Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique for controlling the surface tension of liquid metals by applying very low voltages, opening the door to a new generation of reconfigurable electronic circuits, antennas and other technologies.
BAE Systems Employee Spotlight: Leading The Pursuit Of Signal Processing Solutions
John Tranquilli’s passion for solving complex signal processing problems was sparked in his very first engineering course in college.
Anritsu Develops Small Cell Manufacturing Test Solution With Support For Cellular, Wireless Connectivity, And LBS
Anritsu Company (CTIA booth #3041) announces it is developing a small cell manufacturing test solution that also supports technologies such as cellular, WLAN 802.11ac, Bluetooth, and location-based services (LBS).
Bird Technologies Introduces SiteHawk SK-4000-TC Cable And Antenna Analyzer
Bird Technologies, a leading provider of RF components, subsystems, test equipment, and services, today introduced the compact SiteHawk SK-4000-TC Antenna and Cable Analyzer. The instrument makes troubleshooting the transmission path of commercial and military communications systems operating between 85 MHz to 4 GHz easier, faster, and more precise than ever. As the successor to Bird’s popular Site Analyzer SA-3600 XT, the new instrument is 80% smaller, 60% lighter, and offers many new features as well.
Cost-efficient And Extensible RF Spectrum Monitoring & Management
The Signal Hound BB60C real-time spectrum analyzer, paired with the signal processing power of the modern portable computer, forms a low cost, extensible spectrum management platform.
Electromagnetic (EM) fields are present in many of the medical applications today. The technology is becoming more complex, and it is therefore vitally important that the tools and procedures perform at their maximum capacity and always yield precise and accurate data. This article examines the design challenges of electromagnetic systems in healthcare applications by leveraging EM simulation software. By Peter Futter, Application Specialist, Business Development – EM Solutions at Altair South Africa
The mobility and Internet of Things explosion has led to a severe wireless spectrum shortage, driving researchers to seek new ways to alleviate the bandwidth crunch. Wireless researchers now anticipate 5G to arrive at the end of the decade, providing a 1000x increase in network capacity. In this article, Moor Insights & Strategy provides information on major areas of 5G research, describes current challenges in wireless design, and introduces new design tools from NI geared for helping RF design engineers. By Gina Longoria, Analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy
In this white paper, W. L. Gore & Associates evaluated the performance of microwave airframe assemblies before and after installation. This testing showed that the performance of many assemblies degrades significantly because they get damaged during installation, which results in increased costs, production delays, and additional testing to requalify system components. Selecting a durable cable assembly that has been tested to survive challenging aerospace applications is the key to reducing costs and ensuring reliability over time.
Meeting the performance needs of the next generation of radar systems that will be deployed by the military is spurring the development of more efficient and sensitive hardware components to go along with the rapid advances in signal processing techniques and bandwidth. By Renaissance Electronics & Communications
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Amazon’s New Smartphone Boasts High-End RF And Imaging Components
On July 25, Amazon released its first smartphone, and it didn’t take long for the internal components of the device to get leaked.
4 Electronic Design Requirements Of The System-Integrated Soldier
Perhaps most famously portrayed in Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers (1959), the idea of the “future soldier” has been around for decades. As rehashed in countless science fiction films and video games, the stereotypical future soldier is equipped with a protective exoskeleton, enhanced sensory equipment, seamless communication systems, and advanced weaponry. While the concept once seemed implausible, there are many real-world projects under way focused on realizing those seemingly fictitious warfighter capabilities — by integrating a plethora of diverse electronic subsystems into a cohesively operational suit.
7 Noteworthy Technologies From IMS2014
At the 2014 IEEE MTT International Microwave Symposium earlier this month, I had the opportunity to speak with the event’s general chair, Dr. Larry Dunleavy, about the state of the RF and microwave design industry. While he acknowledged that it is a time of relative uncertainty — due in large part to constrained military budgets and conservative fiscal forecasts for 2014 — he also pointed out that there are plenty of emerging markets where RF and microwave technology is making a significant impact. With the Internet of Things (IoT) driving innovation in burgeoning markets like automotive and healthcare and the development of 5G pushing wireless technology to further heights, there was good reason for nearly 600 companies to flock to the IMS2014 exhibition in Tampa, Fla.
GaAs And GaN Capabilities On Display At Farnborough
The UK was host to air shows recently with the annual Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) and the biennial Farnborough International AirShow (FIA) 2014. I had the opportunity to attend a Lockheed Martin F-35/F-16 preview day held at RAF Fairford, the venue for RIAT, as well as taking a few days to attend FIA 2014.
Lockheed Martin Previews F-35 Lightning II "Fighter Of The Future"
The U.K. was host to air shows recently with the annual Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) and the biennial Farnborough International AirShow (FIA) 2014. In this article, Asif Anwar from Strategy Analytics describes his experience at the Lockheed Martin F-35/F-16 preview day held at RAF Fairford, the venue for RIAT, and provides an overview of the new capabilities of each aircraft.
EM De-Embedding Magic – Part 3: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
In Part 1, I described the EM analysis port calibration algorithm that I developed almost 30 years ago and has been in use in Sonnet ever since. At first glance, it might seem like the technique can be applied only to “lonely” ports — ports that have no interaction or coupling with any other nearby ports. In Part 2, I showed how the algorithm can be easily extended to calibrate and de-embed as many tightly coupled ports as needed. Yes, a couple equations are needed, but once you get familiar with them, the process is really easy to do. Everything works so well, one might think that nothing could possibly go wrong.
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Peregrine Extends Its High-Frequency Portfolio With 18 GHz UltraCMOS RF Switches
Peregrine Semiconductor Corp., founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, introduces the UltraCMOS PE42542 and PE42543 18 GHz SP4T broadband RF switches.
Czech Air Navigation Service Provider Opts For Virtual-Center-Capable IP Communications Solution From Rohde & Schwarz
Rohde & Schwarz has received the exclusive contract to upgrade the radio and voice communications systems used for air traffic control at three regional airports in the Czech Republic.
Richardson RFPD Introduces New 22–38 GHz Low Noise Amplifier From MACOM
Richardson RFPD, Inc. announced recently the availability and full design support capabilities for a new 22–38 GHz low noise amplifier from M/A-COM Technology Solutions.
Time Warner Cable Launches TWC WiFi Network In San Diego
Time Warner Cable Internet customers in San Diego can now stay connected away from home thanks to the company’s rapidly expanding WiFi network. Recently launched in the San Diego area, TWC WiFi already has more than 300 hotspots locally, with plans to add hundreds of additional hotspots by the end of 2014.
Aeroflex Incorporated Adds 26.5 GHz Capability To The Full-Featured 7700 Integrated Microwave Test System
Aeroflex Incorporated, a wholly owned subsidiary of Aeroflex Holding Corp., announced recently the 26.5 GHz high-frequency extension for the 7700 Integrated Microwave Test System.
LPKF To Demo Laser Direct Imaging (LDI) System
At the MicroTAS exhibit in San Antonio this October, LPKF will be showcasing the newest edition of the ProtoLaser family: the LPKF ProtoLaser LDI.
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