5G

Brian Santo
Managing Editor, EE Times-interactive
A resource and community forum for engineers involved in designing advanced networking systems, related products, 5G networks, and heterogeneous networks that will use 5G along with other technologies. Find design tips, new product information, and discussion on 5G and other cellular technologies (3G, 4G, LTE, etc.), as well as complementary technologies – wired and wireless, including Ethernet, short-range networking (Bluetooth, ZigBee, Wi-Fi, etc.), and LP-WAN (LoRa, SigFox, Wi-Fi, etc.). This forum will also examine related emerging application areas such as the smart grid, smart homes, the internet of things, and cloud computing.

Teardown: Platinum Tools LANSeeker TP500

Take a look inside this simple but useful tester's components. Read More...

QSFP-DD pluggable modules boost data density

An array of high-speed, high-density solutions revolving around various small form-factor pluggable modules gained considerable traction in datacenter switch and networking devices. Thermal management strategies are critical as the industry is readying for the launch of next-generation copper and optical QSFP-DD transceivers. Read More...

Mesh networking: setting up Google OnHub-based Wi-Fi

Here’s one way to transform your mesh network aspirations into reality. Read More...

Edge servers ease network congestion

A new generation of standard COM Express modules offer server power for “edge” computing while reducing network load and centralized computational requirements. Read More...

Analyzer detects interference in the wireless spectrum

The MNT100 from Rohde & Schwarz lets you identify the direction and location of RF signals that can interfere with cellular wireless performance. Read More...

Simulate OTA channels for 5G mmWave signals

The Model 2040+ radio test set from Eastern OptX emulates over-the-air channels for testing transmitters and receivers. Read More...

Is 5G for real?

5G has serious economic potential, according to a report from IHS Markit. Read More...

Connectivity options for the IoT

The Internet of Things is developing at a mopey pace, but those who wish to provide connectivity for IoT networks continue to jockey for position in anticipation of the market eventually taking off. Read More...

Design and test strategy for IoT connectivity challenges

Many IoT design challenges can be avoided using an informed design and test strategy. Attend this course to learn what’s required to produce a connected device on time and within budget. Read More...

Connectors: Not just schematic symbols

At a presentation for the Central New England IEEE EMC Society chapter, Colin Brench showed how at high-speed connectors can result in EMI emissions, affect signal integrity, and create thermal problems. Read More...

The Pythagorean theorem: engineering applications

I was not even aware that there was such a day as Pythagorean Day until this year, but it brought to my attention some really interesting engineering applications. Read More...

Is it time to upgrade to mesh networking?

Mesh networking promises to bring real value to the upgrade process, thereby resulting in a price "crash" for alternative traditional convention networking gear. Read More...

SFP optical modules: Legacy compatibility vs. improved performance

Two options have emerged to get datacenter electrical and optical signals to support higher speeds. The choice of microQSFP or SFP-DD connectors comes down to thermal issues and legacy cable support. Read More...

The biggest change in PAM4: How do the eyes line up?

Problems we’ve dealt with for a long time become more complicated in the move from NRZ to PAM4, but skew and compression are two all new problems. Read More...

5G hits reality as 3GPP postpones features

With an accelerated deadline for 5G standards, inevitably something was going to have to give. Several things have, including frequency ranges that different constituencies wanted in the standard that won't be included. Read More...

Reading the signs: 5G is coming

A surge of recent developments in the 5G space suggest that real work on actual 5G products is beginning in earnest. That includes real jobs in the 5G space. Read More...

PAM4, error correction bring 400GbE test challenges

Now that 400 gigabit Ethernet is a reality, engineers will have to deal with forward error correction brought on by the need for PAM4 modulation across eight lanes of data traffic. Read More...

IoT: We aren’t as ready as we think

Are you really ready for the IoT? This online course will help developers understand how to secure a device, provision it, and get it safely communicating on the internet. Read More...

How NASA technology helps in natural disasters

See how NASA's ISS technology benefits planet Earth before, during, and after a natural disaster by helping victims and working on advanced prediction for future prevention of such catastrophic events. Read More...

