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In the HotSeat: Device Testing of New Technology

April 16, 2014 | by WDD Staff | Comments

At this year’s LTE Innovation Summit in Del Mar, CA, Louis LaMedica helped to unravel the mystery behind what it takes to get a mobile device certified and network ready...                                    

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In the HotSeat: LTE Coexistence

April 15, 2014 11:40 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

Dr. Vuk Marojevic and Dr. Jeff Reed, both from Virginia Tech, sit down with Wireless Design and Development in this special edition of the HotSeat to discuss LTE coexistence with radar at 3.5GHz...                           

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Simplifying M2M Data Networking

April 11, 2014 11:41 am | by Bill Conley; B&B Electronics; | Comments

There is currently no universal standard for cellular network certification and provisioning in North America. Instead, the North American cellular carriers and standards bodies like CTIA/PTCRB force mobile virtual network operators and M2M device manufacturers to navigate a labyrinth of different certification processes and requirements...               

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NASA’s CubeSat Fleet Gives Fresh Perspective

April 9, 2014 5:09 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Comments

In an effort to revitalize current technology, NASA recently launched an ongoing program called the CubeSat Launch Initiative (CSLI). The program invites engineering students and faculty from across the nation to compete in inventing CubeSats that will ultimately fly as...                 

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Chemicals Not in Your Line of Sight? RFID Gives You a Clear View

April 1, 2014 12:22 pm | by Angela Hoffman, Northern Apex Corporation | Comments

There are known issues within laboratories that involve tracking, inventorying, and accounting for compounds, chemicals and reagents. If this issue has ever presented itself in your laboratory, radio frequency identification (RFID) solutions will help you and your staff monitor every chemical that enters and exits your facility...

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New Test Methodology Simplifies Envelope Tracking Design in Mobile Devices

March 19, 2014 5:24 pm | by Lawrence Wilson, Product Manager Signal Generators and Power Meters, Rohde & Schwarz | Comments

The mobile communications industry is moving faster than ever to deliver the connected experience of video, voice, and data to the billions of people worldwide who are eager to consume it...                           

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Maximize DC-DC Synchronous Buck Converter Performance

March 19, 2014 2:42 pm | by ON Semiconductor | Comments

Switched mode power converters are very prominent in industry today and provide high efficiency solutions for a wide range of end applications. They can be found in power supplies and battery charging circuitry for computers, power tools, televisions, media tablets, smart phones, automobiles, and countless other electronic devices...

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Implementing Sub-GHz Wireless Connectivity in Embedded Devices

March 7, 2014 5:21 pm | by Matt Maupin, SoC Marketing Manager, Silicon Labs | Comments

Wireless connectivity continues to expand across all markets and industries as growing numbers of electronic devices and systems add wireless controls and communications. Consumers desire the convenience of ubiquitous communication so wireless functionality is...               

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Wireless Energy Harvesting to Power the Internet of Things

March 7, 2014 3:59 pm | by Marlee Rosen, Principal Analyst, Rosen Associates | Comments

Internet technology will move from being something that is kind of independent of us to something that is literally woven into our daily existence. From your shoes to your shirt, stove to your toilet, the future may be found in connecting every part of our lives...

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Solving Discrepancies between 3G and 4G

March 6, 2014 4:14 pm | by Anjan Ghosal, President and CEO, Diametriq | Comments

Today, most of the world still communicates wirelessly over 3G and 2G networks. That’s expected to change as more cellular traffic moves to 4G (for fourth generation) LTE (Long Term Evolution) networks. Meanwhile, the majority of cellular subscribers use pre-paid, rather than...                 

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Lightning Protection for Fiber-to-the-Antenna

March 5, 2014 3:53 pm | by Paul McClusky, Member IEEE, Product Marketing Manager, TRABTECH, Phoenix Contact USA | Comments

The telecommunications world is quickly moving from third-generation (3G) to fourth-generation (4G) configurations, with announcements for 5G already starting. The 4G has acted as a stimulus for a paradigm shift of the cell tower structure, which has included the implementation of fiber-to-the-antenna (FTTA) architecture...                

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The Brainstorm: GaN Amplifiers

February 21, 2014 9:09 am | by WDD Staff | Comments

What are the benefits of using GaN HEMTs in place of silicon LDMOS for Doherty amplifiers...                                                                                 

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Maximizing the Output Power from Thermoelectric Harvesters

February 20, 2014 4:45 pm | by Yogesh Ramadass, Electrical Design Engineer, Texas Instruments | Comments

Thermoelectric harvesters are a preferred medium to harvest electrical energy from ambient heat energy. Applications for these harvesters can be found in industrial and residential settings, along with the emerging wearable sensors market. While it is well-known that operating the...

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Sub-GHz Wireless Design Choices for Smart Metering

February 19, 2014 3:43 pm | by Vivek Mohan, Senior Product Manager, Wireless Products, Silicon Labs | Comments

The worldwide focus on energy conservation in the last decade has led to tremendous growth in smart meter deployments, which help manage energy distribution and consumption more efficiently than traditional utility meters...                       

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Cost, Compliance, and EMC Layout Shape EMI Future

February 19, 2014 2:54 pm | by Caitlin Johnson, Contributing Editor | Comments

Electromagnetic interference (EMI) is everywhere. According to Electronics.ca Publications, the global market for EMI materials and technologies is expected to reach $5.2 billion in 2016, for a compound annual growth rate (CGR) of 2.8 percent. Wireless communication, broadcast radio, television, and medical devices are...  

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Women Engineers Work to Invigorate the Industry

February 19, 2014 2:36 pm | by Melissa Barnes, Associate Editor | Comments

Peter Finn was recently promoted to the position of deputy executive director and chief learning officer of the The Society of Women Engineers (SWE). In this interview, Finn discusses his new role and SWE’s commitment towards promoting women in engineering...

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