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Brainstorm: EMI Shielding

July 18, 2014 2:41 pm | by Donald L. Sweeney, Senior EMC Engineer and President, D.L.S. Electronic Systems, Inc. | Articles | Comments

An EMI shielding or filtering component can be used in two ways to correct an area that is prone to high levels of emissions or susceptibility...                                      

The Brainstorm: V2V Communication

June 11, 2014 8:52 am | by Yuzuru Takeuchi, NDK America | News | Comments

When it comes to V2V communication, what existing technologies can be leveraged to accelerate in...

The Brainstorm: Editorial Advisory Board

April 9, 2014 4:23 pm | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

WDD's editorial advisory board discusses the major challenges that they face on a daily...

The Brainstorm: GaN Amplifiers

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

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

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Brainstorm: Test & Measurement

October 16, 2013 11:41 am | by WDD Staff | News | Comments

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.  

Brainstorm: Electromagnetic Compatibility

July 23, 2013 11:14 am | by WDD Staff | Articles | Comments

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.

Brainstorm: Time Device Technologies

June 13, 2013 12:18 pm | by WDD Staff | Articles | Comments

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.

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Brainstorm: RF Signal Interference

April 23, 2013 3:38 pm | by WDD Staff | Articles | Comments

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...

Brainstorm: Wireless Power

February 19, 2013 4:39 pm | by WDD Staff | Articles | Comments

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.

Brainstorm: Broadband Antenna Design

December 6, 2012 10:37 am | Articles | Comments

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: M2M Communications

September 21, 2012 6:44 am | Articles | Comments

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: High Reliability

July 30, 2012 11:36 am | by Christopher Brink, Mechanical Design Engineer for Phoenix Contact's Americas Business Unit | Articles | Comments

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.

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Brainstrorm: Oscillators/Timing Devices

May 30, 2012 7:17 am | Articles | Comments

 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.

Power Efficiency Devices

March 29, 2012 8:35 am | Articles | Comments

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.

Brainstorm: Battery Technology

January 31, 2012 11:01 am | by Sol Jacobs, VP and General Manager, Tadiran Batteries | Articles | Comments

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.

Brainstorm: Low Power Designs

November 28, 2011 9:24 am | by Todd Hanson, Director of Strategic Marketing and Wireless Solutions at Honeywell Sensing and Control | Articles | Comments

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.

Brainstorm: Renewable Energy

October 3, 2011 8:29 am | by Shan Morgan, Sr. Vice President Sales & Marketing, Elma Electronic | Articles | Comments

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.

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Software Design Tools

July 25, 2011 10:50 am | Articles | Comments

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.

Performance of LEDs

July 6, 2011 9:09 am | Articles | Comments

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.

Military Electronics: Improvements in Network Technology

June 29, 2011 6:32 am | Articles | Comments

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 Brainstorm - Data Security

June 20, 2011 11:02 am | Articles | Comments

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.

Packaging and Miniaturization

February 10, 2011 11:20 am | Articles | Comments

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.

Automotive Electronics

January 12, 2011 8:57 am | Articles | Comments

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.

RFID Applications

December 6, 2010 2:47 pm | Articles | Comments

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.

MIMO Applications

November 11, 2010 11:01 am | Articles | Comments

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.

Multiple antenna technology enables high capacity and high data rates.

August 19, 2010 1:05 pm | Articles | Comments

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.

Caution: MIMO Test Challenges Ahead

August 19, 2010 12:41 pm | by Greg Jue, RF Applications Specialist, Agilent Technologies | Articles | Comments

It wasn’t all that long ago that Multiple-Input Multiple-Output (MIMO) technology first captured the cellular industry’s attention by promising higher data rates for a single user using two or four streams of data transmitted (and received) with multiple antennas.

Have the rapid technological changes of the past decade negatively or positively impacted the timing solutions market place?

July 25, 2010 8:08 am | by Jim Holbrook, General Manager, Networking and Communications Timing at IDT | Articles | Comments

One of the most significant technological changes that has occurred in the past decade has been the shift from parallel to serial busses for high-speed system I/O and also for chip-to-chip interconnect. Examples of this trend are: •PCI Express for PCs, servers and increasingly in networking and communications platforms •Serial RapidIO for wireless base stations •Infiniband and Fibre Channel for data centers •VITA 46.

WiMAX vs. LTE

July 18, 2010 3:50 pm | Articles | Comments

WiMAX and LTE continue to pose many unanswered questions. Q: What common or overlapping technologies do WiMAX and LTE have in common and will they ever converge for certain applications? By Joe Cozzarelli, Senior Director Broadband RF Products and Glenn Eswein, Director of Product Marketing, Broadband RF Business After three years of deliberation, the IEEE802.

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