Small-Form-Factor, Multilayer Ceramic Chip Antennas for Mobile Devices Cover Entire UHF Band From 470 MHz to 860 MHz
Vishay has announced what it says is the industry's first high-performance multilayer ceramic chip antennas for mobile devices to cover the entire UHF band from 470 MHz to 860 MHz. Utilizing Vishay's unique materials and manufacturing technologies, the new Vishay Vitramon chip antennas comply with the MBRAI standard while maintaining small outlines of 35 mm by 5 mm by 1.2 mm for the VJ 3505, and 10.5 mm by 15.5 mm by 1.2 mm for the VJ 6040.
TRaC certified to conduct ZigBee Home Automation certification testing by ZigBee Alliance
TRaC, Europe's premier ZigBee test house, has announced it has completed validation of its ZigBee Home Automation test service by the ZigBee Alliance and is now offering certification testing against the ZigBee Home Automation public application profile, enabling its OEM customers to place ZigBee Home Automation compliant products in the market. This recent addition to TRaC's testing services expands its existing ZigBee testing abilities to incorporate this rapidly expanding market sector.
Wolfson announces new high-performance low power CODEC family
Wolfson Microelectronics has announced the launch of a new family of low power CODECs designed to enhance the audio performance and extend the battery life of portable applications. The WM8944, WM8945, WM8946 and WM8948 are the latest additions to Wolfson's successful portfolio of low power CODECs, and are targeted at portable applications including digital still cameras, digital camcorders and voice recorders.
Farnell launches range of accessories for Cinterion Wireless Modules
Farnell has announced the availability of a new range of high quality accessories to support Wireless M2M applications based around the market leading Cinterion Wireless Module Range. The new range of products includes innovative solutions for integrating Cinterion Modules on the PCB, IP67- rated antenna cable assemblies and GSM antenna, and an IP67-rated industrial enclosure ideal for pilot programs in M2M applications for remote monitoring and control, tracking and tracing, and security and smart metering.
Texas Instruments - Highly integrated, full-duplex IF transceiver for wireless backhaul applications
Texas Instruments introduced today an integrated, high-linearity, low-noise intermediate frequency (IF) transceiver with cross-polarization interference cancellation (XPIC) support. The TRF2443 enables designers to reduce solution cost by 40 percent, power consumption by 30 percent, and space by 40 percent, as compared to discrete implementations.
In-Home Display from Talon Communications based on TI low-power RF technology offers consumers a smart home solution
As consumers demand greater visibility into their energy consumption in order to keep energy costs down, Talon Communications has selected Texas Instruments low-power RF technology as the preferred solution for the Talon edot In-Home-Display (IHD), the latest in a family of Home Area Network (HAN) devices servicing the Smart Energy Initiative. The edot IHD utilizes TI's CC2530, a complete IEEE 802.15.4 2.4-GHz radio frequency (RF) system-on-chip solution. Talon's edot offers a simple user interface that displays relative energy cost and also provides status updates that include RF link quality and battery status condition.
Maxim - Tiny WiMAX Transceiver Improves SNR by 10dB
Maxim has introduced the MAX2839AS, a single-chip, 2.3GHz to 2.7GHz, WiMAX MIMO RF transceiver in a 3.5mm x 5.1mm WLP (wafer-level package). This device builds on the success of the MAX2839 (QFN package), enabling ultra-small WiMAX modules for compact fixed and mobile applications.
Low-Cost RF 868MHz Module and Evaluation Kit
The AMB8420 from AMBER wireless is a compact and low-cost 868MHz radio data transmission module for wireless half-duplex communication. The integrated microprocessor controls data communication, handling packet and checksum formation, addressing, monitoring of channel access and resending unreceived packets.
LEON GSM/GPRS modules from u-blox achieve major certifications
The LEON G-100 and G-200 are optimized to work with u-blox' GPS receivers to support low-cost, mass-market, location-aware telematics applications requiring mobile connectivity such as asset tracking, fleet management, road pricing, vehicle recovery and mobile emergency services such as eCall. They are also ideal for use in machine-to-machine telemetry systems for Automatic Meter Reading (AMR), Remote Monitoring Automation and Control (RMAC), surveillance and security, anti theft systems and Point of Sales (PoS) terminals.
