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Note: Many answers contain passages quoted from the text.
1. Where did Bluetooth™ get its name?
b) In honor of Harald Blåtand, once king of
Bluetooth was named by Ericsson (inventor of BT) after Danish King, Harald Blåtand (Bluetooth in
English), who lived in the latter part of the 10th century. According to lore, he ate so many blueberries that his
teeth turned blue (no kidding).
2. Where did ZigBee get its name?
b) From the zigzag path of a bee
authorities on the matter, the system was so named because it allowed
networked devices to swarm around each other and stay connected, like worker bees around a hive.
3. Who is credited with conceiving of spread spectrum radio communications?
c) Actress Hedy
1930s actress Hedy Lamarr, “The Mother of Spread Spectrum,” is widely credited with having introduced the
concept of spread spectrum radio communications as an application for thwarting jamming on guided torpedoes during
WWII. The work of Lamarr’s
(and her piano instructor George Antheil) culminated in U.S. Patent 2,292,387, “Secret Communication System,”
granted on August 11, 1942. Those were the days when Hollywood stars were patriotic and heroic, rather than being
the cowardly traitors of today.
4. What is meant by the front-to-back ratio of a Yagi antenna?
c) Power radiated in the front
main lobe vs. power in opposite direction
The series of driven (radiator) and reflector (director) elements
in the Yagi design produce a radiation pattern that is concentrated in one direction (directivity).
5. In an FM modulator with a 10 kHz deviation and a 5 kHz maximum modulating frequency, what is the
total occupied bandwidth?
d) 30 kHz
The maximum excursion on either side of carrier frequency (both
above and below) is the sum of the deviation and the modulating frequency (10 kHz + 5 kHz = 15 kHz), so, total
occupied bandwidth is twice that amount (lower + upper) of 30 kHz.
6. Which WLAN standard provides the highest data rate?
d) IEEE802.11n (2.4 GHz RF)
spec data throughputs are as follows: 802.11a = 54 Mbits/s, 802.11b = 11 Mbits/s, 802.11g = 54 Mbits/s, 802.11n =
100+ Mbits/s (Pre-n systems delivering this rate, but yet-to-be-finalized spec calls for up to 600 Mbits/s).
7. Why might the mounting orientation of a surface mount capacitor affect frequency response?
The plates in the body could be either parallel to or perpendicular to the PCB, affecting coupling
surface mount capacitors are of multi-layer construction with alternating conductive plates and insulating
(dielectric) layers. Edge fringing effects and the proximity to adjacent components (including the substrate) will
affect the effective capacitance depending on whether the plates happen to be mounted parallel to or perpendicular
to the those components.
8. If you were handed an unprocessed wafer of gallium arsenide (GaAs), silicon (Si), silicon-germanium
(SiGe), and gallium nitride (GaN), how would you know which is GaN?
a) GaN is transparent and the others
The wide band gap energy of GaN renders it transparent to visible light – it looks like glass. The
other wafers are all very dark in color.
9. The Smith Chart plot of a 50 ohm cable (in a 50 ohm system) spirals inward as the impedance is
plotted through multiple cycles. What is that indicative of?
a) A lossy cable
Attenuation in the
cable increases the resistive
component of the cable as the length increases.
10. What are the three primary JEDEC models used for ESD testing?
c) Human Body (HBM), Machine
(MM), and Charged Device (CDM) Model
Electron Device Engineering Council) specifies the Human Body Model in EIA/JESD22-A114-x (electrically simulates
the discharge RC network of the human body), the Machine Model in EIA/JESD22-A115-x (the discharge path of a
grounded machine), and the Charged Device Model in EIA/JESD22-C101-x (the discharge path of device isolated by its