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 …

Seagate Launches the 5th Generation FireCuda SSHD

Seagate has expanded its lineup of hybrid drives with the 5th-generation FireCuda SSHD. The greenhorns are based on shingled magnetic recording technology (SMR), rather than perpendicular magnetic recording (PMR). The SMR enables the partial superposition of data tracks; it ensures the ultimate record density. The models are backed by a 5-year’s limited warranty.



Seagate FireCuda series is introduced by 5 models, developed in 2.5-inch and 3.5-inch formats. Their capacity varies from 500 GB to 2 TB. The drives employ MLC flash memory (8 GB) as well as SATA 6 Gb/sec external interface. The spindle rotates at 5400 RPM.


The average data read speed makes up 140 MB/sec with 2.5-inch models & 156 MB/sec with 3.5-inch items. The latter offer also up to 190 MB/sec of the average read speed from flash memory; besides, it takes only 8.5-9.5 ms for the chips to search for the needed data on Read/Write operations. To add, the new FireCuda is thought to consume between 1.7-6.7 W power.

Sapphire Launches Nitro R9 Fury 4G HBM Graphics Card

Sapphire, a well-known manufacturer of top-notch graphics solutions, is glad to announce the launch of a new high-performance video card, entitled Nitro R9 Fury 4G HBM. The greenhorn is available in two modifications which differ by GPU clocks (AMD Radeon R9 Fury). The first version offers 1050 MHz frequency, while the second version runs at 1020 MHz frequency. As a reminder, the etalon Fiji Pro GPU operates at 1000 MHz.



Sapphire Nitro R9 Fury 4G HBM rests upon an improved PCB with an enforced VRM and high-quality hardware base. The card employs 4 GB of GDDR5 memory with 512-bit bandwidth. The list of integrated interfaces consists of three DisplayPort connectors, one HDMI port and one DVI-D port. Moreover, the model is shipped with a proprietary Sapphire TriXX utility that allows for fine tuning of all key parameters.


As distinct from the etalon model, the modified graphics card from Sapphire boasts Tri-X cooler. It embraces three fans on ball bearings and 10-mm …
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