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It's in the Tag: The Importance of Considering Power Efficiency when Choosing a Real Time Location System

May 27, 2009 7:31 am | Comments

For a location system to deliver a return-on-investment, a critical mass of assets must be tagged for tracking. By Steve Jackson, RadarFind Corporation Figure 1. Status switches on RTLS tags. While more organizations are realizing the value of investing in a real time location system, demonstrating the return-on-investment is critical to garner broad support.

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Shared Active Infrastructure and the Virtualization of Wireless Networks

May 27, 2009 7:31 am | Comments

A virtualized network provides each operator with full independent control of their own virtual Base Transceiver Subsystem (vBTS), and connectivity to their own Base Station Controller (BSC) and core network. Steve Muir, Vanu®, Inc. click to enlarge Figure 1: Basic structure of a Virtualized System.

Welcome to Brainstorm!

May 27, 2009 7:31 am | Comments

When it comes to choosing between FPGAs and ASICs, both technologies have their pros and cons. Ultimately it is the designer's decision as to which one will help get the product to market on time or better yet, before the competition does. Q: In high-volume consumer electronic devices, which is the best technology to use: FPGA Design Flow or ASIC Design Flow? By John Burton, Vice President of Marketing for Octera Solutions The answer of course is 'It depends'.

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Incorporating a Touch Interface into Wireless Designs

May 26, 2009 7:00 am | Comments

Incorporating touch into a wireless product design introduces additional complexity with radios, antennas and the attendant higher power consumption. By Bruce DeVisser, Fujitsu Components America, Inc. Figure 1. Identifying early-on where a wireless touch device is primarily being designed to perform will help to quickly bring together the right touch parameters.

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Demand for 2.4 GHz Wireless Will Continue to Stay Strong

April 8, 2009 6:48 am | Comments

By Svenn-Tore Larsen, Chief Executive Officer, Nordic Semiconductor Like many organizations in today's electronics sector, my company, Nordic Semiconductor, is rising to the challenge of operating in a global semiconductor market that analysts say could drop by around 20 percent this year compared to 2008.

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Electronic Packaging RF SiPs Demand Early Packaging Focus

April 8, 2009 6:48 am | Comments

By considering packaging in the early stages of product development, design teams can determine the best architecture for their particular application. By Ralph Ebbutt, Maxtek Components Corp. click to enlarge Figure 1 - An example of a system-on-chip (SoC) device.

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Remote Possibilities

April 8, 2009 6:48 am | Comments

Using advanced battery technologies to unlock the dynamic growth potential of remote wireless sensors used in "smart infrastructure" and related applications. By Sol Jacobs, Tadiran Batteries Contrary to all the recent economic news, the February 17, 2009 edition of The Wall Street Journal contained an upbeat article by Michael Totty entitled "Smart Roads.

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Welcome to Brainstorm!

April 8, 2009 6:48 am | Comments

There are inherent risks when it comes to wireless technology in medical electronic devices – security, performance, coexistence, EMI and privacy. Q: What are the requirements for effectively deploying and managing wireless medical devices? By R. Srinivasan, Principal Software Engineer, Cambridge Consultants Nowhere are the demands on wireless technology more complex and more critical than in the medical device industry.

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Femto Mass Market Mobilization

March 16, 2009 7:03 am | Comments

By Todd Mersch, Continuous Computing So here we are in the second half of 2008 — why are femtocells not more widely deployed in our homes? When are we finally going to get five bars in the family room? And what’s keeping us from quicker YouTube downloads in our kitchens? click to enlarge Figure 1.

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Universal Cell Phone Charger -What a Concept!

March 6, 2009 6:56 am | Comments

Nancy Maas Editor-in-Chief The Mobile World Congress Show (MWC) recently took place in Barcelona, Spain. Every year this show has its "hot topics" that attendees just can't seem to get enough of, and this year was no exception. Conversations focused on handsets, Long Term Evolution (LTE), Location-Based Services (LBS), social networking, application stores and mobile advertising.

Testing LTE and WiMAX OFDM/MIMO-Based Systems

March 6, 2009 6:55 am | Comments

The introduction of new radio technoloiges, like OFDM and MIMO, in LTE and WiMAX systems has created the need for new types of test equipment. George Reed, Azimuth Systems click to enlarge Figure 1. Three methods of testing transmitter and receiver performance: lab-based, direct cable connectivity, over-the-air testing and lab-based, connection through a channel emulator that simulates real world conditions.

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Designing Handsets with Modularity

March 6, 2009 6:55 am | Comments

By Danny Tseng, Cypress Semiconductor Designing a platform with modularity in mind is one approach that can shorten design time as well as enable easier feature upgrades. click to enlarge Figure 1. Architecture modularization of a mobile handset.

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FIR Filters Help Improve Audio Quality in Consumer Electronics

March 6, 2009 6:55 am | Comments

Consumer Audio Devices from TVs to Docking Stations to Personal Computers Benefit from the Use of FIR Filters in Providing High Quality Audio at a Reasonable Cost By QuickFilter Technologies, Inc. The U.S. market for consumer electronics goods is approximately $161B and growing at a rate of 8% per year (Consumer Electronics Association Digital America 2008).

Low Cost FPGA-Based HD/SD SDI Transceivers

February 25, 2009 10:46 am | Comments

The recent advent of low-cost FPGAs equipped with high-performance transceivers and DSP blocks will greatly reduce the build and deployment costs of a video broadcast system. By Shakeel Peera, Lattice Semiconductor Corporation click to enlarge Figure 1.

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Redefining the Digital Handset

February 25, 2009 10:46 am | Comments

Greater access to digital audio data off-chip presents an opportunity for applying powerful digital enhancement techniques which can improve speaker performance not just for music but also for voice. By Robert Hatfield, Wolfson Microelectronics In some mobile phone architectures, the evolution of speaker drive technology has recently been struggling to make progress.

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