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Five Tips for Improving ESD Protection to Reduce Customer Failures | EEWeb Community

Five Tips for Improving ESD Protection to Reduce Customer Failures | EEWeb Community
MATsolutions' insight:

Non-optimized ESD practices can damage your test equipment as well as the electronic devices you are testing. Here are five tips for improving ESD protection to reduce customer failures



Article Excerpt:


Non-optimized ESD practices can damage your test equipment as well as the electronic devices you are testing. Five tips for improving ESD protection to reduce customer failures



5G Exposed!

5G Exposed!
MATsolutions' insight:

Test and measurement innovation will play a key role in 5G. Here are the answers to your questions about the technology that is
expected to make our lifes better.



Article Excerpt:


We answer all the questions on this enigmatic technology that is expected to enhance our lives.



Gallery: The Power Was Definitely On at APEC 2017

Gallery: The Power Was Definitely On at APEC 2017
MATsolutions' insight:

This year’s APEC conference and exhibition showcased the latest in power electronics. Here are some of the highlights in pictures. 



Article Excerpt:


This year’s APEC conference and exhibition, which took place in Tampa, Fla, showcased the latest in power electronics. Among the applications driving the evolution of power electronics are datacenters, electric vehicles, and wireless charging. Stay tuned for more coverage of this important electronics segment as it enables us to power the future.



Friday Quiz: Specifying Power Supplies, Part 2?

Friday Quiz: Specifying Power Supplies, Part 2?
MATsolutions' insight:

Friday Quiz: Specifying Power Supplies. Can you answer these 4 questions?



Article Excerpt:


We continue our power-supply quiz with four more questions. Do you agree with the answers?


RF energy: Measurements improve cooking, lighting, and more

RF energy: Measurements improve cooking, lighting, and more
MATsolutions' insight:

"RF energy could change the way we cook food". Exciting indeed, and as with any new technology, RF energy applications come with engineering challenges such as cost, size, and measurement.



Article Excerpt:


RF energy, through the use of high-power solid-state amplifiers and feedback, could change the way we cook, light our homes, and more.



RF energy: Measurements improve cooking, lighting, and more

RF energy: Measurements improve cooking, lighting, and more
MATsolutions' insight:

RF energy, through the use of high-power solid-state amplifiers and feedback, could change the way we cook, light our homes, and more Exciting indeed, and as with any new technology, RF energy applications come with engineering challenges such as cost, size, and measurement.



Article Excerpt:

 

RF energy, through the use of high-power solid-state amplifiers and feedback, could change the way we cook, light our homes, and more.


"RF energy could change the way we cook food". Exciting indeed, and as with any new technology, RF energy applications come with engineering challenges such as cost, size, and measurement.

 


Semiconductor Sales Keep Climbing | EE Times

Semiconductor Sales Keep Climbing | EE Times
MATsolutions' insight:

Monthly semiconductor sales were up by 16.5 percent compared with monthly sales 2016, the largest year-to-year increase in more than six years, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) trade group said Monday.



Article Excerpt:


February semiconductor sales were up by 16.5 percent compared with February 2016, the largest year-to-year increase in more than six years, the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) trade group said Monday (April 3).



Semiconductor Outlook Lifted on Surging Memory Prices | EE Times

Semiconductor Outlook Lifted on Surging Memory Prices  | EE Times
MATsolutions' insight:

IC Insights doubles market forecast in their Semiconductor Outlook to 11 %, the most aggresive predictions to date. How do you think the market will change this year? 



Article Excerpt:


Market watchers generally agree that 2017 should be a year of moderate growth for the semiconductor market after the industry posted a surprise 1 percent increase in sales in 2016, but 11 percent is among the most aggressive predictions to date. 

The World Semiconductor Trade Statistics organization and market research firm Gartner Inc. are both calling for around 7 percent growth for the year.



Top five skills for RF test engineers

Top five skills for RF test engineers
MATsolutions' insight:

The top 5 skills most employers look for in their RF test engineers. Do you agree with the list? 



