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Radio Frequency Identification: Evolution of Reader and Antenna Circuit Design

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has become and will continue to be very important in the area of automatic identification. The purpose of this article is to discuss the various circuit designs of two RFID components — the antenna and the reader —...
May 10, 2006
Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) has become and will continue to be very important in the area of automatic identification. Regarded as a potential successor to the bar-coding technologies and other automatic identification methods that are used today, RFID’s significant advantage is the contact-less, non-line-of-sight nature of the technology. RFID...
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Elcoteq Expands South American Facilities

May 10, 2006
Elcoteq SE , a global provider of electronics manufacturing services (EMS) for the communications technology industry, is moving to new facilities in Manaus, Brazil and Juarez, Mexico this month. Relocating to these new premises enhances the manufacturing and office space, and enables the company to provide state-of-the-art services to...
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The Impact of MEMS on Cellular Phone Architectures

May 10, 2006
Carriers are launching third generation (3G) wireless networks globally and numerous analyst groups are predicting 2006 to be the year of 3G networks. The first nationwide 3G networks will be fully operational in 2006, and at least three service providers are expected to have full consumer and business 3G...
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China’s RF and Microwave Opportunity: Building a Strong Commercial Presence

May 10, 2006
The market for RF, microwave and wireless components, materials, subassemblies and test equipment in Greater China (defined as Hong Kong, the People’s Republic of China, Singapore and Taiwan) has grown dramatically during the past five years. The market, once dominated by small domestic military programs and low technology/low margin...
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The Making of a WiMAX Power Amplifier

May 10, 2006
The power amplifier in telecommunication is one of the oldest pieces of the transmission system and has continuously evolved over the years. Over the past decade, RF power amplifier design has witnessed tremendous improvement with the advent of window-based computer-aided design, allowing engineers to do real-time modeling and load-pull...
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A New Breed of Comb Generators Featuring Low Phase Noise and Low Input Power

May 10, 2006
Picosecond Pulse Labs (PSPL) has introduced a new line of comb generators based on monolithic GaAs nonlinear transmission line (NLTL) circuits. The products are known as PSPL’s Low Phase Noise (LPN) Comb Generator product line. The most commonly used semiconductor device for comb generation has historically been the step...
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Automated Test and Data Management

May 10, 2006
Spartan Automated Test and Data Management is a value-added software application for automating the measurement and evaluation of electrical performance parameters of RF and microwave components, subsystems and systems. Spartan adds value to the organization through efficient test automation and a built-in data management system. Although the initial test...
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Understanding the Operation and Test of a Bluetooth Enhanced Data Rate Radio

May 9, 2006
Bluetooth® wireless technology is a short-range communication system intended to provide connectivity of voice and data between information appliances. Bluetooth enables point-to-point and point-to-multipoint networking without the need for a formal wireless infrastructure. Two or more devices sharing the same wireless channel form an ad-hoc network or piconet. With...
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Design of a Dual-band Ring Printed Antenna Array

In this article, a novel design is proposed for a linear printed antenna array with ring radiating elements, able to operate over a wide operating band at X- and Ku-band. The simulation was conducted using Agilent ADS and Momentum software. The printed...
May 9, 2006
With recent advances in telecommunications, the use of microstrip antennas is increasing for a wide range of modern microwave systems. This is mainly due to the features of microstrip antennas: low profile, lightweight, conformable to nonplanar surfaces, and easy and inexpensive mass production. They are well suited for integration...
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Synthesis of a Planar, Coupled-line Marchand Balun with Emphasis on Balance

May 9, 2006
The Marchand balun may be one of the most popular forms of microwave balun used to generate a balanced signal. In particular, the planar coupled-line Marchand balun shows good compatibility with microwave integrated circuits (MIC) and monolithic MICs (MMIC). 1 Numerous studies about its design and analysis have been...
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