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Challenges for Electronic Circuits in Space Applications: Part 1

by Chris Leonard, Analog Devices, Inc. This article provides insight into the challenges engineers encounter in implementing circuits for space level applications. Concerns about reliability, radiation effects and the ability to tolerate harsh environmental conditions require special attention during the design process to ensure mission success. The global space market is approximately $330 billion. We’ll […]

Microwave Circulators Evolve to Meet True Surface Mount Requirements of Advanced Systems

by Smiths Interconnect If it’s solving design challenges of directivity and throughput in 5G communications applications or providing enhanced anti-jamming and tracking agility, phased array antennas, or actively electronically steered arrays (AESAs), are essential to meeting the application demands of these emerging technologies. Phased array antennas and AESAs are now deployed in ground-based, aerospace, and […]

Top RFID Trends for 2017  

by Tom O’Boyle, Director of RFID – Barcoding, Inc. The Internet of Things (IoT) world may be new to some, but it has already made a big impact in the current industrial revolution — also known as Industry 4.0 — and will continue to rapidly grow in popularity in the years to come. Industry 4.0, […]

5G Wireless: Market Opportunities and Technical Challenges, from Sub-6 GHz to Millimeter Wave

by David Ryan, Senior Business Development and Strategic Marketing Manager – MACOM The evolution to 5G mobile networks continues to accelerate, promising breakthrough gains in wireless throughput and capacity. In the near term, we’ll see sub-6 GHz wireless infrastructure begin to be deployed to bridge the bandwidth gap between existing 4G LTE networks and future […]

X- and Ku- Band Small Form Factor Radio Design

by Brad Hall and Wyatt Taylor, Analog Devices, Inc. Part 2 In Part 1 of this article, we gave an overview of the super-heterodyne architecture as well as outlined a proposed new architecture called the High-IF Architecture which uses the AD9371 integrated transceiver to receive or transmit a tunable IF at a frequency between 3 […]

Radio Frequency and Microwave Test and Measurement Equipment Market Trends

by Jessy Cavazos, Industry Director – Frost & Sullivan The radio frequency (RF) and microwave test and measurement equipment market is on the verge of major changes over the next 5-10 years, principally with a shift of focus in the commercial space from low frequencies to millimeter-wave frequencies. Historically, the sub-8GHz market was associated with […]

Advances in Integration and Parameterization of EM Simulation within a High-Frequency Circuit Design Flow

by John Dunn, Ph.D. – AWR Group, NI Electromagnetic (EM) simulators are constantly being improved in various ways, however, less obvious to RF engineers yet equally important are the advances being made in integrating EM simulators into the overall microwave circuit simulation environment. The ability to incorporate multiple EM simulators into one circuit design environment […]

Ultraportable USB-Powered Spectrum Analyzer Revolutionizes mmWave Testing

by Russel Lindsay – Anritsu Company The explosion in data-intensive, high-speed services has created a mini-revolution within the wireless industry. Commercial applications are no longer the sole domain of the RF and microwave spectrums. As the industry prepares (i.e. designs) for a new generation of commercial wireless that includes 5G, automotive radar, 60 GHz WiFi […]

The Evolution of GaN: from Defense Applications to 5G

by Scott Vasquez, Senior Market Strategy Leader – Qorvo As gallium nitride’s advantages (increased power density and efficiency, and improved thermal properties that enable higher reliability and operating temperature) are becoming increasingly cost-effective, the technology is no longer considered exclusive to defense programs such as electronic warfare and jammers. Plastic packaging technologies are just one […]