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June 1, 2005 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Fairchild Semiconductor announces a line of ultra-compact serializer/deserializers called μSerDes™ (micro-SerDes). The FIN12 and FIN24 series devices are suitable for solving the design challenges posed by converging product features in ultra-portable and consumer applications. These devices reduce wide parallel paths of data to a high-speed serial link, reducing the interconnection to six to seven times fewer wires....

Network Management

June 1, 2005 7:02 am | Product Releases | Comments

Wireless Valley announces RF Manager™, a software solution that visualizes real-time RF activity to assist network managers in detecting and resolving problems impeding wireless network performance. RF Manager is a platform-independent software solution that enables network administrators to monitor RF activity, detect wireless network issues and resolve problems....

Wireless LAN Node Module

May 31, 2005 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The highly integrated DPAC Airborne™ 802.11b Wireless LAN Node Module allows OEMs to wireless–enable their solutions, in markets that include transportation, medical, industrial control and automation, point-of-sale, security, Homeland Security and military. Incorporating a web server that permits "drop–in" LAN and Internet connectivity, the Airborne Module includes a radio, baseband processor, application processor and software...


Bluetooth Chips

May 31, 2005 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Brainboxes and Ingenico have developed a Bluetooth solution which will make it easier for more retailers to benefit from the additional safety and convenience offered by Bluetooth chip and PIN terminals. Brainboxes' BL-521 Bluetooth solution is plug-and-play and allows Ingenico's Bluetooth-enabled portable chip and PIN terminal (model i7780) to be easily added to EPOS systems....

Transceiver IC

May 31, 2005 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Atmel® announces its 2.4 GHz transceiver IC, the ATR2806, manufactured using Atmel’s advanced SiGe BiCMOS process. The product is designed for digital cordless telephone applications, but can also be used for wireless data applications such as wireless Internet access, headsets, games, and home entertainment....

Bluetooth Software Tools

May 31, 2005 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Cambridge Consultants releases a software development toolset that extends the application potential of the leading single-chip platform for Bluetooth applications, CSR's BlueCore family of ICs. The tools allow users to develop application software to run natively on the XAP RISC microcontroller embedded in all BlueCore devices....

Headset Reference Design

May 31, 2005 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Xemics' AudioBlue™ 2 reference design is for the development of an ultra low power Bluetooth headset. The small form factor reference design targeting the cell-phone headset market is based on XEMICS' XE1431 Bluetooth application MCU and the CX72303 radio. The Audioblue2 is designed for a Li-ion or Ni-MH rechargeable battery, and provides up to 10 hours talk time with a 120 mAh capacity....

Wireless Antenna

May 31, 2005 6:18 am | Product Releases | Comments

Centurion Wireless announces the BlackChip internal wireless device antenna. The RoHS compliant BlackChip is a WiFi antenna solution that is lightweight and SMT compatible in lead free processes. The antenna is a portable wireless device appropriate form factor that simultaneously covers the frequency bands of 2....


Direct Digital Synthesis

May 16, 2005 8:11 am | Product Releases | Comments

DDSs built on FPGAs are ideal building blocks for digital communications systems. Ernest Worthman, Editorial Director Modern DSPs require high-frequency waveforms without any load on the DSP processors in the system. Direct Digital Synthesizers (DDS) are an efficient and cost-effective method to accomplish this....

For Reconfigurable Radio Technology For Commercial Wireless Handsets

May 4, 2005 6:04 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Software Defined Radio (SDR) Forum has issued an industry-wide Request For Information (RFI) for modeling techniques and languages to ease design and version control processes for reconfigurable radio technology used in commercial wireless handsets. The RFI is designed to provide the SDR Forum with insight into the current state of the technology as well as requirements for future developments in this field....

WiMAX Silicon and Systems: Ready for Deployment

May 3, 2005 10:56 am | Product Releases | Comments

The arrival of the first silicon-powered systems based on the new WiMAX standard offers a compelling argument to extend broadband wireless access.|By George Wu Glossary of acronyms 16-QAM — 16-Phase Quadrature Amplitude Modulation 64-QAM — 64-Phase Quadrature Amplitude Modulation ADC — Analog-to-Digital Converter AES — Advanced Encryption Standard AHB — Advanced High-...

Characterizing CDMA Mobile Devices

May 3, 2005 10:53 am | Product Releases | Comments

The key to maximizing system capacity while keeping system interference under control.|By Christopher Rix Glossary of acronyms CDMA — Code-Division Multiple Access FCH — Fundamental Channel FER — Frame Error Rate FWD — Forward OEM — Original Equipment Manufacturer QoS — Quality of Service RVS — Reverse RX — Receive TCH —...

Creating Wi-Fi Test Metrics

May 3, 2005 10:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

The constant mobility of the WLAN user coupled with the inherent instability of the unwired medium - air - make the 802.11 protocol an order of magnitude more complex than equivalent wired protocols. By Graham Celine Glossary of acronyms AES — Advanced Encryption Standard AP — Access Point BSS — Basic Service Sets CCMP — Counter-Mode/CBC-Mac Protocol (IEEE 802....

A Fit for a Data-based Technology?

May 2, 2005 7:06 am | Product Releases | Comments

Well, I needed something to pick on this month. Not that I want to necessarily pick on voice over Wi-Fi, but it does give me a launching point. First it was VoIP, now it’s VoWi-Fi. If memory serves me correctly (and I’m told that is questionable), Wi-Fi was trying to make its niche in short-range data communications....

Video Camera and Sensor Network

May 2, 2005 7:05 am | Product Releases | Comments

The Avaak AV-18 ultra-miniature, wireless full color imager is a wireless color digital camera designed to operate as a node in a wireless sensor network. The unit is a self-contained, autonomous, wireless video sensor platform, comprised of a digital video imager camera, radio, controller, antenna and battery....


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