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  • Mar 23, 2017

    Demystifying Vias in High-Speed PCB Design

    In PCB designs, vias are virtually everywhere and come in various types, whether signal, ground, or thermal vias, as well as through-hole, blind, and buried vias for manufacturing technology. There are even single-ended or differential vias for signaling purpose. No matter how the vias are classified, it is important to note that they play an important role in the PCB, especially in high-speed designs....More
  • Feb 21, 2017

    USB Type-C Design Implementations – Overcoming Test Challenges

    The USB Type-C ecosystem includes technologies like USB 3.1 Gen 2, USB-PD, MHL, Thunderbolt 3, DisplayPort, and HDMI Alt Mode. As the USB Type-C ecosystem moves into the main-stream with worldwide adoption, there are significant learnings from early silicon and system implementations. This session will illustrate the most common challenges and issues with implementing USB Type-C, and solutions to properly characterize and validate your designs....More
  • Feb 16, 2017

    Extreme Oscilloscope Probing Challenges and Solutions

    Electronic products are getting smaller and tightening environmental specifications as designs become more versatile. Signals are getting faster and smaller too. These trends in electronics pose challenges for making accurate oscilloscope measurements. Selecting the right probing solution for your application and how you use the probe are indispensable steps toward dependable oscilloscope measurements....More
  • Feb 23, 2017

    Millimeter-wave Challenges

    While the frequency of “mmWave” systems can vary from 10 - >100 GHz, there are aspects of system design and the impact of hardware limitations that are common. A combination of high frequency and wide bandwidth require close attention to broadband noise, phase noise, linearity, frequency response and power dissipation. The use of directional antennas introduces another dimension to the problem of maintaining an effective link, since beam steering is required....More
  • Mar 22, 2017

    NB-IoT: A Cellular Technology Connecting the Internet of Things

    While the LPWA (Low Power Wide Area) market has existed for some time, current implementations are fragmented and soft-standardized, leading to weaknesses in security and reliability, and very high operational costs due to incompatibility with existing infrastructure....More
  • Feb 14, 2017

    New Technologies to Address Wideband Signal Generation and Analysis

    Worldwide demand for wireless devices has been explosive, driving wireless providers to seek higher operating frequencies, wider transmission bandwidths, and innovative high-efficiency modulation techniques....More
  • Jan 24, 2017

    Analog Beamforming—What is it and How Does it Impact Phased-Array Radar and 5G?

    As 5G communication systems are rolled out and phased-array radar spreads its reach to non-military applications, our industry has taken a keen interest in beamforming. This technical webcast will dive into everything you want to know about beamforming systems—typical uses, digital versus analog, nulling effects, unwanted interference, side-lobe suppression, non-line-of-sight (NLOS) environments and urban environments....More
  • Jan 18, 2017

    RF Fundamentals Part 3 - Signal Generation, Modulation and Vector Signal Analysis

    In Part 3 of RF Fundamentals, we will focus on the challenges related to the need to generate and demodulate analog and digitally modulated signals in the RF signal chain. We’ll review CW signal generation and characteristics, including phase-noise and signal synthesis using VCOs and phase-locked-loops. You will learn about analog and digital modulation generation and measurement techniques....More
  • Jan 25, 2017

    IoT Insights Using Oscilloscopes

    Troubleshooting chipset and device IoT designs can be challenging. Learn how to use a fully integrated Mixed Signal Oscilloscope (MSO) to make IoT characterization a lot easier. Discover how embedded serial bus triggering and decode allow you to easily find serial bus errors. Also learn how to gain fast insight into NFC test pass/fail status with a new oscilloscope centric solution. Lastly, we will address measuring IoT low power consumption using a high-sensitivity current probe to provide a simple low current test....More
  • Jan 26, 2017

    Analyze and Optimize 32- to 56- Gbps Serial Link Channels

    This webcast introduces a forensic channel analysis approach that implements both measurement hardware and EDA tools with contemporary SERDES internal tools (e.g., internal eye scan) for the purpose of optimizing the BER for highly pathological channels (i.e. identifying the major contributors to signal degradation in the link). State-of-the-art pulse response analysis such as this, provides valuable insight into the behavior of the channel and the effective use of CTLE, FFE, and DFE equalization techniques, in order to mitigate crosstalk, attenuation and return loss....More
  • Jan 27, 2017

    IoT: LoRa® Technology Introduction and Solution Testing

    Kevin Ashton coined the phrase “The Internet of Things” in 1999 when discussing applications for RFID tags. From the simple tracking and counting of RFID objects, the Internet of Things has taken off with Machine-to-Machine (M2M), Big Data and Machine Learning, enabling applications such as the smart building, smart grid and intelligent transport systems. LoRaWAN™ is a Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) specification intended for wireless battery operated Things in regional, national or global networks. LoRaWAN targets key IoT requirements such as secure bi-directional communication, mobility and localization....More
  • Jan 11, 2017

    High Sensitivity Current Measurements and Probing Solutions

    Battery life is important in all portable electronic devices, but for medical devices, a properly functioning battery can be life-critical. Today’s medical devices integrate combinations of device monitoring, sensing, digital processing, and wired or wireless communication features that generate highly dynamic power consumption profiles. Medical device designers face ever-increasing demands for longer battery life, especially for implantable and safety-critical external devices....More
  • Jan 12, 2017

    Making Accurate Power Integrity Measurements Using an Oscilloscope

    The prosaic DC power supply is receiving scrutiny as supply voltages continue to get smaller. Supply tolerances are getting tighter as users try to decrease power, increase yield and minimize supply induced signal noise. This webcast will review tools and techniques for making quality power integrity measurements using an oscilloscope....More
  • Dec 8, 2016

    RF Fundamentals Part 2: Spectral Analysis

    In Part 2 of RF Fundamentals, we will continue our discussion of measurement challenges associated with the RF signal chain. We will discuss swept tuned and FFT receiver techniques and optimization of spectral search techniques, including RBW, VBW and dynamic range criteria for the most accurate measurements. You will also learn about distortion and noise contributions....More
  • Nov 29, 2016

    Improve the Efficiency of RF and Microwave Interference Analysis with RTSA

    Communication systems are moving to higher frequencies, deploying much narrower RADAR pulses and implementing a highly encrypted digital wireless system for communication. To detect and troubleshoot these challenging signals, real-time signal analysis (RTSA) capability is needed for field test....More
  • Nov 30, 2016

    Could Your Design Have a Jitter Bug?

    Have you had timing jitter issues delay your time to complete new designs? In today's high-speed designs, timing noise is a common debug challenge for many engineers. Learn about tools and techniques using real time oscilloscopes that can help you find the root cause of jitter so you can eliminate this issue and efficiently design more reliable products....More
  • Nov 3, 2016

    Generating Wideband, Multi-Channel RADAR Signals Using High-Speed AWGs

    This presentation was developed to give an overview of why you should consider using a high-speed arbitrary waveform generator (AWG) not just for I/Q baseband generation, but for direct RF signal generation – in particular, for pulsed RADAR applications. After looking at the basic high-speed AWG architecture, you’ll understand the capabilities and limitations of using an AWG relative to a traditional signal generator....More
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