Wireless & Communications

TI ZigBee wireless network processor offers seamless experience between three ZigBee standards

Texas Instruments (TI) has unveiled the CC2538, the industry’s first ZigBee wireless network processor that is able to offer the three most popular ZigBee standards for one end-device (ZigBee Smart Energy, ZigBee Home Automation and ZigBee Light Link). Now a single end-equipment can support these three standards, offering users a seamless experience with fast switching between each standard making it seem like concurrent operation.

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Redundant LNA systems increase reliability of satcom services

Now available from Link Microtek is a range of redundant low-noise amplifier systems that have been specifically designed to ensure the continuous operation of satellite communications terminals, preventing any disruption to services. Manufactured by US company MITEQ, the redundant LNA systems consist of an outdoor amplifier/switch assembly, which is installed at the antenna hub, an indoor rack-mount local control unit and a 30m-long RS485/RS422 control cable.

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Bluetooth app development in minutes with TI’s SensorTag kit

Texas Instruments (TI) has announced the availability of its Bluetooth low energy SensorTag kit. With a downloadable SensorTag App, sample applications, and no required hardware or software expertise, the kit has been developed to remove the barriers to entry for smartphone app developers who want to take advantage of the growing number of Bluetooth low energy-enabled smartphones and tablets. TI has integrated six sensors in the kit to enable a broad range of applications such as health and fitness, educational tools, toys and remote controls, and mobile phone accessories that can be controlled by a consumer’s smartphone, tablet or laptop.

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Standards Group formed to enable Internet of Things growth

Weightless, the Cambridge based global organisation responsible for delivering royalty-free open standards to enable the Internet of Things, has announced a new Special Interest Group (SIG) to accelerate the adoption of “Weightless” as a wireless wide area global standard for machine to machine (M2M) short to mid-range communications.

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NXP delivers NFC to Windows Phone 8 devices for powerful user experience

NXP Semiconductors has announced that Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system will integrate the software stack of NXP’s NFC controller, the PN544, enabling much richer user experiences and convenient interactions for mobile users. By being pre-integrated and end-to-end validated by Microsoft, NXP’s NFC technology will enable handset manufacturers to more easily deliver NFC enabled smartphones based on Windows Phone 8 quickly to market.

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NXP looks to boost small cell wireless base stations with high-performance RF

NXP Semiconductors has introduced a new portfolio of LDMOS power transistors which have been designed for small cell wireless base stations. With dedicated solutions for both picocell and microcell architectures – which average 1 to 2 W, and 8 to 12 W, respectively – these new RF power transistors span frequency ranges from 700 MHz to 2.7 GHz and include the world’s first asymmetric MMICs, as well as low-cost, low-power plastic devices.

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IDT to develop integrated receiver chip based on Qualcomm’s wireless power technology

Integrated Device Technology (IDT) and Qualcomm are collaborating to enable IDT’s development of an integrated circuit (IC) for consumer electronics devices based on Qualcomm’s WiPower Technology. This IC is being designed to meet the requirements of Qualcomm’s new near-field magnetic resonance wireless power charging solution that is being developed to provide greater freedom for charging consumer electronics, such as mobile phones and other battery-powered/low-power direct-charge devices.

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Microsemi releases ultra-low power sub-GHz radio in compact chip scale package

Microsemi is making available a new ultra low power (ULP) radio frequency (RF) transceiver for short-range wireless applications. The ZL70250 comes with low power consumption with only 2 milliamps (mA) of current required to transmit and receive data, enabling long battery life and miniaturization. Both features are important for applications using energy harvesting and battery-powered wireless sensor networks.

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HARTING offers pre-installed RFID system to customers

New from HARTING the RFID box has been designed to me it easier and quicker to implement RFID systems in industrial environments by providing a complete solution which can be deployed immediately. The box contains all the necessary components, from the RFID reader, power supply and fuse protection to a network switch.

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New generation of tracking modules from Astra Telematics

Astra Telematics has launched its latest generation of modules, using state-of-the-art GPS and processing technologies to support cutting-edge capabilities and benchmark power efficiency. The AT240 and AT110 modules combine the highly accurate and sensitive SiRFStar IV GPS module with a low-power ARM Cortex-M3 processor and the Telit GE865 GSM/GPRS modem.

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