Article Excerpt:


What are the skills in demand for RF test engineers? RCR Wireless News looks at the five skills that most employers want to see in RF test engineers.



Calibrate voltage drops and interrupts before testing

Calibrate voltage drops and interrupts before testing
MATsolutions' insight:

Poor power supply can have serious consequences. These can be avoided by testing the electronics under conditions that simulates the real-world supply conditions.

This article from EDN walks you through two helpful methods when verifying that automotive systems will operate properly in the presence of a voltage-supply interruption.  



Article Excerpt:


Poor power supply quality—in the form of dips, dropouts, and other voltage variations—can result in electrical malfunctions that can have serious consequences.

To verify that automotive systems will operate properly in the presence of a voltage-supply interruption, you need to test the electronics under conditions that mimic these real-world supply conditions.



Friday Quiz: Specifying Power Supplies, Part 1 | EE Times

Friday Quiz: Specifying Power Supplies, Part 1 | EE Times
MATsolutions' insight:

How should you specify your next bench or system power supply?  Let's test your knowledge through this quiz



Article Excerpt:


Just about every electronic circuit needs DC power. Indeed, you need to provide sufficient voltage and current, but there's more. 

Four questions that test your knowledge of how to specify a power supply. Do you know the answers?



Engineering University - Bracket Challenge

Engineering University - Bracket Challenge
MATsolutions' insight:

One of our favorite bracket challenges. Who will reign champion? #FunFriday



Article Excerpt:


32 universities in the U.S. will go head-to-head in a single elimination tournament that lasts 5 weeks in March. Each week the university that receives the most votes will advance to the next round.


An Engineer's Life in 17 Memes

An Engineer's Life in 17 Memes
MATsolutions' insight:

Some light Friday reading. Do you have a favorite? Let us know. Ours is "you matter..."



Article Excerpt:


Engineering is hard, but who says it's gotta be so serious?


Vector signal analysis in an oscilloscope

Vector signal analysis in an oscilloscope
MATsolutions' insight:

This article looks at vector signals and the analysis tools needed to effectively measure them. Interesting walk-through with regards to how to consolidate and simplify the test process by using vector signal analysis to an oscilloscope.



Article Excerpt:


See how a well-appointed oscilloscope can play the role of a complete vector-modulated-signal analysis system and experimentation laboratory.



Feature Report -?Testing the Internet of Things

Feature Report -?Testing the Internet of Things
MATsolutions' insight:

As more things are becoming connected, two main challenges are ensuring quality and high security. The testing to ensure those two factors can look very different depending on the device.

This report from RCR touches on current testing approaches for the Internet of Things and puts it in the context of keeping costs in line for ROI.



Article Excerpt:


RCR takes stock of the technologies and some of the current testing approaches for the Internet of Things, as well as what IoT means for security needs and capabilities -- and puts it in the context of keeping costs in line for return on investment. 



6 famous people you may not know are engineers

6 famous people you may not know are engineers
MATsolutions' insight:

All with engineer skills, but more famous for other talents. Ranging from music and acting, to politics. Can you guess who they are? 



Article Excerpt:


We all have talents and some of those talents outshine others. Take a look at six well-known, even famous, people who have an engineer’s mind and skills, but who have been acclaimed for talents other than engineering. 



FPGAs in instruments: what users need to know about their benefits ? and how to avoid potential dangers?

FPGAs in instruments: what users need to know about their benefits ? and how to avoid potential dangers?
MATsolutions' insight:

Interesting interview with Mark Pierpoint, Vice President and General Manager for Keysight's Internet Infrastructure Solutions team. FPGAs in instruments - the benefits and potential dangers that users need to know about.



Article Excerpt:


Vice President and General Manager for Keysight's Internet Infrastructure Solutions team, about the impact of FPGAs on instrument design and what it means for instrument users.

Mark’s group basically focuses on everything in the network infrastructure: between access interfaces into the network — typically wireless, but also wired — all the way into data centers.



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