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Intel shrinks 3G modem for wearables

Intel has introduced a 3G mobile modem for connecting sensors in wearable electronics devices. The multi-chip module measures around 10 x 30mm. Designated the XMM 6255, the modem incorporates Intel’s SMARTI UE2p dual band 3G/2G transceiver. This 65nm chip integrates a 3G HSPA (High Speed Packet Access…

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Three-way LTE-A aggregation hits 300Mbit/s

Wireless test gear maker Anite has achieved 300Mbit/s peak throughput with 40MHz bandwidth over LTE-Advanced using three component carrier aggregation (’3 CC CA’). Carrier down-link bandwidths were 20, 10 and 10MHz for 300Mbit/s (Category 6) on the firm’s development tool set. “Ultimately, aggregation of three…

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Low power positioning receiver targets wearables

CSR and Hong Kong based GPS system manufacturer Maestro Wireless Solutions a positioning module with both GPS and GLONASS receivers in a  10 x 15mm package, which the suppliers say will see postioning technology used in wearable devices. The A5100-A receiver, which integrates CSR’s SiRFstar4 chipset, acquires and…

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Toshiba into wearables

Toshiba has jumped into the supposed market for wearables with a wristband fitness tracker.

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Hearing aid uses Bluetooth to connect to iPhone

Is this the first hearing aid to use a Bluetooth Smart wireless interface? Danish hearing aid developer, GN ReSound has incorporated a Bluetooth Smart comms interface in its latest hearing aid which can receive stereo audio direct from an iPhone or iPad. An app on the iPhone can be used…

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In-flight use of wireless devices: an evaluation of the risks

Anyone who flies regularly will be pleased that, finally, international transport regulations have been brought up to date: passengers are now allowed greater use of mobile phones and other electronic devices on board commercial aircraft. No longer should we have to go through the ritual of turning off all of…

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Industrial wireless firm buys Wi-Fi IP

Wi-Fi is being ruggedised for use as an industrial communications technology. Industrial wireless specialist u‑blox has acquired a developer of Wi-Fi baseband intellectual property (IP), called Antcor. Switzerland-based u-blox’s intention is to use the IP to develop Wi-Fi devices for use in demanding…

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PIC32 Bluetooth starter kit

Microchip has announced a PIC32 Bluetooth starter kit, which includes a microcontroller, Bluetooth radio, leds, accelerometers, a temperature sensor, and push buttons. On board, a PIC32MX270F256D runs at 83DMips with 256kbyte flash and 64kbyte RAM, and includes USB, I2S/SPI, capacitive touch sensing and an 8bit parallel port. “The kit…

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