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Qualcomm offers 6GHz radio chips for early 5G launch

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Qualcomm has developed a prototype radio system for 5G mobile communications research and first network trials. Interestingly, this latest 5G prototype system from Qualcomm operates in the sub-6GHz spectrum bands and not in the millimetre-wave (28-65GHz) frequency bands. However, this just confirms the likelihood of a two stage introduction of 5G services over the next five years or so. First ...

ARM and Marvell develop ARMADA networking board

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ARM and Marvell have developed the ARMADA 8040 networking community board, targeting OpenDataPlane (ODP), OpenFastPath (OFP) and ARM network functions virtualization (NFV) ecosystem communities. The board is based on a quad-core ARM Cortex-A72 processor and includes full CPU and I/O virtualization, an advanced networking packet processor and rich state-of-the-art connectivity. Collaboration with the software ecosystem will deliver an open source ...

FTDI Chip adds to support for USB implementation

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FTDI Chip has introduced two new board level products and a new IC to support engineers with comprehensive support when implementing USB into their embedded systems. The UMFTPD3A programmer module is designed specifically for use with the company’s development hardware and ICs containing either internal one-time programmable (OTP) memory or eFUSE logic (which are both used to store USB vendor ...

US to take global lead on 5G spectrum

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US telecoms commission, the FCC will decide next month (14 July) on which frequency bands in the radio spectrum will be used for 5G in the US. After considering spectrum population from low bands below 2.4GHz through mid-range Citizens Broadband Radio service in the 3.5GHz band it seems the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) will go for the high frequency spectrum. ...

Qualcomm goes big on sat nav with Galileo support

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Qualcomm is supporting the European Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) with its chipsets and Snapdragon mobile processors. Until now Qualcomm’s hardware support for Galileo was in selected chipsets nonly. The Qualcomm IZat location services platform will connect with up to six satellite constellations which means more than 80 different satellites can be used when calculating global position for navigation ...

Insight SIP launches low cost BLE module

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Insight SIP, the wireless RF module specialist, has packaged the nRF51822 chip from Nordic Semiconductor (running Bluetooth 4.1), a 32-bit ARM Cortex CPU, 128 kB flash memory, analogue and digital peripherals SPI, I2C and GPIO, a 16 MHz crystal, an RF antenna and matching circuit to form a standalone Bluetooth Low Energy node. Called the ISP1302 the module is one ...

Bluetooth 5 standard promises to quadruple range, doubles speed

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The next version of Bluetooth has been announced. As well as increasing the range and speed of transmissions, the next release – dubbed simply Bluetooth 5 – will also increase its broadcast messaging capabilities, for beacon operation and location services. The Bluetooth SIG promises Bluetooth 5 will quadruple its range to up to around 400m and will also double its ...

Ireland is Sigfox-enabled for IoT

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Sigfox and Irish telecoms firm VT Networks have rolled out a long-range low data rate IoT network in less than eight months. The two companies expect to connect over a million devices by 2017. Remote nodes on Sigfox networks, which are low data rate and ultra-narrowband, are expected to run for over 10 years on two AA cells. Applications are ...

Orange builds IoT smart cities in France

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Orange has decided to use the IoT wireless technology, known as LoRa, to connect “smart city” deployments across France. This is one of the largest IoT connected city deployments to be announced and follows pilot testing in Grenoble of the LoRa wireless standard in long range wide-area networks. The LoRaWAN protocol, which is one of a number of wireless interface ...