National Instruments introduced test solutions for 802.11ac WLAN and Bluetooth low-energy technology that combine NI graphical system design software and modular, FPGA-based PXI instrumentation to provide high-performance test capabilities that are completely user-programmable. These test solutions along with other cellular, navigation and wireless connectivity solutions from NI, help engineers thoroughly test their devices on a single high-performance platform.
Researchers from Rice University unveiled a new multi-antenna technology that could help wireless providers keep pace with the voracious demands of data-hungry smartphones and tablets. The technology aims to dramatically increase network capacity by allowing cell towers to simultaneously beam signals to more than a dozen customers on the same frequency.
ip.access has shipped an LTE-only version of its new E-100 dual mode access point to five customers for laboratory and field trials. This is an important staging point in the process of moving towards full commercial deployments and represents the company’s first LTE product shipments.
Operators Polkomtel and Aero2 have chosen Ericsson to supply WCDMA and LTE infrastructure in Poland. The upgrades will allow for expanded WCDMA and LTE coverage in northern and western Poland to keep pace with rapid uptake of smartphones and increased demand for mobile broadband.
Agilent Technologies Inc. announced an agreement to collaborate with China Mobile Communications Co. Ltd. Research Institute (CMRI). China Mobile is the world’s largest mobile network operator and a market leader in 3G and next-generation wireless network development.
Skyworks Solutions Inc. introduced its LED camera flash driver solutions. Skyworks’ patented AS2Cwire™ digital interface is used to enable, disable, configure and program the operation of AAT1274, a high efficiency, 1.5A high-current boost converter for LED photo flash applications.
RF Micro Devices Inc. (Nasdaq GS: RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency components and compound semiconductor technologies, 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.
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?