The First Glimpse on NXP Signal Amplifier BGU8006

NXP Semiconductors company announces the release of a GPS signal amplifier BGU8006 destined primarily for the integration into mobile devices, tablets, navigators, photo- and video cameras. According to the words of the NXP representatives, their new model is the most bantam signal amplifier available in the market: BGU8006 dimensions equal to 0.65mm x 0.44mm x 0.2mm. Besides, this amplifier is characterized by the extremely low level of noise and the necessity to employ only a couple of external components to enable the device (decoupling capacitor and matching inductor).

The abundance of radio frequency signals serves the major impediment for the pure GPS signal reception. NXP BGU8006 has been developed with this thought in mind and is called to improve the reception of weak GPS signals by means of a dynamic rejection of strong signals released by the cellular and local wireless networks.

BGU8006 is based on QuBIC4Xi SiGe:C BiCMOS technology which is known to involve the …

Intel is preparing a quad-core Core i7-3740QM, 3840QM and 3940XM

In late September — early October, Intel plans to update the lineup of Core i7 processors on the cores generation Ivy Bridge (22 nm). It is expected that within a few months users will witness the announcement of the CPU for laptops Core i7-3740QM, 3840QM and 3940XM, which will replace released in April 3720QM, 3820QM and 3920XM, respectively.

According to the information from web resources, the trio will receive an increase of 100 MHz from the predecessors, retaining the previous TDP and probably the recommended price. A common feature of the new processors is four x86-cores that handle data in 8 threads (Hyper-Threading).

Core i7-3940XM operates at a nominal frequency of 3 GHz, equipped with 8 MB cache of the third level, two-channel controllers DDR3-1333/1600, graphics subsystem Intel HD 4000. There is support for dynamic overclocking Turbo Boost, Virtualization VT-x and VT-d, new commands AES and instructions AVX. TDP 3940XM is 55 watts.

Core i7-3840QM has almost …

Kingston Launches KC300 SSDs with TCG Opal 1.0 Support

Kingston Digital Inc., an outstanding developer of memory and storage solutions, has recently launched its newest SSD series, which is totally compliant with Trusted Computing Group Opal 1.0 (hereinafter TCG). Codenamed KC300, the drives are mainly targeted the companies that are looking to upgrade and enhance their security systems. Among others, these SSDs support such options as password recovery, automatic update, automatic encoding (AES 128-bit), creation/removal of clients, registration according to certain criteria, management of settings and data.

Kingston KC300 are designed in 2.5-inch form-factor and incorporate SATA III interface (backwards compatibility with SATA II). The list of available items includes models of 60 GB, 120 GB, 240 GB, and 480 GB capacity. All of them are based on SandForce SF2281 controller and are estimated for 1 million hours of foolproof operation. To vindicate such longevity, Kingston offers 3-year’s limited warranty and free technical …
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