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Defining the 5G heterogeneous network, or hetnet

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San Francisco, CA. The exponential increase of mobile data traffic will require disruptive approaches in the definition of the future 5G heterogeneous network, or hetnet, according to Cédric Dehos of CEA-LETI. He cited estimates of a 47% CAGR in mobile data-traffic growth rates driven by smartphones and tablets, with 60% of traffic carrying video. Further, he expects huge growth...

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Engineering data and the economics of semiconductor manufacturing

Delivering high-quality electronic devices that are able to perform in remote locations and drastic conditions has become a competitive advantage for the new age...

Four tools to help you customize your drone designs

The consumer drone market has seen a sharp surge in sales in recent years due to the popularity of small commercial drones. With their...

Flying probes take on the challenge of loss of test access

Today's electronic circuit-board technology is posing a big challenge to in-circuit test techniques because of the disappearance of access. As a result, a shift...

Scan ATPG and compression are beating Moore’s law

Moore’s law has been the standard reference for semiconductor scaling. It roughly says that semiconductor design sizes, fueled by technology improvements, double every two...

Probes don’t get any respect

An important design objective for voltage and current probes and current monitors is to determine a signal’s characteristics without significantly affecting the signal itself....

EMP Measurements: Nonnuclear Electromagnetic Pulse Generation

Following the unexpectedly far-reaching and damaging effects observed during the Starfish Prime nuclear experiment in 1962, electromagnetic pulse (EMP) and especially high-altitude EMP (HEMP)...

Improve IC development and reduce risk for big designs by moving...

Through generations of technology advances, I’ve seen that as a particular task gets more important and usually more complex, it becomes the target of...

Magazine - July Edition

Speeding instrument setup, control, and communication

Experts and novices alike can use a helping hand when making measurements. Many test-and-measurement companies offer software tools with their instruments, helping to speed...

Forging a bright future for IC and package quality

Vendors are taking a variety of approaches to boosting semiconductor quality and reducing time to market. Offerings range from instrument modules in PXI and...

Advantages of digital switching in programmable AC power sources

Programmable AC power sources have been widely used to implement and support numerous product test procedures over the years. They provide the test engineer...

Embedded design includes medical emphasis

ESC Boston and BIOMEDevice took place May 3-4, touting software tools, components, and test equipment for embedded designs, with the BIOMEDevice event adding a...

The future of electronics is flexible

From liquid lenses to e-textiles, flexible technologies are poised to have a significant impact on the electronics industry. From academic research into adaptive eyeglasses...

The evolution of Industry 4.0, through the eyes of the PCB...

Industry 4.0—known to some as the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) or smart factory—promises to transform the manufacturing and production infrastructure in profound ways....

Innovations extend from components to telehealth

This issue’s product roundup covers the gamut from components to systems for medical applications. Making news in the former category, AVX said it has...

ECAD maker balances functionality, collaboration

Engineers need to leverage modern technologies and manage projects, and Altium’s goal is to create the functional, cost-effective ECAD tools designers need to accomplish...

EE – July 2017 Product Picks

28-GHz 5G test system Building upon the vendor’s capabilities in the design and supply of remote radio units for 4G mobile networks, the Millimetre-Wave 5G...

Special Report

Forging a bright future for IC and package quality

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Vendors are taking a variety of approaches to boosting semiconductor quality and reducing time to market. Offerings range from instrument modules in PXI and...

Special Report

Speeding instrument setup, control, and communication

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Experts and novices alike can use a helping hand when making measurements. Many test-and-measurement companies offer software tools with their instruments, helping to speed...