5G phased array development platform

Avnet and Fujikura have collaborated on a 5G FR2 phased array antenna development platform for mmWave frequency bands. The platform allows engineers to develop and prototype 5G mmWave systems based on the AMD-Xilinx Zyng UltraScale+ RFSoC Gen3 device and Fujikura’s FutureAccess phased array antenna module (PAAM). Avnet’s RFSoC Explorer software, a native MATLAB application, is … Read more

DPU storage accelerator handles 200 Gbps

Panther III, a DPU storage accelerator from MaxLinear, brings 200-Gbps throughput with ultra-low latency to enterprise and hyperscale data centers. With its 16-nm DPU architecture, Panther III also provides 12:1 data reduction, encryption, deduplication, and data protection. MaxLinear believes the Panther III will open new opportunities within the storage market, including all-flash-array and non-volatile memory … Read more

5G sub-6 GHz smart module includes AI for the edge

A 5G sub-6 GHz smart module, the SG560D from Quectel, integrates a powerful CPU and GPU to meet edge computing requirements in multiple AIoT applications. The Android module offers high data rates and computing capabilities for such applications as in-vehicle infotainment, industrial handheld devices, smart gateways, and industrial cameras. The SG560D is powered by a … Read more

LSI communication device implements HD-PLC 4

Socionext is sampling its SC11320A, an LSI chip that embeds an HD-PLC 4 IP core compliant with the IEEE 1901-2020 standard for broadband over power line networks. The SC11320A enables the implementation of the 4th-generation High Definition Power Line Communication (HD-PLC) specification while consuming just 200 mW of power. With Panasonic’s HD-PLC 4 IP core, … Read more

Sierra Wireless readies next-gen 5G modules

Sierra Wireless is now sampling its RF-optimized EM92 series of 5G NR sub-6 GHz mobile broadband embedded modules. This latest edition to the Sierra Wireless lineup will enable the most demanding, business-critical industrial and networking use cases. The company also announced that DISH Wireless has adopted the EM92 series 5G modules to connect to its … Read more

How does a Smith chart work?

The Smith chart appeared in 1939 (Ref. 1) as a graph-based method of simplifying the complex math (that is, calculations involving variables of the form x + jy ) needed to describe the characteristics of microwave components. Although calculators and computers can now make short work of the problems the Smith chart was designed to … Read more

One man’s trash

I took a consulting job with a major semiconductor-equipment-manufacturing company. There, I built various test fixtures using surplus VMEbus-card cages that the company had in the warehouse. It was great to be able to get almost the same card cage that the company was shipping in the current product. One day, I found myself requesting … Read more

Towards a wireless world

A disaster response team in Florida calls for emergency aid using a mobile phone, even though cell antennas and networks in the area have been destroyed by a hurricane. On the same day, a soldier in a Mid-East war zone picks up a mobile phone and talks to her daughter about her first day of … Read more

Cow tipping

Radar antennas used to guide missiles require rather tight boresighting specifications, usually in the 0.1 degree range or less. Guided anti-aircraft missiles fly at high speeds, so small directional errors can mean missing the target, not a good thing. In the 1970s our company was producing these radar antennas and missiles for the US government. … Read more

Projecting the light

In the reliabiliy lab at Luminus Devices, reliability manager Scot Solimine (left) runs accelerated life tests on the company’s LEDs. Staff engineer Mike Brown analyzes any failure modes and suggests corrective actions. Photo by Adrien Bisson. Read more about LED test.See the rest of our September 2010 issue. Billerica, MA—When lighting designer Kevin Adams designed … Read more