Microwaves & RF http://mwrf.com/rss.xml en Metamaterial Enhances Microstrip Antenna Gain http://mwrf.com/passive-components/metamaterial-enhances-microstrip-antenna-gain <div class="field-byline"> Adel B. Abdel-Rahman and Ahmed A. Ibrahim </div> <div class="field-deck"> Single and multiple layers of metamaterials formed as lenses can improve the impedance matching, gain, and fractional bandwidth of compact microstrip antennas. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The use of metamaterials as lenses increase the gain and enhance the radiation patterns of a microstrip antenna. </div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/passive-components/metamaterial-enhances-microstrip-antenna-gain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/passive-components/metamaterial-enhances-microstrip-antenna-gain#comments Commercial Defense Industrial Passive components Fri, 29 Jul 2016 17:11:00 +0000 46851 at http://mwrf.com Metamaterial Enhances Microstrip Antenna Gain (.PDF Download) http://mwrf.com/datasheet/metamaterial-enhances-microstrip-antenna-gain-pdf-download <div class="node-body datasheet-body"><p>High antenna gain is generally desirable for communications systems, whether terrestrial or based on satellites. The use of metamaterials in single or multiple layers has been shown to contribute a great deal to the design of...</p> <p><strong>Register or sign in below to download the full article in .PDF format, including high resolution graphics and schematics when applicable.</strong></p> </div> Gold Fri, 29 Jul 2016 16:22:00 +0000 46861 at http://mwrf.com Selecting Electromechanical and Solid-State RF Switches http://mwrf.com/active-components/selecting-electromechanical-and-solid-state-rf-switches <div class="field-deck"> Due to differences in key characteristics between electromechanical and solid-state RF/microwave switches, designers must choose wisely to meet application demands. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">RF/microwave switches are built with different technologies, depending on the requirements of a particular application.</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/active-components/selecting-electromechanical-and-solid-state-rf-switches" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/active-components/selecting-electromechanical-and-solid-state-rf-switches#comments Active components Commercial Defense Industrial What's the Difference Between... Fri, 29 Jul 2016 12:59:00 +0000 46831 at http://mwrf.com Novel Design Strategy Yields Stable SAW Filters http://mwrf.com/components/novel-design-strategy-yields-stable-saw-filters <div class="field-byline"> Jack Browne </div> <div class="field-deck"> By applying modern filter theory to SAW filters, the process limitations of commercial SAW foundries can be included in the total design process to create low-cost, chip-scale SAW filters with BAW-like performance. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Filters control the congestion of modern communications signals. They are essential for preventing interference in electronic systems but can be challenging...</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/components/novel-design-strategy-yields-stable-saw-filters" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/components/novel-design-strategy-yields-stable-saw-filters#comments Components Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:25:00 +0000 46801 at http://mwrf.com Inside Track with Ken Karnofsky, Senior Strategist, Signal Processing, MathWorks http://mwrf.com/software/inside-track-ken-karnofsky-senior-strategist-signal-processing-mathworks <div class="node-body article-body">Changes in RF technology are driving the need for improved modeling and simulation software.</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/software/inside-track-ken-karnofsky-senior-strategist-signal-processing-mathworks" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/software/inside-track-ken-karnofsky-senior-strategist-signal-processing-mathworks#comments Commercial Defense Interviews Software Thu, 28 Jul 2016 14:21:00 +0000 46771 at http://mwrf.com Inside Track with Ken Karnofsky, Senior Strategist, Signal Processing, MathWorks (.PDF Download) http://mwrf.com/datasheet/inside-track-ken-karnofsky-senior-strategist-signal-processing-mathworks-pdf-download <div class="node-body datasheet-body"><p>Ken Karnofsky is senior strategist for signal processing applications at MathWorks. Throughout his 20-year career&mdash;first with BBN Technologies, and then with MathWorks&mdash;Karnofsky has been involved in the development and marketing of software...</p> <p><strong>Register or sign in below to download the full article in .PDF format, including high resolution graphics and schematics when applicable.