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10.08.19 -- Special Edition: Antennas / IEEE Phased Array Systems And Technology (PAST) Preview

Special Edition: Antennas
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2019 IEEE International Symposium On Phased Array Systems And Technology

October 15 to 18, 2019 | Waltham, MA

Phased array systems continue to evolve rapidly, with steady advances motivated by the challenges presented to modern military and commercial applications. This symposium will present the most recent advances in phased array technology and provide a unique opportunity for members of the international community to interact with colleagues in the field of phased array systems and technology.

Must-See Companies At IEEE Phased Array Systems And Technology (PAST)
Physical Size Allocations For RF Electronics In Digital Beamforming Phased Arrays
White Paper | Analog Devices, Inc.

This white paper focuses on the physical size requirements for the electronics in digital beamforming phased arrays. The physical size requirements as a function of the operating frequency are discussed, and practical implementation methods are reviewed.

Anticipating The Next Revolution In Engineering Simulation
White Paper | ANSYS, Inc.

A new era of simulation “democratization” requires a new generation of software—one that allows companies to apply simulation with more flexibility, improves development process accuracy, enables multiple physics to be studied simultaneously, and increases collaboration and best practice adoption.

Addressing Phase Noise Challenges In Radar And Communication Systems
Application Note | Custom MMIC

The most critical parameter in defining target acquisition for radar and spectral integrity in communication systems is phase noise. This application note discusses the importance of phase noise and what can be done to lessen its effects in microwave systems.

Determining Ripple Current Capability In Tantalum Hybrid Capacitors
Article | By David Evans, Evans Capacitor Company

The tantalum hybrid capacitor fits where other capacitors do not, but its small size is sometimes a disadvantage in heat dissipation. This paper evaluates the relationship between ripple current and temperature rise in tantalum hybrid capacitors.

Understanding And Testing Multichannel RF Systems With Signal Generators
White Paper | Keysight Technologies

As the number of antennas grow in wireless systems, test complexity also increases. As a result, it is necessary to generate multiple RF channels for receiver testing and to analyze multiple RF channels for transmitter testing.

CST Studio Suite Simulations Replace Prototype Builds For Convergentia
Case Study | CST of America, Inc.

Convergentia, the world’s first “virtual build factory,” provides virtual prototyping services to customers in the consumer electronics market and many other industries. 

Must-See Products At IEEE Phased Array Systems And Technology (PAST)
Pentek Radar And SDR I/O Product Catalog

This catalog introduces Pentek’s Radar and SDR I/O – PMC/XMC products, including many of the Cobalt, Onyx, and Jade family products.

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High-Performance, 3D EM Field Solver: EMPIRE XPU

EMPIRE XPU is a 3D electromagnetic field simulator based on the powerful finite difference time domain (FDTD) method. This software uses a CPU-based workflow, which outperforms GPU hardware acceleration in both speed and memory access. It is ideal for a variety of applications, including planar and multi-layered circuits, antennas, microwave passive components, RF-MEMS structures, SI analysis of packages and PCBs, antenna arrays, radar cross section, and waveguide components.

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Antennas For Tactical Communications

This brochure provides an overview of Cobham’s Link16, MIDS, JTRS, and JTIDS tactical communications antennas. These antennas have been used in ground-to-air terrestrial, naval, and airborne communications applications with great success.

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5G, 526-Element Active Antenna Kit: AWA-0134

Anokiwave offers the AWA-0134 active array antenna with a 256-element single beam or 4x64-element MU-MIMO operation for 5G wireless applications. The surface-mount assembled antenna board is developed using planar antenna technology resulting in a very low-profile, lightweight unit, and demonstrates the high performance via its low-power silicon integration and efficient antenna layout and design.

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Must-See Demonstration At IEEE Phased Array Systems And Technology (PAST)
Altair Compose For Generation Of Antenna Array Excitations

Altair Compose software is an environment for doing calculations, manipulating and visualizing data (including from CAE simulations or test results), programming and debugging scripts useful for repeated computations and process automation. This video demonstration shows how Altair Compose allows the automatic generation of antenna ray excitations with seamless calculations.


DSI’s Directed Energy Symposium will address the increasing need across the military to develop offensive and defensive directed energy capabilities. With emerging threats from near-peer competitors and continued operations against non-state actors, the need for directed energy capabilities will only continue to increase. These systems have the potential to prevent future missile attacks, or counter enemy drones, as the future battlefield becomes more technologically advanced.

Beamforming For An 8x8 Planar Phased Patch Antenna Array For 5G At 28 GHz
White Paper | Remcom

An 8x8 planar antenna array creates narrow beams capable of scanning large sectors in front of the antenna. This example focuses on displaying typical simulation results for beams and possible plots of coverage from the full array and combinations of sub-arrays.

Design Technologies For MIMO And Phased-Array Antenna Development
Application Note | National Instruments (NI)

Complexity and cost issues involved in developing communications systems based on phased-array antennas are addressed through new functionalities in electronic design automation (EDA) software.

Design Of A Cost-Effective, Hybrid Input-Matched GaN Transistor For S-Band Radar Applications
Guest Column | By Robert Smith and Liam Devlin, Plextek RFI; and Richard Martin and Thomas Landon, Qorvo Inc., RF Globalnet

This article describes design of a GaN transistor with internal GaAs input matching. The input matching network is designed for the 2.7 to 3.5 GHz frequency range, making the transistor suitable for S-band radar applications.

Millimeter-Wave Beamforming: Antenna Array Design Choices And Characterization
White Paper | By M. Reil and G. Lloyd, Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG

This paper discusses fundamentals of beamforming technology, including signals, antennas, and current transceiver architectures. The paper included calculation methods for radiation patterns and some simulations results, as well as showing some real-world measurement results for small linear arrays.

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Antenna Selection By Test Type Catalog

Are you ready to find the antenna that fits your testing needs? This A.H. Systems catalog simplifies antenna selection by categorizing some affordable and reliable EMI antenna options by test type.

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