, with 100 μsec per point typical switching speed, is a suitable signal source for RF and microwave applications requiring frequency agility, including data intensive applications such as antenna testing and satellite payload testing....

Demonstration Board Implements Capacitive Touch-Sensing Interfaces

April 11, 2008 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology, Inc. releases its PICDEM Touch Sense 1 demo board for capacitive touch-sensing applications. The easy-to-use board comes with a PICkit serial analyzer and the royalty-free mTouch sensing solution software development kit (SDK). The board and supporting materials provide a complete platform for implementing capacitive touch-sensing interfaces using the 8-bit Flash PIC microcontrollers....

RF Amplifier for FTTH Applications

April 11, 2008 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Anadigics, Inc. announces its ACA2604 RF amplifier for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH) applications. It features improved frequency flatness over temperature as required for domestic U.S. telco gigabit passive optical network (GPON) deployments. The amplifier contains an integrated AGC circuit, and it will lower bill-of-material (BOM) costs by eliminating many discrete components....

MCUs Feature 16 MHz Internal Oscillator

April 11, 2008 7:42 am | Product Releases | Comments

Microchip Technology, Inc. announces its family of 8-bit Flash PIC microcontrollers (MCUs). The 28- and 40-pin PIC16F722/3/4/6/7 (PIC16F72X) MCUs are capable of operation down to 1.8 V, and they feature a 16 MHz internal oscillator, up to 14 analog-to-digital converter (ADC) channels, PWM (CCP) modules and the mTouch sensing solution peripheral....


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