• What Time Synchronization Means for Your Multi-Channel RF Measurements

    In a rock band, the drummer keeps the beat steady and the other musicians follow the rhythm. The drummer keeps the entire band in synch. The same concept is true when you integrate multiple instruments into a test sys...
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  • EMC Compliance Process & Regulatory Standards

    Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) is the branch of electronics that concerns the unintentional generation, propagation, and reception of electromagnetic energy.  The formal process of compliance testing ensures...
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  • Complete your EMC conducted emissions testing in just 7 steps

    There are two kinds of EMC Pre-Compliance tests you can perform – radiated and conducted.  Today, we will review conducted emissions testing – what it is and why it’s important.  For a simi...
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  • Get It Right Every Time with Pre-Compliance Testing

    A big question that you might have is, what is the difference between Pre-Compliance and Compliance testing?  What makes Pre-Compliance important?  Pre-Compliance is a low risk, cost effective method to ensu...
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  • EMC Basics: What is Radiated Emissions & Immunity Testing?

    After reading my last blog you’ve been given a brief intro on What are EMC & EMI Measurements and why it is important to measure for to ensure your device is pre-compliant.   In this blog we’...
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  • More Cost-Effective RF Power Measurements

      In praise of the humble power sensor It’s always nice to get a reality check from a fellow RF engineer, and Keysight’s Eric Breakenridge recently delivered one in the form of an explanation of the c...
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  • Making Sense of Battery Power and RF Power

      Understand, anticipate, and respect your power limitations Are IoT and other smart/connected devices the biggest wireless opportunity right now, or the biggest source of hype? I suppose they can be both at the ...
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  • Impressive Mechanisms, Impressive Explanations

      Engineers that exemplify creativity, and the ability to explain it School is out and some are on holiday. It’s a good time to briefly widen this blog’s technology focus a bit with one of my occasion...
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  • Better Measurements at Centimeter and Millimeter Bands

      Handling the frequency and bandwidth challenges of 5G, radar, and more 5G technologies and markets are much in the news these days, and for good reasons. The economic potential is large, the opportunities are r...
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  • Reducing Noise Power and Pushing it Around

      Jet engines, furry hoods, and a nod to four years of the Better Measurements blog This blog gives me occasional freedom to explore technology and phenomena that have only a peripheral relationship to RF design ...
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  • Stealing MIMO

      An unacknowledged “borrowing” Few things in technology are completely original, “from the ground up” innovations. Of course, that’s no knock on those who creatively move technology...
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  • Importance of the Basics or “Why Don’t Microwave Connectors Last?”

      Are lifetime and performance ratings wrong, or is it measurement practice? A guest post to the RF Test Blog from Keysight’s Michael Lux A while back, Ben discussed the potential for one type of connector ...
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  • Millimeter Measurements: They’ll Test You

      Don’t sacrifice the benefits of improved equipment by missing the basics Just a decade ago I would have found it hard to believe, but millimeter-frequency applications above 50 GHz are going genuinely mai...
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  • Are We Out of Running Room in RF Technology or Applications?

    Originally posted Sept 21, 2016   No—but the way forward has implications for RF and microwave testing In Electronic Design, Lou Frenzel recently asked a couple of provocative questions, and in this post I...
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  • Insidious Measurement Errors

    Originally posted Jun 23, 2016   How to avoid fooling yourself   Some years ago I bought an old building lot for a house, and hired a surveyor because the original lot markers were all gone. It was a tough...
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  • Turning Back RF Technology to Take a Step Forward

    Originally posted Dec 28, 2015   New activity on familiar terrain High-profile developments in wireless networking usually involve ever-wider bandwidths and ever-higher operating frequencies. These support the i...
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  • Analyzer Upgrades: Going Back in Time and Changing Your Mind

    Originally posted Nov 13, 2015   A practical way to revisit decisions about bandwidth and frequency range No matter how carefully you consider your test equipment choices, your needs will sometimes evolve beyond...
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  • “I Have Two of Those and They’re Both Broken”

    Originally posted Sept 10, 2015   K connectors, microwave measurements and careful plumbing Over the years, I’ve heard several engineers speculate on alternative lives as plumbers. It’s a career that...
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  • Calibration Data: How to Use What You Know

    Originally posted Aug 24, 2015   How well do you know what you know, and how well do you need to know it anyway? We choose, purchase and maintain test equipment because we want answers: how big, how pure, how fa...
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  • Error Vectors, Steganography, and Hiding in Plain Sight

    Originally posted Aug 10, 2015   Fascinating connections between very different phenomena In engineering, one of the most interesting experiences is to encounter an analog of something familiar, but in an entire...
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