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GreenPeak's “Sentrollers and the Internet of Things” White Paper
GreenPeak Technologies has today posted a new White Paper called "Sentrollers and the Internet of Things". In this paper Sentrollers are defined as a new, all-encompassing term for sensors, actuators and controllers – the various devices that make up the new Internet of Things. The white paper also describes the important role of ZigBee, the technology of choice for the Smart Home, as the crucial enabler for the development of the Internet of Things.
Optimization Of A Reflector Antenna System Whitepaper
System Assembly and Modeling (SAM) is a leap forward for complex system simulations and optimizations. CST released a white paper titled 'Optimization of a Reflector Antenna System' to show how SAM can be used to automatically leverage the already existing simulation functionalities. The piecewise manner in which SAM operates is illustrated in the optimization of a reflector antenna, demonstrating the speed up in simulation time and the minimal requirement for computational resources when using a modular approach.
Matching Circuit Optimization For Antenna Applications Whitepaper
With CST STUDIO SUITE and Optenni Lab, the design of a mataching circuit is shortened to a few minutes, without the need for deep knowledge in the theory of impedance matching. 'Matching Circuit Optimization for Antenna Applications' is a white paper discussing the optimization of matching circuits to antenna applications and the benefits of impedance matching to antenna design.
A Multiphysics Approach To Magnetron And Microwave Oven Design Whitepaper
Through multiphysics simulation, the electrical, magnetic, thermal and mechanical characteristics of low-interference magnetrons can be tested with the reduced need for prototyping and experimentation. The white paper titled, 'A Multiphysics Approach to Magnetron and Microwave Oven Design', demonstrates how CST STUDIO SUITE and its range of solvers can be used for optimized magnetron design in one integrated environment.
Installed Performance Of Communication Antenna Arrays Whitepaper
The integral equation solver in CST MICROWAVE STUDIO (CST MWS) enables the efficient and accurate modeling of large electrical structures with fine details, a result published in the white paper titled, 'Installed Performance of Communication Antenna Arrays'. The white paper explores how electromagnetic simulation can be utilized when designing antennas in sub-optimal positions. Solvers, such as the integral equation solver are presented, detailing their accurate predictions for minimizing the loss of omnidirectionality in antenna arrays.
Complete Circuit Design Spanning From DC To Microwave Frequencies
AWR's new application note titled, 'Multisim/Ultiboard for Low-Frequency Simulation and Layout' details how to complement Microwave Office circuit design software with National Instrument's Multisim circuit simulation software and Ultiboard printed circuit board layout software for a comprehensive design flow spanning from DC to microwave frequencies.
Easy-To-Use Simultaneous Multiport Matching In Optenni Lab 2.0
Optenni announces a new version of the Optenni Lab matching circuit optimization and antenna analysis software featuring a unique easy-to-use simultaneous multiport matching capability for antennas and other RF applications. The work of an antenna engineer is becoming increasingly complex due to the growing number of radio systems, frequency bands and antennas.
Using Bluetooth Technology in a Demanding Environment where Reliability, Robustness and Interoperability are Key Success Factors
Using wireless radio technologies in a demanding industrial or medical environment requires paying careful attention to the needs of the application. For instance, applications that are considered not mission critical include the use of Bluetooth for device configuration and maintenance.
White Paper: Wireless Technologies for Industrial Applications
Wireless communication has been used in industrial applications for more than 30 years. Among the first applications where wireless was used was in wireless control of Automated Guided Vehicles (AGV) and cranes in warehouses where proprietary radios where used to achieve flexible control of the moving devices. During the last 13 years, standardized radio technologies like Wireless LAN / WLAN (IEEE 802.11), IEEE 802.15.4 and Bluetooth technology (IEEE802.15.1) have become the dominating technologies for industrial applications.
AWR Application Note Describes End-To-End Design Of A Complex X-band Transmission Analyzer
AWR has just published a new Microwave Office software application note titled, "End-to-end Design and Realization of an X-band Transmission Analyzer Using AWR Circuit, System, and EM Software." The note examines the complete flow and details the design of several critical design elements for this device, which integrates many RF components on a single printed circuit board.
