CTIA - The Wireless Association®and Global Certification Forum (GCF) have agreed to a common process for evaluating the over-the-air performance of new wireless devices. The agreement allows GCF to incorporate CTIA’s Test Plan for Wireless Device Over-the-Air Performance into its Performance Measurement process.
In the first 10 years of its life (up to 2010) cumulative shipments of Bluetooth enabled devices reached 5 billion. Growth has been largely driven by its use in mobile phones and accessories. This market is still growing overall but it will start to plateau out over the next five years. So, will Bluetooth become obsolete before the end of its second decade?
Active DAS (distributed antenna systems) equipment revenues are estimated to cross $1 billion by 2013. Active DAS equipment is mostly made up of headend and remote units, which are used to distribute cellular signals throughout a building.
RF Micro Devices Inc. announced it has begun production shipments of its ultra-high efficiency power amplifiers to Samsung in support of the highly anticipated next-generation Galaxy S3 4G LTE smartphone.
Antenova Ltd has added the Rubra A10393 cellular penta-band SMD antenna to the gigaNOVA® range of surface mount standard antennas. Designed for ease of integration into wireless devices, Rubra is suitable for an extensive range of embedded cellular applications such as tablets, tracking devices, femto base stations, remote monitoring and other M2M applications.
Huawei has been selected by Portuguese mobile operator Optimus to provide UMTS/LTE multi-frequency antennas for its LTE commercial network. The commercialization of Huawei's antennas in Portugal extends the current mobile network portfolio and will boost the overall prosperity of the European LTE market.
New York University and Polytechnic Institute of NYU (NYU-Poly) announced that National Instruments (NI) is joining them as the founding industrial sponsor in launching the world's first academic research center combining the exploration of advanced wireless technologies, computing and medical applications.
Redline Communications (www.rdlcom.com) Group Inc., a leading provider of broadband wireless solutions for industrial machine-to-machine (M2M) communications, announced the availability of the RAS Smart Antenna System. The solid state RAS is the first wireless broadband networking system that instantly locates, steers toward and connects to a network base station, automatically establishing reliable high speed connectivity to and from roving assets.
Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a global leader in digital media and digital convergence technologies, has successfully demonstrated clear reception capabilities of LTE Broadcast services using evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (eMBMS) technology using Anritsu’s Rapid Test Designer (RTD) and MD8430A to simulate the LTE network environment.
As the mobile network struggles to cope with the growing level of traffic and pressures on CAPEX, the RF electronics of a typical base station design are subject to great innovation namely in the form of tower mounted amplifiers, remote radio heads, and active antennas.