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LTE-Advanced & Carrier Aggregation - An RF Double Whammy

February 18, 2015 12:58 pm | by Jeremy Hendy, VP Marketing, Nujira | Comments

Although RF engineers are still largely focused on maximizing the efficiency and performance of LTE front ends, LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) will soon introduce a range of new challenges and complexity that need to be overcome in handsets ...           

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Octopart’s Common Parts Library for Connected Device Products

February 11, 2015 3:21 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

Wireless Design and Development (WDD) sat down with Sam Wurzel, co-founder of Octopart to discuss the inspiration behind the CPL and what main benefits it provides for users ...                      

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5 Smart Careers for Future Engineers

February 9, 2015 10:28 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Two new books from Start Engineering introduce grade school and high school students to the ins and outs of engineering, including some little-known fields. “Start Engineering: A Career Guide” explains various engineering fields and their real-world, high-tech applications to high school students. For younger readers, “Dream Invent Create” is a similar work in poetry instead of prose, good for reading out loud to grades K through 2 ...

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Gates talks Microsoft Personal Agent, Philanthropy in Reddit AMA

February 2, 2015 2:18 pm | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Bill Gates took to Reddit for an AMA on Jan. 29 to talk about philanthropy, drinking water made from recycled human feces, and artificial intelligence in a question-and-answer spanning 14,569 comments. In one notable post Gates said that he was working with Microsoft ...                             

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More Wireless Means Better Wires – the Case for NBASE-T

January 27, 2015 2:08 pm | by Larry O’Connell, Vitesse Semiconductor | Comments

Enterprise LANs, service providers and other network operators are experiencing a sharp rise in the demand for wireless connectivity driven by the growing use of mobile devices. The wireless half of the solution is to deploy high-capacity Wi-Fi access points, which support the new IEEE 802.11ac Wave-2 standard ...                

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CommScope Offers Free DAS Training to Women

January 27, 2015 10:30 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

Women play an important role in various STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers, offering major contributions that have developed some of the most amazing technology available today. However, it is no secret that women can be under-represented when it comes to STEM careers ...           

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Basketball Drills, Passing Fads, and How to Trick a Fitness Tracker

January 27, 2015 10:13 am | by Megan Crouse, Real-Time Digital Reporter, @abmdigi | Comments

Fitness trackers are good at tracking steps on a walk, but not so much at tracking how many calories someone burns, said a study begun by the American Council on Exercise ...                                   

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A Guide for Understanding Range in RF Devices

January 21, 2015 5:44 pm | by Chris Downey, Product Director, Laird and Stephanie Lubrano, Marketing Communications Specialist, Laird | Comments

There are many factors that go into deploying a radio frequency (RF) solution. One that is often overlooked is the environment of the chosen application. Whether you are looking to connect across 10 meters in a crowded hall or 10 kilometers outdoors, the environment ...              

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Circling Back to the Mobile Revolution

January 13, 2015 11:30 am | by Eric Bilange, Head of Rich Engagement Services, Acision | Comments

Amongst many technological advances, 2014 witnessed smart watches hit the market with the same (or better) computing and processing power as desktops. Such developments are driving new levels of smart device adoption, with the GSMA predicting penetration rates to reach 75 percent in Europe and North America by 2020 ...              

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Achieving Accurate & Fast Multi-Channel Power Measurements over a Wide Dynamic Range

January 8, 2015 8:15 pm | by Sook-Hua Wong, Keysight Technologies | Comments

The traditional key requirements for RF power measurements for wireless chipset or power amplifier manufacturing are good repeatability, fast measurement speed, and high accuracy ...                                    

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Brainstorm: IoT Impact on Spectrum Analyzers

January 6, 2015 12:05 pm | by WDD Staff | Comments

The “internet of things” is having a clear impact on spectrum analysis on quite a few fronts. Frequency utilization is becoming more refined and deployed services are vying for ever-diminishing spectrum. The constant proliferation of unique wireless applications is having a clear impact on end-product design considerations, and ... 

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How to Connect the ‘Other 3 Billion’ People

December 19, 2014 9:56 am | by Meaghan Ziemba, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

In attempts to connect the “other three billion”, O3b Networks is launching four additional satellites to accompany its existing network (launched in 2013) that is connecting, enabling, and transforming parts of the world that are currently unconnected and underserved ...           

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Improving Power Efficiency in Mobile Devices

December 12, 2014 3:00 pm | by Phyllis Cosentino, Senior Product Manager, National Instruments | Comments

We rely heavily on mobile devices for a wide range of our needs, from serving as our primary method of communication to being a flashlight or alarm clock. The last thing any user wants is a dead battery. To extend battery life and improve efficiency, designers are focused on the power efficiency of the radio, particularly for modern communication ... 

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Solid-State Transistors Re-Invent the Microwave

December 11, 2014 2:57 pm | by Meaghan Ziemba, Editor, @MZiembaWDD | Comments

We’re all familiar with the microwave. It has changed the way we cook meals by allowing families to rapidly heat food that, before, took some time to prepare ...                                  

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Powering Underground Wireless Sensors

December 10, 2014 11:50 am | by Sol Jacobs, Tadiran Batteries | Comments

Wireless devices have become ubiquitous, with new applications continually emerging to address the needs of a technology-driven world. Wireless devices can now be found virtually everywhere; from underwater sensor networks that warn of seismic activities that could lead to tsunamis ...               

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