Feature Articles

  1. Air Force Makes First Flexible RF Gallium Nitride Devices
    12/19/2017

    Scientists at the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) report a breakthrough in materials science used to create flexible antennas and devices: a viable method to grow and transfer the exotic material known as Gallium Nitride (GaN) in a soft and flexible substrate.

  2. 12/12/2017 Week In 5G: Verizon & Ericsson Ink Deal; Better Batteries For 5G Phones
    12/12/2017

    Verizon has tapped telecom equipment maker Ericsson to supply it with 5G Core network, 5G Radio Access Network (RAN), transport, and associated services related to its upcoming 5G network.

  3. An Introduction To Programmable Attenuator Systems
    12/7/2017

    A programmable or step attenuator is externally controlled with maximum attenuation ranges from 0 dB to 127 dB, in steps as small as 0.1 dB. This app note discusses key components in a programmable attenuator system, as well as the best choices for general applications.

  4. Where Is Wi-Fi Heading?
    11/20/2017

    What matters the most to the future of Wi-Fi technologies? Major concerns include high data rate, high capacity, and a good range of coverage. This white paper covers these areas of interest, the problems involved in implementing Wi-Fi growth requirements, and possible solutions.

  5. How Not To Run Hot: Overcoming Thermal Challenges In Wi-Fi Front End Designs (Part 1)
    11/20/2017

    It can be hard to fully account for thermal management and affected parameters in wireless access points or customer premises equipment prior to FCC certification. This article is the first in a series that looks at the design challenges for Wi-Fi front end designs. Part 2 will cover coexistence and interference.

  6. Success And Peril As The Internet Of Things Haul Trillions Into Global Economy
    11/14/2017

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is set to contribute trillions of dollars to the global economy over the next two decades as the networked system of sensors, devices, and everyday objects becomes more pervasive and ubiquitous. Pitfalls abound, however, as cybersecurity and other challenges have not been sufficiently addressed by IoT innovators.

  7. Apple Files U.S. Patent Application For 5G Millimeter Wave Yagi Antennas
    10/31/2017

    The United States Patent & Trademark Office has granted Apple a patent for Yagi antennas in future devices that run on upcoming 5G wireless networks.

  8. Cisco Acquires Telecom Software Company BroadSoft For $1.9 Billion
    10/24/2017

    Cisco has agreed to pay $1.9 billion in cash for BroadSoft, a software company that makes communications tools for the top telecom providers in the world. The move further diversifies Cisco's business beyond network hardware such as routers and switches and into cloud-based software services.

  9. Ohio State Researchers Design 'Hovering' Millimeter Wave Antennas
    10/13/2017

    Researchers at Ohio State University’s ElectroScience Laboratory (ESL) are designing "hovering" or suspended high-gain millimeter-wave antenna arrays that boost wireless signals and alleviate the crowded electromagnetic frequency spectrum.

  10. U.S. Air Force Introduces 'Revolutionary' Ultra-Compact Antennas
    10/6/2017

    By coupling the acoustic resonance of a small antenna with the electromagnetic wave, researchers at the Air Force Research Laboratory Materials and Manufacturing Directorate have succeeded in scaling antenna sizes down to 90 percent smaller than state-of-the art compact antennas.