Dual-protocol ZigBee Network solution for Set-Top Box and Gateway
GreenPeak has today revealed the release of the new GP710, a dual-protocol ZigBee communications controller with simultaneous support for ZigBee RF4CE and ZigBee IP/ZigBee PRO protocols. The GP710 communication controller is targeted for set-top boxes, gateways and Smart Home controllers and designed for supporting simultaneously ZigBee RF4CE applications – such as remote controls – as well as ZigBee IP or ZigBee PRO Smart Home applications such as security, home care and energy management.
Wireless Remote I/O Sensor Modules from Impulse
Impulse is proud to reveal the launch of a new range of wireless remote I/O sensor modules - the ADAM-2000 series. The ADAM-2000 series is a combination of advanced input sensors and the reliable IEEE 802.15.4 "ZigBee" wireless communication standard, providing a flexible and cost effective distributed sensor monitoring system.
IDT to Develop Integrated Transmitter and Receiver Chipset for Intel’s Wireless Charging Technology
IDT has today declared that Intel has selected IDT to develop an integrated transmitter and receiver chipset for Intel's wireless charging technology based on resonance technology. Wireless charging ICs by IDT will provide industry-leading size and cost reduction, while simplifying product development and integration.
GaAs MMIC Doubler with Integrated Gain, Self-Biased Doubler and Driver Stages from M/A-COM Tech
M/A-COM Tech has today revealed a GaAs MMIC Doubler for VSAT applications. The XX1010-QT is an active doubler in a RoHS compliant 3X3mm 16-Lead plastic QFN package that delivers +20 dBm output saturated power (Pout) and 35 dBc fundamental suppression.
Freescale DSP Broadly Deployed in Huawei TD-SCDMA Base Stations Throughout China
Two years after selecting Freescale's MSC8156 digital signal processor as a key processing engine for its latest generation of TD-SCDMA base stations, Huawei has deployed installations based on the Freescale device.
Limitless Portfolio Expanded by Honeywell with WOI Pushbutton Controller
Honeywell has today announced the introduction of the new Limitless Wireless Operator Interface, WOI Series, which expands Honeywell's Limitless wireless switch and receiver portfolio by providing a packaged pushbutton controller for manufacturers and OEMs.
The future – 4G and beyond
The telecommunications industry is undergoing a major transformation. Next generation technology is ensuring the industry moves from a capital intensive model focused on individual technologies, to a subscriber centric service delivery model that is of high-quality and cost-efficient. This has been driven by competitive pressures within the traditional market, and the disruptive business models of OTT players impacting traffic and revenue of service providers.
Crossing the LTE chasm
The benefits to the transformation to next generation networks for operators are obvious. However, this challenging transition will not happen overnight, it will require operators to continue to leverage their legacy network infrastructure. At present, operators are trying to bridge the gap between validating their all IP-network solutions for conformance, performance and interoperability and in some cases still maintaining a first-class service for some of their legacy networks and technologies at the same time.
The move to Next-Generation networks
3G and HSPA+, combined with the proliferation of smart devices and tablets, have ensured the emergence of a new class of mobile broadband services. However, this is generating traffic volumes that are unsustainable over legacy network architectures; which were initially designed for voice and low-speed data. Operators today require network infrastructures that can offer low latency, high bandwidth and greater flexibility to deliver mobile broadband services efficiently and cost-effectively.
The legacy of telecoms
Telecoms has evolved from single, fixed phone lines to sprawling international fixed and mobile networks, processing millions of calls, messages and data sessions. Legacy mobile network technology, covering NMT and TACS (1G) GSM (2G), GPRS (2.5G), UMTS (3G) and HSPA+ (3.5G), has developed from voice calls through SMS messaging to the more advanced mobile data services we now use on a daily basis. Indeed, the introduction of 3G and 3.5G networks has spawned a generation of mobile data services; comprising video calls, mobile gaming, mobile TV, mobile Internet and more.
Crossing the chasm to next-generation networks
In this article, Prakash Kanthi discusses the move from legacy networks to next generation networks and the crucial nature of test solutions that cover the breadth of technologies in supporting an effective transformation.
RFMD announces new 6-bit Digital Step Attenuators
RFMD has today announced two new 6-bit digital step attenuators featuring high linearity over their entire 31.5dB gain control range with excellent step accuracy in 0.5dB steps. RFSA2644/2654 are programmed via a serial mode control interface that is both 3V and 5V compatible.
RFMD announce 860MHz to 960MHz Single Junction Drop-In Circulators
RFMD have today announced two new small profile, low-cost, drop-in RFCR220x circulators are designed for various wireless applications. They feature robust construction for high reliability, low insertion loss, excellent Inter-Modulation Distortion performance, and are magnetically shielded. They are also RoHS compliant.
u-blox GPS satellite receiver module features in Raymarines Latest Marine MFDs
Raymarine recently launched its latest range of intelligent marine multifunction displays; the new e Series and c Series use u-blox' compact AMY-6M GPS satellite receiver module to facilitate accurate positioning for marine applications such as navigation and cartography.
