Feature Articles

  1. High Speed Interconnects And How To Accurately Characterize Your Device
    8/29/2017

    This application note discusses how to use VNAs for time domain measurements, as well as how the time and frequency domain relate, and what to look out for when measuring them.

  2. How New DAC Technologies Are Changing Radar & EW Signal Generation
    8/28/2017

    Application areas in radar and EW system, sub-system, assembly, and component design work have complex signal generation needs, leading to the use of custom-designed solutions for analog signal generation that are expensive and inflexible compared to COTS alternatives.

  3. Spectrum Monitoring Techniques
    8/25/2017

    Spectrum monitoring can be used to ensure that the RF communications we all depend on for both civilian and defense applications work, and work well. The need for effective spectrum monitoring will only grow for the foreseeable future. This paper will help in understanding the trade-offs in monitoring spectrum, as well as how to set up an analyzer for each situation.

  4. Smart Homes For Seniors: How The IoT Can Help Aging Parents Live At Home Longer
    8/23/2017

    The population of adults 85 and older in the U.S. will roughly triple between 2015 and 2060, making it the fastest-growing age group over this time period. This has become a major concern for families taking care of seniors who will be living on their own. Qorvo’s Senior Lifestyle System has been tested and used for the last 15 years in assisted living communities in Europe to help seniors live more independently. Within a few weeks, this system learns the routine day-to-day activities of the senior resident, provides intelligent status updates in a dashboard app, and sends alerts to designated caregivers if something unexpected happens.

  5. Advanced Techniques For Spurious Measurements With R&S FSW-K50
    8/21/2017

    One of the most demanding measurements in the design, verification, and production of RF and microwave devices is a spurious emission search with the use of spectrum analyzers. This paper reviews the basics of spurious measurements and how the parameters used can affect the detection performance.

  6. Role Call: Consultant Engineer
    8/21/2017

    Role Call is a new series on RF Globalnet that will look at different jobs and career paths in the RF and Microwave industry. We’ll explore what each position entails, how much you have to know, and what experience you need to get started. The first position we have explored is a consultant engineer. Andy Dearn, the Principal Consultant Engineer at Plextek RFI Ltd., let us take a peek behind the curtain, revealing everything from the most exciting aspects of his job to the mundane day-to-day activities.

  7. Determining Integrated-Phase-Deviation In Phase-Noise Measurements
    8/18/2017

    Many spectrum analyzers can detect phase noise levels automatically, making phase noise measurements a task without much thought. This paper discusses key aspects in determining phase noise measurements, and presents formulas and examples that may be used for simplifying measurements.

  8. 5 Ways To Improve Your Technical Communication
    8/15/2017

    Whether we’re pitching to investors, networking at a trade show, or giving a conference presentation, our message impacts the results. If we’re not thoughtful about how we structure that content, select details, and deliver the information, it’s easy to lose the quality and clarity of our communication.

  9. Providing Coverage To The YYC Calgary International Airport
    8/14/2017

    What makes communication so challenging in an airport is its large coverage area and high-capacity requirements. That’s the challenge YYC Calgary International Airport faced when it built its new international terminal. 

  10. How Connectors Perform In Harsh Corrosive Environments
    8/11/2017

    It is important to understand the main factors driving corrosion, and how to make the best interconnection choices for a long-lasting and reliable solution. This white paper discusses the key factors in selecting the best connectivity options for even the most robust and corrosive application environments.