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RF & Microwave Magazine Article Archive - 2017

RF & Microwave Magazine Article Archive 2017 - RF CafeIf you are like me, you spend a lot of time reading articles from technical magazines. Sometimes I read the entire article, but usually I just scan the text for highlights and look at the schematics, block diagrams, and charts / graphs. Often, I want to go back and find an article but cannot recall where I saw it. A Google search will usually eventually reveal a hyperlink to the article, but a lot of times it takes a lot of digging. Since my key interests are not necessarily the same as RF Cafe visitors, an attempt will be made to catalog all of them. If there is a magazine not included here that you would like me to include in the list, please send me an e-mail and I will try to incorporate its articles, too.

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Electronic Design | High Frequency Electronics | Microwave Journal | Microwaves & RF | Microwave Product Digest | Test & Measurement World

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Electronic Design


Designing Low-Power, MCU-Based Sensor Modules is Easier than Ever
Lou Frenzel

Meet Powerline Emissions and Immunity Standards or Else: A Guide to Verifying Test Systems
Mathieu van den Bergh

Frog Legs Probably Won’t Charge Your Phone—the Discovery of Voltage
Daniel Bogdanoff

Microcontroller Battery Monitor Circuit Needs Only One Pin
Tommaso Angelino

Picking Perfect Power Parcels
Paul Pickering

Oscilloscope Triggering Advanced Course: Trigger Sequencing and Software Search Triggers
Colin Mattson

What’s All This LTZ1000 Stuff, Anyway?
Paul Rako

High-Speed RF Sampling ADC Boosts Bandwidth, Dynamic Range
Lou Frenzel


Emulation Hardware Meets Transistor Demand
William Wong

Compute Low-Frequency Parameters of Resistive Attenuators with Three DC-Resistance Measurements
Jacques Audet

Generate Positive and Negative Voltage by Combining Two DC Sources
Bob Zollo

Take a Practical Path Toward High-Performance Power Conversion
Tom Ribarich

What’s the Difference Between NRZ, NRZI, and Manchester Encoding?
William Wong

Interactive Graphical Interface Enhances Micro-Programmed Sequential Machine Design
Tom Ribarich

What’s the Difference Between Blockchains, Cryptocurrency, Audit Trails, and Databases?
William Wong

Designing Low-Power Displays for the Battery-Powered IoT
Scott Soong

"Come on Feel the Noise" — Measuring LDO Performance
Paul Pickering

The Essentials of AC Power Safety
Jerry Twomey

BLE v4.2: Creating Faster, More Secure, Power-Efficient Designs—Part 5
Sachin Gupta and Rohit Kumar

Practical Approaches to IoT Test Challenges
Wilson Lee


Take the Easy Test Road (Sometimes)
Daniel Bogdanoff

The All-Seeing Eye Takes to the Road: Vision Systems for ADAS
Paul Pickering

Unlock Data-Center Power Capacity with "Software Defined Power"
Mark Adams

Understanding an Instrument Amplifier’s Linear Operating Range
Lou Frenzel

What's All This 555 Timer Stuff, Anyway?
Paul Rako

The Power of Low Noise in IoT Smart Sensors
Mark Looney

Prioritize Circuit Protection for USB Type-C Interfaces
Paul Pickering

Are You (Really) Ready for Your Next Node?
Michael White

High Frequency Electronics


Class-F RF Power Amplifier with a New Load Network Configuration
Firas M. Ali Al-Raie


GaN, GaAs, and LDMOS: A Secure Place for All
Tim Galla

Bond Wire and its Characterization at RF Frequencies
Kamaljeet Singh


Website Disruption, Hacking, and Preventive Measures
Tom Perkins

Ultra-Wideband Bandpass Filter Using Step-Impedance Resonator (SIR)
Shirish Karveer

Microwave Journal


Innovations in Test and Measurement to Meet Today's Challenges
Walter Strickler, Greg Jue, David A. Hall, Reiner Stuhlfauth, and Corbett Rowell

Miniaturized Bandpass Filter Using Quarter SIW Resonator With Elliptic Defected Structure
Sheng Zhang, Hai-Ting Wang, Yi-Kang Zhang, Hai Liu, and Fa-Lin Liu

Radar Technology Advancements and New Applications

Solving Millimeter Wave Test Challenges
Tom Brinkoetter


GaN Powers Microwave Point-to-Point Radios
Kristoffer Andersson, David Gustafsson and Jonas Hansryd

