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New Components Allow Smaller Phones

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Jan 31, 2002, 1:41 PM   by (staff)

A University of Michigan professor has developed a new type of tiny resonator using MEMS (micro-electro mechanical systems) technology. Resonators are passive components that sort radio frequencies. Traditionally, the resonator is one of the largest components in a mobile phone's circuitry. The new resonators are thousands of times smaller, and five times more selective, which can lead to phones with smaller batteries as well. Agilent Technologies recently brought a related product to market, with similar beneifts, which is already used by AirPrime and Samsung.
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