Wireless & Communications

NXP raises the bar for high-performance silicon TV tuners

The new TDA18275 is NXP Semiconductors latest high-performance silicon tuner for worldwide terrestrial and cable TV reception. The device features a fully integrated RF tracking filter as well as an integrated FM filter, and is available in a small 5-mm x 5-mm 32-pin HVQFN package, significantly reducing bill of materials costs.

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Microsemi releases ultra low-power sub-GHz radio with extended frequency range

Microsemi Corporation has announced the launched of the ZL70251, an ultra low-power (ULP) radio frequency (RF) transceiver with an extended temperature operating range of -40 degrees centigrade (C) to 85 degrees C for short-range wireless sensor products used in industrial applications. This next-generation transceiver can also be used in unlicensed frequency bands ranging from 779-965 megahertz (MHz), which helps to broaden the scope of operation from the previously supported North American (915 MHz) and Europe (868 MHz) bands to include China’s 779-787 MHz radio frequency spectrum.

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TI extends remote control portfolio with new Bluetooth low energy solution

Texas Instruments (TI) has extended its remote control solutions offering with a new Bluetooth low energy advanced remote control kit. As a technology, Bluetooth low energy allows for remotes with mouse-like pointing and keyboard functionality as well as gesture-, touch- and motion-based input controls so users can take their viewing and gaming experience to the next level.

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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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