Texas Instruments (TI) announced new voice-enabled ZigBee® RF4CE™ and Bluetooth® Smart remote control development kits that will bring advanced voice features to more remotes and more consumers. Working with Nuance Communications, Inc., a leading provider of voice and language solutions, TI’s new remote control solutions deliver high-quality voice recognition powered by Nuance’s Dragon TV in a limited bandwidth stream without quality loss or impact on the results.
Ultra low power (ULP) RF specialist Nordic Semiconductor ASA announces that a leading British audio product manufacturer, Ruark Audio, has specified a pair of Nordic nRF24LE1 2.4GHz System-on-Chip (SoC) transceivers for the RF remote control in its forthcoming retro-styled R7 music center, due for launch this fall.
Anritsu Co. introduces Wireless Remote Tools for its touchscreen PIM Master™, Site Master™, Spectrum Master™, and VNA Master™ handheld instruments. With the software installed, field technicians and engineers can remotely view screens and control the industry-leading field instruments using a Windows™-based laptop, PC or tablet, simplifying the deployment, installation, and maintenance of 2G/3G/4G wireless networks.
Texas Instruments Inc. (TI), leading the industry with the most complete wireless connectivity portfolio for embedded applications, announced the extension of its remote control solutions offering with a new Bluetooth® low energy advanced remote control kit. As a technology, Bluetooth low energy allows for remotes with mouse-like pointing and keyboard functionality as well as gesture-, touch- and motion-based input controls so users can take their viewing and gaming experience to the next level.
In a major technology development for the mobile industry, Ooredoo has collaborated with CommScope to develop a new approach to building wireless networks, which will improve installation quality and on-going network performance and reduce deployment times, in an alliance that could have major benefits for operators around the world.
NXP Semiconductors N.V. introduced a groundbreaking family of programmable AISG transceivers for wireless base stations and antenna line devices (ALDs) such as tower-mounted amplifiers (TMAs) and remote electric tilt (RET) antennas.
Anritsu Co. introduces Windows-based remote control software for its PIM Master MW82119A, the industry’s first high-power, battery-operated, portable PIM test analyzer. With the software, field technicians on the ground can control an MW82119A configured on top of the tower, making it easier and more efficient to conduct highly accurate PIM measurements, especially for difficult-to-access sites, such as Remote Radio Head (RRH) installations.
In early fall C4i was called upon to assist a high altitude search and rescue training facility located in the mountains of eastern California. The base dispatch center was having difficulty communicating across a high peak to personnel on the other side, as well as with aircraft. The field team operated in a very rugged, remote area and needed a way to communicate with members who worked at the main buildings, however the groups were separated by a mountain range 3 miles (5 km) away.
ViaSat Inc. has received orders in excess of $11 million for Joint IP Modem Network Control Centers (NCCs), remote modems, and Joint IP Modem enhancements. These production contracts enable the Department of Defense to complete its roll out of interoperable network services to warfighters from teleports and Strategic Tactical Entry Points (STEPs). In addition, the orders include further development of the Joint IP Modem to enable efficient regional connectivity within a larger global network footprint. These awards follow successfully deliveries against previous contract obligations.
The demands of cost reduction and greater efficiency in cellular base station design are leading to a rapidly growing market for remote radio heads. According to a new study from ABI Research, this market is on track to exceed a value of $1 billion in 2017. Cellular base stations are now undergoing a design revolution. A base station was traditionally a rack of equipment inside a shelter. That design is now becoming anachronistic because it is expensive, and because the required coaxial cable running up the tower to the antennas often results in significant losses of power.