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Anritsu signaling tester supports LTE-A 1-Gb/s IP throughput test

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Richardson, TX. Anritsu has introduced a single-instrument solution that enables 1-Gb/s IP data communications throughput testing based on its MD8475B signaling tester that supports 4x4 MIMO with 256QAM high-order modulation and four-component carrier aggregation. The integrated system, which consists of the new MD8475B-071 enhanced...

SystemVue 2017 helps ASTRI identify NB-IoT issue

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Santa Rosa, CA. Keysight Technologies announced that its simulation platform for system design and verification, SystemVue 2017, significantly contributed to an improvement to the Narrowband Internet of Things (NB-IoT) standard. SystemVue enables users to combine existing baseband, RF, and channel models together for evaluation...

Thinking about RF/microwave signals

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Options for generating and analyzing RF/microwave signals have expanded over the first half of this year, with companies introducing a variety of signal analyzers and generators in form factors ranging from handheld to benchtop and rack-mountable. Highlights include a new high-power, low-noise analog signal...

Pondering performance as devices proliferate

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As more and more devices proliferate and make use of limited spectrum, issues related to electromagnetic compatibility become critical. Electrical and electronics engineers designing everything from military/aerospace systems to IoT edge devices must contend with EMC, signal integrity (SI), and power integrity (PI). The 2017...

Stepping up to a vector network analyzer for IoT design optimization

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With the acceleration of Internet of Things (IoT) devices and the proliferation of RF and wireless products, there is a growing need for RF measurement expertise and affordable RF test instrumentation. Until recently, vector network analyzers (VNAs) have been too expensive and hard to...

NIWeek attendees see next generation of LabVIEW

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NIWeek formally convened May 22 with a press conference coupled with an academic session and alliance partner meetings. At the press conference, Shelley Gretlein, vice president corporate marketing, said NI has 1,000+ alliance members, serves an online community of 300,000+ members, and offers 10,000+...

Portable units sport impressive GUIs, or lack them altogether

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Think handheld instrument and you might envision a 3½-digit display and a large knob you can manipulate while wearing heavy-duty work gloves. But portable instruments making news recently are sporting impressive graphical user interfaces—if they embody a user interface at all. Instruments with user...

R&S ZNLE VNA simplifies S-parameter measurements

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Munich, Germany. Rohde & Schwarz has launched the R&S ZNLE vector network analyzer to address the requirements of customers looking to perform RF measurements to characterize components such as antennas, attenuators, filters, and PCBs. The new standalone instrument weighs 6 kg and has a...

Defining the 5G heterogeneous network, or hetnet

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San Francisco, CA. The exponential increase of mobile data traffic will require disruptive approaches in the definition of the future 5G heterogeneous network, or hetnet, according to Cédric Dehos of CEA-LETI. He cited estimates of a 47% CAGR in mobile data-traffic growth rates driven...

Nordic Semiconductor offers Bluetooth mesh SDK

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Oslo, Norway. Nordic Semiconductor ASA today announced the nRF5 SDK for Mesh, a software development kit (SDK) that allows engineers to develop with Bluetooth mesh. The launch of the SDK coincides with the Bluetooth Special Interest Group's (SIG) formal adoption of Bluetooth mesh 1.0. nRF5...