</strong></p> </div> Gold Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:46:00 +0000 46781 at http://mwrf.com Improve Scope SNR via Processing Gain http://mwrf.com/test-measurement-analyzers/improve-scope-snr-processing-gain <div class="field-byline"> Brad Frieden, Keysight Technologies </div> <div class="field-deck"> Digital downconversion and vector-signal-analysis software make it possible for an oscilloscope to view low-level pulses in the presence of much larger pulses. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">The DSP capabilities of VSA software can be applied to capture test data from a wideband RF oscilloscope to improve SNR and dynamic-range capabilities. </div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/test-measurement-analyzers/improve-scope-snr-processing-gain" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/test-measurement-analyzers/improve-scope-snr-processing-gain#comments Keysight Technologies Commercial Defense Industrial Test & Measurement - analyzers Thu, 28 Jul 2016 13:12:00 +0000 46761 at http://mwrf.com RF Measurement Modularity Redefined http://mwrf.com/test-measurement/rf-measurement-modularity-redefined <div class="field-byline"> Jack Browne </div> <div class="field-deck"> The second generation of a vector signal transceiver (VST) module reduces the physical size of the first-generation instrument while increasing its performance and functionality. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Modular test systems can require some imagination, especially in terms of how much measurement functionality is possible in such little space. With PXIe instrument modules...</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/test-measurement/rf-measurement-modularity-redefined" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/test-measurement/rf-measurement-modularity-redefined#comments Test & Measurement Wed, 27 Jul 2016 20:43:00 +0000 46741 at http://mwrf.com Test Solutions Clear the Way to Consumer-Ready IoT Devices http://mwrf.com/test-measurement/test-solutions-clear-way-consumer-ready-iot-devices <div class="field-deck"> Manufacturers of IoT devices must implement the proper approach when it comes to testing their products. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Manufacturers of IoT devices must implement the proper approach when it comes to testing their products. </div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/test-measurement/test-solutions-clear-way-consumer-ready-iot-devices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/test-measurement/test-solutions-clear-way-consumer-ready-iot-devices#comments Commercial Industrial Test & Measurement Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:36:00 +0000 46701 at http://mwrf.com Amplifiers Heighten Performance to Satisfy the Next Wave http://mwrf.com/active-components/amplifiers-heighten-performance-satisfy-next-wave <div class="field-deck"> Market trends, such as small-cell infrastructure and broadband applications, are driving suppliers to deliver amplifiers with cutting-edge performance. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Market trends, such as small-cell infrastructure and broadband applications, are driving suppliers to deliver amplifiers with cutting-edge performance.</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/active-components/amplifiers-heighten-performance-satisfy-next-wave" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/active-components/amplifiers-heighten-performance-satisfy-next-wave#comments Active components Commercial Defense Wed, 27 Jul 2016 15:20:00 +0000 46681 at http://mwrf.com Amplifiers Heighten Performance to Satisfy the Next Wave (.PDF Download) http://mwrf.com/datasheet/amplifiers-heighten-performance-satisfy-next-wave-pdf-download <div class="node-body datasheet-body"><p>The pressing needs of today&rsquo;s applications are prompting amplifier suppliers to deliver new products to meet current high-frequency demands. One specific area that is now driving a significant amount of product development is small-cell infrastructure...</p> <p><strong>Register or sign in below to download the full article in .PDF format, including high resolution graphics and schematics when applicable.</strong></p> </div> Gold Wed, 27 Jul 2016 14:48:00 +0000 46691 at http://mwrf.com Analog Devices Buys Linear Technology in $14.8 Billion Deal http://mwrf.com/analog-semiconductors/analog-devices-buys-linear-technology-148-billion-deal <div class="node-body article-body">Analog Devices said that it planned to acquire analog chipmaker Linear Technology for $14.8 billion.</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/analog-semiconductors/analog-devices-buys-linear-technology-148-billion-deal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/analog-semiconductors/analog-devices-buys-linear-technology-148-billion-deal#comments News Analog semiconductors Automotive Mixed-signal semiconductors Tue, 26 Jul 2016 22:50:00 +0000 46671 at http://mwrf.com <p>(Image courtesy of&nbsp;<a data-rapid_p="30" data-track="attributionNameClick" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/thomashawk/" title="Go to Thomas Hawk's photostream">Thomas Hawk</a>/Flickr).