AWR Whitepaper Highlights Advantages Of RF System Software For Accurately Predicting Wireless RF Links
Understanding and correctly predicting cellular, radar, or satellite RF link performance early in the design cycle has become a key element in product success. The requirements of today's complex, high performance wireless devices are driving designers to assess critical measurements — noise figure, 1dB gain compression, third order intermodulation distortion versus output power, and signal-to-noise ratio — long before manufacturing begins.
NI Announce PXI Digitizer And LabVIEW Jitter Analysis Toolkit
National Instruments introduce the NI PXIe-5162 digitizer and updates to the LabVIEW Jitter Analysis Toolkit. The digitizer, with 10 bits of vertical resolution and a 5 GS/s sample rate, provides high-speed measurements at four times the vertical resolution of a traditional 8-bit oscilloscope. With 1.5 GHz of bandwidth and four channels in a single slot, the NI PXIe-5162 is suited for high-channel-count digitizer systems in manufacturing test, research and device characterization.
TI's Home Gateway Reference Design Enables Home Automation And Energy System Management In The Palm Of Your Hand
Texas Instruments announce its first integrated HG3352 Home Gateway Reference Design to be demonstrated at DistribuTECH 2013. The easy-to-use reference design links home energy systems that use ZigBee to any Wi-Fi router, so consumers can monitor or control their smart energy devices or home automation systems in the palm of a hand via smartphones or tablets.
Laird Technologies Publishes White Paper on RF Range
Laird Technologies today announced the publication of a white paper discussing radio frequency range, or the distance at which a wireless connection can operate. The white paper, "Understanding Range for RF Devices," is an excellent tool for device makers that are embedding wireless radios.
Laird Technologies to Attend European Microwave Week 2012
Laird Technologies today announced it will be attending European Microwave Week in Amsterdam. The company will participate in the exhibition portion of the event October 29-31, 2012. Laird Technologies will exhibit at booth #225. Emerson & Cuming Microwave Products, a unit of Laird Technologies, will be displaying samples from their ECCOSORB microwave absorbers and ECCOSTOCK dielectric materials.
AWR Releases Two New Application Notes Focused on Antenna Design
AWR has today announced the introduction of two new application notes with a focus on antenna design: AXIEM Application Note: Design of a Near Field Communication Antenna System; and AWR Connected Application Note: Design Flow for Base Station Antennas.
“Is your network iPhone 5 ready?” - New White Paper from Celcite
Celcite has revealed the availability of a new White Paper entitled "Is your network iPhone 5 ready?". The White Paper advises engineers and managers involved in optimising cellular networks on how to ensure the readiness of their networks to cope with the data-intensive needs of the latest mobile applications and devices such as the iPhone 5.
Ramtron F-RAM Technology Enables Greener Wireless Sensor Applications
Ramtron revealed today that the Zurich University of Applied Sciences Institute of Embedded Systems recently presented a paper summarizing research conducted with Ramtron F-RAM designed into a battery-free wireless sensor node.
MT8820C Radio Communication Analyzer supports LTE smartphone & mobile Frequencies
Anritsu has today announced the development of new extended functions on the MT8820C Radio Communication Analyzer. The MT8820C now supports the testing of LTE FDD Band 22 and LTE TDD Band 42/43 LTE smartphones and mobile terminals in the new 3 GHz band operating frequency.
RF Vector Signal Transceiver from NI Redefines Instrumentation
National Instruments has today introduced the world's first RF vector signal transceiver, the NI PXIe-5644R, and with it, a new class of software-designed instrumentation. This software-centric architecture represents a new era in which engineers and scientists can use LabVIEW to tailor open, field-programmable gate array-based hardware for their specific needs.
Wireless Communications Test Set Optimized for Non-signaling Testing from Agilent
Agilent have today announced the introduction of the E6607B EXT wireless communications test set and companion E6617A multiport adapter. Optimized for non-signaling testing, the EXT/MPA combination increases test throughput and reduces the cost of test in the manufacturing of current- and next-generation smartphones and tablets that contain multiformat and multiband technologies.
