Wireless & Communications

IDT announces Glitch-Free RF digital step attenuator with integrated blocking capacitors

Integrated Device Technology (IDT) has launched what it claims is the industry’s first Glitch-Free radio frequency (RF) digital step attenuator (DSA) with integrated blocking capacitors. The new DSA is a drop-in replacement for the most popular DSA footprint, allowing customers to reduce the bill-of-materials (BOM), optimise board area, and improve performance in base station and industrial applications.

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Microchip expands Embedded Wireless Portfolio with new Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and ZigBee products

Microchip has unveiled a major expansion of its embedded wireless portfolio. Bluetooth additions include the PIC32 Bluetooth Audio Development Kit, featuring modules, stacks and CODECs, and XBee footprint-compatible socket modules with integrated stacks. The new Wi-Fi offerings comprise of IEEE 802.11b/g Wi-Fi modules with Microchip’s feature-rich and free source-code TCP/IP stack running on a PIC microcontroller for greater configurability, as well as XBee footprint-compatible socket modules with integrated stacks for ease of use.

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First single-chip digital receiver to target consumer electronics market

Silicon Labs has introduced a single-die antenna-input-to-audio-output digital radio receiver solution developed for the global portable and consumer electronics markets. Leveraging software-defined radio technology, the new monolithic Si468x receiver ICs bring FM, HD Radio and DAB/DAB+ broadcast capabilities to a wide range of audio applications, from price-sensitive clock and tabletop radios to mainstream mini/micro audio systems and CD boomboxes to high-end multimedia devices with displays such as mobile phones, tablets and personal navigation devices.

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Dedicated USB-to-UART Bridge chip optimised for Android-based systems

FTDI Chip has expanded its hardware and firmware support for the Android operating system with the introduction of innovative new silicon. The FT312D is a full speed (12 Mbit/s), USB host bridge IC that has been designed to provide fast and simple integration of a USB link into various peripheral hardware from an Android platform (smartphone or tablet computer) that has a USB device port.

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Peregrine Semiconductor debuts AEC-Q100 Certified SPDT RF switch for automotive designs

Peregrine Semiconductor, a fabless provider of radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs), has launched an Automotive Electronics Council (AEC) Q100-certified SPDT RF switch. The HaRP technology-enhanced PE42359 switch is certified to AEC-Q100 Grade 2, meaning it is qualified for operation in the extended temperature range of -40 to +105 degrees Celsius.

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Laird Technologies launches low-energy Bluetooth smart modules for medical and other devices

Medical devices that send small amounts of data wirelessly will be able to run for months or even years on a coin cell battery when they use a new Bluetooth Smart module launched by global Laird Technologies. The BL600 modules, each the size of a dime, are suitable for a broad range of devices including in-home medical devices, battery-powered sensors, data collection devices, and health and fitness equipment and applications.

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Linear introduces I/Q sampling digital predistortion receiver for base station applications

Linear Technology has introduced the LTM9013, a wideband RF-to-digital µModule (micromodule) receiver that includes a high performance dual 14-bit, 310Msps analogue-to-digital converter (ADC), a high IIP3 I/Q demodulator, two variable gain amplifiers, and 300MHz lowpass filters. The device’s quadrature sampling architecture enables acquisition of up to 300MHz of signal bandwidth with IMD3 performance of 66dB across the entire band.

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Multi-channel wireless transmitter offers remote control of frequency channels

LPRS, a UK manufacturer of short-range radio devices, is making available the latest version of the CDP-TX-05MP-R compact size multi-channel transmitter module from Circuit Design. The new version features additional control pins for remote frequency channel control offering designers a more versatile solution. Applications for CDP wireless modules available from LPRS include; remote control devices, security and alarm systems, telemetry, monitoring and tracking systems.

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Digi International launches rugged cellular router for on-board train connectivity

Digi International has introduced the Digi TransPort WR44 RR, an enterprise-class cellular router that has been designed specifically for on-board rail environments. The new router provides connectivity to equipment on the train and the wayside via a reliable primary, high-speed cellular network connection, or can create a secure back-up connection to the existing railroad data network.

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