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This Slideshow consists of Trending RF & Microwave News Stories of the Week (23 - 27 Nov, 2020)
Electrical and computer engineers at the University of Michigan, have created the first fully-integrated single chip digital millimeter-wave (MMW) beamformer, which opens up new possibilities in high-frequency 5G communications. This technology can be used to improve vehicle-to-vehicle communication, autonomous driving, satellite internet, and national defense and a number of other industries..
Beamforming allows a device that is transmitting signals to point them in a particular direction, as opposed to having the signals radiate out in all directions – which can lead to significant interference and loss of efficiency. It is an essential technique for MMW communication, which occurs at a relatively high frequency (typically between 24 GHz and 100 GHz). This high frequency communication allows for high-speed data transfer, one of the key advantages of 5G. Click here to read more.
Spirent Federal Systems, a leading provider of GPS and GNSS test equipment, have been selected by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) for testing GNSS for lunar exploration. The U.S. Space-Based Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Policy tasks the NASA Administrator to develop and provide requirements for the use of GPS and its augmentations to support civil space systems.
NASA is exploring the viability and enhancement of GPS and GNSS signals in the Space Service Volume (SSV) and beyond to support operational U.S. missions and civil space systems. Spirent GNSS solutions and expertise will support testing of the GNSS receivers intended to be deployed in the upcoming lunar exploration. Click here to read more.
Keysight Technologies is collaborating with Nanyang Technological University, Singapore (NTU Singapore) to develop a transceiver test bench for a hybrid vehicle-to-everything (V2X) communication system. To fully realize smart mobility, there are several technological challenges including V2X, which is a rapidly emerging technology. V2X technologies include dedicated short-range communication (DSRC) and cellular-V2X (C-V2X). However, a single unified V2X test solution does not currently exist.
NTU Singapore is currently conducting research on a reconfigurable transceiver system specifically for hybrid (DSRC+C-V2X) communication in the 5.9 GHz ISM band. This also includes a possible extension to the millimeter-wave (mmWave) frequency range using cost-effective complementary metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) technology. Click here to read more.
Signal Hound has released new updates for Spike and the VSG60 signal-generator software. Spike is Signal Hound’s spectrum analyzer software, compatible with the entire line of Signal Hound spectrum analyzers and tracking generators. Providing full device control, a configurable spectrogram display and user interface, and a variety of analysis modes, Spike is the perfect application for powerful and affordable RF analysis. The VSG60A is a vector signal generator that operates from 50 MHz to 6.0 GHz with a real-time bandwidth of 40 MHz.
The Intermodulation Distortion Panel – A Small Yet Fantastic Addition to Spike Click here to read more.
mmWave technology experts, Siklu, will soon begin shipping Terragraph-compliant, gigabit-speed fixed wireless broadband access systems to service providers in the US and UK. Field trials for the new N366 & T265 systems have begun and full commercial services are expected to commence in 1Q 2021.
Terragraph is a technology developed by Facebook Connectivity to solve the last mile connectivity challenge and serve under-connected communities around the globe. It is an 802.11ay-based, multi-gigabit wireless technology designed to deliver fiber-like speeds over the air at a significantly lower cost and faster time to market than that of trenched fiber. The 802.11ay standardization results in complete end-to-end solutions and promotes volume production of equipment, which drives down prices. Click here to read more.
Morse Micro, the Australian start-up reinventing Wi-Fi for the Internet of Things (IoT), has secured $13 million (AU $18) in additional funding. New and existing investors, including Blackbird Ventures, Main Sequence Ventures, Clean Energy Innovation Fund, Skip Capital, and Ray Stata participated in the funding, taking the total Series A funding round to $30 million (AU $42). This additional investment enables Morse Micro to expand its product and technology development teams, both in Sydney and internationally. It will also allow the company to expand into emerging applications and continue developing its innovative wireless solutions.
Morse Micro is an Australian semiconductor company and creator of the Wi-Fi HaLow chip - an ultra-low-power, long-range and secure Wi-Fi chip specifically designed for IoT environments. Its team includes original inventors of Wi-Fi and designers of the world's first Wi-Fi chipset now used in billions of devices. Working closely with customers, Morse Micro is solving today’s IoT connectivity challenges by unlocking the true benefits of Wi-Fi HaLow. Click here to read more.
