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Hungary Gets Microwave Radio Solution with a Plus

Nokia has signed a deal with Vodafone Hungary for the supply of its FlexiHopper Plus microwave radio solution to increase the capacity of the company’s existing nationwide network. This new variant of the successful microwave family enables operators to reduce the occupied frequency spectrum by half, resulting in significant...
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€30 M Russian Contract for Siemens

Russian mobile provider, ZAO SMARTS, has commissioned Siemens Information and Communication Mobile (Siemens Mobile) to deliver telecommunications equipment worth €30 M. The order encompasses delivery, installation and start-up of GSM technology (transmission, reception and switching systems), microwave systems, and GPRS network elements for the company’s subsidiary in central and...
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Building Healthcare Technology to Provide Patient-centric Care

When a number of industries were going through really tough times, the healthcare industry was one of the few industries staying strong during the harsh economic times. While the economy slowly recovers, the healthcare industry continues to show its strength in implementing and investing in technology. Some of the...
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Group Reaffirms Support for Rapid Adoption of EPCglobal Standard

Leading manufacturers and technology providers of data collection and radio frequency identification (RFID) have submitted an RFID protocol definition that would pave the way for rapid adoption of a standard new worldwide RFID standard known as Electronic Product Code (EPC), Ultra-high Frequency (UHF) Generation 2. Companies supporting the protocol...
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MEMS for Optical Networks Finally Seeing the Light

With the telecom industry apparently emerging from the abyss in which it has resided for the past couple of years, In-Stat/MDR is cautiously optimistic with regards to the market for MEMS-based components in optical networks. The high tech market research firm reports that 2003 ended surprisingly strong for this...
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The Book End

Channels, Propagation and Antennas for Mobile Communications Rodney Vaughan and Jorgen Bach Andersen The Institution of Electrical Engineers 784 pages; $145, £89 ISBN: 0-85296-084-0 This book introduces the principles, theory and applications of physical layer wireless/mobile communications where antennas, propagation and the radio channel used are interrelated. It offers...
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An IEEE 802.15.4 Compliant and ZigBee-ready 2.4 GHz RF Transceiver

With numerous lucrative applications envisaged, the ZigBee Alliance is developing a standard-based wireless network platform, optimized for wireless monitoring and control applications, ensuring interoperability between products using the same application profile. The IEEE 802.15.4 standard, ratified in May 2003, specifies the physical (PHY) and medium access control (MAC) layers,...
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Enterprise EDA Software Connects the Microwave Design Flow

V.J. Wilson anxiously awaits the return of his prototype of a factory automation wireless link. He has thoroughly — he believes — analyzed his entire design. With a carefully crafted spreadsheet, he defined a system architecture and passed specifications on to the circuit designers. The design team completed block...
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New Synthesis and Simulation Software to Enhance the Design Process

How much automation are current electronic design automation (EDA) tools providing? While the RF computer aided engineering (CAE) industry has a lot to offer in the way of automated circuit and system analysis, what about automated circuit synthesis? The circuit design project that starts with one of the typical...
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A Low Cost RF Transceiver for 2.4 GHz DSSS Short-range Communication Systems

In this article, the design and experimental results of a low cost RF transceiver for short-range wireless systems are described. The transceiver is composed of a direct Gaussian frequency shift keying (GFSK) modulation transmitter and a dual conversio...
The development of short-range wireless systems has captured the industry’s imagination for several decades. 1 Many of these systems operate at the internationally available unlicensed industrial, scientific and medical (ISM) 2.4 GHz frequency band. The attraction of these systems is that they can offer low cost, small physical size...
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