RF, Microwave & Optoelectronics News

GloFo links with QEOS and Catena

Globalfoundries (GloFo) has announced partnerships with Catena and QEOS. The QEOS partnership is intended to develop a millimeter-wave CMOS platform to support the higher data rates required in future mobile broadband access networks, while enabling customers to integrate mixers, low noise amplifiers, power amplifiers and inter-frequency amplifiers, all…

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Cavendish Kinetics raises $36m for RF R&D

Cavendish Kinetics, the RF MEMS specialist, has completed its final funding round with a strategic raise of $36 million, to accelerate the development of its next generation RF components. The company’s new generation of RF components adds a range of virtually loss-less RF MEMS switches to its portfolio…

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Sensor for pulse rate and blood oxygen level

Osram has packaged all the optoelectronics necessary for measuring pulse rate and blood oxygen level in a 7.2 x 2.5 x 0.9mm envelope: one photo-diode, three green LEDs, one red LED and one infra-red LED. Green light is best for measuring the pulse at the…

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Microsemi makes tiny implantable radio

Microsemi has made a radio for implantable medical devices such as pacemakers, cardiac defibrillators and neurostimulators measuring 5.5×4.5×1.5mm. RF technology is increasingly being used in a wide variety of medical implantable applications including cardiac care, physiological monitoring, pain management and obesity treatments. The ZL70323 implantable module implements…

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Antenova launches compact antenna

Antenova, the Hatfield-based antenna specialist, has brought out a surface mount, dual-band antenna for the Wi-Fi 802.11n and AC 2.4GHz-2.5GHz and 4.9GHz-5.9 GHz bands, called Mutica. The company describes it as a surface mounted antenna for all dual-band Wi…

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Optical incremental encoder controls robots and drones

Avago Technologies has designed a range of 3-channel optical incremental encoder modules for controlling DC servo motors, but also robotics and drones. The AEDT-981x module incorporates an interpolator which can support encoding resolutions from 1,000 to 5,000 counts per revolution (CPR) using a codewheel of 11mm…

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Smart meter chip for multi-standard power line comms

Maxim has created a single chip to accommodate the G3-PLC, Prime, and P1901-2 power line comms standards in the CENELEC A, ARIB, and FCC frequency bands. “Powerline communication [PLC] standards and frequency bands vary by region and country, and PLC modems could not support them all,” said the…

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Rockchip delivers Wi-Fi for IoT at Bluetooth power levels

Rockchip, the China fabless communications IC specialist, has produced an 802.11b Wi-Fi chip delivering 11Mbps with the power level of Bluetooth 4.0 LE. The chip, RKi6000, will be available in Q3. It has achieved this, says Rockchip, by : 1. Receiving and transmitting data continuously, enabling devices to…

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