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  • Amazon’s New Smartphone Boasts High-End RF And Imaging Components
    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
    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
    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.

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    In part I, I described how I came up with the EM port calibration theory that we have been using very successfully for nearly 30 years. It is so simple. To de-embed a single, lonely port, just EM analyze a 2-port through line of length L, and a second one of length 2L, do some magic math (described in Part I and in [1] and [2]), and we have beautiful, fully de-embedded EM analysis data for that lonely port. (If we have additional lonely ports, just repeat the process for those ports, one at a time, as well.)

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    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.

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  • Frost & Sullivan: Demand For Accurate, Lightweight Test And Measurement Sensors Set To Increase

    Test and measurement is a prerequisite for constant innovation and improvement in the development and manufacturing space. In turn, monitoring various operating conditions such as acceleration, pressure, temperature, magnetic field and frequency range while performing test and measurement tasks automatically necessitates a variety of sensors. As innovations in testing methods gather pace, the development of sensors used in test and measurement applications too will pick up.

  • Nokia Networks To Buy Part Of Panasonic's Wireless Network Business

    Nokia Networks recently announced that it has entered into a memorandum of understanding to acquire part of the wireless networks business of Panasonic System Networks Company Limited. The agreement covers Panasonic's mobile phone (LTE/3G) wireless base station system business for mobile operators and related wireless equipment system business.

  • Haigh-Farr Highlights Small Satellite Capabilities At The 2014 AIAA/USU Conference On Small Satellites

    Recognizing the increasing importance of the small-satellite market, Haigh-Farr, a Business Unit within the Vitec Group, and a world leader in the simulation, design, manufacture and test of integrated antennas, has engineered and deployed a range of innovative antenna products to drive communications for this growing segment. Haigh-Farr will feature its complete range of small satellite capabilities at the AIAA/USU Conference on Small Satellites (Booth 103), internationally recognized as the premier conference on this segment of the industry.

  • Qualcomm Dumps Package In First CMOS PA Offering
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    The highly promoted RF PA devices from Qualcomm are starting to hit production phones. The first phone built with the Qualcomm PAs utilizes both the QFE2320 (for low-band) and QFE2340 (for high-band) multi-mode/multi-band (MMMB) PAs.

  • Silicon Labs Launches Industry’s Lowest Jitter Clock Family For Data Centers And Internet Infrastructure

    Silicon Labs, a leader in high-performance, analog-intensive, mixed-signal ICs, recently introduced the industry’s most frequency-flexible clock solutions offering industry-leading jitter performance for high-speed networking, communications and data center equipment serving as the foundation of today’s Internet infrastructure.

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    Icon Media Holdings, Inc. (PINKSHEETS: ICNM), a Raleigh, NC-based technology company, announced today that it has launched Spectrum Velocity to provide turn-key technical services for the "In-Building" and Distributed Antenna System (DAS) wireless markets.

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