Gore Demonstrates Portable Electronics Protection Capabilities In Two New Videos
In two new videos recorded at CTIA WIRELESS 2012 in New Orleans in May, Chuck Seipel, Gore's Product Specialist for the company's Portable Electronic Vents (PEV) Business Unit, describes and demonstrates Gore's expanded range of vents that protect sensitive electronics from water, dust and dirt while maintaining the integrity of sound transmission.
New White Paper Illustrates How AWR’s Visual System Simulator Simplifies LTE Subsystem and System Design
LTE networks employ many technologies that make it challenging for subsystem and system designers. AWR's Visual System Simulator makes evaluating LTE subsystem and system easier and more accurate and its library includes all requirements for physical Layer 1 outlined by the 3GPP specification.
Active Antennas with multiple tilt support mixed LTE and GSM networks
Ubidyne has published a White Paper 'LTE implementation into an Existing GSM 1800 Network Using Active Antenna Systems'. With the increasing move to introduce LTE into existing GSM networks, particularly in the 1800 MHz band 3, Active Antenna Systems (AAS) allow operators to optimize their networks for both standards and deliver major CAPEX and OPEX savings, claims Ubidyne.
Introducing u-blox 7, the world’s lowest-power multi-GNSS platform
u-blox is proud to announce the launch of its next generation core positioning technology platform u-blox 7. Supporting all deployed as well as soon-to-be deployed Global Navigation Satellite Systems, the platform is based on the UBX-G7020 multi-GNSS receiver IC which boasts the lowest power consumption on the market by at least a factor of three as compared to other standalone solutions.
AWR’s Microwave Office Software Used to Design indie, the World’s First Operator-independent RF Hardware Platform for LTE Smartphones
TDK company EPCOS and Pulse Electronics used AWR's Microwave Office to design indie, a breakthrough technology that answers the challenge from carriers in the Next Generation Mobile Networks (NGMN) Alliance to develop a single, operator-independent RF platform supporting all NGMN operator frequency bands.
Q-Zorb Microwave Absorbers for Collision Avoidance System Applications
Microwave asorbers consist of materials that contain coatings whose electrical and/or magnetic properties have been altered in order to allow for the absorbtion of microwave energy at discrete or broadband frequencies. These absorbers have traditionally been used for EMI reduction, antenna pattern shaping, and radar cross section (RCS) reduction.
White Paper and Video Highlight Co-simulation of AWR’s Visual System Simulator with NI’s LabVIEW for Enhanced Signal Processing within Wireless Systems
A level of software synergy is essential when designing circuits for use in today's wireless systems (third- and fourth-generation) that employ higher-order modulation techniques together with advanced technologies, such as orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM), multiple-input multiple-output (MIMO) and digital predistortion (DPD) circuits, to name a few.
Microwave absorbers for collision avoidance systems
Microwave absorbers consist of materials that contain coatings whose electrical and/or magnetic properties have been altered in order to allow for the absorption of microwave energy at discrete or broadband frequencies. These absorbers have traditionally been used for EMI reduction, antenna pattern shaping, and radar cross section reduction.
LTE1800: A Versatile Platform for Connected Devices and Applications
LTE is quickly becoming the de facto standard for the next generation of mobile data services. With fast data rates, low latency, and good coverage, LTE can deliver an excellent experience for users, and a range of business and technology benefi ts for network operators, device manufacturers and other stakeholders.
Save Time and Space in Design for Coexistence with Integrated RF Modules
Applications for portable wireless data communications are on the rise with the advent of initiatives such as smart power and with rapid growth in markets for portable devices such as tablet PCs. To be successful in these applications, however, designs need to have multiple high efficiency, low-noise RF channels in as small a space as possible. By adopting integrated RF modules, designers can achieve such superior coexistence faster and more efficiently than by using discrete component designs.
Moving Beyond Zigbee for Star Networks
Multi-hop mesh protocols, such as Zigbee, are getting a lot of press for their ability to link together low data-rate Machine-to-Machine (M2M) applications. Zigbee, in particular, is targeting itself as the standard bearer for wireless, low-power meshing protocols. Many of the features of a Zigbee solution touch on the requirements for expanding wireless M2M markets. Low data rate, low power, enhanced range through the mesh and automated on-demand routing of packet data are the key aspects of Zigbee which are responsible for creating such a buzz in the M2M market space.
