RF, Microwave & Optoelectronics

In-car sat nav module for GPS, GLONASS and China BDS

Alps Electric has developed a satellite positioning module for automotive designs requiring a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) supporting multiple positioning systems.

The positioning systems already in use include GPS, the Russian GLONASS and Chinese BDS. Europe will soon deploy of its Galileo system.

According to Alps, because the positioning…

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Universal 5V power amp covers GSM, 3G and LTE bands

Freescale Semiconductor has designed a 5V power amplifier which covers GSM, 3G, 4G and LTE frequency bands between 1500MHz and 2700MHz.

It achieves this with an output power of 2W and gain of more than 40dB.

Designated the MMZ25333B, it is a multi-stage power amplifier (PA) based on InGaP…

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Universal 5V power amp covers GSM, 3G and LTE bands

Freescale Semiconductor has designed a 5V power amplifier which covers GSM, 3G, 4G and LTE frequency bands between 1500MHz and 2700MHz.

It achieves this with an output power of 2W and gain of more than 40dB.

Designated the MMZ25333B, it is a multi-stage power amplifier (PA) based on InGaP…

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LTE-A 4G mobile basestation on quad core ARM board

CommAgility has designed a double-width advanced mezzanine card module with processing performance to implement “a complete RF to Layer 3 wireless basestation functionality on a single card”.

It has enough on board processing performance for use in test and development of LTE Advanced and 5G systems, with MIMO capabilities…

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ZigBee gets a x7 range boost from TI chip

Texas Instruments has introduced a wireless booster chip which it claims will extend the range of its 2.4GHz wireless transceivers by as much as 7-fold.

The chip will work with the firm’s ZigBee, 802.15.4, 6LoWPAN and Bluetooth low energy tansceivers.

The initial product launch pairs…

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High power amplifier cuts cost of small cell wireless

M/A-COM Technology Solutions claims to offer the industry’s highest power, full E-Band power amplifier, delivering typical Psat of 25.5dBm for the 71-76GHz and 81-86GHz frequency ranges in a single device.

Designated the MAAP-011106 E-Band power amplifier, it will support data rates…

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Embedded World: Toshiba Bluetooth LE chip draws 6mA

Toshiba Electronics has introduced a Bluetooth Low Energy controller, the TC35667FTG, for low power applications such as wearable and healthcare-orientated smart devices.

The device integrates a specially designed DC-DC converter which the supplier claims reduces peak current consumption to below 6mA and deep sleep current consumption to below…

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Embedded World: Electric bikes can be linked to the IoT

Lantronix demonstrated how an electric bicycle can be connected to the internet of things using its xPico Wi-Fi module at Embedded World 2014 today in Nuremberg.

The xPico Wi-Fi device, which measures just 24mm x 16.5mm, was demonstrated in a concept design for an electric bicycle.

Called…

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