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Modem Chip

July 10, 2006 8:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Agere introduces the SV92U2, a Universal Serial Bus (USB)-based modem chipset that makes it possible to reduce desktop PC bus sizes by 80% by eliminating the need for Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI)-based modems. In addition to cost and size reductions, the smaller-sized bus makes it possible to produce easier-to-use PCs for consumers....

Sensor Data Acquisition SoC

July 10, 2006 8:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

Semtech Corporation announces the SX8801R, a low power, high-resolution system-on-chip (SoC) for data acquisition from micro-electro-mechanical systems (MEMS) sensors in battery-powered consumer, medical and industrial systems. The SX8801R features Semtech’s ZoomingADC™ capability that combines a 16-bit analog/digital converter (ADC) with a 10-bit preamplifier to allow the device to “zoom in” or amplify a small portion of the analog sig...

High Power Combiners

July 10, 2006 8:51 am | Product Releases | Comments

MECA expands its H-Series, 100 W, Wilkinson high power combiner/divider line by adding DIN female connector models in 2-way and 4-way configurations covering all wireless bands between 0.800 and 2.200 GHz. The H-Series features high isolation (25 dB), VSWR of 1.15:1 and a low insertion loss of <0....


Microprocessors and JTAG Bus Bridging Interface

July 10, 2006 8:50 am | Product Releases | Comments

Digital logic designers today have a vast array of tools at their disposal to achieve their design goals. To accommodate the large amounts of logic and the data rates required, the design engineer has the option to use large FPGAs. The FPGA provides an enormous amount of digital logic gates inside a relatively small space with high pin count packages....

High Capacity Storage in Mobile Systems

July 10, 2006 8:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Micron introduces a Managed NAND flash technology for feature-rich mobile handsets and other portable devices. The embedded product line unites Micron’s NAND flash memory with a high-speed multimedia card (MMC) controller. This all-in-one memory and controller package streamlines a manufacturer’s mobile design process and simplifies NAND flash procurement logistics....

MB-OFDM Modulation Analysis Capability

July 10, 2006 8:48 am | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. announces the development of a full-featured, MB-OFDM (multi-band orthogonal frequency division multiplexing) ultra-wideband modulation analysis capability for its 89600 Series vector signal analysis software. Featuring a comprehensive set of measurements and impressive error vector magnitude specifications, users can troubleshoot MB-OFDM ultra-wideband signals at any stage of the design process and more quickly id...

The Design of Next-Generation RFID Readers Using an RF Chipset

July 10, 2006 8:47 am | Product Releases | Comments

The RF Section of UHF RFID 1 W readers typically contains a large number of RF components utilizing different semiconductor fabrication processes. This paper will discuss how next generation RFID readers can use these new integrated components to simplify the design of RFID readers. Comparison of Requirement for US, European and Japanese RFID Readers The US readers will have a maximum output power of +30 dBm; the European Readers will...

picoChip Powers First Software-upgradeable Base Station to Achieve WiMAX Certification

June 8, 2006 9:10 am | Product Releases | Comments

picoChip and Airspan Networks are proud to announce complete WiMAX Forum certification of Airspan’s MacroMAX Base Station for the 3.5 GHz FDD profile. The MacroMAX is powered by picoChip’s software upgradeable architecture, as are Airspan’s HiperMAX and MicroMAX-SDR base station models which are expected to achieve certified status during 2006....


16-Bit Data Converters

June 6, 2006 7:31 am | Product Releases | Comments

Analog Devices introduces two ADCs targeted for high-end instrumentation, medical and wireless communications applications that enable designers to maintain low noise and high dynamic range, even at high input frequencies. Designers of medical systems, such as magnetic resonance imaging and patient monitoring receivers will benefit from the converters which offer a high signal to noise ratio (SNR) at 79 dB....

RF and Microwave Test Accessories Catalog

June 5, 2006 12:38 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies’ 2006/07 RF and Microwave Test Accessories Catalog is now available. This catalog enables engineers to quickly research and specify Agilent's test accessories for new product development and manufacturing needs. The catalog features new product highlights and easy-to-read product selection and comparison tables to help users find the information to meet their design specifications....

Mobile Measurements Based Optimization Software

June 5, 2006 12:37 pm | Product Releases | Comments

Schema announces the release of Mentor™, a wideband CDMA, EV-DO and UMTS optimization software based on actual network usage. Mentor analyzes real information generated by subscribers' mobile handsets, delivering a comprehensive view of the network and service quality in near real-time, enabling operators to achieve and sustain peak network performance and user experience....

Integrated Duplexer

June 5, 2006 11:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Temex announces the launch of the TMX DU W307, an integrated duplexer for CDMA450 Systems. Hermetically sealed and just slightly larger than a single SAW filter, the duplexer replaces five traditional components: two individual SAW filters and three passive components, with clear advantages such as a high integration level, which simplifies the CDMA450 handset design, cost savings with using one device instead of five, and board space-savin...

Reduce Test Time

June 5, 2006 11:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Agilent Technologies Inc. announces the release of its Fast Device Tune Measurement, a fast calibration device that reduces manufacturing calibration test times. Fast calibration techniques, such as 8960 Fast Device Tune, can provide an order of magnitude reduction in test time; reducing calibration time for a typical GSM phone from approximately 60 seconds to just one to two seconds....

High Voltage MOSFET

June 5, 2006 11:54 am | Product Releases | Comments

Zetex Semiconductors introduces a high voltage MOSFET to handle the requirements of pre-bias supply circuitry. The ZXMNO545G4 is a 450 V enhancement mode N-channel device used in a simple linear regulator to supply PWM ICs at start-up. The MOSFET is disabled when the converter is fully on. To maximize resistance to high voltage creepage, the MOSFET is provided in a 4-pinned SOT223 package....

Second Time Around

June 5, 2006 11:49 am | Product Releases | Comments

It’s amazing how unpredictable life is at times. If someone had told me eight years ago that I would be sitting here writing the Up Front column again, I would have told them that they were nuts. Allow me to explain. To some of you my name or face may be familiar from my previous stint at the editorial helm of WD&D....


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