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World's Fastest PAM4 Signal Explained at DesignCon | EE Times

World's Fastest PAM4 Signal Explained at DesignCon | EE Times
MATsolutions' insight:

It’s quite exciting to think about the future possibilities for PAM4 data rates. What could you achieve if you had the time and the financial resources?



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PAM4, which is gaining popularity due to its ability to solve serial-data bandwidth problems, has so far been shown to transmit data at rates of 56 Gbps with 112 Gbps in the future outlook. 

At The DesignCon Technical Conference that took place recently, the fastest PAM4 signal that ever has been created was explained. The team behind it, engineers from Nokia Bell Labs, managed to achieve a PAM4 signal at 195 Gbaud.



Download Automated Test Outlook 2017?

Download Automated Test Outlook 2017?
MATsolutions' insight:

Great Wednesday read, the special edition of NI’s Test Outlook of 2017. Cofounder Dr. James Truchard reflects on the past 40 years of test and measurement, identifies trends impacting today’s test organizations and looks forward to what lies ahead.



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"The Automated Test Outlook is a comprehensive view of the key technologies and methodologies making a large impact on the test and measurement industry. One of the biggest challenges for test engineers and managers is staying current on technology trends. NI has a broad knowledge of technology trends and interacts with companies across many sectors, which gives them a unique view on the test and measurement market.



Highlights not to be missed ?from DesignCon 2017

Highlights not to be missed ?from DesignCon 2017
MATsolutions' insight:

The DesignCon Technical Conference took place recently and there were many interesting discussions not to be missed. 

The future of PAM4 signals and their standards, as well as several new product introductions from Tektronix, VirutalBEnch, National instruments are just a few examples that will get you excited.



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The DesignCon Technical Conference took place recently and there were many interesting discussions not to be missed. With more than 100 sessions, panels, and tutorials related to areas such as jitter, test and measurement, signal- and power integrity, semiconductor components and more, here are just some of the highlights.

The future of PAM4 signals and their standards, as well as several new product introductions from Tektronix, VirutalBEnch, National instruments are just a few examples that will get you excited.



Choosing the right?RF power meters and spectrum analysers

Choosing the right?RF power meters and spectrum analysers
MATsolutions' insight:

The output power of an RF or microwave system is a key determinant of its performance. Two key instruments for making field power measurements are power sensors and spectrum analysers.

There are many advantages and disadvantages that should be taken into consideration when choosing the right instrument for your organization and purpose.

What is most important in your case?  



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The output power of an RF or microwave system is a key determinant of its performance. Two key instruments for making field power measurements are power sensors and spectrum analysers. There are many advantages and disadvantages that should be taken into consideration when choosing the right instrument for your organization and purpose.

One advantage of spectrum analysers over power meters is the ability to measure lower power signals. You’ll also have to balance factors such as frequency- and dynamic range, accuracy, portability, durability and warm-up time.

What is most important in your case?  



Five trends that have been shaping the industry and will continue to do so in 2017

Five trends that have been shaping the industry and will continue to do so in 2017
MATsolutions' insight:

National Instruments’ annual outlook for trends impacting the test and measurement area was recently released, highlighting five trends that have been shaping the industry and will continue to do so this year.

According to the findings, the transformation of test organizations into a strategic asset will be of high priority for many electronics manufacturing companies. 



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What?s the Difference Between Jitter and Noise?

What?s the Difference Between Jitter and Noise?
MATsolutions' insight:

This article explains the root causes of jitter and noise, and how understanding these causes can help improve high-speed signal analysis.



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Though often comingled, jitter and noise are two different effects—gaining a better understanding of them can lead to more effective high-speed signal analysis.


How to Pick the Right Oscilloscope Probe

How to Pick the Right Oscilloscope Probe
MATsolutions' insight:

This article walks the reader through the most important factors to consider when choosing an oscilloscope probe, including bandwidth, attenuation ratio, and probe loading. It also reviews whether you should consider active or passive probes.

 

Looking for oscilloscope probes? Check out MATsolutions inventory on our website.



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Many probes populate the T&M market—deciding on the best option requires a good understanding of bandwidth, attenuation ratio, and loading specs.


The Digital Side of DC Power

The Digital Side of DC Power
MATsolutions' insight:

While DC power supplies are inherently analog devices - generating DC values, steps, ramps, and arbitrary waveforms - there's a job for digital, too.

 

Looking for DC power supply units? Check out MATsolutions' inventory on our website.



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Though inherently analog, today's dc power supplies have digital characteristics and resemble HP's "One-Box Solution" supplies from the 1980s.


Nano-chimneys in graphene material may cool circuits

Nano-chimneys in graphene material may cool circuits
MATsolutions' insight:

Tackling heat retention in next-generation nano-electronics.



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Putting a cone-like ‘chimney’ between graphene and carbon nanotubes may be all that is required to eliminate a barrier that blocks heat from escaping, according to Rice University scientists. The theory offers a strategy to channel heat away from next-generation nanoelectronics.


The 11 Best Tech Gadgets We?ve Seen at CES So Far

The 11 Best Tech Gadgets We?ve Seen at CES So Far
MATsolutions' insight:

#CES2017 - gadgets!



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So many things we want!

A Cal is a Cal -- Or Is It?

A Cal is a Cal -- Or Is It?
MATsolutions' insight:

Measurement accuracy, traceability, standard compliance and accreditation - all factors in choosing a qualified calibration service provider. Question? Contact us.



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Despite what you may hear, not all calibrations are equal. Watch this 3-minute video to become an informed consumer of calibration services.



TU Delft Team Wins International Solar Car Challenge

TU Delft Team Wins International Solar Car Challenge
MATsolutions' insight:

Dutch student team sets a new world record with their Nuna 8S.


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Dutch student team sets a new world record with their Nuna 8S.

Coating Stops Exploding Batteries?

Coating Stops Exploding Batteries?
MATsolutions' insight:

This coating from Forge Nano is said to prevent battery explosions - a topic that has been far too popular in the smartphone industry as of late.



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Forge Nano says its nano coatings boost the thermal breakdown voltage of Li-Ion batteries by 120 Fahrenheit, thereby keeping them from exploding in all ambient conditions short of exposing them into an already burning fire.


Rohde & Schwarz Show Test System for Remote Keyless Entry Systems

Rohde & Schwarz Show Test System for Remote Keyless Entry Systems
MATsolutions' insight:

Rohde & Schwarz are showing off a keyless entry system with their wireless technologies for vehicle keys. 



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At electronica 2016, Rohde & Schwarz is presenting a universal solution for testing vehicle keys and the associated electronic control units with their various wireless technologies. Thanks to the modular and scalable approach, the test system can be used to test at the printed board and device level in all product phases -- from development to product qualification to mass production.


Autonomous Flying Taxi Completes Mostly Successful Test Flight

Autonomous Flying Taxi Completes Mostly Successful Test Flight
MATsolutions' insight:

Autonomous flying cars are in our future, according to Tactical Robotics. 



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An autonomous flying car test proves they’re coming, but we need to be patient.


A Little Halloween Engineering?

A Little Halloween Engineering?
MATsolutions' insight:

Some Halloween engineering fun. Happy Halloween!



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How to celebrate Halloween with a 60,000-psi waterjet, NASA and molten aluminum.


Protoype Photonic Chip Shines a Light on Practical Quantum Computing

Protoype Photonic Chip Shines a Light on Practical Quantum Computing
MATsolutions' insight:
Engineers creep closer to practical quantum comput


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New surface ion trap with integrated optical components offers a method for high qubit scalability.

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