Antenova’s Antennas Selected by Quantum
Antenova has announced its antennas and M10214 GPS RADIONOVA RF Antenna Modules have been selected by Quantum, a leading mobile TV industry player. Antenova's Wi-Fi and HSDPA antennas along with the M10214 GPS RF Antenna Modules provide Quantum's iconic handheld multimedia devices with always-on, anywhere and anytime connectivity.
Sarantel launches SL3101 Passive Iridium Antenna
Sarantel, the leading manufacturer of filtering antennas for mobile and wireless devices, has announced the launch of their new SL3101 passive Iridium antenna. Built on patented PowerHelix filtering antenna technology, the SL3101 Iridium antenna provides high performance in challenging Iridium applications using an innovative octafilar helix design.
Sarantel wins third design for SkyCaddie GPS golf rangefinder
Sarantel, the leading manufacturer of revolutionary filtering antennas for mobile and wireless devices, is pleased to announce a third design win for the SkyCaddie Pro Series of golf rangefinders. Sarantel's GeoHelix GPS antenna has been selected for the SkyCaddie SG3.5, adding to the design wins already announced in the SkyCaddie SG5 and SG2.5 devices.
Solara places first orders for Sarantel’s Iridium data antenna
Sarantel Group PLC, a leading manufacturer of high-performance, miniature filtering antennas for mobile and wireless devices, announces the first production orders for its Iridium data antenna, for use in the Solara Field Tracker 2100.
Hemisphere GPS - Dual Frequency Smart Antennas
Hemisphere GPS introduces the new A220 and A221 smart antennas at the ION GNSS 2009 Conference in Savannah, Georgia. In rugged, portable all-in-one enclosures, the A220 and A221 deliver centimeter-level positioning accuracy for precise guidance, machine control and survey applications. Combining Hemisphere GPS' Eclipse dual frequency receiver and antenna technology with optional radio modem, the A220 and A221 are capable of supporting RTK, SBAS and OmniSTAR(R) HP/XP corrections.
Aftermarket emitter antenna family for passive keyless entry
PREMO has developed a new emitter antenna series, the KGEA-BFCAM, for passive keyless entry system for automotive application. This new low profile emitter antenna has been designed to assembly for aftermarket operations.
Cycleo unveils its first semiconductor IP bringing unprecedented range to wireless data transmission
Cycleo, a new intellectual property (IP) and services provider dedicated to the wireless semiconductor industry, today announces Lora, an innovative semiconductor IP bringing unprecedented range to wireless data transmission. Based upon a disruptive patented technology, Lora (as Long Range) allows robust long range wireless communications at very low power. Targeting machine-to-machine (M2M), automatic meter reading (AMR) and handsets to devices markets, Lora addresses the needs of chip designers willing to differentiate from the 2.4 GHz (Bluetooth, Zigbee..) or GSM crowd by offering a long range mode with dramatic performance improvement at minimal cost.
Micropower Voltage Reference Has High PSRR for Portable Applications
Maxim has introduced the MAX6010 precision, micropower voltage reference. This IC offers a high PSRR of 51dB (typ) at 2kHz to ease design of applications with electrically noisy environments. In addition, it has a low 200mV dropout voltage and an ultra-low 3microamp (typ) supply current that is virtually independent of supply voltage.
Wireless Monitoring Applications to Get Boost from STMicroelectronics 32-bit MCU/System-on-Chip with Embedded 2.4GHz Radio
STMicroelectronics has extended its STM32 microcontroller portfolio by introducing the STM32W family, which features an integrated IEEE 802.15.4 radio to deliver a true System-on-Chip platform supporting embedded wireless sensor network design.
NXP’s RFID Chip Offers Express Efficiency for TNT Innight’s Overnight Delivery Service
Capitalizing on the improvements to supply chain management through the use of RFID, the Dutch arm of TNT Innight in collaboration with NXP Semiconductors and label manufacturer IPEX Group has embarked on a major field test to incorporate the technology into its overnight delivery service.
Jennic - ZigBee modules based on industry’s lowest-power wireless microcontroller
Jennic has announced the availability of a range of integrated modules, based on its JN5148 wireless microcontroller. This new family of wireless modules allows Jennic's customers to get to market quickly and easily while benefiting from the low power and high memory footprint of the JN5148, and without incurring the expense and time of designing an RF board or going through RF regulatory approvals.
