Featured Articles

  1. Wideband Millimeter-Wave Signal Generation And Analysis
    3/29/2018

    A set of multiple instruments is required to generate wideband digital modulated signals found in the V-band and above. This application note describes how to use R&S products for V-band signal generation and analysis up to 500 MHz modulation bandwidth, and how to expand modulation bandwidth up to 2 GHz. 

  2. Outphasing, Envelope, And Doherty Transmitter Test And Measurement
    3/29/2018

    Meeting the requirements for energy efficiency of RF frontends can become challenging at high operating frequencies and bandwidths, such as those proposed for 5G. A solution is a group of transmitter RFFE architectures whose signal output is constructed from two or more efficiently generated components is put in effect to enable distortion to be completely eliminated. This application note focuses on the capabilities of multi-channel signal synthesis setups within the R&S®SMW200A, in combination with the R&S®FSW analyzer to enable measurement and development of energy efficient frontends.

  3. Fundamentals Of An RF Design
    3/29/2018

    This white paper covers the fundamentals of designing an RF communication system, including coverage on the transmission medium, wave propagation, free space path loss, transmit and receive portion, link design and other key components. The article will also discuss the required test equipment and considerations during the design, development and verification processes.

  4. EMC Compliance Testing: Improve Throughput With Time Domain Scanning
    3/28/2018

    The process of electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) testing requires detailed and exacting methodologies to ensure accurately measured emissions. To grow revenue without adding the considerable expense of new test site installations, companies must streamline the EMC product test cycle to maximize the throughput of their existing compliance facilities. Time domain scan is a technology that can reduce receiver scan time significantly, shortening overall test time to help increase revenue and introduce more products to market faster. This application note will provide an overview of time domain scan, discuss the test scenarios in which it provides the greatest time savings, and assess the trade-offs between time domain speed and receiver overload protection.

  5. Harmonic Injection Doubles Ultra-Wideband TWT RF Output
    3/28/2018

    Using harmonic injection on an ultra-wideband TWT is a relatively new concept that works to cancel the naturally-generated second (and/or third) harmonic within the TWT, and therefore recover the available beam power back into the low-end fundamental frequencies. 

  6. The Road To 5G
    3/22/2018

    While some of the challenges that lie ahead to meet the 5G requirements may still seem daunting, simulation can already be used today to develop understanding and explore innovative solutions. FEKO offers comprehensive solutions for device and base station antenna design, while WinProp will determine the requirements for successful network deployment.

  7. Using Microwave And Millimeter Wave Radiometers
    3/16/2018

    Microwave radiometric sensors are devices used to detect electromagnetic energy. This white paper expresses the reasoning for certain radiometer calibrations and other modes of operation in regards to the sensor’s subsystems.

  8. Choosing Blocking Capacitors — It’s More Than Just Values
    3/16/2018

    Capacitors often are used to create filters, generate DC protection, and build bypass networks. This article discusses how to improve RF performance by using fewer capacitors that block DC and pass AC current, and how to choose these capacitors based on real world performance.

  9. Mall Communication Solutions
    3/15/2018

    At shopping malls, consumers also are able to find various types of entertainment, dining options, spa services, childcare, etc. This white paper presents Bird’s Distributed Antenna Systems (DAS) solution for meeting these wireless communications difficulties.

  10. RF Power Measurements In The Field
    3/14/2018

    Measuring RF power in a field environment can be accomplished accurately and inexpensively. It also involves a great deal of care and proper training to ensure equipment is accurately measured. Either way, accurate field power measurements will ensure transmitting equipment is operating properly.