RF Testing on Automotive Infotainment Devices

The car radio has evolved from a cassette player to a state of the art entertainment system, keeping the driver and passengers connected on the go. The entertainment system brings a design challenge in that communication and broadcast standards have to coexist within a small area in the dashboard of a car. Since the frequencies defined by the RF standards are in close proximity, it is very important that the frequencies coexist and since multiple standards need to be supported in the single assembly, RF modules are placed next to each other on the assembly line. Other than testing the entertainment center in the car, the antennas inside the car are subjected to cross-coupling effects with passengers mobile devices. To ensure the RF performance of the infotainment system, all of these scenarios need to be thoroughly tested. This application note highlights some of the RF measurement challenges and introduces equipment that is required for relevant RF characterization of car infotainment devices.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Electronics & Computers, Antennas, RF & Microwave Electronics

Writing with Light: An ‘Etch A Sketch’ Electrical Circuit

Physicists from Washington State University (WSU) have used lasers to draw conductive circuits into a crystal. The achievement demonstrates a new kind of transparent, three-dimensional electronics: circuits that can be erased and reconfigured, like the drawings of an Etch A Sketch.

Posted in: News, Board-Level Electronics, Electronic Components, Electronics & Computers, Lasers & Laser Systems, Optical Components, Optics, Photonics

Products of Tomorrow: August 2017

This column presents technologies that have applications in commercial areas, possibly creating the products of tomorrow. To learn more about each technology, see the contact information provided for that innovation.

Posted in: Articles, Batteries, Electronics, Coatings & Adhesives, Materials, Batteries, Batteries, Ceramics, Coatings Colorants and Finishes, Coatings, colorants, and finishes, Corrosion, Electrolytes, Insulation, Rescue and emergency vehicles and equipment

Thermoelectric Cooling: How Does It Work? Why Should You Choose It?

There are many places one can go to get an outline on the pros and cons of different methods for enclosure cooling. Although we will briefly touch on them here, this is really an in-depth article on how to choose a Peltier (thermoelectric) air conditioner, once you have committed to the technology.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Electronics & Computers

'Smart' Transformer Supports Power Grid of Tomorrow

Imagine a system that handles electricity flow not just from the power company to our homes, but also back from our homes to the power company. North Carolina State University researchers say an existing technology – the solid-state transformer — could make the conceptual "smart grid" a reality.

Posted in: News, Power Management, Power Supplies, Energy, Energy Efficiency, Energy Harvesting, Energy Storage, Renewable Energy

Technical Webinar Series from the Editors of TBMG: Advances in Wearable Technologies

Wearable devices are gaining widespread use in industries such as medical, military/defense, and consumer products. These devices range from passive monitors and diagnostic systems to complex surveillance devices. One area where great strides are currently being made are robotic prosthetics and powered exoskeleton bionic devices to help people with severe disabilities live more normal lives. As the technologies incorporated in these wearables – including sensors and electronics – become increasingly more complex, design engineers must learn how best to package and integrate them for maximum comfort, durability, and efficiency.

Posted in: On-Demand Webinars, Electronics

Core Competencies: Staying Competitive in the Medical Device Industry

Outsourcing helps medical companies fill proficiency gaps and keep pace with innovation. This whitepaper explains what factors are driving the growth in the medical device industry, and how these market dynamics have led to an increased demand for outsourcing of noncore OEM competencies and processes to reliable partners. It will present the many ways outsourcing can help OEMs minimize technology investments and integration efforts to accelerate time-to-market and increase their ROI. The attributes required in an ideal outsourcing partner are also discussed.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Electronics, Custom & Contract Manufacturing, Manufacturing & Prototyping, Medical

Five Factors to Consider when Selecting an Overcurrent Protective Device for an Electric Vehicle System to Ensure Safe and Reliable Performance

In electric and hybrid vehicle applications, electrical systems are often pushed to their limits. Aggressive current pulses, combined with high temperatures and vibration profiles, push the limits of electrical system reliability. When selecting an over-current protection device (OCPD), care must be taken to account for these complex variables while still providing a system that is safe and reliable. This article will discuss five critical and often overlooked factors in OCPD selection in EV applications in order to ensure safe and reliable system performance.

Posted in: White Papers, Automotive, Electronics & Computers

Selecting the Right Standard High-Voltage Power Supply

High-voltage power supplies drive a broad range of applications across diverse segments, including semiconductor, scientific, medical, industrial, and more. Designed to deliver stable supply voltages at 50 V and up, the power supplies, comprised of sophisticated components and specialized materials, must carefully manage the high voltages and associated effects, for example, corona and arcing. For systems developers choosing standard high-voltage power supplies, the specialized nature of high-voltage power calls for a power supply selection process that reflects the unique characteristics of the high- voltage power supply and its operation.

Posted in: White Papers, Electronics, Electronics & Computers, Energy, Optics, Photonics

The Ins and Outs of Spaceflight Passive Components and Assemblies

RF and microwave components deployed in space flight applications can experience hundreds of degrees of temperature variation, massive amounts of radiation, and can be expected to operate at an elevated level for sometimes decades. The demands of operating in a space environment bring many unique challenges and unforgiving reliability requirements; therefore, designing passive components to meet these rigorous operation criteria necessitates a high level of design expertise, qualifications/certifications, and testing capability.

Posted in: White Papers, White Papers, Aerospace, Defense, Electronics & Computers, RF & Microwave Electronics

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