Electrostatic discharge testing is utilized worldwide by electronics manufacturers to determine the ESD susceptibility of their devices. It is extremely difficult to estimate the exact cost of ESD loss annually, but it can safely be stated that ESD requires the development and testing of many hardware prototypes and contributes to a high number of warranty claims and loss of consumer confidence if failure occurs in the hands of the customer. Given the high cost in time and materials associated with ESD hardware testing, the ability to simulate the ESD testing process in XFdtd is extremely valuable, allowing engineers to pinpoint locations susceptible to ESD damage and optimize ESD mitigation during the concept and design stage of product development.
The Week in 5G: 10/21/21 — Fiber Optics Industry Fears Labor & Materials Shortage, Ericsson Loses Footing in China
Also this week in 5G, Nokia is debuting ruggedized 5G devices to suit challenging environments (Think: manufacturing, mining, and other outdoor use cases), and Corning is using Verizon's latest 5G Edge with AWS to support its fiber optic plant operations.
Clock Skew In Large Multi-GHz Clock Trees10/18/2021
This article identifies several areas of concern in the design process, manufacturing process, and application environment that can cause clock skews of 1 ps or more. With regards to these areas of concern, several recommendations, examples, and rules of thumb will be provided to help the reader gain an intuitive feel for the root cause and magnitude of clock skew errors.
Meeting Biasing Requirements Of Externally Biased RF/Microwave Amplifiers10/18/2021
Radio frequency (RF) and microwave amplifiers provide their best performance under specific bias conditions. The quiescent current established by the bias point affects critical performance metrics such as linearity and efficiency. While some amplifiers are self biased, many devices require external biasing using multiple supplies that must be sequenced properly for safe operation.
EIA MLCC Case Sizes: Past And Future10/6/2021
Standards are a form of technical infrastructure, and their influence is felt throughout the electronics industry. For example, formed in 1924, the Electronic Industries Alliance (EIA) was an American standards organization that established an alliance of trade associations in the United States electronics manufacturing industry.
Optimizing Clock Synthesis In Small Cells And Heterogeneous Networks10/6/2021
Mobile network operators are increasingly turning to small cell base stations to expand coverage, increase capacity, and enable network densification in congested, high-traffic urban environments. Small cells are low-power radio access nodes that can be used by operators to offload mobile data to Internet Protocol (IP) networks and enable more efficient use of radio spectrum in 4G/LTE applications.
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