Taoglas Enters Into a Wireless Design Partnership Agreement with Microchip Technology
Posted by at 11:38 pm, December 27th 2010.

Enniscorthy, Ireland, Dec. 16, 2010 — Taoglas Limited, the leading provider of antenna solutions to the M2M market, announced today a Wireless Design Partnership agreement with Microchip Technology Inc. [NASDAQ: MCHP]. Surface-mount technology antennas such as Taoglas’ PA.25 Cellular (2G/3G/3.5G) and SGP.25D GPS patch are just two of the antennas chosen. Microchip also selected Taoglas’ automotive-approved “Titan” AA.105 Active External GPS IP67 antenna, for customers looking for an external antenna solution.

“After speaking with wireless-module partners and testing the antenna technology ourselves, we are pleased to select Taoglas as an Antenna Design partner,” said Cheri Keller, Microchip’s senior manager, Worldwide Design Partner Program.

“We are excited to partner with a quality organization like Microchip,” said Tim Dolan, North American Sales Manager with Taoglas. “We are the market leader in antennas for wireless M2M applications. With the investments both companies are making in next-generation wireless solutions, and the synergies between the two organizations, together we make a powerful solutions choice for wireless M2M.”

Taoglas Cellular SMT Antennas

Taoglas’ ceramic SMT antennas deliver the highest efficiency for a given ground-plane area, without the loss associated with traditional cabled solutions. They eliminate the need for tooling and NRE fees. This means the range is available "off the shelf" at any quantity, delivered on tape and reel. All that is needed is for the customer to place the antenna on one of the short ends of their main device board and design a straight 50 Ohm CPW transmission line direct to the module. Tuning of the matching circuit by way of changing simple component values may be necessary. These features allow the antennas to be tuned on the customer side, during integration, and speed up the design cycle dramatically.

Taoglas’ Embedded and Non-Embedded GPS Antenna:

Taoglas’ unique SMT GPS patches are designed to meet the requirements of high-volume applications that need to avoid manual assembly processes. Again, a short CPW from a surface-mounted module is all that is needed. These new SMT GPS patch solutions are the first to fully meet the environmental requirements of the automotive industry for temperature, shock, vibration, etc. Taoglas’ design keeps the feedline of the SMT GPS patch antenna off the side of the ceramic and unexposed, preventing the cracking associated with traditional methods. It also uses a separate PCB to connect to the GPS module feedline, along with mechanical pads, for stable integration. Additionally, Taoglas offers further tuning of the patch antenna for different ground-planes.

**Patent Pending**


For all large-volume and OEM inquiries, please Contact Taoglas. For local support, view Taoglas’ list of distributors. You can also contact Taoglas if you have any queries about RF Design and Certification services (PTCRB, RSE, TRP, TIS, AT&T, Sprint, etc.).

About Taoglas Limited

Taoglas designs and manufactures wireless antenna solutions that deliver innovative engineering, quality manufacturing and industry-leading price/performance standards. Headquartered in Enniscorthy, Ireland, with localized design centres in San Diego, USA and Taoyuan, Taiwan, Taoglas gets to know the people who really matter—our customers. We listen, we learn, we respond. Talk to us now, at Taoglas. www.taoglas.com

About Microchip Technology

Microchip Technology Inc. (NASDAQ: MCHP) is a leading provider of microcontroller, analog and Flash-IP solutions, providing low-risk product development, lower total system cost and faster time to market for thousands of diverse customer applications worldwide. Headquartered in Chandler, Ariz., Microchip offers outstanding technical support along with dependable delivery and quality. For more information, visit the Microchip Web site (http://www.microchip.com).

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Broadcom Readying Chip for Low-cost Android Smartphones
Posted by at 4:20 pm, December 26th 2010.

Broadcom is working on a dual-core processor that will allow smartphone makers to build Android-based handsets with integrated Wi-Fi hotspots, the company said on Tuesday. It's billing the chip as aimed at mass-market phones with a low price point.

The Broadcom BCM2157, which is based on a dual-core ARM processor running at 500MHz, is now shipping to "early access customers", according to the chip maker. The first smartphones using the processor are expected to be launched next quarter, likely to coincide with the Mobile World Congress conference in Barcelona in February.

Broadcom said in a statement that smartphones based on the new processor will be affordable, but it did not offer details on its component pricing.

Besides integrated Wi-Fi hotspots, smartphones based on the processor can be equipped with multi-touch screens, 5-megapixel cameras and HSDPA (High-Speed Downlink Packet Access) at 7.2M bps (bits per second).

Smartphones based on the processor will also be able to use two SIM (subscriber identity module) cards, which combined with a lower price will help convince phone buyers in developing countries to pick up smartphones. Using two SIM cards is also growing in popularity in some parts of Europe, according to Francisco Jeronimo, research manager at IDC.

The availability of lower-cost smartphones has already helped increase Android's popularity, according to Jeronimo. In general, the trend towards even cheaper smartphones will continue in 2011, and Android-based products will play an important role in helping bring down prices even further, Jeronimo said.

Broadcom is demonstrating the processor at its Analyst Day conference on Tuesday in Irvine, California.

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