Feature Articles

  1. Introduction To RF Matrix Switch Types And Functionality
    7/11/2018

    There are many types of RF matrix switches with configurations that distribute RF signals in very different fashions. This app note describes the functionality of these types of switches, their advantages and disadvantage, and how to choose the best switch for each application.

  2. Model-Based GaN PA Design Basics: What’s In An I-V Curve? (Part 2)
    6/28/2018

    Understanding the impact and nuances of I-V curves is a fundamental part of learning how to design GaN power amplifiers. Part 2 of the GaN design series introduces the basics of using nonlinear models to make the design process more accurate and efficient.

  3. Enabling 10 Gbps Cable Networks With Full Duplex DOCSIS 3.1
    6/28/2018

    Full Duplex DOCSIS 3.0, FDX for short, is one approach CATV operators are using to increase the capacity of HFC networks to support next-generation data requirements. This article discusses this new technology, its biggest challenges, and how MSOs and RF suppliers are bringing it to life.

  4. GaN HEMT Models 101: How Do Nonlinear Models Help With GaN PA Design? (Part 1)
    6/28/2018

    GaN power amplifier design requires some different approaches and thinking compared to LDMOS or GaAs. Learn how nonlinear simulation models, like those from Modelithics, can help speed up design processes by downloading Part 1 of a two-part introductory series.

  5. 5 Things To Consider When Designing Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) Systems
    6/8/2018

    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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.

  9. 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. 

  10. 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.