Feature Articles

  1. Industrial IoT: How Smart Alerts And Sensors Add Value To Electric Motors
    5/8/2018

    This article explores how industrial IoT can produce real value for electric motors and factories.

  2. Understanding Power Divider/Combiner Types And Functionality
    5/7/2018

    Both resistive type and reactive type power divider/combiners can be used to fan-in or fan-out RF signals. However, both types distribute RF signals in a different fashion. This white paper offers guidelines and considerations for determining a divider/combiner for each application.

  3. 5 Things To Consider When Designing Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) Systems
    5/4/2018

    In the earliest stages of 5G, fixed wireless access (FWA) systems will be used to deliver gigabit internet speeds to homes, apartments, and businesses in a fraction of the time and cost of traditional cable/fiber installations. Like other technological advancements, FWA has its own design challenges and considerations. This article presents five considerations to keep in mind when designing FWA systems.

  4. Demystifying Polling Control In Zigbee Networks
    5/2/2018

    Understanding the polling features in the Zigbee standard can help to optimize the power consumption of IoT products. Take a closer look at Zigbee’s polling mechanism and an example using a fire alarm sensor application.

  5. Overcoming The RF Challenges Of Full-Screen Smartphones
    3/29/2018

    The future generations of smartphones aim to design and build next-generation handsets that deliver a compelling user experience. These next-generation devices must be able to have both an attractive form factor and the ability to deliver high performance connectivity. 

  6. RF Power Measurements In The Field
    3/14/2018

    Measuring RF power in a field environment can be accomplished accurately and inexpensively. It also involves a great deal of care and proper training to ensure equipment is accurately measured. Either way, accurate field power measurements will ensure transmitting equipment is operating properly.

  7. Optimizing An LTE Antenna’s Matching Network
    3/9/2018

    This application note describes the process of a simple antenna for LTE band operation added to the PC board of a smartphone in XFdtd being tuned for operation in multiple frequency bands. The component values in the matching network are chosen so that system efficiency is maximized.

  8. FCC Wants To Streamline Rules To Spur 5G Small Cell Deployment
    3/6/2018

    The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to relax existing rules governing the deployment of small cells needed to run upcoming 5G networks across the United States.

  9. 5G Or .11ax?
    3/1/2018

    Why are names such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and LTE more well-known than 5G or Zigbee when they all play a huge role in our daily lives? This paper offers a different perspective on the “battle” between these types of technology, and how to leverage each to exploit the most advantages.

  10. Considerations When Choosing An RF Power Amplifier
    2/12/2018

    This white paper talks about the important operating parameters to consider when choosing an amplifier, from operating efficiency and output power level to linearity and mismatch tolerance.