</p> Accuracy is Vital When Testing Material Qualities http://mwrf.com/materials/accuracy-vital-when-testing-material-qualities <div class="field-deck"> Dielectric constant and dissipation factor are among the essential material parameters used by circuit designers and they must be measured precisely for accurate models. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">A number of different measurement methods, many using a vector network analyzer, have been developed for characterizing high-frequency circuit materials.</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/materials/accuracy-vital-when-testing-material-qualities" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/materials/accuracy-vital-when-testing-material-qualities#comments Materials Commercial Defense Industrial Fri, 22 Jul 2016 20:33:00 +0000 46661 at http://mwrf.com How to Build a Super DAQ System in a PXIe Chassis using Xilinx UltraScale FPGA XMC Modules http://mwrf.com/test-measurement-analyzers/how-build-super-daq-system-pxie-chassis-using-xilinx-ultrascale-fpga-xmc- <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by Innovative Integration </div> <div class="node-body article-body">Native PXI/PXIe modules are generally aimed at the testing market, which means they tend to have lower throughput, with less processing power than needed in high performance data acquisition systems. This concern can be addressed by XMC modules powered by Xilinx UltraScale FPGAs that provide a universe of high performance data acquisition functions, featuring higher sample rates, and greater processing power with the on board FPGA’s, than typical PXI/PXIe modules.</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/test-measurement-analyzers/how-build-super-daq-system-pxie-chassis-using-xilinx-ultrascale-fpga-xmc-" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/test-measurement-analyzers/how-build-super-daq-system-pxie-chassis-using-xilinx-ultrascale-fpga-xmc-#comments Services Software Systems Test & Measurement Test & Measurement - analyzers Test & Measurement - generators White Paper Fri, 22 Jul 2016 14:08:00 +0000 46651 at http://mwrf.com High-Speed DACs Deliver Agile RF/MW Signals http://mwrf.com/mixed-signal-semiconductors/high-speed-dacs-deliver-agile-rfmw-signals <div class="field-deck"> Targeting wireless infrastructure applications, these digital-to-analog converters provide up to 16-b resolution for creating wide-dynamic-range signals as high as 7.5 GHz. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">These high-speed digital-to-analog converters provide as much as 16-b resolution for creating wide-dynamic-range signals as high as 7.5 GHz for wireless infrastructure applications.</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/mixed-signal-semiconductors/high-speed-dacs-deliver-agile-rfmw-signals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/mixed-signal-semiconductors/high-speed-dacs-deliver-agile-rfmw-signals#comments Analog Devices Commercial Defense Industrial Mixed-signal semiconductors Thu, 21 Jul 2016 20:00:00 +0000 46641 at http://mwrf.com Accessories Add Up to Better Measurements http://mwrf.com/blog/accessories-add-better-measurements <div class="node-body blog-body">Test accessories, usually in the form of active and passive components, may seem insignificant compared to the importance of a signal analyzer, but they can contribute much to easier, more accurate measurements.</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/blog/accessories-add-better-measurements" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/blog/accessories-add-better-measurements#comments Active components Passive components Measuring Progress Thu, 21 Jul 2016 14:46:00 +0000 46621 at http://mwrf.com 5G Prepares for Takeoff http://mwrf.com/blog/5g-prepares-takeoff <div class="node-body blog-body"> Major news has recently come forth from the FCC that will set the stage for 5G development.</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/blog/5g-prepares-takeoff" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/blog/5g-prepares-takeoff#comments Commercial Software Systems Test & Measurement - analyzers Filtering Noise Tue, 19 Jul 2016 16:09:00 +0000 46581 at http://mwrf.com U.S. Regulators Open New Millimeter Wave Spectrum http://mwrf.com/components/us-regulators-open-new-millimeter-wave-spectrum <div class="node-body article-body">The Federal Communications Commission approved a proposal rules that will break ground in frequency bands above 28 GHz.</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/components/us-regulators-open-new-millimeter-wave-spectrum" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/components/us-regulators-open-new-millimeter-wave-spectrum#comments News Active components Automotive Commercial Components IoT Mixed-signal semiconductors Mobile Systems Fri, 15 Jul 2016 21:15:00 +0000 46541 at http://mwrf.com Microwaves & RF’s Products of the Week (7/10-7/16) http://mwrf.com/test-measurement/microwaves-rf-s-products-week-710-716 <div class="node-body gallery-body">Whether you are looking for circularly-polarized antennas or power dividers, Microwaves & RF has you covered. Here are some of the latest components to optimize your product, device, or system.