FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK
The 5 Biggest Industry Trends From IMS2013
One of the things I love about the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium is the annual opportunity it affords us to reflect on the current state of the RF/microwave design industry. By attending a combination of keynote addresses, panel sessions, and technical presentations, and by speaking to as many exhibitors and attendees as possible, one can piece together a reasonably good mosaic of the major trends and issues shaping the industry.
7 Standout Technologies From IMS2013
Never will you find more cutting-edge RF and microwave technology on display in one place than at the IMS Exhibition. Hundreds of component manufacturers, chipmakers, instrumentation suppliers, software developers, and other technology companies fill the IMS exhibit halls, showcasing tens of thousands of products, many of which are making their first public appearance. With all due respect to the dozens of compelling technologies that did not make the list, here are seven that really turned our heads at IMS2013.
5 Powerful Forces That Could Defeat Your Medical Electronics Design
You’ve worked really hard on the design and development of your latest [insert your medical electronics technology here]. You’ve put in long hours. You’ve invested a ton of intellectual and emotional energy in it. You’ve obsessed over its every detail. You’ve neglected other important priorities: family, friends, pets, health, yard, etc. You’ve done everything in your power to ensure its performance and success.
PRODUCTS TO SEE AT IMS2013More From IMS2013
Bringing The Flexibility Of Software Defined Radio To Narrowband And Industrial Wireless Applications
A Software-Defined Radio (SDR) is one that implements some traditional hardware radio functions in software.
Today, engineers need reliable information fast, and to ensure compliance with regulations for electromagnetic compatibility in the most economical way later in the design, appropriate measures must be taken early in the design phase.
Cognitive Radio (CR ) has been an intensive topic of research in recent years. Its main applications range from the utilization of TV white spaces to interoperability between large communication systems in all layers.
RF instruments have many specifications that characterize the performance of the instrument. Although wireless technologies are always changing, engineers are routinely asked to design and test RF components and devices that may be beyond their level of RF experience. This three-part article is designed to help you understand both basic and advanced RF instrument specifications. The articles cover generic generator and analyzer specifications. Part 1 details specifications including frequency range, instantaneous bandwidth, tuning speed, phase noise, and voltage standing wave ratio. Parts 2 and 3 also describe 1 dB compression point, third-order intercept, dynamic range, and resolution bandwidth specifications.
This paper discusses the intricacies of testing cable TV settop boxes and line amplifiers from the perspective of providing a lab-grade signal source. By Peter Lampel
Patterned Ground Shields For Silicon RFICs – Part II: What Universe Are We In?
In Part I, we used Sonnet® to investigate the current in the surface of the silicon substrate that is induced by a spiral inductor. Since it is an inductor, we were expecting the substrate current to be induced magnetically. After all, inductors are just little magnets, and we would expect inductively induced current in any nearby conductor. The silicon substrate is a conductor, kind of, right? In addition, the magnetically induced current should flow parallel to (and in the opposite direction of) the current in the spiral inductor. This behavior obeys a special case of Clerk Maxwell’s equations known as Lenz’s Law. This is all, to use American slang, a “slam-dunk”1, hardly even worth checking.
A Receiver Intermodulation Primer
Here at Bird Site Optimization Services, searching for and resolving intermodulation problems is something we do on a regular basis. There is certainly enough of it out there to keep us, and probably a bunch of others, busy for a long time.
RF Switch Matrix/Signal Conditioning Challenge: Reverse Engineering And Updating Your Legacy Test System
Almost every company has an old test system in the corner of their lab that provides a test capability that they require. Perhaps it is related to a government program or a commercial product line that has been around forever. Sometimes the system has been mothballed and they need to get it to run again. This is the third in a series of guest columns by Bob Alman of SenarioTek.
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UT Arlington Researchers Provide First-Ever Academic Study Of Journalists And Private Citizens' Use Of Drones
Newly published research from a University of Texas at Arlington communication team offers a groundbreaking perspective on the controversial use of unmanned aerial vehicles in journalism and mass communication, or “drone journalism.”
X-FAB Optimizes 180nm Process For Portable Analog Applications
X-FAB Silicon Foundries recently announced it has enhanced the XP018 process with multiple options to lower chip costs for high-performance analog applications such as audio, sensor interface and 5V-environment power management applications.
Harris Corporation Receives $55M In Orders From International Customer For Falcon Tactical Radios
Harris Corporation, an international communications and information technology company, has received $55M in orders from an international customer to deliver both line-of-sight and beyond-line-of-sight tactical communications capabilities from the Falcon line of tactical radios.
LS Research Announces The Opening Of The Antenna Shop, Providing Dedicated Specialists To Ensure An Optimized Antenna Design For Wireless RF Devices
One of the most important – and overlooked – components of any RF device is the Antenna. An improperly designed antenna can greatly impact radio performance and be very costly to a device manufacturer as Apple discovered shortly after releasing the iPhone 4. Its improperly designed antenna ultimately cost the company $53 million.
National Science Foundation Participates In White House Initiatives In Wireless Broadband And Technological Innovation
In conjunction with the recently-released Presidential Memorandum on Expanding America's Leadership in Wireless Innovation, the White House has announced that the National Science Foundation (NSF), along with other federal agencies, will make strategic investments in research and development to make more efficient use of the nation's airwaves.
imec And Renesas Electronics Pioneer High-Performance RF Solutions In 28nm CMOS Technology
imec and Renesas Electronics Corporation, a premier supplier of advanced semiconductor solutions unveiled the world’s first multi-standard radio frequency (RF) receiver in 28nm CMOS technology, and a 28nm analog-to-digital converter (ADC) targeting wide-bandwidth standards such as LTE-advanced and next-generation WiFi.
ELECTRONIC MILITARY AND DEFENSE RESOURCE
The 2012 edition of Electronic Military & Defense was developed as a resource for engineers, program managers, project managers, and other professionals involved in the design and development of electronic and electro-optic systems for a wide range of defense and aerospace applications. Visit our digital edition of the magazine, released this August, and you will find a wealth of information — emerging trends, new technologies, helpful tutorials, and other resources — to help you succeed in today's challenging-but-rewarding military and defense market.
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