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Computer-Aided Engineering of RF Circuits with LINC2 System and Circuit Simulation

by Dale D. Henkes, ACS (all figures are at end of article) “The engineering profession applies the principles of mathematics, science, economics, ethics, and social sciences to use the materials and forces of nature for the benefit of mankind.”1     This description of the engineering profession, prefacing the undergraduate curriculum in a recent bulletin […]

Keysight 2020 Predictions

Technology Predictions from a [Precision] Electronic Test Thinktank New realms of measurement will grow in importance in 2020: Measurement based tools of many kinds are key enablers for the technology-based products and solutions we incorporate into our daily lives, and it will transform as disruptive technologies come into play. In 2020, advanced applications related to 5G, will […]

The Role and Trending Requirements of RF Limiters in Multifunctional AESA Radar

by Fairview Microwave In the past few years, active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar have transitioned from cutting-edge radar technology designed to be deployed on next-generation multi-role fighters, to capability and life extension systems for older aircraft and legacy radar designs. There are an increasing number of radars replaced with AESA systems, with one of […]

A Simple Baseband Processor for RF Transceivers

by Rejeesh Kutty, Analog Devices, Inc. (all figures are at end of article) Today, wireless systems are ubiquitous, and the number of wireless devices and services are continuing to grow. The design of a complete RF system is a multidisciplinary design challenge, with the analog RF front end being the most critical part of it. […]

VFTT – dB Control

by Mike England, President, dB Control MPD: If you sell to the defense sector, what do you believe are the major challenges for RF and microwave technology in serving DoD’s needs? ME: As the Department of Defense (DoD) restructures electronic warfare (EW) efforts, RF and microwave engineers must continue to ensure amplifiers evolve to become […]

VFTT – Plextek RFI

by Liam Devlin, CEO, Plextek RFI MPD: How effective do you believe operation at millimeter wavelengths will be for meeting the challenges of 5G? LD: I believe that the use of the mmWave frequency bands is essential in order to obtain the sort of data rates on which 5G has been sold. There are difficulties […]

VFTT – Filtronic Plc

by Reg Gott, Executive Chairman, Filtronic Plc MPD: How effective do you believe operation at millimeter wavelengths will be for meeting the challenges of 5G? RG: In terms of radio access, mmWave 5G will be most effective in an urban and suburban environment, where short-radius cells can provide additional high-bandwidth capacity to densify the network. […]

VFTT – StratEdge Corporation

by Casey Krawiec, VP of Global Sales, StratEdge Corporation MPD: How effective do you believe operation at millimeter wavelengths will be for meeting the challenges of 5G? CK: In the near term, not very. There are massive technical and economic challenges to bringing millimeter wavelengths to cell phones. MPD: If you sell to the defense […]

VFTT – RFMW

by Joel Levine, President, RFMW MPD: How effective do you believe operation at millimeter wavelengths will be for meeting the challenges of 5G? JL: To realize the promise of 5G technology, the requirements of higher data rates and increased capacity dictate much higher bandwidth requirements than what’s available from traditional wireless backhaul frequency bands between […]