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 ...
The November/December issue of Wireless Design & Development (WDD) is packed full of great...
What are the main wireless, RF, and microwave trends we will see displayed at Electronica 2014?...
When it comes to V2V communication, what existing technologies can be leveraged to accelerate in-vehicle equipment? "At this point, it is difficult to specify a certain technology, but it can be said that smartphones and tablet PCs have the potential...."
WDD's editorial advisory board discusses the major challenges that they face on a daily basis withing their market sectors...
What are the benefits of using GaN HEMTs in place of silicon LDMOS for Doherty amplifiers...
In what ways is using USB-based modules over traditional bench instrumentation beneficial when performing fundamental RF measurements? As complexity increases, engineers want a simple and cost effective method for programming their test instruments. Vaunix offers a wide variety of easy-to-use drivers, along with sample programs that are easy for test engineers with even the most basic software background to use.
In this brainstorm, experts William Stumpf (D.L.S Electronics Systems), Chandarasekaran Krishnan (Cima NanoTech), and Ryan Sadonis (Leader Tech, Inc.) are discussing the most popular trends they see in electromagnetic compatibility, and how do these trends pave the way for the reduction in electromagnetic interference.
Any device or system that requires a clock or timing device to function will improve its performance as the quality of the timing device improves. Parameters that define the quality of a timing device include: phase noise, jitter, temperature stability, aging, PSRR, power dissipation, G-sensitivity, as well as other parameters that are sensitive to a particular application.
The cellular basestation industry has dealt rather successfully in mitigating RF signal interference through thoughtful radio system knowledge, cell planning, and appropriately applied standards specifications. Interference -- in-band or out-of-band...
As our smart phones, tablets, and other wireless devices get smaller and smaller, this creates more challenges for the electronic designer. And as we depend more on these devices, and give up our paper calendars, note pads, and other old fashioned ways of keeping track of our lives.
What are some key considerations when selecting a high frequency circuit board material? Art Aguayo, Sr. Market Development Manager, Rogers Corporation Determine the dielectric constant needed and the dielectric loss desired. There are many factors around these properties that are rarely captured in a data sheet or software property table, yet are very important in the selection of high frequency materials.
Brainstorm : How does the future of the wireless industry affect M2M communications? Dr. Erez Manhaimer, VP of Marketing, Alvarion As the demand for M2M communication grows, the wireless industry provides a common, mature IP infrastructure that can be deployed cost effectively making it an enabler of M2M communications.
Brainstorm : With the advent of wireless equipment designs being challenged for high reliability demands, what connectivity considerations must be taken? Today’s process infrastructure requires practices and equipment that keep operations functioning regardless of environmental conditions or other potentially harmful disturbances.
Where in the design cycle is it best to spec in a timing device, and why? Ramon Cerda, Vice President of Engineering , Crystek Corporation The short answer is; as soon as possible. Most, if not all timing devices should be treated as long lead-times items. If the crystal oscillator manufacturer does not have your particular frequency and/or specification requirement in stock, it can take many weeks before they can deliver the timing device.
How are you responding to the demand for low power/high efficiency devices in the emerging markets? Jeff Schnabel, VP of Marketing at CUI Inc : In order to address the growing global concerns regarding energy consumption in electronic equipment, the power supply industry has largely focused on improving the operating efficiency of ac-dc power supplies and dc-dc converters.
In the future, how will battery technology need to respond to the increased power demands of today’s advanced sensors? Technological advancements are creating a dynamic growth curve for sensors intended for use in remote areas where there is no connection to the power grid.
Question: What are the primary drivers for developing low power designs? Cost savings, movement to green, longer life for batteries? One of the most critical factors for component and board designers pursuing low power wireless designs is the overall power budget. By reducing the power demand of the radio, the designer can allocate more power to other things on the board, adding more features and capabilities, without having to go through a new cycle of development and testing.
Question: What type of innovation must take place to provide the ability to increase the efficiency of renewable energy while reducing its cost? In regards to how the renewable energy market can become a more profitable business entity, we see it from a larger perspective than innovation at just the component, board or system level.
Question : How can effective use of software design tools improve the product development cycle and help the designer engineer get it right the first time? By: Frank Liu, Communications and Electronics Industry Marketing, MathWorks Successful product development teams are made up of engineers who can span multiple application domains and multiple design phases.
Question : How can today’s LEDs be improved to provide better performance (brighter, longer life) while at the same time lowering energy consumption? By: Brian Witzen Sr. Field Technical Manager Sharp In commercial buildings, lighting accounts for a substantial portion of the energy budget and total energy cost.
Question: What types of improvements need to be made in network technology/architecture that can provide improved performance and capabilities in military applications? By: Mukesh Kumar, Multicore DSP Marketing Manager, Texas Instruments With the Department of Defense taking a more net-centric approach to communications, the focus is on the implementation of the Global Information Grid (GIG) project.
The Question: "The constant movement of data increases a company’s exposure to the risk of data loss. What type of solutions can help cost effectively identify and protect an organization’s critical data from internal and external threats?" By Will Aguilar, Director, Product Management for Wireless, Enterasys Networks The growth of mobile devices in the enterprise has been explosive and drives end-users’ expectation they will be able to access business services anywhere, anytime in the office, campus, or remotely.
Q: How can semiconductor packaging help support these new advanced technologies so that gains at the wafer level are not lost at the system level? By Ralph Ebbutt, Tektronix Component Solutions The advancement of semiconductor process nodes and the demand for miniaturization creates multiple challenges for the packaging industry.
With all the new features consumers want in the cars they buy today, the number of automotive electronics, which require complex semiconductors, continues to increase. Q: “How do designers stay within their power budget and still remain competitive?” By Michael Haight, Freescale “I want it all” is often the desire for the car buyer.
The future holds RFID Applications that go far beyond mere bar coding. The world will be a different place once readers and RFID tags are everywhere. Q: “What are some of the untapped applications for RFID that we may see in the foreseeable future?” By Victor Vega, Alien Technology UHF RFID has matured to a point where “it just works.
Multiple antenna technology enables high capacity and high data rates. Q: Right now there is a limitation on data rate for each user. Can MUMIMO overcome these limitations and if so, how? J. McFarland, Chief Technology Officer for Atheros Communications The advent of Web-enabled phones has clearly pointed out that wireless carriers need more system capacity to meet the expectations of their users.
Q: Right now there is a limitation on data rate for each user. Can MUMIMO overcome these limitations and if so, how? William J. McFarland, Chief Technology Officer for Atheros Communications The advent of Web-enabled phones has clearly pointed out that wireless carriers need more system capacity to meet the expectations of their users.
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