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5G Will Take Some Rethinking to Scale

5G Will Take Some Rethinking to Scale
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There are some processes that still need to be considered for 5G to come to life. This article explains the discussions from the  5G Summit at the 2018 International Microwave Symposium (IMS). 

 



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Before we see 5G networks and handsets, semiconductor fabs will need to change the way that they process wafers, test engineers will have to figure out how to test, and handset designers will have to figure out how to track steered beams as people move. On top of these and other problems, wireless products will have to sell for prices close to current levels. These were the takeaways from the 5G Summit at the 2018 International Microwave Symposium (IMS). 

 


DMM 101: Handheld vs. bench digital multimeters | Tektronix

DMM 101: Handheld vs. bench digital multimeters | Tektronix
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Handhelds and bench digital multimeters both offer different sets of features and capabilities. Take a look at what areas these two sizes perform the best. Which one do you use?  #testandmeasurement

 



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By Robert Green
More than perhaps any other instrument category, digital multimeters or DMMs come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. DMMs intended for use in the field emphasize portability and battery operation so service technicians and maintenance personnel can quickly and easily make basic voltage, current and resistance measurements as they go from location to location. For these applications, resolution, accuracy, measurement speed or connection to a computer are less important than battery life, durability and size.


Will 5G be reliable?

Will 5G be reliable?
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The deployment of 5G will likely be longer than LTE because the standard has so many variations and configurations. See what the deployment will look like and what will need to be done to ensure 5G will be reliable.

 

 



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In May of this year, I attended an Emerging Technologies Workshop as part of the IEEE ComSoc International Communications Quality and Reliability Conference. During this workshop, I had the opportunity to present some of National Instruments' work in the 5G space, and to learn how others view 5G’s impact. In particular, I was curious to hear more about reliability as a key performance objective of 5G and the specific use cases targeted by the 3GPP. 

 


Making Power Supply Transient Recovery Time Measurements with Digital Multimeters | Tektronix

Making Power Supply Transient Recovery Time Measurements with Digital Multimeters | Tektronix
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Transient recovery time is important to measure to make sure you are not causing the equipment to underperform. 

 

 

This post provides insight on how to measure transient recovery time by walking through the method using the LM25088MH-1EVL evaluation board from Texas Instruments. 



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By Josh Brown
Transient recovery time, simply put, is duration of time needed for a power supply to return to its set level after a load is applied. Those of us who do not design power supplies have a tendency to take this for granted, applying whatever loading circuitry we are working on until, perhaps, the supply performance degrades to the point it impacts our own work. Power supplies are a little like people, if you ask more from them than they are capable of, they won’t perform like you might expect.


Measuring earth's magnetic field

Measuring earth's magnetic field
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Ever thought about how you could measure Earth's magnetic field? Take a look at this article to see just how it can be done. 



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Earth’s magnetic field is far stronger than that of Venus or Mars, and this single fact explains why life on earth is abundant while its nearest

Wi-Fi Testing Now Includes Performance

Wi-Fi Testing Now Includes Performance
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"In addition to fairness and quality of service, test plans will cover interference from other devices such as ZigBee and Bluetooth that use the same unlicensed 2.4 GHz channels as Wi-Fi. Plus, there is the issue of many 802.11 routers covering any given area."

 

 

The WT-398 standard is up for a vote and the release is expected by the end of June. 



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Just because your Wi-Fi router complies with 802.11 standards and has passed interoperability tests doesn't mean that you'll be happy with its performance. That's why the Broadband Forum is developing WT-398. When approved, WT-398 will specify tests for Wi-Fi router performance. In parallel with that document's development, the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL) has announced testing services for Wi-Fi performance. 

The impetus for WT-398, which is not yet available publicly, came from service providers that deliver internet access and provide either Wi-Fi routers that are either integrated with gateways or are separate units. "Service providers found themselves providing support for home networking issues," said UNH-IOL senior engineer Lincoln Lavoie in an interview with EE Times. "The problem stems from so many devices now being connected to a home router." 

 


DMM 101: Handheld vs. bench digital multimeters | Tektronix

DMM 101: Handheld vs. bench digital multimeters | Tektronix
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Handhelds and bench digital multimeters both offer different sets of features and capabilities. Take a look at what areas these two sizes perform the best. Which one do you use more often? 

 



Article Excerpt:

"More than perhaps any other instrument category, digital multimeters or DMMs come in a wide range of shapes and sizes. DMMs intended for use in the field emphasize portability and battery operation so service technicians and maintenance personnel can quickly and easily make basic voltage, current and resistance measurements as they go from location to location. For these applications, resolution, accuracy, measurement speed or connection to a computer are less important than battery life, durability and size."

 


Develop Repeatable RF Measurement Methods

Develop Repeatable RF Measurement Methods
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How you choose your equipment and testing plan is key to making testing more accurate and simple. It is also very important to make sure the equipment is properly calibrated. Take a look at this article to see how you can overcome the main issues that may affect the accuracy of measurements performed on RF/microwave aerospace systems. 