Teardown: Smart switch provides Bluetooth power control

GE's Avi-on product line does networked power control with a mesh Bluetooth twist. Read More...

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Improve RFID by killing noise

RFID is great technology, but noisy power and other aggressors can ruin performance. Use this trick to solve the problem, for RFID or any RF or sensitive subsystem. Read More...

Splitting and arbiting a bidirectional serial bus

Serial buses like I2C are widespread. This Design Idea demonstrates ways of splitting each bidirectional line into two unidirectional ones – and why you might want to. Read More...

NRZ to AMI converter uses single supply

Convert serial data to AMI format with this simple Design Idea. Read More...

Monitor a differential pair for valid & fault conditions

Monitor the state of a differential communications line with this Design Idea. Read More...

Avago Tech Note: High-speed optocouplers enable industrial networks

Communicate at up to 25Mb/s over (e.g.) PROFIBUS. Read More...

LTC Design Note: Robust 10MHz reference clock input protection circuit and distributor for RF systems

Design a protected 10MHz reference input without degrading phase noise. Read More...

Postprocessing converts Spice to RF analyzer

Designers of RF and high-frequency products need a simulator that can predict noise figure at a given frequency, minimum noise figure, optimum reflection coefficient for noise, and noise resistance. Read More...

Simple circuit suits quadrature detection

A circuit generates an output voltage that you can measure to determine whether two sine waves have a quadrature relationship. Read More...

Low-cost RF synthesizer uses generic ICs

You can make an AM-band frequency synthesizer from standard components. Read More...

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Faster time-to-market clock oscillator: Easing emissions compliance for circuit designers

SiTime’s MEMS timing SiT9005 SSO is field programmable in a way that helps ensure emissions compliance. Read More...

Analyzer detects interference in the wireless spectrum

The MNT100 from Rohde & Schwarz lets you identify the direction and location of RF signals that can interfere with cellular wireless performance. Read More...

Simulate OTA channels for 5G mmWave signals

The Model 2040+ radio test set from Eastern OptX emulates over-the-air channels for testing transmitters and receivers. Read More...

Wireless transceiver supports dual standards

The ML7404 RF transceiver from Lapis Semiconductor boasts LPWA (low power wide area) dual-mode functionality for new IoT applications. Read More...

EM switches perform 10 million operations

Electromechanical switches in Pasternack’s PE71S63xx series exhibit low insertion loss repeatability of 0.03 dB to 0.05 dB. Read More...

Audio analyzer module adds new Bluetooth codecs

The Bluetooth Duo module from Audio Precision adds new codecs for Bluetooth 4.2, plus it's now a sink/source module. Read More...

CAN FD chip eases design updates

New IC from Microchip lets you add CAN FD (flexible data rate) to new or existing designs. Read More...

Keysight BERT now supports 64 Gbaud NRZ

An upgrade to the M8040A adds signal analysis and BER testing to the latest NRZ speed, used for 400 Gbps Ethernet and other standards. Read More...

Digitizer/DSP analyzes RF and serial signals

The ADP7000 modules from Guzik let you capture and analyze RF/wireless signals, process data in FPGAs, and stream data to storage for offline analysis. Read More...

Mixer covers 3 GHz to 20 GHz

A double-balanced mixer, Linear Technology’s LTC5552 offers wideband RF matching from 3 GHz to 20 GHz and differential IF from DC to 6 GHz. Read More...

2.4 GHz antenna adheres to metal

About the size of a quarter, Laird’s mFlexPIFA flexible adhesive-backed antenna mounts directly on metal surfaces without detuning. Read More...

Bench VNA goes small & light

The ZNLE vector network analyzer from Rohde & Schwarz takes up less bench space than other bench VNAs. You want smaller? Then you need a handheld unit. Read More...

Transistor touts wideband operation

The AFG24S100HR5 RF power transistor from NXP operates from 1 MHz to 2700 MHz and includes input-matching for extended bandwidth performance. Read More...

