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Mobile Phone Inspection: Catching Defects Eariler

October 8, 2001 8:00 am | Comments

Evan Lubofsky, Cognex Corporation During the past several years, there has been an increasing trend in mobile phone manufacturing toward the use of machine vision technology for 100% automated inspection. Machine vision is used to perform a number of operations including inspecting LCD displays for single pixel defects, verifying the correct placement of keypads, gaskets, and other components, automatically reading bar code labels for p...

After Conquering Retail, Thermal Printers Moving into Handheld Market

October 8, 2001 7:33 am | Comments

Rohm Electronics Having largely captured the bulk of the custom retail and industrial printer market, thermal printers are making a big play for the handheld market. Thermal printers now dominate the fax, point-of-sale, bar-code, label and ticket markets because of their low-cost, excellent print quality, lack of noise and ease of integration....

New Power MOSFET Series

October 8, 2001 4:27 am | Comments

Siliconix incorporated a subsidiary of Vishay Intertechnology announced the release of the first ESD-protected devices in its lead-less ChipFET™ power MOSFET series. The new p-channel devices, which occupy a footprint measuring 3.05 by 1.80 mm, provide an extra measure of protection when used to switch power in systems with attachable/detachable accessories such as SIM cards, Bluetooth adapters, IrDA adapters, MP3 adapters, and cable co...

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CompactPCI System

October 8, 2001 4:27 am | Comments

Pentair Electronic Packaging has introduced the Schroff Pro Series 9U 8-slot CompactPCI NEBS-ready system, ideal for high availability telecom applications. The new Pro Series system is fully compatible with IEEE 1101.10, 1101.11 and CompactPCI. The system accepts eight 6 U × 160 mm cards, in addition to an 8HP CPU, from the front and eight 6 U × 80 mm rear transition cards....

AC/DC Power Supply

October 8, 2001 4:27 am | Comments

Absopulse Electronics has released the MOC 2000, a high performance, multiple output, configurable power supply system. The MOC2000 Series was designed to accommodate a variety of power supply modules in a 2U × 19 inches× 16 inches chassis, and can be configured for as many as 10 outputs....

Wireless Handset Platform

October 8, 2001 4:27 am | Comments

Agere Systems announced a complete platform solution for wireless handsets that nearly quadruples Internet data rates, reduces electronics components by nearly 50 percent, and accelerates time-to-market for wireless handsets by up to one year compared with wireless handset platforms currently offered....

PC Card Design

October 8, 2001 4:27 am | Comments

For Hand-Held PCs and portable PCMCIA applications Elan has just released a PC Card UART, the VPU16550. A miniature ultra-thin quad flat pack IC, it has a number of extra features which greatly simplify PC Card design. It is ideally suited to the creation of PC Cards and Compact Flash cards that require a standard "COM" port type functionality and can be used with cards such as GSM, GPS, classic modems, serial ports, RF data links o...

Color TFT LCDs

October 8, 2001 4:27 am | Comments

Optrex America has introduced 6.4 inches (diagonal) color TFT (thin film transistor) LCD modules that provide cost-effective display solutions for the growing array of applications that demand high brightness and high contrast. These include video, multimedia, automotive, retail, interactive computer, instrumentation, marine electronics and many more....

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Battery Maintenance Systems

October 8, 2001 4:27 am | Comments

Christie Electric Co., a division of Marathon Power Technologies Company, announces a special trade-in program for current RF80-H, RF80-GT, Superceder, or PCA 131 users. With a trade in, qualifying customers can either receive $500 towards the purchase of a new RF80-K or U-60, or they can request that Marathon donate their old unit to a trade school....

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GSM/GPRS Technology

October 8, 2001 4:27 am | Comments

Zyray Wireless will highlight its W-CDMA and GSM/GPRS reconfigurable technology at the CTIA Wireless I.T. & Internet 2001 Conference. The Zyray Wireless Core enables mobile semiconductor manufacturers to deliver solutions with enhanced Quality of Service (QoS) and greater power efficiency....

Software Defined Radio Solutions for DF Signal Processing Systems

October 3, 2001 10:57 am | Comments

Tim Owen, Spectrum Signal Processing Introduction Direction Finding (DF) is a term used for the electronic location (mainly), tracing and distinguishing of targets that are a source of electromagnetic signal transmissions. The technique can be employed in far ranging applications from radio hobbyists up to sophisticated military communications systems....

Remote Control of RF Power Amplifiers Via Ethernet

October 1, 2001 5:02 am | Comments

Moving from IEEE488/RS232 connectors to Ethernet. By Thomas Mullineaux, Ophir RF Inc. Look on the rear panel of most test instruments and you will see IEEE488/RS232 connectors. These interfaces have dominated test system control interconnection for many years, and with good reason. For instance, regarding the IEEE488, many electrical engineers have grown up with this connection method, it has a well defined protocol, and is well suite...

Design Considerations When Using Flash Microcontrollers in Wireless Applications

October 1, 2001 4:49 am | Comments

The future of Flash microcontrollers. By Rodger Richey, Microchip Technology Inc. The microcontroller remains one of the most ubiquitous electronic components used in wireless applications today. While many engineers have designed with read-only-memory (ROM) or one-time-programmable (OTP) versions, Flash-based microcontrollers are emerging as the definitive choice for a variety of new designs....

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Improving Voice Capacity in 3G Systems

October 1, 2001 4:49 am | Comments

Higher data rates are only part of the story of next-generation wireless architecture. By Stash Czaja and Hong Kui Yang, LSI Logic Listening to descriptions of 3G wireless standards, it would be easy to assume that the only important attribute this new technology will bring is its enhanced data rate....

Passive Component Development in a Dynamic Market

October 1, 2001 4:49 am | Comments

A Suppliers Perspective on Broadband By Donald R. Widener and Gerry Hubers, Murata Electronics North America What's happened to the telecommunication market? Only a short time ago, what appeared to be a never-ending chain of opportunity has quickly become a quagmire of confusion and inventory at all levels throughout the supply chain....

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