Feature Articles

  1. Understanding Robust Wireless Communications For Industry 4.0

    Industry 4.0 is the new industrial revolution where existing systems are networked together to create cyber-physical systems. It is built on a reliable communications infrastructure enabling data extraction from machines, factories, and field devices to be sent to the cloud for aggregation and processing. This white paper discusses the importance of creating reliable wireless communications systems for Industry 4.0 and offers considerations for improving network coverage.

  2. EMI/EMC And Co-Existence Simulation Methodology For High Performance Digital, Mixed Signal, And RF Wireless Products

    This white paper challenges the achievements in the development of a new simulation methodology to estimate, investigate and address radiated EMI/EMC/Co-existence issues.

  3. Understanding The Basics Of MIMO Communication Technology

    MIMO technology is ideal for communications applications where clear line of sight is harder to achieve, and the abundance of RF and microwave systems can pose interference issues. This paper covers a range of basics of MIMO communications for readers of all technical levels.

  4. Optimizing EMC Testing With Pre-Compliance Test Chambers

    On-site testing is an efficient technique for completing EMC product testing to EMC industry standards. Shielded rooms and anechoic EMC test chambers are cost-effective, time-saving, offer confidentiality for company developments and patents, and increase reliability.

  5. Finding The “Missing Link”: Bringing Together Numerical Simulation And Antenna Measurement To Understand Deployed Antenna Performance

    This white paper presents the tools and techniques used to overcome limitations from unknown source model characterization and complexities of the environment for the most accurate source antenna measurements in the most complex test environments.

  6. Tunable MEMS Capacitor For RF Applications

    Tunable MEMS capacitors are micro-meter-scale electronic devices controlled through different actuation mechanisms. This paper proposes a design for an electro-thermally actuated tunable MEMS capacitor suitable for filters, oscillators, phase shifters, and impedance matching networks.

  7. Model-Based GaN PA Design Basics: What’s In An I-V Curve? (Part 2)

    Understanding the impact and nuances of I-V curves is a fundamental part of learning how to design GaN power amplifiers. Part 2 of the GaN design series introduces the basics of using nonlinear models to make the design process more accurate and efficient.

  8. Enabling 10 Gbps Cable Networks With Full Duplex DOCSIS 3.1

    Full Duplex DOCSIS 3.0, FDX for short, is one approach CATV operators are using to increase the capacity of HFC networks to support next-generation data requirements. This article discusses this new technology, its biggest challenges, and how MSOs and RF suppliers are bringing it to life.

  9. Why 50 Ohms?

    Have you ever wondered why engineers will quantify the ability of a 50-ohm matched module over a 75-ohm module? Where did the 50-ohms starting point come from? This article delves into the reasoning for making 50-ohms the standard measurement in the RF industry for testing amplifiers and module systems.

  10. Choosing The Right Connector For Communications Networks

    Several important considerations must be made when choosing a connector for communications systems. This white paper will compare and contrast both classical and new connectors, and highlight their differences in terms of electrical and mechanical performance for specific applications.