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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.
Why Is Apple Stockpiling RF Engineers?
Paul Chang, former principal engineer, project manager, and RF chip lead at Broadcom, recently migrated to Apple, further substantiating rumors that Apple plans on designing and building baseband processors in-house. Chang worked at Broadcom for over 11 years, helping develop a “series of cellular mobile communications CMOS semiconductor products,” including a number of 65 nm quadband single chip transceivers.
Where Does Commercial Satellite Use Fit Into Military Communications?
Understanding the need for commercial satellite integration
Spectrum analyzers can be used to neutralize electronic warfare threats.
Design considerations for wireless body area networks
The damaging effects of EMI
Maybe you know who invented microscopes, ballpoints, or glasses. Sometimes, inventors are well-known names that we encounter in history classes. But they may as well be geniuses forgotten by history. Companies and research institutes also have inventors. Imec’s patent group receives about 300 invention report sheets (IRS) per year. These are the documents that our researchers complete when they are convinced that they have found a unique solution. These ideas lead to over 100 patents per year. Bob Verbruggen is a regular visitor to the patent group, having written 15 invention reports in less than 10 years. We asked him to talk about his work on analogue-to-digital convertors (ADCs).
Pulsed VNA Measurements: When And Why Do I Need To Re-Calibrate?
This is the final installment of a guest series written by Walt Strickler of Anritsu Company.
EM De-Embedding Magic – Part I: What’s the Problem, Anyway?
Way, way back in 1986, when I was developing the Method of Moments software that we are selling today , , I encountered (and overcame) many problems. One problem first became apparent when I was demonstrating prototype software at HP (now Agilent, soon to be Keysight Technologies) in Santa Rosa, one of my research sponsors. The results did not look so good. When we compared the results to measurement, the differences steadily increased as we went up in frequency. My funding from HP could be in jeopardy. Not good.
RF Signal Capture And The Beauty Of The Digital Domain
From defense systems to wireless communications networks, bandwidth is an issue to be reckoned with. In the defense industry, electronic warfare (EW) systems in particular have always needed as much of this commodity as it can get, but it has now been joined by radar systems that have operating bandwidths in excess of 1 GHz, which presents significant challenges for their designers as well as those who must measure their performance. By Jim Taber, director of sales and marketing, X-COM Systems
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Patients Use World’s First Mobile Pacemaker Station
England’s National Health Service (NHS) has launched its first mobile pacemaker station in the town of Southampton. The station has been designed to allow patients with pacemakers to conduct regular check-ups without having to visit a doctor.
'Comb On A Chip' Powers New NIST/Caltech Atomic Clock Design
Researchers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and California Institute of Technology (Caltech) have demonstrated a new design for an atomic clock that is based on a chip-scale frequency comb, or a microcomb.
Agilent Technologies' PXIe Modular Vector Signal Test Solution Accelerates Smarter Micro's Power Amplifier Development
Agilent Technologies Inc. recently announced that Smarter Micro has selected the Agilent PXIe modular vector signal test solution to accelerate the development of its latest reconfigurable multimode, multiband power amplifier.
Peregrine Semiconductor And RF Micro Devices Settle All Outstanding Litigation
Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation, founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, and RF Micro Devices, Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency solutions, recently announced that they have settled all outstanding claims between the companies.
Radio Frequency ID Tags On Honey Bees Reveal Hive Dynamics
Scientists attached radio-frequency identification (RFID) tags to hundreds of individual honey bees and tracked them for several weeks. The effort yielded two discoveries: Some foraging bees are much busier than others; and if those busy bees disappear, others will take their place.
NASA's HS3 Mission Spotlight: The HIRAD Instrument
The Hurricane Imaging Radiometer, known as HIRAD, will fly aboard one of two unmanned Global Hawk aircraft during NASA's Hurricane Severe Storm Sentinel or HS3 mission from Wallops beginning August 26 through September 29.
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