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How does a reputable component supplier guard against counterfeit components?

December 14, 2009 11:47 am | Comments

Welcome to Brainstorm! The detection of counterfeit components has become increasingly difficult. The majority of parts have the same or similar markings as their qualified counterpart. In many cases, the identification of major manufacturers is applied despite manufacturers' efforts at product differentiation.

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High Temperature MLVs and Low Capacitance MLVs Improve Auto Designs and Reliability

December 14, 2009 11:47 am | Comments

With recent technical advancements, MLVs can now be used throughout the growing number of modules and interfaces in under hood automotive applications. By Ron Demcko, AVX click to enlarge Figure 1. Integration Capacitor Charge Calculations.

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Introduction to LTE Base Station RF Conformance Testing

December 14, 2009 11:47 am | Comments

By Moray Rumney and Hiroshi Yanagawa, Agilent Technologies, Inc. Operator acceptance testing is yet another step in the process and includes more user-centric tests. click to enlarge Table 1. Base station RF transmitter characteristics tests.

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The Old Way

October 28, 2009 8:11 am | Comments

Power Optimization Welcome to Brainstorm! To meet the challenge of increased power consumption in today's complex and integrated designs, a variety of techniques are available to be used in combination. What tools and techniques are available today that help designers to find the optimal power solution very early in the design process? By Vandana Lokeshwar, Technical Marketing Manager, Newark Environmentally driven design guidelines covering aspects such as power efficiency and standby consumption are coming into force in US, European and Asian markets, and have a major impact on power design in new products.

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Make the right choice early in the design cycle.

October 28, 2009 8:11 am | Comments

Welcome to Brainstorm! The antenna is a key component in an RF system and can have a major impact on performance. What are the most desirable antenna characteristics when used in a MIMO technology-based wireless device? By Monty Rohde, Product Management Director, Laird Technologies, Inc.

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The Hidden Challenge of MIMO Test

October 15, 2009 11:08 am | Comments

Today, engineers can combine modern RF signal analyzers with a basic understanding of digital downconversion to produce a tightly synchronized MIMO measurement solution. By David A. Hall, National Instruments click to enlarge Figure 1.

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Build Agility through Wireless Networks Designed Right

October 15, 2009 9:33 am | Comments

Designing a wireless data network without fully accounting for the mix of applications, the types of client devices and number of users risks reduced performance. By Dr. Roger Skidmore, Motorola click to enlarge Figure 1.

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Protecting Chinese 3G Base Stations

October 15, 2009 9:02 am | Comments

Judicious use of the appropriate protective circuits and devices in cellular base stations can greatly improve reliability and ensure required compliance with YD5098-2005. By Teddy To, China, Littelfuse Inc. click to enlarge Figure 1.

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WiMAX 101 The Evolution of WiMAX

October 14, 2009 9:18 am | Comments

With networks built around an infrastructure of base stations and subscriber stations like WiMAX, the size of the infrastructure and the number of deployments is a key consideration. John Schwartz, Digi International It is always interesting whenever a new standard is adopted or starts to gain some ubiquity in the marketplace.

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State-of-the-Art IC: Transmitter in Ultrasound Devices

October 14, 2009 9:18 am | Comments

Lower voltage IC technologies now enable ultrasound receiver chips with unprecedented high gain and low noise numbers. By Ismail Oguzman and Arash Loloee, Texas Instruments click to enlarge Figure 1. Typical block-diagram of a complete medical ultrasound system.

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Pay Per Click: What's This All About?

October 14, 2009 9:17 am | Comments

Nancy Maas Editor-in-Chief A recent article on the Associated Press site indicated that several of the world's most prominent technology companies are offering suggestions to newspaper publishers on how they can charge readers for news online.

Bringing the Real World into the Lab for 4G Wireless Testing

October 2, 2009 8:51 am | Comments

Failure to test base-station or mobile device receivers under realistic conditions can add significant risk in terms of support costs, churn, and operational costs. By Arashk “Ash” Mahjoubi-Amine, Spirent Communications click to enlarge Figure 1.

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Challenges of LTE Basestation and Handset Testing

August 13, 2009 7:18 am | Comments

With the pressure on infrastructure equipment vendors to deliver quickly to market, structured, incremental and flexible test programs are essential for the development integration, verification and optimization of LTE infrastructure. By Phil Medd and Nick Carter of Aeroflex Test Solutions click to enlarge Figure 1.

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Has Moore's Law Outlived its Usefulness?

August 12, 2009 1:02 pm | Comments

Nancy Maas Editor-in-Chief There is an interesting topic being debated on various industry blogs right now. One that is very polarizing and may impact the semiconductor industry far beyond what we have seen thus far. The critical question seems to be: How long will Moore's Law be reliable? Moore's Law, named after Intel Corporation co-founder Gordon Moore, states that the number of transistors that can be placed on an integrated circuit doubles roughly every two years.

Smart Design Strategies for the Wired and Wireless Network

August 4, 2009 6:52 am | Comments

Planning and designing an integrated wired/wireless network before construction begins pays big dividends later. By Ahmet Tuncay, Trapeze Networks and Paul Kish, Belden. click to enlarge Figure 1. Additional cabling from wiring closet switches to Wi-Fi mounting locations in ceilings should be accounted for in the initial cabling plan, leaving a 15- to 20-foot service loop at the end as wiggle room in case AP locations later require adjusting.

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