DACs work with optical modules

A pair of DACs from Analog Devices, the 12-bit AD5767 and 16-bit AD5766 reduce the footprint of wired telecommunication systems. Read More...

PXIe generator is scalable to 44 GHz

With frequency coverage up to 44 GHz and modulation bandwidth up to 1 GHz, Keysight’s M9383A generates complex 5G waveforms. Read More...

Wideband amp furnishes 35 W

Analog Devices’ HMC8205 GaN MMIC amplifier provides high gain and power across an instantaneous bandwidth of 300 MHz to 6 GHz. Read More...

Fast ADC teams with 15 GHz PLL

TI’s ADC12DJ3200 12 bit ADC delivers speeds of up to 6.4 Gsamples/s in single-channel mode and up to 3.2 Gsamples/s in dual-channel mode. Read More...

VNAs tackle high data-rate designs

A universal fixture option for Anritsu VectorStar VNAs enhances model accuracy through improved test fixture de-embedding. Read More...

I/Q mixers simplify wideband designs

Passive in-phase quadrature RF mixers, the HMC819x series from Analog Devices, cover a frequency range of 2.5 GH to 42 GHz. Read More...

5G needs more bandwidth: LTC5553 mixer helps designers find it

Faster backhaul and fronthaul (basestation) links are critical to making 5G a reality. Read More...

RF synthesizer helps reduce system size

Packing an integrated VCO core with four separate VCOs, the ADF5356 wideband synthesizer from Analog Devices operates to 13.6 GHz. Read More...

Multisensor RFID tags read 10 meters out

Employing multiple sensors in a single tag, the PCT100 and PCT200 from Powercast have an RF operating range of -17 dBm to +20 dBm. Read More...

Tektronix enters VNA market with low-cost USB models

The Tektronix TTR500 series features two models with bandwidth to 3 GHz and 6 GHz. Read More...

ADC targets GHz bandwidth applications

Based on a 28 nm CMOS process, the AD9208 dual 14 bit ADC from Analog Devices enables IF sampling of signals at up to 9 GHz (-3 dB point). Read More...

Thermoset laminates outperform FR-4

Kappa 438 glass-reinforced thermoset laminates from Rogers serve as a more reliable alternative to FR-4 laminates in wireless circuit designs. Read More...

RF MCU packs sub-GHz radio

The SAM R30 system-in-package from Microchip meets the power-conscious needs of battery-powered wirelessly connected systems. Read More...

16-bit AWG runs up to eight channels

The AWG5200 series from Tektronix comes in two, four, and eight channel versions. Read More...

Motor driver fits small IoT devices

A single-chip 2.6 A driver for brushed DC motors, STMicroelectronics’ STSPIN250 targets battery-powered portable and wearable applications. Read More...

GigE chips ease network design

A suite of 48 Gigabit Ethernet chips, Microchip’s GigEpack lineup includes switches with integrated HSR/DLR redundancy. Read More...

Scope option tackles 1000Base-T1

Option RTO-K87 for the Rohde & Schwarz RTO2000 oscilloscope enables compliance testing of automotive 1000Base-T1 Ethernet interfaces. Read More...

Astronics upgrades tactical radio tester

EVM measurement and four additional functions enhance the Astronics’ CTS-6000 test set for field testing of military tactical radios. Read More...

CPRI analyzers display multiple traces

Anritsu has enhanced its CPRI RF field analyzers to address the requirements associated with testing high-speed LTE base stations. Read More...

Protocol analyzer adds impairment test

Teledyne LeCroy’s SierraNet M328 analyzer provides error-injection and jamming for 25/50/100G Ethernet and 32/128G Fibre Channel traffic. Read More...

Bluetooth 5 SoC maximizes battery life

A multiprotocol, Bluetooth 5-certified radio Soc, On Semiconductor’s RSL10 requires just 62.5 nW in deep sleep mode and 7 mW in receive mode. Read More...

