Newsletter | June 9, 2022

06.09.22 -- Industry 4.0 From The Semiconductor Industry's Perspective

Spotlight On Semiconductors, MMICs, & RFICs
Industry 4.0 From The Semiconductor Industry’s Perspective

At present, a paradigm shift, referred to frequently as Industry 4.0 — or Industrie 4.0 in Germany — is taking place. In international usage, terms like the (Industrial) Internet of Things, smart factory, or cyber physical (production) systems are often used interchangeably to refer to the same thing. Industry 4.0 refers to the global trend toward the digitization and networking of the industrial value chain and its products.

MMICs Vs. Discrete Circuits: What Are The Trade-Offs?

One major decision a PA module designer must make during development is the choice of architecture utilized in the amplification circuit. The two most widely used options are a monolithic microwave integrated circuit (MMIC) or a design built around discrete components.

Understanding Component EMC Testing For ICs

If you're producing integrated circuit (IC) products for electromagnetic environments, you must test and pass all the regulatory electromagnetic interference (EMI) and safety requirements. Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing is performed to ensure these components can be used in the intended environment without failing, degrading, or causing other equipment to fail.

Industry Insights
What Really Matters? ESD Specifications For Smartphone Antenna Tuners

Antenna tuners in smartphones, like other electronic components, must be able to withstand electrostatic discharge (ESD) at every stage from device manufacturing and smartphone assembly to consumer use. However, confusion exists about the level of ESD protection required at each stage. 

mMIMO Enables 5G, GaN On SiC Enables mMIMO

Massive multiple-input multiple-output (mMIMO) significantly increases the number of antennas on a single array. The emergence of gallium nitride (GaN) on high-thermal conductivity silicon carbide (SiC) substrate has enabled mMIMO implementation and thus 5G.

Capacitors In Space: Specifications For High-Reliability

Every single system contributes to the success of a space project, so they must maintain high quality and safety standards for long durations. Building and maintaining high-reliability applications is an expensive endeavor, especially if the team needs to send parts back to the ground for repair.

Investigate RF Power Amplifier Linearization Benefits In EDA

It is crucial early in the design process to determine performance enhancements through linearization of non-linear devices, in this case, the RF power amplifier (PA). The application note brings code examples and an exemplary setup for VSS software.

AN1307: Holdover In 5G Networks Using IEEE1588

The document discusses the role of holdover and its evolution from legacy SONET/SDH networks, which depend on frequency synchronization, up to modern 5G mobile telecommunication, that rely on frequency, phase, and time synchronization using IEEE 1588.

Operation Of Microwave Precision Fixed Attenuator Dice Up To 40 GHz

The YAT-D-Series MMIC attenuator dice from Mini-Circuits are fixed-value, absorptive attenuators designed with low thermal resistance, very wideband operation, and nominal attenuation values of 0 to 10 dB (in 1 dB steps). 

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Video: Wi-Fi 6 Signal Measurement Demo Using Boonton And Tabor Instruments

In this test setup, watch how products from both Boonton and Tabor demonstrate essential capabilities for accurate measurements of Wi-Fi 6 signals. In addition, Boonton and Tabor instruments have multi-channel solutions, which make them excellent tools to enable MIMO Wi-Fi applications.

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