</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/test-measurement/microwaves-rf-s-products-week-710-716" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/test-measurement/microwaves-rf-s-products-week-710-716#comments Active components Analog semiconductors Automotive Commercial Components Defense Image Galleries Industrial Medical Mixed-signal semiconductors Mobile Passive components Products Semiconductors Systems Test & Measurement Test & Measurement - analyzers Test & Measurement - generators Fri, 15 Jul 2016 15:30:00 +0000 46511 at http://mwrf.com Infineon Buys Cree's Wolfspeed for Gallium Nitride Devices http://mwrf.com/active-components/infineon-buys-crees-wolfspeed-gallium-nitride-devices <div class="field-byline"> Electronic Design </div> <div class="node-body article-body">In a surprise reshuffling of the market for advanced semiconductors, Infineon Technologies said that it has agreed to buy Cree's Wolfspeed division.</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/active-components/infineon-buys-crees-wolfspeed-gallium-nitride-devices" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/active-components/infineon-buys-crees-wolfspeed-gallium-nitride-devices#comments News Active components Automotive IoT Thu, 14 Jul 2016 19:55:00 +0000 46501 at http://mwrf.com <p>An Infineon Technologies adjusts equipment&nbsp;in a semiconductor cleanroom in Dresden, Germany. (Image courtesy of Infineon).</p> Facebook’s Tiny Cell Station Eyes the Remote and Rural http://mwrf.com/systems/facebook-s-tiny-cell-station-eyes-remote-and-rural <div class="node-body article-body">Facebook recently revealed a new device called OpenCellular that allows wireless carriers to bring connectivity to places lying outside the reach of cell towers.</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/systems/facebook-s-tiny-cell-station-eyes-remote-and-rural" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/systems/facebook-s-tiny-cell-station-eyes-remote-and-rural#comments Services Systems Thu, 14 Jul 2016 16:50:00 +0000 46481 at http://mwrf.com <p>The OpenCellular&nbsp;device. (Image courtesy of Facebook).</p> Flexible PIFA Antenna Serves Multiple Wireless Bands http://mwrf.com/components/flexible-pifa-antenna-serves-multiple-wireless-bands <div class="field-byline"> Nassima Belgacem, Mehadji Abri, Hadjira Abri, and Wahiba Belgacem </div> <div class="field-deck"> Fabricated on flexible textile material, this planar inverted F antenna provides versatile wireless communications coverage by handling several frequency bands with a compact form factor. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">This planar inverted F antenna provides versatile wireless communications coverage by handling several frequency bands with a compact form factor.</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/components/flexible-pifa-antenna-serves-multiple-wireless-bands" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/components/flexible-pifa-antenna-serves-multiple-wireless-bands#comments Commercial Components Thu, 14 Jul 2016 15:04:00 +0000 46491 at http://mwrf.com Samsung Makes Strides in Shrinking 5G Antennas http://mwrf.com/active-components/samsung-makes-strides-shrinking-5g-antennas <div class="node-body article-body">Samsung Electronics said it has made smaller and more efficient parts for 5G wireless networks, tackling one of the trickier problems with new wireless standards. </div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/active-components/samsung-makes-strides-shrinking-5g-antennas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/active-components/samsung-makes-strides-shrinking-5g-antennas#comments Active components Automotive Mixed-signal semiconductors Mobile Passive components Services Systems Wed, 13 Jul 2016 02:25:00 +0000 46421 at http://mwrf.com <p>Samsung engineers, in 2013, set up tests for the chipmaker&#39;s&nbsp;early 5G equipment. More recent advances have produced smaller and more efficient parts for 5G&nbsp;wireless networks.&nbsp;(Image courtesy of Samsung).</p> Filter Startup Resonant Hires New Director of Engineering http://mwrf.com/passive-components/filter-startup-resonant-hires-new-director-engineering <div class="node-body article-body">Resonant recently appointed Victor Plessky as its new director of engineering. He came over in the acquisition of his filter design company, which he founded a decade ago.