Xilinx fires a 5G solution shot across the bow of RF and data converter companies

Xilinx has embedded RF-class analog technology into their 16nm, all programmable MPSoC architecture. Read More...

Small spectrum analyzer uses both samples and sweeps

The MS2760A from Anritsu uses a combination of traditional and real-time techniques to produce bandwidths to 110 GHz. Read More...

A soft whisper heard clearly: Getting automatic speech recognition right

Consumers want to speak commands to their automobiles, mobile devices, and wearables, but ambient noise can get those messages wrong. Read More...

RF attenuator offers 0 to 6 dB range

BroadWave’s Model 651-030-006 is a single-step, voltage-controlled programmable attenuator with a frequency range of DC to 1 GHz. Read More...

BERTScope talks to DUT through protocols

The Tektronix BERTScope BSX series of bit-error-ratio testers can communicate with PCIe and USB receivers so it knows their state during a test. Read More...

Rohde & Schwarz introduces 6 GHz oscilloscope at DesignCon 2017

The RTO2064 moves the company's RTO2000 a step higher in bandwidth, into medium-speed serial applications and EMI troubleshooting. Read More...

NI overhauls RF/microwave design environment

Enhancements found in Version 13 of National Instruments’ AWR design environment aim to improve RF and microwave engineering productivity. Read More...

Waveguide attenuators cover seven bands

Pasternack’s waveguide direct-read attenuators operate in seven waveguide bands within a frequency range of 18 GHz to 110 GHz. Read More...

Networked spectrum analyzer delivers in real time

ThinkRF's R5500 comes in models up to 27 GHz with real-time capture bandwidth to 100 MHz, all under network control and display from a PC. Read More...

Real-time analyzer captures pulsed and modulated signals

The Tektronix RSA7100 real-time spectrum analyzer covers up to 26.5 GHz. Options let you record up to two hours of signal data. Read More...

EDN Hot 100 products of 2016: RF, Wireless & Networking

This section of EDN's Hot 100 Products of 2016 includes communications/networking products for RF and wireless applications, often targeting the IoT. Read More...

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Teardown: The DOCSIS 2.0 cable modem falls out of favor

DOCSIS 2.0 cable modems may not be state of the art, but they're still sufficient for many cable Internet customers' needs. And they're also fairly interesting inside. Read More...

Teardown: Router hardware provides flexibility

A mainstream 802.11ac router design offers plenty of mysteries and surprises, along with sleight-of-hand enhancement opportunities. Read More...

Teardown: Analyzing a zero-cost router

Free after rebate, and comprising tier-one hardware inside a tier-two brand shell, what is this entry-level 802.11n router made of, and what else can it be made to do? Read More...

Teardown: Dead GbE switch

Another day, another dead GbE switch. Maybe a decade of service is asking too much, but let's see what went wrong. Read More...

Teardown: Wireless keyboard and remote senses motion

The Mohu Channels wireless keyboard is also a remote control with motion-activated on-screen cursor capability; see how it works. Read More...

Teardown: Apple iPad Air packs faster A7

Apple's iPad Air packs a somewhat faster A7 processor but few other surprises. Read More...

Dissecting the Intel 710 Enterprise SSD

The design for this drive, which uses multilevel-cell NAND flash for primary storage, emphasized endurance, reliability, and power efficiency. Read More...

RFID-enhanced CES badge helps you get to the show

Las Vegas Monorail multi-day passes are a great deal, and especially convenient when they're encoded on your CES badge ... when they work, that is. Read More...

Teardown: Ethernet and EMP take out TV tuner

In this teardown we look for evidence that an EMP generated by a lightning bolt coupled to Ethernet cable, acted as an antenna, and zapped relevant ICs inside a TV tuner. Read More...

Dissecting Disney's MagicBand

Disney is no stranger to technology, but one of the really cool tools they've put out fairly recently is the MyMagic+ system or MagicBand. Read More...

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Mushrooming PoE use cries out for true standardization

PoE standardization has unfortunately lagged. With renewed efforts and resources, there’s no longer any excuse to use proprietary designs. Read More...

