Feature Articles

  1. Demystifying Over-The-Air Testing – Important Antenna Parameters, Test System Setup, And Calibration
    6/27/2019

    The step from conducted measurements to OTA testing changes the measurement requirements to a certain degree, so users must have a basic understanding of antennas and antenna measurements.

  2. Reliable And Flexible Simulation Of Angle Of Arrival (AoA)
    6/27/2019

    The purpose of radar warning equipment is to detect, measure, and identify radar signals to provide a warning so available countermeasures can be taken. It is also mandatory to have direction finding (DF) capabilities to identify the angle of arrival (AoA) of a signal. It is highly desirable that engineers have a simulator that can provide test signals for simulating the AoA. This white paper presents a solution from Rohde & Schwarz designed to meet the challenges associated with simulating the AoA of radar signals.

  3. Choosing The Right Route To Low-Power Cellular IoT: User Guide To Simplifying LTE-M/NB-IoT Design Projects
    6/25/2019

    Cellular transformation is underway in the medical and industrial space with the push for low-power cellular networks such as LTE CAT-M1 and NB-IoT. These technologies are unleashing a new wave of IoT devices that drastically reduce cost and operate for years on a single battery. But that’s just the start. Combining low-power cellular with Bluetooth 5 offers two best-in-class wireless technologies to bridge local sensors, phones, people, gateways, and the cloud into one seamless extension.

  4. 3 Series MDO Spectrum Analyzer Vs. Oscilloscope FFT Comparison
    6/25/2019

    Mixed Domain Oscilloscopes (MDO) have built-in spectrum analyzers with an RF input ideal for significantly higher dynamic ranges, versus an oscilloscope using a regular input and an FFT function. 

  5. 4 Tips For 5G New Radio Signal Creation
    6/19/2019

    Working with 5G New Radio (NR) technologies requires dealing with millimeter-wave (mmWave) frequencies, wide channel bandwidths, and complex multi-antenna configurations. To properly simulate 5G NR compliant signals for testing transmitters and receivers of base stations, metrology-grade reference signals are required to see the true characteristics of the device under test (DUT). This white paper outlines the steps to get started on the next phase of the 5G rollout. Insights include tips on how to create and evaluate 5G NR signals, and what to watch for during design validation.

  6. How Wireless RF And Microwaves Affect The World Around You
    6/13/2019

    Learning, teaching, communicating, entertainment, and healthcare have been sculpted around wireless RF technologies. This article dives into the use of RF and microwave technologies in our daily lives, from the largest satellites orbiting earth to the radios conservationists use in Africa.

  7. Tips And Trends: Small Cell 5G Systems
    6/12/2019

    The role of small cells is increasing with each new network and is driven by the need for faster data speeds and capacity. This article presents the latest insights on small cell market trends, RF front-end challenges, and practical solutions to meet user and manufacturer needs.

  8. Qorvo’s 100 MHz ET For 5G
    6/5/2019

    As cellular technology advances and modulation complexity increases, the requirements on RF components have become more and more stringent. RF Power and linearity demands have continued to rise opposing the strong desire for decreased current consumption, which directly affects both battery life and thermal performance. 5G is no exception. 5G’s specifications impose a difficulty multiplier, creating unprecedented RF challenges for our industry.

  9. Using Broadband Bypass Capacitors For High Speed Optical And mmWave
    5/31/2019

    This article examines the use of broadband bypass capacitors for use in microwave and mmWave frequencies, especially those used in RF applications and optical communications.

  10. The Price Of Reliability: Considerations For Buyers
    5/31/2019

    By making a small component change, one could extend an implantable medical device's reliability and lifespan by preventing battery related complications. This paper explores the cost of device failures and discusses how proper testing and supplier considerations can help capacitor sourcing.