Communications

Seeing SDR in action

Software-defined radio may look simple on paper, but implementation is more challenging. Californian-based Ettus Research explains its SDR peripheral design and then took it on a tour of San Fransciso, writes Andrew Erskine, field applications engineer, Analog Devices

Software-defined radio (SDR) is an increasingly viable and important…

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Big ARM processors target software-defined networking

The growing importance of software-defined networking (SDN) based on open-standard protocols such as OpenFlow has been the trigger for new devices from Freescale Semiconductor and Xilinx.

The introduction of SDN is being promoted by two factors: the growing relevance of the so-called internet-of-things (IoT) and…

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IQE prepares to ride the GaN-on-silicon wave into smartphones

IQE as signed a licence agreement for gallium nitride (GaN) on silicon wafer with M/A-COM Technology, as it aims to ready the technology for volume markets such as smartphone power amplifiers.

The agreement gives the Wales-based wafer producer access to RF and microwave IP for gallium nitride…

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Flight MH370 transmitted handshake signals after vanishing

Handshake signals to an Inmarsat satellite from Malaysia Airlines flight MH370 seem to have been important in calculating the direction of flight of the airliner after it vanished from radar screens.

Analysis of the data from the Inmarsat satellite has resulted in the Prime Minister of Malaysia, Najib Razak, announcing…

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8K TV demo in Las Vegas

Japanese broadcaster NHK is to demonstrate 8K (4320p) content transmission in a single 6MHz UHF TV channel.

It will present this latest iteration of its Super Hi-Vision system at the 2014 NAB Show in Las Vegas in April.

“This will be the first time anywhere outside Japan that wireless…

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Cree picks Plextek for RF design

Cambridge-based RF deisgn house Plextek RF Integration has been nominated by Cree as a preferred design resource for Cree’s European foundry customers.

Cree makes commercial GaN RF transistors and GaN MMICs (microwave monolithic integrated circuits), as well as offering GaN foundry services for both transistors and MMICs.

“The…

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Massivity location-aware Wi-Fi means fans can become part of the show

Every fan in a packed sports stadium or music venue will soon be able to get bespoke content direct to their phones, thanks to a new wireless system that knows exactly where every person is sitting.

The system, developed by UK start-up Mobbra, will let organisers send football replays…

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Mobile World Congress: Your Electronics Weekly guide

Mobile World Congress
The annual Mobile World Congress highlights the latest trends in mobile technology and services. It runs from 24 – 27 February in Barcelona, this year, and is organised by the GSMA (GSM Association). The congress brings together mobile operators, equipment vendors as well as industry figures.
GSMA Mobile…

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