Tech news tagged ‘communications electronics’

Electronics patent of the month: Anti retail-theft RFID antenna and reader

GPS with an accuracy of 2m has been developed by researchers at Carlos III University in Madrid. The researchers added three gyroscopes and three accelerometers to a conventional GPS system to pinpoint the position of cars in cities to within 2m. Unaided GPS has an accuracy of 50m in cities…

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White space transceiver from Cambridge

Neul has announced its first transceiver chip for ‘white space’ communications in 470-790MHz UHF TV bands. Called Iceni, the chip is intended for secure non-line-of-sight machine-to-machine (M2M) communications. Both 6 and 8MHz channel bandwidths are supported, and “adaptive digital modulation schemes and error correction…

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Orange launches Atom-based phone

Finally, an Intel Atom in a mobile from a major phone company, as Orange launches the ‘San Diego’. Inside the phone, codenamed Santa Clara (perhaps there was a clue there) is a Z2460 Atom. According to website Trusted Reviews, the phone is actually made by Huawei. Trusted Reviews also reports…

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Wideband antenna meets need for new mobile frequencies

CommScope claims to have an antenna which can be used by operators to add spectrum and bandwidth to mobile networks.

The family of ultra-wideband basestation antennas are designed to address the needs of operators for bandwidth growth and additional radio spectrum availability in the future. “This familiy of ultra…

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Picochip sets sights on enterprise, metro and rural femtocells

Picochip, has launched its next generation of femtocell base station chips: PC3024 for enterprise use and the PC3032 for metro and rural cells. Fabbed by TSMC, the devices are made on a 40nm process and include a 1GHz ARM11 processor plus Picochip’s existing PHY and software. “They offer industry…

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Micro-range wireless adds 375Mbit/s to NFC

A Japanese-led international consortium is developing a 375Mbit/s data transfer standard for ‘touch’ communication with phones and other mobile devices. Dubbed TransferJet, applications are foreseen photo sharing, transferring video, synchronising data, and receiving pre-paid content. Although it is not inherently secure, its range is limited to 3cm…

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UK ‘dangerously reliant’ on GPS sat nav

The UK could be dangerously dependent on satellite radio navigation systems such as GPS, warns the Royal Academy of Engineering. Inadequate independent backup for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) could affect safety systems and other critical parts of the economy, according to an RAE report. Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS…

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UK average broadband speed increases 5% – Ofcom

The average broadband access download speed UK users experienced rose 5% to 6.2Mbps, but this is less than half the average headline speed they pay for, communications regulator Ofcom says. Ofcom’s fourth annual report into broadband speeds is based on 765 million tests that were run across a…

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BMW driving research for NFC car

BMW wants to turn your car key into a universal access device using near-field communications (NFC) technology. In a paper entitled Innovation Days Connected Drive meets Efficient Dynamics BMW spelled out plans to allow people to customise their electronic car keys to allow the driver to pay for goods…

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Android overtakes Symbian as top smartphone platform

Google’s Android operating system has overtaken Nokia’s Symbian platform to become the world’s leading smartphone platform. According to the latest report by Canalys, shipments of smartphones running on Android OS reached 32.9 million units in the fourth quarter of 2010, compared to 31 million units shipped…

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