Wireless & Communications

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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Kontron unveils new version of its Cab-n-Connect wireless access point

Kontron has expanded its ranges of Cab-n-Connect cabin wireless access points (CWAPs) with a new 28VDC version. Designed for use in business jets and regional aircraft that utilize 28VDC power instead of AC power, the enterprise class wireless access point takes advantage of the IEEE 802.11n specification, which increases maximum throughput to 300 megabits per second (mbps) for wireless clients. It is also backwards compatible to 802.11 a/b/g standards, and is based on Motorola"s advanced access point technology.

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B&B Electronics extends its family of serial isolators and repeaters

B&B Electronics Manufacturing has expanded its family of serial isolators and repeaters with the 485OPDR-HS high speed, isolated repeater. Developed for use in high speed fieldbus systems like Profibus, as well as Modbus and other asynchronous serial applications, the 485OPDR-HS extends and protects RS-422 or RS-485 serial networks at speeds of up to 1.5 Mbps and ranges of up to 4000 feet (1.2 km), depending upon the data rate.

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New software looks to opens door to energy harvesting wireless technology

EnOcean Link from EnOcean is the first middleware for energy harvesting wireless technology. According to the EnOcean OEMs will now be able to integrate EnOcean technology easier and faster into a wider range of applications and systems, such as those in smart homes. The software provides a universal interface for wireless communication and automatically interprets information from EnOcean telegrams.

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First Myriad RF interface board launched for USB / DE0-Nano FPGA board connection

Azio has launched the first interface board for Myriad RF, a non-profit, open-source RF hardware project. The DE0-Nano interface board connects to the Myriad-RF1 allowing users to easily connect to Altera Cyclone IV FPGAs (on Terasic"s DEO-Nano board). The DE0-Nano also provides a USB connector to link Myriad directly to PCs and Raspberry Pi to set up the board.

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ADLINK unveils latest industrial mobile handheld computer

ADLINK Technology, a manufacturer of industrial computing products, has launched the IMX-9000, an industrial mobile handheld computer using the Windows CE 6.0 R3 operating system. Combining high-performance RFID, a barcode scanner and GPRS/WLAN wireless transmission functions to meet diverse working requirements, the IMX-9000, with resistance to impact, water, and dust, can be applied in a variety of industries, including fully supported logistics management, transportation, retail and factory automation.

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Murata and Beta LAYOUT offer PCB service with free embedded UHF RFID

Murata and their RFID partner Beta LAYOUT have launched a prototype trial service for their MAGICSTRAP-based PCB RFID devices. Using Murata’s MAGICSTRAP devices, Beta LAYOUT will embed the UHF RFID component for a regular prototype order of up to 50 PCBs without extra charge. This allows electronics equipment manufacturers to investigate the ease with which this PCB identification approach can be implemented.

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