Millimeter Wave Active Bandpass Filters
Saurabh Chaturvedi, Mladen Božanic and Saurabh Sinha

60 GHz CMOS Circular Patch Antenna-on-Chip
Adel Barakat, Ahmed Allam, Adel B. Abdel-Rahman, Ramesh K. Pokharel, Aimeric Bisognin, and Cyril Luxey

Envelope Tracking in Handsets Solves a Network Problem
Joe Madden

Antenna Design Methodology for Smartwatch Applications
Phil Lindsey and C. J. Reddy


Tile Arrays Accelerate the Evolution to Next-Generation Radar
Doug Carlson

V-Band Transceiver Chip for Point-to-Point Backhaul
Sivers IMA AB

Digital Beamforming Accelerates the Evolution to Next-Generation Radar
Peter Delos

The Challenges of SSRFE Design: Residential and Industrial Cooking Applications
Klaus Werner

Opportunities for High Frequency Materials in 5G and the IoT
Art Aguayo

Millimeter Wave Passive Bandpass Filters
Saurabh Chaturvedi, Mladen Božanic and Saurabh Sinha

Test & Measurement World


Product Engineering: The Bridge Between Design and Manufacturing
Martin Rowe

Calibrate Voltage Drops and Interrupts Before Testing
Mike Hertz, Loren Dunn, Mark Maciejka and Dan Steinken

High-Speed Signals Jump Over PCB Traces
Martin Rowe

Color Sensor Achieves High Dynamic Range With Auto Exposure
Massimo Gottardi


Vector Signal Analysis in an Oscilloscope
Arthur Pini and Patrick Connally

Multi-Decade Current Monitor the Epitome of Simplicity
Nick Cornford


Properly Ground Your Circuits
Lee Ritchey and Kella Knack

Microwaves & RF


Satisfy Today's Spectrum Emissions Demands
Chris DeMartino

Ensure Success When Making Connections
Chris DeMartino

VNAs Prove to be Essential Tools for 5G Communications
Walt Strickler

Create Robust UHF RFID Tag Antennas on Dielectric Substrates
Derek S. Linden and Jennifer Rayno

Device-to-Device Communication Aids Public Safety
Graham Freeland and Marc Barberis

Managing Modulation and Demodulation
Jack Browne

Designing a Step-Recovery-Diode-Based Comb Generator
Kimberly Renee Alvarez

The Differences Between Transmitter Types, Part 1
Chris DeMartino

Metamaterials Sculpt UWB Bandpass Filter
Mahmoud A. Abdalla and Ahmed A. Ibrahim


Low-Noise Amplifier Spans DC to 17 GHz
Mark Scott Logue

GaN Enters 5G Territory
Chris DeMartino

For Tuning Antennas and Switching Signals, RF MEMS Make Their Mark
James Morra

Probing Those Tiny Millimeter-Wave ICs
Jack Browne


Analyze Transient Delays in GaAs MMIC Switches
Mouqun Dong

Receiver ICs Blend Mixers, Synthesizers, and IF Amps
Marc Goldfarb, Ben Walker, Russell Martin, Tom Bosia, Ed Balboni, and Dragoslav Culum

How Bending Affects a Flexible UWB Antenna
Sherif R. Zahran, Mahmoud A. Abdalla, and A. Gaafar

UWB Printed Antenna Blocks Satellite and WLAN Signals
Junding Zhao and Hao Zhang

Microwave Product Digest


New Antennas Meet the Expanding Needs of the WISP Market
KP Performance Antennas

Microwave Material Measurements without Cables
John W. Schultz, PhD

MIL-DTL-38999: Connecting the Past to the Future of Military Aviation
Scott Miller

Design of a 10 GHz Low-Noise Amplifier
National Instruments


High-Capacitance Supercapacitors Suit Extensive Application Fields
Yusuke Tanaka and Yoshiyuki Tabata

Your Guide to Waveguide Plumbing: How Do Waveguides Bend, Twist, and Flex?
Mark Blackwood

Adapting Non-Sealed Surface Mount Parts for Hi-Rel Customer Assembly Processes
Jonid Xhakollari

A Brief Tutorial on Power Loss in WBG Semiconductor Devices
Alan Wadsworth

Pigtail-Free DC to 22 GHz Photodiode Modules For Scalable Avionic Platforms
Shubhashish Datta, Abhay Joshi, Roy Howard, Nilesh Soni, and Matthew D’Angiolillo


LTE Multi-Band Front-End Modules for the Internet of Things
Skyworks Solutions, Inc.