Wireless & Communications

Wolfson Audio Hub adopted for Sharp’s latest smartphone and tablet devices

Wolfson Microelectronics has announced that the company’s WM5102 High Definition (HD) Audio Hub has been adopted by Sharp for its new range of AQUOS smartphone and tablet devices. The WM5102 provides for exceptional audio quality in the AQUOS PHONE ZETA SH-06E and AQUOS PHONE si SH-07E, as well as the upcoming AQUOS PAD SH-08E tablet, all from NTT Docomo.

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Portable, low-cost USB 3.0 surge suppressor protects computers in harsh environments

B&B Electronics, a developer of rugged wireless and wired M2M connectivity solutions for harsh environments, has expanded its family of industrial-grade USB port protectors with the small-form-factor, affordable USBSSP2 “USB Sentinel” USB 3.0 surge suppressor.

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MoD awards Link Microtek 4-year support contract for naval infra-red communications system

Link Microtek, a UK based manufacturer of infra-red, RF and microwave systems, has won a 4-year contract from the UK MoD for the provision of spares, repairs and other support services for the company’s Azdec mobile infra-red communications system. Installed on board various ships within the Royal Navy fleet, the Azdec system provides secure, wire-free, short-range voice communications, giving personnel the freedom to roam unhindered from their base positions.

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New long-range RFIC platform set to drive machine-to-machine (M2M) deployments

Semtech Corporation, a supplier of analogue and mixed-signal semiconductors, has introduced the SX1272 the first product in a new long-range RFIC platform designed to bost the transmission range of the devices to up to 15 kilometers (km). This device integrates Semtech’s new LoRa (long range) modulation technology to enable drastic range improvements over alternative modulation methods.

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Murata launches wireless LAN and Bluetooth transceiver modules using TI WiLink 8.0 ICs

Murata has launched the LBEP series of wireless modules providing wireless LAN, Bluetooth and Bluetooth low energy (BLE) connectivity. These devices are based around the WiLink 8.0 solutions from Texas Instruments (TI), and the miniature modules measure just 8.8 x 9.9 x 1.3 mm and offer a low cost, integrated approach to providing wireless connectivity to a wide range of consumer, industrial and commercial applications.

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STMicroelectronics reveals new RF front end technology platform

In response to growing demand for faster wireless broadband connections STMicroelectronics is looking to address the demand for more complex circuitry by developing an advanced component process technology that is specifically optimised to increase performance and reduce the size of the RF (radio frequency) front-end of mobile devices.

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Anritsu receives PTCRB approval for RF Conformance Test System

Anritsu Corporation has received the world"s first PTCRB approval for its ME7873L RF Conformance Test System meeting the LTE Rel-10 Carrier Aggregation Standard. The new 4G mobile LTE-Advanced standard supports the carrier aggregation function offering faster communication speeds than the LTE technology now being deployed worldwide.

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Imec and Renesas unveil high performance RF solutions using 28nm CMOS technology

At this year"s VLSI circuits Symposium in Kyoto (Japan), imec and Renesas Electronics Corporation have unveiled the world’s first multi-standard radio frequency (RF) receiver in 28nm CMOS technology, and a 28nm analogue-to-digital converter (ADC) targeting wide-bandwidth standards such as LTE-advanced and next-generation WiFi.

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Nujira signals start of volume production ramp

Nujira Ltd, considered the market leader in Envelope Tracking (ET) technology, has unveiled its newest Coolteq.L ET power supply modulator chip for LTE handsets. According to Nujira the NCT-L1300 is able to deliver the best ET modulator performance on the market across all key metrics: system efficiency, noise, bandwidth, linearity and RF output power. The new chip is now being geared up for volume production to support 4G smartphone shipments in 2014.

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Microsemi delivers highly integrated synchronous ethernet timing card device

Microsemi has expanded its Synchronous Ethernet (SyncE) product portfolio with a single-chip, ZL30162 timing card device designed for mobile infrastructure and packet-based carrier Ethernet networks. The ZL30162 features four T0 high quality and highly programmable integrated digital phase lock loops (DPLLs), capable of locking up to 11 inputs for applications that require independent transmit and receive timing paths.

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