With a typical engineer’s bench in mind, Rohde & Schwarz has created a new promotion, called the “Full Bench. High Value.” Customers can purchase a wide selection of fully equipped entry-level T&M instruments, pre-configured with all options at unrivaled package prices for a limited time.
The new promotional offer provides customers not only with increased ease of choice, but also saves their time, as all available options for the respective instruments are already included in the bundles. This makes each instrument a future-proof investment at a single, unrivaled price and prepares customers to move on to the next level with their test and measurement tasks any time. Click here to read more.
The "IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium and Exhibition" ("Radio Wireless Week" - RWW) will take place virtually from 17-22 January, 2021. RWW is an IEEE MTT Society organized event and specifically targets the wireless market.
The RWW event usually gets about 400 attendees, with a good mix of industry, academia, and international attendees. Technical sessions will take place over seven days on a virtual platform. This year the organizers are revising the Wireless Microapps opportunity for exhibitors to record presentations. This method will give registrants more time to view presentations live and then on-demand. The exhibition is less formal and targets a specific audience for a low investment. Click here to read more.
The Autonomy & Positioning Division of leading precision measuring technology company, Hexagon, has announced breakthrough innovations in Precise Point Positioning (PPP) that enable nearly instant global centimeter-level accuracy. These developments pave the way to bring “RTK From the Sky” performance to worldwide users through correction service products and GNSS receivers from Hexagon.
“RTK From the Sky” technology provides the quick accuracy of an RTK solution with the high accessibility and availability of PPP. Users will no longer have geographic or regional infrastructure restrictions – they will be free to operate anywhere around the world with the same premium level of positioning performance. The technology removes the traditional PPP barrier of long convergence times as well as internet and radio communication limitations, delivering instantaneous convergence anywhere in the world. This breakthrough establishes the foundation for assured positioning with no downtime in marine, agriculture, and autonomous applications. Click here to read more.
5G’s hallmark is the promise to provide ubiquitous connectivity to all consumers and devices. In pursuit of this goal, InterDigital has announced its participation in AIMM, a research consortium dedicated to AI-Enabled Massive MIMO (AIMM) and pursuing meaningful performance improvements and eventual ubiquity of 5G.
As the AIMM project coordinator, InterDigital has organized a team of esteemed researchers from across industry and academia to explore new AI algorithms and clever uses of massive MIMO configurations to enhance 5G and beyond. Current members of the consortium include British Telecom, Vilicom, University of Bristol, Loughborough University, ThinkRF, Nokia Bell Labs Stuttgart, Universität Stuttgart, and IMST GmbH. Click here to read more.
Keysight Technologies has announced the addition of two new distribution partners in Europe - Batronix and Batter Fly. The addition of Batronix and Batter Fly will broaden Keysight's distribution channel covering power supplies, oscilloscopes, digital multimeters, waveform function generators, data acquisition and handheld radio frequency (RF) products.
"The addition of Batronix and Batter Fly to Keysight's distribution network represents another step forward in the execution of our channel strategy, which offers customers digital, easy and efficient access to Keysight products," said Alessandro Pino, director of Keysight's regional indirect sales. "Both reselling companies have adopted an integrated web-based business model to complement Keysight's highly technical field organization, enabling customers to rapidly source Keysight products." Click here to read more.
Lunewave, a manufacturer of specialized, 3D-printed Luneburg lens antennas and radars, has raised $7 Million in Series A investment and added two automotive industry leaders to its board of directors. FM Capital led the investment round with new investors including Proeza Ventures, Blue 9 Capital, Tsingyuan Ventures, and Intact Ventures. Lunewave is also funded through National Science Foundation grants.
Lunewave offers a significant enhancement for ADAS and autonomous vehicle applications for automakers and ride-hailing companies as well as the last-mile delivery, commercial trucking, and construction industries. The 3D printed Luneburg lens is its third version in less than three years. It offers broad bandwidth, high gain, and the capability of forming multiple high-quality beams in all directions. Two Lunewave radar sensors could replace 20 radar sensors used today while providing greater resolution and performance across a wide field-of-view. Click here to read more.
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