Push Pull CATV Amplifier from M/A-COM with Low Distortion and Differential Inputs and Outputs
M/A-COM has today announced availability of a new push-pull amplifier for CATV, FTTX, DBS, and HDTV applications where low noise figure and low distortion are required. The MAAM-010144 is a GaAs MESFET MMIC amplifier. The MMIC design is configured as a pair of cascode MESFET amplifiers for optimal broadband performance. The device is designed for integration in a 75 Ohm push-pull circuit and exhibits low distortion.
NFC Forum Type 2 Tag can be incorporated into Keyfobs, Wristbands & Tags
GYRFID have announced the release of the NFC Forum Type 2 Tag, the NTAG203, which can be encapsulated into tags, keyfobs and wristbands. The NTAG203 is suited for applications including NFC payment, transportation and access control amongst others.
IcyTRX, ultra-low power 2.4GHz transceiver platform from CSEM
CSEM have today announced the release of a new transceiver platform: IcyTRX, to meet the growing demand for extended battery life and miniaturisation. The IcyTRX platform consumes less than 10mW and is therefore perfectly suited to ultra-low power RF applications such as WirelessHART, IEEE 802.15.4 and Bluetooth low energy.
Broadcoms Complete 5G WiFi Combo Chip for Smartphones, Tablets, Ultrabooks and other Mobile Devices
Broadcom are pleased to today reveal the industry's first complete 5G WiFi combo chip for mobile devices, the BCM4335. 5G WiFi, the 5th generation of Wi-Fi based on the IEEE 802.11ac standard, is a major evolutionary step from the existing 802.11a/b/g/n networks. 5G WiFi dramatically improves the wireless range in the home, allowing consumers to watch HD-quality video from more devices, in more places, simultaneously.
RFSA2514 & RFSA2524 5-Bit Serial-Controlled Digital Step Attenuators from RFMD
RFMD's new RFSA2514/2524 5-bit digital step attenuators feature high linearity over their entire gain control range with excellent step accuracy in 0.5dB (RFSA2514) or 1dB (RFSA2524) steps. They are programmed via a serial mode control interface that is both 3V and 5V compatible.
Avastar 88W8897 from Marvell - 802.11ac Mobile MIMO Combo Wireless Solution
Marvell today unveiled the Avastar 88W8897, a low-power 802.11ac combination radio chip designed to vastly improve the mobile computing and high-definition multimedia experience for consumers. Marvell's latest addition to its Avastar family of solutions includes advanced power management features and is designed specifically for ultrabooks, tablets, gaming consoles and smart TVs.
RS-485 Transceivers from Intersil are Industry's first to Operate at 1.8V
Intersil have today announced the release of the industry's first RS-485 transceivers that can operate from supply voltages as low as 1.8V, eliminating the need for a 3.3V or 5V power supply. Intersil's ISL32600E, ISL32601E, ISL32602E and ISL32603E are micropower RS-485 transceivers designed for noise-immune data communication.
GP510: the first dedicated ZigBee RF4CE chip for set-top box and gateway
GreenPeak Technologies today reveals the general availability of its GP510 communication controller chip, supporting all communication between ZigBee RF4CE enabled devices and the set-top box or gateway. The GP510 is GreenPeak's answer to the increasing market demand for making the set-top box the ZigBee RF4CE hub for the home.
Navilock launches new generation of u-blox based GLONASS Receivers
Navilock announces a new family of GLONASS receiver products including the NL-662U USB based receiver equipped with a u-blox GLONASS chipset. Since the end of 2011 the Russian satellite navigation system GLONASS has been available worldwide. Similar in functionality to the US-NAVSTAR GPS system, GLONASS satellites transmit positioning data over distinct frequencies (FDMA versus GPS which uses CDMA).
RF5836 4.9GHz TO 5.85GHz 802.11a/n Front End Module
The new RF5836 from RFMD provides a complete integrated solution in a single front end module for WiFi 802.11a/n systems. RF5836's ultra-small form factor and integrated matching minimizes the layout area in the customer's application and greatly reduces the number of external components.
Maxim’s Essential Solutions Anticipate the Next-Generation Cellular Network
Maxim Integrated Products, Inc announces several essential HetNet solutions needed for next-generation base-station equipment. The solutions include single-chip multiband radio transceivers, broadband gain blocks, direct RF synthesis DACs, and intelligent, digital, point-of-load controllers.
RFMD expands wireless portfolio with highly integrated variable gain amplifier
RF Micro Devices, Inc. today announced the release of the RFVA0016 – a highly integrated one-quarter watt (¼W) analog-controlled variable gain amplifier. RFMD's broadband RFVA0016 VGA features external matching to allow operation in all RF bands between 400 to 2700MHz with a single module.
RFMD introduces industry-best WiFi Front End Modules at IEEE IMS 2012
RF Micro Devices, Inc. today announced the release of four high-performance front end modules (FEMs) for next generation WiFi applications. The RFMD® RFFM8200, RFFM8500, RFFM8202, and RFFM8502 are highly integrated FEM solutions covering multiple WiFi standards and frequency bands, particularly IEEE802.11n and the emerging 802.11ac specification.