AWR White Paper Describes Benefits of Co-Simulation Between High-Frequency and Thermal Analysis Tools In MMIC Design
AWR has released a new white paper entitled "An Electrical-Thermal MMIC Design Flow" that demonstrates, using an actual design example, the effectiveness of co-simulation between AWR's Microwave Office high-frequency design software and CapeSym's SYMMIC thermal analysis tool. An X-band RF power amplifier/low-noise amplifier MMIC for a transceiver application was designed in Microwave Office software and thermal coupling and other issues between the two circuits on the single die were quickly remedied with SYMMIC to produce optimum results.
Paired Wireless Sensor / Gateway Demonstration using 2.4 GHz AIR Modules with TI SimpliciTI
In this demonstration, we use TI's EZ430-RF2500 demonstration kit -- together with Anaren's 2500R24A-EZ4x Target Boards and TI's SimpliciTI protocol -to manage a powered-on receiver and battery-operated sleeping transmitter that are paired in the field. The Transmitter then simulates a sensor input by transmitting 12-bytes at a 16Hz rate to the receiver -- and sleeping otherwise. The Transmitter is optimized for low power consumption to maximize battery life. The Receiver is normally in a listening mode receiving, messages from the Transmitter, checking them for errors, and then moving the information out the UART for demonstration purposes.
Broadband PXI Local Oscillator Modules with Low Phase Noise and Fast Switching Speed
This paper presents two local oscillator modules developed for PXI instrumentation. The modules are based on a novel, patented PLL design that combines fast switching speed, low phase noise, and low spurious characteristics. The modules cover 3-10 and 2-20 GHz frequency ranges respectively. The step size is 0.1 Hz for both modules. The measured phase noise at 10 kHz offset is about –121 dBc/Hz at 10 GHz and -115 dBc/Hz at 20 GHz respectively. The switching time is less than 500 microseconds to be within ±50 kHz from the final frequency for any frequency step within the entire operating range. Spurs do not exceed the –70 dBc level. Both developed modules occupy two standard 3-U PXI slots and can be used in a variety of synthetic instruments based on the PXI platform.
Enabling multistandard wireless base stations with TI’s KeyStone SoCs
Since its inception, the wireless market has grown rapidly. At first, growth was measured as subscriber growth with a focus on voice, but now, it is measured by data rate and throughput improvements. Arguably wireless spectrum is the wireless operators' most precious resource. As such, an operator's ultimate measuring stick is the number of bits transmitted per Hertz of spectrum.
Basic RF Testing of CCxxxx Devices
This document presents users of Texas Instruments' low-power RF products with an overview of the different characterization tests (conducted, not radiated) that are performed during the device verification process. The document covers the basic setup of the test system and gives procedural information about each test. Throughout this document, the term CCxxxx refers to the low-power CC25xx, CC11xx, CC10XX, and CC24xx RF device families.
Coexistence Tips the Market for Wireless System Simulation
From time to time, marshalling events occur in stable markets placing difficult new requirements on established system designs. Subsequently, innovative new design tools and processes emerge to address shortcomings in the legacy design flows for the established systems. In the case of wireless systems, the emergence of coexistence represents one of these marshalling events. In particular, the connectivity boom in consumer electronics and the importance of electronic warfare in military environments is requiring radios to perform in spectrally rich environments. As a consequence, system simulation is emerging as a necessary complement to static analysis for designing wireless systems.
Phased Array Antenna Design Using Matlab and HFSS
Phased array antennas are common in communications and radar and offer the benefit of far-field beam shaping and steering for specific, agile operational conditions. They are especially useful in modern adaptive radar systems where there is a trend toward active phased arrays and more advanced space-time adaptive signal processing.
Analog Devices' RMS-to-DC converter ensures accuracy and best-in-class dynamic range
Analog Devices, Inc. have unveiled an integrated true RMS-to-DC converter that offers a best-in-class 100 µV to 3 V of usable dynamic range and the ability to measure extremely low signal levels with high accuracy and no drop in settling time.
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