</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/passive-components/filter-startup-resonant-hires-new-director-engineering" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/passive-components/filter-startup-resonant-hires-new-director-engineering#comments News Mobile Passive components Tue, 12 Jul 2016 17:55:00 +0000 46441 at http://mwrf.com <p>(Image courtesy of&nbsp;<a data-rapid_p="30" data-track="attributionNameClick" href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/karen-t/" title="Go to Karen Wilkinson's photostream">Karen Wilkinson</a>/Flickr).</p> dB or not dB? Everything you ever wanted to know about decibels but were afraid to ask http://mwrf.com/analog-semiconductors/db-or-not-db-everything-you-ever-wanted-know-about-decibels-were-afraid-ask <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by: Rohde & Schwarz </div> <div class="node-body article-body">True or false? 30 dBm + 30 dBm = 60 dBm? Why does 1% work out to be -40 dB one time but then 0.1 dB or 0.05 dB the next time?</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/analog-semiconductors/db-or-not-db-everything-you-ever-wanted-know-about-decibels-were-afraid-ask" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/analog-semiconductors/db-or-not-db-everything-you-ever-wanted-know-about-decibels-were-afraid-ask#comments Analog semiconductors Test & Measurement - analyzers White Paper Fri, 08 Jul 2016 18:06:00 +0000 46391 at http://mwrf.com Introduction to RF Design http://mwrf.com/analog-semiconductors/introduction-rf-design <div class="field-deck"> Sponsored by: Rohde & Schwarz </div> <div class="node-body article-body">There are many wireless technologies that utilize RF design ranging from mobile phones to satellite TV, to wireless Internet connections and Bluetooth devices. This white paper will provide insight into how these technologies work, as well as considerations during the design, development and verification process. </div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/analog-semiconductors/introduction-rf-design" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/analog-semiconductors/introduction-rf-design#comments Analog semiconductors Test & Measurement - analyzers White Paper Fri, 08 Jul 2016 18:06:00 +0000 36321 at http://mwrf.com July 2016 http://mwrf.com/microwaves-and-rf/2016-07-08 <div class="node-body magazine_issue-body"></div> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-mag-teasers"> <div class="field-mag-teaser"> <a href="/systems/radar-technology-encroaches-upon-new-territories">Radar Technology Encroaches Upon New Territories</a> <a href="/test-measurement-generators/check-specs-when-selecting-signal-generator">Check the Specs When Selecting a Signal Generator</a> <a href="/materials/what-s-difference-between-gan-and-gaas">What’s the Difference Between GaN and GaAs?</a> </div> </fieldset> <fieldset class="fieldgroup group-publication-info"><legend>Publication Info</legend> </fieldset> Fri, 08 Jul 2016 04:00:00 +0000 46371 at http://mwrf.com What’s the Difference Between GaN and GaAs? http://mwrf.com/materials/what-s-difference-between-gan-and-gaas <div class="field-deck"> GaN has emerged as the leading semiconductor material for high-power microwave switches and amplifiers, although GaAs is still the material of choice for low noise. </div> <div class="node-body article-body">GaN and GaAs are two of the leading semiconductor materials used for RF/microwave solid-state devices, including transistors, diodes, and MMICs. </div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/materials/what-s-difference-between-gan-and-gaas" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/materials/what-s-difference-between-gan-and-gaas#comments Materials Commercial Defense Industrial What's the Difference Between... Thu, 07 Jul 2016 13:09:00 +0000 46351 at http://mwrf.com Get a Knowledge Refresh with New Books on Backhaul, IoT/M2M, and LTE-A/5G http://mwrf.com/blog/get-knowledge-refresh-new-books-backhaul-iotm2m-and-lte-a5g <div class="node-body blog-body"> As old fashioned as they may seem, books are still one of the more in-depth ways to educate yourselves on engineering topics.</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/blog/get-knowledge-refresh-new-books-backhaul-iotm2m-and-lte-a5g" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/blog/get-knowledge-refresh-new-books-backhaul-iotm2m-and-lte-a5g#comments Commercial IoT Systems Line of Sight Wed, 06 Jul 2016 15:58:00 +0000 46331 at http://mwrf.com Narrowband IoT Standard Gets Stamp of Approval http://mwrf.com/services/narrowband-iot-standard-gets-stamp-approval <div class="node-body article-body">The 3G Partnership Project has finished laying out a new wireless IoT standard known as Narrowband-IoT. It will become part of the larger LTE specification.</div> <p><a href="http://mwrf.com/services/narrowband-iot-standard-gets-stamp-approval" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://mwrf.com/services/narrowband-iot-standard-gets-stamp-approval#comments News Automotive IoT Services Systems Tue, 05 Jul 2016 17:55:00 +0000 46301 at http://mwrf.com <p>(Image courtesy of Monicaodo, Thinkstock).</p>