Wireless & Communications

NXP unveils smartphone Quick-Jack solution

NXP Semiconductors has developed a versatile new Smartphone Quick-Jack Solution that simplifies connecting a variety of external devices to smartphones for self-powered data communications. Adapting the standard 3.5mm audio jack found on smartphones, the Solution creates a universal interface for external sensors, switches, peripherals and other devices.

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Tektronix delivers new BERTScope model addressing 100G optical receiver test requirements

Tektronix, a provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, has introduced the BSA286CL BERTScope Bit Error Rate Tester. The BSA286CL is designed for the low intrinsic jitter and precision impairments required for testing a broad set of 100G communications standards including OIF-CEI, CAUI, and InfiniBand Standards.

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Silicon Labs supplies wireless m-bus software for easier smart meter design

Silicon Labs has introduced a comprehensive software solution which has been designed to simplify the development of wirelessly connected smart meters for electricity, gas, water and heat resources based on the proven Wireless M-Bus standard. The company's Wireless M-Bus software complements its microcontroller (MCU) and wireless IC products and development kits for the rapidly growing smart metering and smart grid markets.

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Cypress develops new ultra-low-power 2.4-GHz wirelessUSB NX transceiver

Cypress Semiconductor has introduced its fourth-generation 2.4-GHz WirelessUSB radio-on-a-chip. The new WirelessUSB NX transceiver is able to deliver robust levels of performance along with ultra-low power consumption, aided by a fast 2 Mbps data rate to limit time spent transmitting and receiving.

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New Artesyn DC-DC converter modules target wireless power amplifiers

Artesyn Embedded Technologies, formerly Emerson Network Power’s Embedded Computing & Power business, has introduced two new families of high performance isolated dc-dc converters for radio-frequency (RF) power amplifiers, used in micro and macro cell, NodeB/eNodeB, and remote radio head (RRH) applications. The first, the AVE family, is a half-brick format offering higher than 94 percent typical efficiency and impressive levels of thermal performance, making it suitable for small space and high power applications.

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B&B Electronics provides integrated CWDM solutions

B&B Electronics’ iMediaChassis family of multiport chassis offers operators, ISPs, and data centre users a low cost and extremely compact, 3U high, one box solution, for CWDM services. In addition to the physical conversion of either local fibre or copper to specific CWDM wavelengths, the product also offers advanced management features allowing the operator to monitor a wide variety of parameters, most importantly quality of the optical signal.

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Peregrine upgrades RF Digital Step Attenuator

Peregrine Semiconductor, a founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and a leading company in the development of advanced RF solutions, has introduced its next-generation, UltraCMOS PE4312 DSA. Successor to the popular PE4302 – which boasts more than 35 million units shipped since its introduction – the new PE4312 enables flexible, wide dynamic-range network-infrastructure designs that require highly accurate and efficient amplitude control.

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Compact Ka-band microwave power module delivers 50W output power for UAV satcom uplinks

New from Link Microtek is a compact Ka-band microwave power module that offers designers an ideal way to satisfy the size, weight and power requirements of satellite communications links within unmanned aerial vehicles. Manufactured by L-3 Electron Devices, the M1871 NanoMPM can deliver an output power of 50W over the frequency range 29-31GHz from a package measuring just 167.6 x 104.1 x 25.4mm and weighing only 1.13kg.

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Teardown reveals expensive bill of material for Samsung Galaxy S5

The latest smartphone from Samsung may have upped the ante in terms of features but it has done so at a price. According to a preliminary estimate by the Teardown Mobile Handsets Intelligence Service at IHS Technology the Samsung Galaxy S5, which comes with 32 Gigabytes of NAND flash memory, carries a BOM of $251.52

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