AVX develops miniature wideband coupler with high directivity for wireless applications
AVX Corporation has developed a new wideband directional coupler with high directivity. Based on thin-film multilayer technology, which provides the miniature part with excellent frequency performance and rugged construction for reliable automatic assembly,
IDT Announces Industry’s Lowest-power Low-distortion Mixer for 4G Wireless Base Station Transceivers
Integrated Device Technology, Inc. today announced the industry's lowest-power low-distortion diversity mixer for 4G wireless base stations. A member of IDT's Zero-Distortion family, the new device reduces distortion while simultaneously reducing power consumption in Long Term Evolution and time-division duplexing wireless communication architectures.
Peregrine Semiconductor Announces Its Highest-Linearity Switches for 4G LTE Applications
Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation today announced from booth # 2009 at the International Microwave Symposium (IMS2012) in Montreal, its highest-linearity switches for 4G LTE applications. The HaRP technology-enhanced SP10T PE426161 switch meets the stringent second-harmonic requirement of -80 dBm for Band XIII—making it the highest-linearity switch in the Peregrine portfolio.
Peregrine Semiconductor Expands Digitally Tunable Capacitor Product Line
Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation today announced from booth # 2009 at the International Microwave Symposium in Montreal, two new Digitally Tunable Capacitors—the PE64101 and PE64102 DTCs.
NXP's miniscule BGU8006 Low-noise Amplifier offers enhanced GPS
NXP Semiconductors N.V. unveiled the BGU8006 low-noise amplifier – the smallest GPS LNA on the market today designed for tiny portable devices. Available in an extraordinarily tiny WLCSP, the latest GPS LNAs have a footprint of just 0.65 x 0.44 x 0.2 mm and require just two external components, saving 38 % in PCB space compared with the smallest solution on the market today.
Broadcom Accelerates Wi-Fi Adoption with Next Generation Combo Chip and Wi-Fi Display Dongle New Wireless Innovations Extend Wi-Fi Media Experience to Broader Range of CE Devices
Broadcom Corporation today unveiled two new solutions that will enable a consumer video experience that spans mobile devices, smart TVs and other consumer electronics. The new products include Broadcom's first combo chip optimized to add dual-stream, dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity to CE devices and an integrated wireless dongle design that will bring Wi-Fi Display (now called Wi-Fi Miracast) to existing digital TVs and media boxes.
Avago Technologies Announces Wireless Solutions for 3G/4G Small Cell Base Stations and Portable GPS Systems
Avago Technologies today announced the availability of multiple new wireless products targeted at macrocell and small cell base stations and portable GPS systems. "Driven by the unrelenting demand for connectivity everywhere and the huge growth in cellular traffic, picocells and femtocells are helping to offload the macrocells in a heterogeneous network of macrocells and small cells" explains Allen Chien, Product Manager for Wireless Products.
New noise-cancelling IC from ams helps OEMs deliver better audio quality in wireless headsets
ams introduced today the AS3421 and AS3422, single chip ANC solutions with integrated speaker driver ICs, which make it easier for manufacturers of Bluetooth headsets, headphones and earpieces to implement Active Noise Cancellation.
Analog Devices Unveils Industry's Fastest 12-bit, Direct Digital Synthesizers for Frequency-Agile Wireless Applications
Meeting the demand for direct digital synthesis technology that meets the needs of wireless applications requiring fast hopping and/or sweeping, Analog Devices, Inc. today announced that it has more than tripled the clock speed of previously available DDS integrated circuits.
NXP Unleashes Multi-Stage Variable Gain LNAs for Wireless Base Stations
NXP Semiconductors N.V. today introduced the BGU706x series of multi-stage base station LNAs with variable gain featuring the industry's lowest noise figure of 0.9 dB for a receive chain in silicon. The architecture of the LNA is based on the integration of a very low-noise LNA with a bypass function followed by an analog-controlled variable gain amplifier.
New generation of M-bus Wireless modules
ADEUNIS RF has developed a compact and high performance WMBUS module, incorporating an M-Bus software stack and an applications layer with counter and gateway profiles. Thanks to its unrivalled performance (-117dBm RF sensitivity / 131dBm radio power), our M-Bus Wireless module can be used to create a bidirectional digital link over distances up to 1000m.
RFPA1012 GaAs HBT 400MHz to 2700MHz Power Amplifier
RFMD's new RFPA1012 GaAs HBT linear Power Amplifier is specifically designed for wireless infrastructure applications. Using a GaAs HBT fabrication process, this high performance single-stage amplifier achieves a high IP3/DC power ratio that operates over a broad frequency range.
Sierra Wireless unveils the world’s thinnest 4G LTE embedded module
Sierra Wireless today introduced the world's first thin form factor embedded wireless module for 4G LTE networks. The AirPrime EM7700 embedded wireless module measures only a nominal 2.5 millimeters thick and is designed for use in ultraportable notebooks, tablets, and other devices where thinness is a critical design constraint. Shipments are expected to begin in the second quarter of this year.