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Peregrine announces production quantities of 60-GHz RF SOI switches

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San Diego, CA. Peregrine Semiconductor has announced the immediate availability of volume production quantities of its UltraCMOS 60-GHz RF SOI switches. The PE42525 and PE426525 extend Peregrine’s high-frequency portfolio into frequencies previously dominated by GaAs technology. Both 60 GHz switches have a fast switching speed...

Samsung responds to Note7 problems with 8-point battery safety check

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Samsung has commented on the results into its investigation into overheating and fires that led to the recall of its Galaxy Note7 smartphones. “We learned from the Galaxy Note7 issues and have made changes as a result,” the company reports. “From reassessing every step...

Richardson RFPD offers tunable bandpass filter from NewEdge Signal Solutions

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Geneva, IL. Richardson RFPD Inc. has announced the availability of a new 30- to 88-MHz tunable bandpass filter and associated evaluation board from NewEdge Signal Solutions Inc. The SAX248 is designed for tactical communications applications and operates from a single 3.3-V supply. It is capable...

Tufts engineers develop modulator to help fill the terahertz gap

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Engineers at Tufts University are looking to fill the terahertz gap—the band of frequencies between microwaves and infrared for which practical applications remain elusive. The engineers put the have invented a chip-sized modulator that operates at terahertz frequencies at room temperature with low drive...

Keysight to address 400G/PAM-4 test challenges at DesignCon

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Santa Rosa, CA. Keysight Technologies announced it will exhibit its latest high-speed digital solutions at DesignCon 2017 February 1-2 in Santa Clara. Keysight’s technical experts and application engineers will demonstrate advanced design and test solutions, developed for solving today’s most difficult high-speed digital measurement...

MIPI Alliance debuts Discovery and Configuration (DisCo) portfolio

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Piscataway, NJ. The MIPI Alliance has introduced the MIPI Discovery and Configuration (MIPI DisCo) portfolio, a family of specifications that simplifies software driver development when integrating components in mobile-connected products. MIPI Alliance is offering the solutions to its members and the open-source community to encourage...

Integra Devices and UCI target 5G, IoT with new manufacturing process

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Irvine, CA. Integra Devices has announced that in conjunction with the University of California Irvine (UCI) it is commercializing a new way to build microelectronic devices and sensors. Based on over 15 years and millions of dollars of research at UCI, this manufacturing process...

Charting the course of 5G in 2017

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Development work on 5G has been continuing since our August 2016 article on the topic. For example, Leti announced it will deploy a 5G framework on the MINATEC campus in Grenoble to demonstrate a new post-OFDM multicarrier waveform. In addition, Keysight Technologies and the...

Murata develops Nordic Semiconductor-based BLE module

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Smyrna, GA. Murata Americas has announced the release of its Nordic-based Bluetooth Low Energy module. The latest WSM device consists of Nordic Semiconductor’s nRF52832 IC, a 32-MHz crystal for timing, and an on-board antenna. Additionally, it contains two pins for an off-board omnidirectional antenna...

USB-controlled PLL synthesizers offer 25-MHz to 27-GHz bandwidths

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Irvine, CA. Pasternack, a provider of RF, microwave, and millimeter-wave products, has launched a new line of USB-controlled phase locked loop frequency synthesizers. In RF and microwave communications systems where signal integrity is of prime importance, PLL synthesizers offer high levels of frequency stability...