NYU emulator advances 5G technology towards reality

With the NYU emulator, one can test out the performance of a system for different types of theoretical antennas that have not yet been built. Read More...

Qorvo helps advance 5G efforts with RF filter innovations for smartphones

What can we expect for filtering out a constantly increasing set of frequency bands and multiple antennas being added to smartphones, and how can the next generation of devices reach the needed Gigabit speeds? Read More...

A big part of Intel’s 5G strategy: Altera FPGAs and the mobile trial platform

Major network infrastructure vendors are interested in Intel’s third generation 5G mobile trial platform, which will be operational in the second half of this year. It is based upon Intel’s 14 nm Stratix 10 FPGA. Read More...

Design with QDR-IV for high-performance networking systems, part 3

The final part of this series will cover deskewing, including error correction codes and design recommendations for QDR-IV memory controllers. Read More...

RFID-enhanced CES badge helps you get to the show

Las Vegas Monorail multi-day passes are a great deal, and especially convenient when they're encoded on your CES badge ... when they work, that is. Read More...

Design with QDR-IV for high-performance networking systems, part 2

In part 2 of this series, we’ll cover important bus issues, such as bus turnaround, bus inversion, and address parity, when designing with QDR-IV. Read More...

Maximize infotainment system design reuse with I2C GPIO expanders

I2C GPIO expanders provide a way to reuse existing design and add new feature sets to form an integrated automotive cockpit that combines infotainment and cluster systems. Read More...

Real world RS-485: Low power, low EMI

RS-485 is a well established serial interconnect for both point-to-point and multi-drop applications. Learn how to optimize your designs. Read More...

Design with QDR-IV for high-performance networking systems, part 1

In part 1 of this multi-part series, we’ll discuss the two types of QDR-IV memory, clocking, read/write operations, and banking. Read More...

The basics of Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE)

Bluetooth Low Energy is the intelligent, power-friendly version of Bluetooth wireless technology making smart gadgets compact, affordable, and less complex.  Read More...

Building wearables that sense, think, and communicate, part 2

In Part 2 of this series, additional design challenges for wearables, including field upgrade, energy harvesting, connectivity, and special features are discussed. Read More...

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Mesh networking: setting up Google OnHub-based Wi-Fi

Here’s one way to transform your mesh network aspirations into reality. Read More...

Is 5G for real?

5G has serious economic potential, according to a report from IHS Markit. Read More...

Connectivity options for the IoT

The Internet of Things is developing at a mopey pace, but those who wish to provide connectivity for IoT networks continue to jockey for position in anticipation of the market eventually taking off. Read More...

Design and test strategy for IoT connectivity challenges

Many IoT design challenges can be avoided using an informed design and test strategy. Attend this course to learn what’s required to produce a connected device on time and within budget. Read More...

Connectors: Not just schematic symbols

At a presentation for the Central New England IEEE EMC Society chapter, Colin Brench showed how at high-speed connectors can result in EMI emissions, affect signal integrity, and create thermal problems. Read More...

Is it time to upgrade to mesh networking?

Mesh networking promises to bring real value to the upgrade process, thereby resulting in a price "crash" for alternative traditional convention networking gear. Read More...

The biggest change in PAM4: How do the eyes line up?

Problems we’ve dealt with for a long time become more complicated in the move from NRZ to PAM4, but skew and compression are two all new problems. Read More...

5G hits reality as 3GPP postpones features

With an accelerated deadline for 5G standards, inevitably something was going to have to give. Several things have, including frequency ranges that different constituencies wanted in the standard that won't be included. Read More...

Reading the signs: 5G is coming

A surge of recent developments in the 5G space suggest that real work on actual 5G products is beginning in earnest. That includes real jobs in the 5G space. Read More...

PAM4, error correction bring 400GbE test challenges

Now that 400 gigabit Ethernet is a reality, engineers will have to deal with forward error correction brought on by the need for PAM4 modulation across eight lanes of data traffic. Read More...

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