Texas Instruments - Single-chip power management units for portable electronics cut board space in half
Texas Instruments has introduced the TPS6507x family of single-chip, power management integrated circuits for portable electronics. The new power management units (PMUs) implement all sequencing and default options to power today's leading processors, including TI's OMAP™ and digital signal processors.
austriamicrosystems strengthens line of RFID reader products
austriamicrosystems, a leading global designer and manufacturer of high performance analog ICs for communications, industrial, medical and automotive applications today launched the AS3910 HF RFID Reader IC. Best in class power efficiency and antenna auto-tuning means the AS3910 is perfectly positioned for portable applications and products using PCB antennas.
Ultra-Thin Integrated Ambient Light and Proximity Sensor Module for Use in Mobile Phones
Avago Technologies has announced an ambient light and proximity sensor that has been integrated into an ultra-thin module for use in mobile phones. Avago's compact APDS-9800 integrated sensor module is designed to help conserve power and extend battery life in mobile phones and is easy to install. This new sensor module can also be used in other mobile electronic applications such as PDAs, handheld games and personal computers.
Battery-Monitoring IC from STMicroelectronics Delivers Extra Features for a Better Handheld User Experience
STMicroelectronics has introduced a battery-condition monitoring IC enabling increased accuracy for 'fuel-gauge' style indicators showing the operating time remaining. The device will improve the user experience for owners of products such as mobile handsets, portable navigation devices, digital cameras and personal media players.
WiFi module from Solid State Supplies offers design flexibility in tiny form factor
Solid State Supplies offers the RCM5600W WiFi networking module from Rabbit. The module is part of Rabbit's MiniCore series of ultra-compact, low profile networking modules and is optimised for real-time control, communications and networking applications such as energy management and intelligent building automation. It offers designers the flexibility to easily place wireless network connectivity anywhere on their design.
Arrow strengthens wireless portfolio through deal with Embedded Antenna Design
Arrow Electronics has strengthened its portfolio of products for wireless applications through a European distribution agreement with Embedded Antenna Design Ltd (EAD). EAD designs innovative multiband antenna solutions for wireless applications across licensed and unlicensed frequencies. The European agreement with Arrow covers the company's full range of internal and external antennas and associated products. These technologies are designed for telematics, telemetry and monitoring applications and suit a wide variety of handheld, mobile and indoor and outdoor monitoring equipment.
Small PIFA Ceramic Antenna for Compact Mobile Devices
Yageo has announced today the release of 3216 PIFA ceramic antenna catering to compact mobile device applications. Measuring merely 3.2mm x 1.6mm (3216) in dimension, Yageo's PIFA ceramic antenna features low profile fitting for multifunctional compact product design and superior signal transmission efficiency up to 90% almost on a par with traditional metal antenna.
u-blox GPS receiver technology selected for new and enhanced SPOT satellite GPS messenger product
u-blox, a leading semiconductor provider of embedded positioning and wireless communication solutions for the consumer, industrial and automotive markets, is pleased to announce that small-outline AMY-5M GPS receiver module has been chosen as the GPS receiver for the new Globalstar next-generation SPOT Satellite GPS Messenger.
Low-power supervisors feature capacitor-adjustable reset and watchdog timeouts to enable unique power-saving schemes.
Maxim Integrated Products has introduced the MAX16056-MAX16059, ultra-low-power microprocessor supervisory circuits that monitor a single system supply voltage. These devices consume an industry-low 125nA supply current to extend battery life in power-sensitive applications.
ON Semiconductor - Schottky Barrier Diodes for Portable Applications
ON Semiconductor has introduced four new 30V Schottky barrier diodes. Housed in an ultra-small 0201 Dual Silicon No-lead (DSN2) chip level package, the new Schottky barrier diodes offer portable electronics designers both the industry's smallest Schottky diode and best-in-class space-performance.
