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Stepping up to a vector network analyzer for IoT design optimization

With the acceleration of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and the proliferation of RF and wireless products, there is a growing need for RF...

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...

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...

WLAN, radar, IoT, V2X to complement 5G at IMS

This year, Hawaii is hosting the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS), a key annual international meeting for microwave technologists. Co-located with IMS are...

Smoothing engineer-physician communication

Engineers play an increasingly important role in medicine, designing medical electronics devices for clinical and home environments. Unfortunately, there can be an impedance mismatch...

Ensuring high-quality power for today’s product designs

Power can present problems in modern product designs. Rohde & Schwarz notes that the quality of the power supply is a key factor in...

Shrinking packages if not transistors

Moore’s Law faces increasing challenges as the ability to shrink transistors encounters physical and economic limits. In fact, last summer the Semiconductor Industry Association...

Tackling challenges in the time and frequency domains

Successful product design and test increasingly call for expertise in RF/microwave, EMC/EMI, and high-speed digital technologies. Issues extend from compliance to signal and power...

Speaker cables keep the Fi Hi

At least at low frequencies, dynamic loudspeakers present a low resistance load to an amplifier, so it’s important to use heavy gauge wiring for...

Measuring SNR, SINAD, and THD Quickly

Testing high-resolution data converters with commercially available test equipment always has presented a significant challenge. Until recently, manufacturers of such converters had to extend...

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