Feature Articles

  1. Development Of The Next-Generation Openvpx-Based Embedded System Standard
    10/8/2019

    Something exciting is happening in the service representative community. Representatives from three different programs, one from each of the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) services, have come together with a common objective to solve their respective acquisition problems with an agreed upon, open architecture standard. Here is the final part of a 3-part article covering the SOSA (Sensor Open System Architecture) Consortium’s efforts.

  2. Introduction to ANSYS® 5G Antenna Solutions
    10/3/2019

    5G promises a spectacular world of wireless communications systems. It presents lucrative opportunities in consumer electronics, internet-of-things (IoT), advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), telecommunications, entertainment, medical, transportation and other sectors. This white paper addresses the complexity of designing various points in these kinds of systems, and discusses how ANSYS products are a possible solution to design and simulate antenna systems, antenna-to-antenna coupling, environmental effects on signal propagation as well as V2V and V2X communication for traditional and autonomous vehicles.

  3. Introduction Into Theory Of Direction Finding
    10/2/2019

    While direction finding for navigation purposes is becoming less important, there is a growing demand for determining the location of emitters as the mobility of communications equipment increases. The importance of direction finding lies in the fact that spread-spectrum techniques are increasingly used for wireless communications. This means that the spectral components can only be allocated to a specific emitter if the direction is known. Direction finding is therefore an indispensable first step in radio-detection, particularly since reading the contents of such emissions is usually impossible.

  4. Functionality Testing Of Automotive Infotainment Devices
    9/27/2019

    Modern day vehicle interactivity takes place on the centrally placed touchscreen head unit display (HUD) on the car dashboard and their infotainment systems have become a central hub for a wide range of vehicular functionality. These systems provide driver entertainment and information by integrating different functions. Examples include in-vehicle connectivity with wireless devices and connecting with external communications, transmission, radio and satellite network providers. This article discusses the challenges of functionality testing in automotive infotainment devices and presents a test and measurement solution.

  5. The Wi-Fi Evolution
    9/26/2019

    If you are looking to buy a new wireless networking gear or a mobile device, you may be overwhelmed by too many choices and abbreviations. Since Wi-Fi was first released to consumers in 1997, its standards have been continually evolving – typically resulting in faster speeds and network/spectrum efficiency – and it can be difficult to keep track of new standards. This paper is meant to help you understand the basics of Wi-Fi standards, and provides and overview of the evolution of Wi-Fi technologies.

  6. Resolving Interference In A Crowded Wi-Fi Environment Using BAW Filters (Part 2)
    9/26/2019

    There are any number of strategies that consumers can try to fix interference problems with Wi-Fi in their homes, but as an RF engineer, how can you design a Wi-Fi access point that addresses the biggest interference issues from the outset? 

  7. Making 5G Work: Accelerating Testing Across The Workflow To Put 5G Devices In The Hands Of Customers
    9/19/2019

    5G represents an exponential increase in technical complexity with challenges coming from 5G new radio (NR), massive multiple input multiple output (MIMO), millimeter-wave (mmWave) frequencies, and over-the-air (OTA) test methods. Device makers must effectively overcome these challenges to reach commercialization faster than the competition. This paper includes useful tips to help manufacturers accelerate time to market across the 5G workflow and reach first-to-market status.

  8. Model-Based GaN PA Design Basics: GaN Transistor S-Parameters, Linear Stability Analysis And Resistive Stabilization
    9/19/2019

    S-parameter matching is used to maximize gain and gain flatness in simple linear RF/microwave amplifier designs. This same S-parameter data is used to develop matching networks that address amplifier stability. This paper discusses the importance of using modeling for basic S-parameter and stability analyses in the gallium nitride (GaN) power amplifier (PA) design process. It also focuses attention on a simple two-port stability analysis derived from linear S-parameter calculations. The nonlinear Qorvo GaN power transistor model from the Modelithics Qorvo GaN Library, in combination with simulation templates and Keysight Advanced Design System (ADS) software.

  9. Connectivity Q & A: Reducing Wi-Fi Interference
    9/19/2019

    Wi-Fi Tech & Trends is Qorvo's new blog series that features questions and answers from Tony Testa, Director of Wireless Connectivity Solutions. In this article, Tony will provide insight on the latest Wi-Fi design tips, trends and innovative solutions.

  10. Piletest Uses The Fischer LP360™ Connector In Pile Echo Tester To Test Pile Foundation Integrity
    9/17/2019

    Piletest uses Fischer Freedom™ in its Pile Echo Tester. Fischer Connectors first produced a prototype using Piletest’s oiled cable to test mechanical constraints, then two prototypes to test electrical constraints. Piletest’s specific requirements were twofold: their design engineers needed a solution that could easily be integrated into their device and their end users needed PET to be rugged, IP68-sealed, fully cleanable and ultra-easy to connect. As a result, Piletest chose the Fischer Freedom™ Series full connectivity solution.