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GaN’s Role in 5G

by Fairview Microwave The race to 5G appears to have picked up speed, particularly in the United States where major telecommunications companies such as AT&T and Verizon have made announcements to launch 5G services by the end of 2018. Advanced LTE (LTE-A) is already expanding rapidly with upgrades to current base stations (BS). Field trials […]

Prismatic 3V Supercapacitors Enhance Performance with Wearables, Sensors, Coin Cells and Energy Harvesters

by Pierre Mars, Vice President, Quality & Applications Engineering, CAP-XX (Australia) Pty Ltd Supercapacitors are used to support peak power and/or to supply backup power. For peak power applications, the load demands more power than the energy source can provide, but the load only operates periodically or sporadically with a low duty cycle, so the average […]

RF Converters Enable Efficient Multiband Radios for Next-Generation Wireless Base Stations

by John Oates, Analog Devices, Inc. To support rising wireless data demand, modern base station radios are being designed to support multiple E-UTRA bands, as well as carrier aggregation techniques. These multiband radios employ next-generation, GSPS RF ADCs and DACs that allow frequency agile, direct RF signal synthesis, and sampling techniques. To deal with the […]

9050 OM Ruggedized Satellite Router Supports Military, First Responder and Government Applications 

by Tony Tran, iDirect Government A new ruggedized enclosure on the market may be just the solution defense customers have been looking for all along. In May, iDirect Government (iDirectGov) introduced their 9050 OM—a lightweight, ruggedized enclosure specifically designed to house their powerful and compact 950mp Integrated Satellite Router Board. Not only is it lightweight and […]

Filters and the Problem of RF Pollution

by Steven Pong, Product Manager, Pasternack Enterprises Interference with commercial, industrial, public safety, and defense-related systems using the electromagnetic spectrum is severe and getting worse, rising in direct relation to the number of emitters encountered at the most widely-used frequencies between about 700 MHz and 3 GHz and 2.4 to 6 GHz. Modern systems employ […]

Remembering Harvey Kaylie

RF/microwave industry pioneer, philanthropist, and Mini-Circuits’ beloved Founder and CEO, Harvey Kaylie passed away peacefully on the morning of May 30th, 2018.  He is survived by his wife, two daughters, eight grandchildren, and two brothers.  He will be deeply missed by the thousands of colleagues, partners, and friends whose lives he enriched. Innovator, Entrepreneur, and […]

$71.5 Billion Worth of Opportunities for Electronic Test and Measurement

by Jessy Cavazos, Industry Director, Test & Measurement, Frost & Sullivan In 2017, the electronic test and measurement (T&M) market encompassing semiconductor automatic test equipment (ATE), radio frequency (RF) and microwave (MW) test equipment, digital test equipment, field testers, and data acquisition (DAQ) generated over $10.83 billion in revenue. The market registered high single digit […]

The Long and Winding Road to High Reliability

by Fairview Microwave Although reliability engineering is a well-established discipline today, the concept itself has a long history of improvements made to ensure that electrical and electronic components are not only reliable but predictable. RF or microwave devices, subsystems, and systems have evolved in lockstep with the evolution of reliability engineering, and today even if […]