Laird Technologies Releases New Dual-Band 5 GHz Antenna
Laird Technologies today announced its new dual-band 5 GHz antenna. This new antenna system integrates the two frequency bands of 2400-2850 MHz 12dBi and 4900-5850 MHz 16dBi, the company's patented RJ45-ECS field replaceable feed-through Ethernet connector, as well as UV-resistant radomes that are made of ASA plastic and stainless steel hardware. Additionally, seven antenna connector options are available to adapt to any user's equipment.
Semtech Adds Low-Power 300MHz-510MHz Transceiver and Receiver To ISM Band RF Platform
Semtech has announced the SX1212 UHF transceiver and SX1213 UHF receiver, two new devices in the company's RF solutions platform that boast the industry's lowest receive current consumption. The SX1212 is a single-chip transceiver that operates in the 300MHz to 510MHz frequency range with a receive current of only 2.5 mA (typ). The SX1213 is a single-chip receiver for the same frequency range and with the same low receive current level. Both devices are designed for wireless alarm, security, sensors network in home automation and automated meter reading applications.
Compact narrowband radio modules for industrial use, now with multiple channels
Circuit Design, Inc., the leading supplier of narrowband radio modules, has begun sale of the small multi-channel transmitter CDP-TX-05M-R and receiver CDP-RX-05M-R. The CDP-TX-05M-R and CDP-RX-05M-R include nearly all the parts necessary for industrial-use radio transmission in a small and robust shielding case.
Laird Technologies Releases RFID antenna with Weatherproof Enclosure for Harsh Environments
Laird Technologies today announced the release of its new RFID HD RooTenna series that offers six options of integrated RFID antennas covering 865-960 MHz. The RooTenna series integrates a high-performance RFID antenna and a compartment for reader electronics into an IP-67 rated weatherproof housing enclosure, making it ideal for harsh environments.
Yageo - Ultra-Low Resistance Current Sensor Targets Miniature Portable Device Application
Yageo Corporation has announced the release of its PF1206 ultra-low resistance current sensor designed for mini portable device applications. Featuring a comprehensive resistance range of 1 to 50 milli-ohms and temperature coefficient of 75ppm/ºC, Yageo's PF1206, manufactured using in-house metal foil and metal alloy processing technologies to combine PCB substrate and resistance foil, is capable of delivering 5-10% less temperature rise than similar products.
Fully integrated RFID system combines performance and flexibility
Ha-VIS RFID from HARTING is a fully integrated radio frequency identification (RFID) system that offers a high degree of flexibility to simplify the implementation of scalable solutions in different application sectors. The new system combines rugged, high-performance RFID readers with powerful data pre-processing to ensure high-speed data transmission and optimum dynamic network performance.
Wolfson - Ambient noise cancellation technology for mobile phones
Wolfson Microelectronics has announced the WM2000, a low power, high quality receiver speaker driver with Wolfson myZone ambient noise cancellation (ANC) technology built in. Wolfson myZone is a new and revolutionary type of ambient noise cancellation technology that uses feed-forward, rather than the usual feedback systems, to provide up to 20dB of noise cancellation during a call. When applied to mobile phones, Wolfson's innovative ANC technology enables users to make calls in noisy environments and effortlessly be able to hear and concentrate on what is being said, resulting in fewer dropped calls.
Molex produces 20 Millionth 3D Antenna using LDS Technology
Molex has produced its 20 millionth 3D antenna using LDS technology, since it started production last summer. Laser Direct Structuring (LDS) technology offers flexibility and geometric 3D design freedom in making antenna products over conventional flex-antenna technologies.
Location Based Technologies implements u-blox’ GPS software and service solution for low-power personal locators based on GSM platform
u-blox, a leading fabless provider of embedded positioning and wireless communications solutions, has successfully deployed its assisted GPS software solution together with its online Assistance (satellite locator) Service to power Location Based Technologies' PocketFinder and PetFinder family of real-time personal GPS locators.
Murata's ultra-thin rectangular piezo speakers replay music and voice with flat frequency response
The latest addition to Murata's family of piezoelectric ceramic speakers is ultra-thin, just 1.2mm in thickness, with side ventilation in its sturdy metal housing helping to keep the thickness down. The VSLBP1913E series' unique rectangular shape improves its frequency response and minimises 'dead-space' in handheld devices. The series' flat frequency response makes it suitable for the replay of voice and music in today's thin and stylish mobile phone handsets.