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New Magnetic Testing Technique Boosts Reliability
With electronic devices being pushed toward ever-higher levels of performance, it's little wonder that reliability has emerged as a major concern. Modern microelectronic chips are fabricated from multiple layers of different materials (insulators and ...
Spectrum-Monitoring Network Gets UK Launch
With more and more technologies going wireless, there is a growing need to utilize the finite spectrum resource more efficiently. In densely populated areas, this need takes on even greater urgency. For its part, Cambridge, England-based CRFS ...
Accurate Device Models Help Amp Design Success
Amplifier designers will often refer to their experience with and knowledge of a particular transistor device when they acknowledge success in their work. Achieving any kind of success with a linear or nonlinear computer-aided-engineering (CAE) program ...
Predict PLL Reference Spurs
Reference spurious signals can plague even the most carefully designed phase lock loops, but this analysis technique shows how to predict and avoid these unwanted spurious products.
Contracts
Verizon Enterprise SolutionsAs part of a General Dynamics-led team, the company has been awarded two contracts to develop and implement fixed and mobile cloud-computing capacity for the US Army. The five-year, multiple-award contracts have a combined ...
SIW And CDGS Combine For BPF
By combining lowpass and highpass filters, it is possible to design and fabricate an extremely compact bandpass filter with relative bandwidth that exceeds 78%.
Heart-Rate Monitoring Made Simple
Heart-rate monitoring is popular among runners and other fitness-minded individuals. But having to fuss with awkward chest straps and gels can be bothersome. Utilizing its EPIC sensor technology, Plessey Semiconductors is now attempting to streamline the ...
Kudos
RFELHas won the 2012 Queen's Award for Enterprise (the United Kingdom's most prestigious award for business performance) in the Innovation category. The company was recognized for its range of digital-signal-processing technologies. This is the second ...
Driver Amp Boosts 400 To 4000 MHz
Model ADL5324 is a broadband driver amplifier from Analog Devices capable of operation from 400 to 4000 MHz. It provides +29.1 dBm output power at 1-dB compression at 2140 MHz, with gain of 14.6 dB at that frequency and noise figure of 3.8 dB. The ...
Two-Port VNA Makes On-Wafer Measurements At 500 GHz
Although automotive radar systems operating at 77 and 79 GHz may seem like the upper limits of microwave engineering technology, a growing number of researchers are looking to tap into terahertz radio technologies. One group, led by scientists from ...
People
RFMDJerry Neal, the company's Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of Marketing, has announced his retirement. Neal was responsible for securing RFMD's initial venture-capital investment, as well as multiple licensing deals, branding, and mergers and ...
Mixing With Mini-Circuits
We at Mini-Circuits appreciate the editorial coverage given to our new MAC series of hermetically sealed mixers in the January issue of Microwaves & RF. Unfortunately, although it has been customary to see the name of the company along with any products ...
VCO Tunes From 2558 To 2575 MHz
Model CVCO55CC-2558-2575 is a voltage-controlled oscillator (VCO) from Crystek with tuning range of 2558 to 2575 MHz. Its frequency is adjusted by a control voltage range of 0.3 to 4.7 V. The oscillator, which delivers typical output power of +8 dBm ...
Transceiver ICs Cruise At 60 GHz
A MMIC-based transceiver chipset from Hittite Microwave Corp. is geared toward 60-GHz applications, including cellular-backhaul, high-speed data links, wireless sensors, and wireless docking stations. The models HMC6000 transmitter and HMC6001 receiver ...
Market Watch
Over the next five years, the value of RF components in a typical smartphone will grow from $6 to $10. These findings are from Mobile Experts LLC, which recently completed the study, "Handset RF Front Ends: MMPAs, ET, Tuning, FEMs, and ...
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