 



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These practices can lead to consistent results with test equipment, including those routines that help ensure the safety of the equipment as well as those who are at the controls.
 


How to use oscilloscopes with integrated test instrumentation

How to use oscilloscopes with integrated test instrumentation
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Oscilloscopes with integrated test instrumentation offer many benefits by housing additional instruments like portability and financial savings. This article explains how to use each feature for successful testing.

 



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Many manufacturers have in recent years have introduced oscilloscopes with integrated test instrumentation. This means that the smaller and lighter oscilloscope enclosure actually houses about five additional test instruments."

 


What’s the Difference Between Signal Analyzers and Oscilloscopes for Frequency Analysis?

What’s the Difference Between Signal Analyzers and Oscilloscopes for Frequency Analysis?
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Are you aware of the difference Between Signal Analyzers and Oscilloscopes for Frequency Analysis? They might seem identical for this purpose, but that's not always the case.

 



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The analysis of RF and microwave signals in the frequency domain used to be the forte of the spectrum analyzer, but now it’s become a choice between signal analyzers and digital oscilloscopes. How did this happen? What’s the difference? How how do we choose? Let’s take a look.

 


Promising Future Ahead For Spectrum Analyzer Market

Promising Future Ahead For Spectrum Analyzer Market
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The spectrum analyzer markets has grown rapidly for the past couple of years. The huge demand for wireless technology, in combination with better bandwidth and frequency, as well the use of portable and handheld analyzers, are important drivers behind the growth.

This article lays out key trends in the Spectrum Analyzer market, such as an increased demand for secondhand spectrum analyzers.

 



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Spectrum analyzers are a handy tool that analyze signal frequencies and amplitude on a logarithmic scale when an electrical signal passes through the device’s system. Over the years, spectrum analyzers have become widely used in industries like manufacturing, designing, and even in services involving repairs, determining performance, along with detecting and troubleshooting errors of electrical devices.

 

The process of measuring modulation quality is implemented for smooth data transmission, which is critical on both the transmission and receiver end. Some important spectrum analyzer characteristics to complement this facet of a spectrum analyzer’s functions are signal-to-noise ratio, along with noise figure tests, all of which improve the overall performance of the system.

 


Your Guide to Buying Network Analyzers

Your Guide to Buying Network Analyzers
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What information do you need and what factors should you take into consideration when buying a network analyzer? This guide walks you through. 

 



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In order to choose the right network analyzer for a given application, it is necessary for buyers to understand the demands of the electrical network they will be working with.

Simple electrical networks that must measure amplitude alone can use a basic SNA-type network analyzer. Moderate to complex electrical networks that require measuring amplitude properties and phase properties require a VNA-type network analyzer. Complex electrical networks that must measure harmonics require a MTA or LSNA-type network analyzer.


How to bring innovation into your product design and engineering

How to bring innovation into your product design and engineering
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Innovation - so easy to wish for, more challenging to set off time for. The biggest obstacle to innovation is just that, lack of time. This ebook lays out strategies to break down the barriers to innovation and help unleash your creativity.

 

This ebook will share strategies to that break down the barriers to innovation and help unleash your creativity.



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Your days may be so packed that it's difficult to carve out time for innovation. And yet you know it's important. It's a new year and the perfect timing to re-evaluate how you are doing things and what that could be improved.

Tools that help free up your daily tasks are critical. Learn about these and other tools that will help you integrate innovation into your workflow.

SAVE TIME
Boost efficiency and streamline your workflow, saving valuable time and allowing innovation to flourish.

UNLOCK INNOVATION
Break down the barriers to what you can achieve when designing the next generation of your product.

INCREASE INNOVATION CAPACITY
Innovate more quickly, meet consumer demands for customized products, and get the product out the door faster.


Top test & measurement stories of 2017

Top test & measurement stories of 2017
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Ranging from transistor testing to reducing oscilloscope noise during measurements, here are the top test & measurement stories that got most attention in 2017.



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As we move on to a new year, it gives us some time to reflect on the year that just passed. Here is a summary of some of the most popular topics.


XYZs of Signal Generators Primer | Tektronix

XYZs of Signal Generators Primer | Tektronix
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XYZs of Signal Generators - This primer from Tektronix explains the basics of Signal Generators, covering the types, generators, their applications and their contribution to a complete test and measurement solution.



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This primer explains signal generators, their contribution to the measurement solutions and their applications. After reading this primer, you will be able to:

  1. Understand how signal generators work
  2. Recognize electrical waveform types
  3. Know the differences between mixed signal generators and logic signal generators
  4. Understand basic signal generator controls
  5. Know how to generate simple waveforms

7 Tips for Better Oscilloscope Probe Selection and Usage

7 Tips for Better Oscilloscope Probe Selection and Usage
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How To's for Better Oscilloscope Probe Selection and Usage

 



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These tips help further refine the understanding and ultimate selection of your next probe, in order to fully exploit your equipment and gain confidence in probe measurements.

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