Wireless & Communications

M2M technology enables wireless monitoring and control system for agricultural applications

A new agricultural crop storage monitoring system, currently being implemented in farms across the UK, uses advanced wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) products and technology from Digi International, a leading M2M solutions provider. The Barn Owl Wireless system has been developed by Martin Lishman, a manufacturer and distributor of specialist agricultural equipment, and is a comprehensive and reliable store monitoring and control system for farmers and store managers. Also aiding the development of the system was Solid State Supplies, a specialist design-in distributor for Digi in the UK.

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Mobile communications equipment market set for strong growth in 2012

Despite soft macroeconomic conditions, the market for mobile communications equipment is set to grow by 13 percent this year, propelled by climbing shipments of mobile handsets and tablets, particularly devices supporting the 4G long term evolution (LTE) wireless standard. Total factory revenue from original equipment manufacturers making mobile communications equipment is projected to reach $376 billion by year-end, up from $334 billion in 2011, according to an IHS iSuppli Wireless Systems Market Tracker report. Next year, overall revenue for mobile communications equipment is forecast to rise to $444 million.

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Anritsu releases new range of software suites to support LTE-Advanced 4G systems

Anritsu Corporation has released a new range of key software suites designed to support next-generation LTE-Advanced 4G mobile phone systems as well as IEEE802.11ac wireless LAN devices for the popular MS269xA/ MS2830A Signal Analyser series and MG3710A/MG3700A Vector Signal Generator series.

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HARTING Ha-VIS Dashboard provides central management of IP-based communication networks

The HARTING Ha-VIS Dashboard is a software system for the monitoring, installation and servicing of IP-based communication networks incorporating up to 256 network devices. The new system detects manageable network members and can automatically map the network topology. Intelligent HARTING network components as well as network devices from other manufacturers can be monitored and managed centrally.

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TI looks to transform mobile charging experience with wireless power

Texas Instruments (TI) has introduced its first single-chip wireless power receiver with integrated battery charger and a new “free-position” transmitter integrated circuit, which expands the charge area by 400 percent. The two bqTESLA circuits have been designed to give smartphone users a simpler charging experience and to help designers implement wireless power technology in more places, such as automotive consoles, charging pads and office furniture.

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NXP and Murata collaborate to deliver dual interface RFID solution

NXP Semiconductors and Murata have unveiled a new addition to the Murata MAGICSTRAP RFID module family incorporating NXP’s UCODE I2C technology. In addition to delivering state-of-the-art RF performance, the bridge mode of the UCODE I2C chip enables a wireless communication link between the application processor and the UHF reader, enabling bidirectional and unlimited data transfer. The module provides consumer electronics products and white goods with both a consistent ID and the ability to perform zero-power configuration at any point in the value chain.

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IDT expands wireless communications portfolio with ‘Glitch-Free’ DSA

Integrated Device Technology (IDT) has developed a new digital step attenuator (DSA) that reduces transient “glitches” during most significant bit (MSB) transitions by up to 95 percent in multi-standard 4G, 3G, and 2G cellular base station and industrial applications. This ‘Glitch-Free’ DSA enables customers to simplify their software interface, improve reliability, and prevent damage to expensive sub-assemblies such as power amplifiers.

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Silicon Labs adds to wireless portfolio with Ember Zigbee solutions

Silicon Laboratories has announced the addition of Ember ZigBee solutions to its portfolio of low-power wireless embedded devices for the Internet of Things (IoT). Available through Silicon Labs" global distribution channel, the EM35x system-on-chip (SoC) and network co-processor (NCP) products and EmberZNet PRO software will enable designers to develop high-performance, low-power and reliable 2.4 GHz wireless mesh networking solutions for the rapidly growing IoT market.

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STMicroelectronics launches advanced tunable chips to boost 4G connections

STMicroelectronics has developed a tunable chip that can avoid dropped calls and increase battery life. The new range of highly miniaturised adaptive devices has been designed to dynamically optimise handset antenna performance. The ParaScan Tunable Integrated Capacitors (STPTIC) are electrically adjustable to maintain efficient transfer of energy from the handset amplifier to the antenna under various operating conditions.

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