Last year marked several milestones for SCT. We kicked off the year by celebrating our 20th year of business. It was a good opportunity to be thankful to our customers, many of whom we've been working with for 10+ years. Despite the broad range of technologies and applications our customers are dealing with, there's a common thread that links them all to SCT. Customers are expecting solutions, not simply products.
Low-power wide-area networks (LPWAN) play a crucial role in the growth of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). These wireless networks are often the primary backbone of IIoT networks. The can provide a cost-effective way to connect a huge number of remote devices spread over large areas, all while using power so efficiently that batteries in remote devices are be capable of lasting years, even decades.
As the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) is driving the need for sensors and monitoring devices in all industries, solution providers are facing particular challenges in the Oil and Gas space. Many of the locations and processes requiring monitoring by the O&G industry are classified as hazardous environments. Hazardous environments are those in which flammable liquids, gases, vapors, or combustible dust may exist. The introduction of an ignition source, accidental or otherwise, in these environments could result in a fire or explosion and potentially serious consequences.
Strict electromagnetic regulations require verification of emissions compliance of all wireless products. As a result, harmonic measurement has become increasingly important especially as modern wireless communication systems strive to achieve an optimal balance between spectrum efficiency and DC power use.
There is something about a prize that helps get things done. Ever since the Longitude Prize was announced in 1714, organizations have used open competitions to encourage thinking outside the box. Unlike grants or contracts, competitions can be open to a broad spectrum of competitors, encouraging open exploration.
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Picture one of the nation’s largest football stadiums packed with more than 100,000 people, each equipped with his or her own mobile phone. Wireless service providers typically rely on the stadium’s distributed antenna system (DAS) to maximize coverage inside of buildings. Unfortunately, the high-density of a stadium makes it challenging to service the simultaneous mobile connections while maintaining a high-quality signal. After each major event, it’s not uncommon for carriers to receive reports of performance issues that need optimization before the next game.
With the proliferation of smartphones, smartwatches and tablets in our society, instant and unhindered access to communication, information, entertainment has become an expectation in our daily lives. Emerging radio technologies will push download speeds into the Gigabit per second range and latencies into single-digit milliseconds, but supporting these capabilities ultimately leads to highly complex radio architectures. In order to address these market pressures, the MIPI RF Front-End Control Working group was formed to define a highly efficient but flexible control interface for RF front-end devices. MIPI-RFFE is an open standard being adopted industry wide to address current and future control and monitoring of modern wireless RF front-ends.
Engineers use the NI Vector Signal Transceiver to perform high-performance, reliable measurements using a software-defined approach that flexes to meet evolving requirements. Rapid adoption of this product family in wireless and semiconductor applications, combined with an increasing need to characterize products in production as well as in design, has led to an increased demand for harmonic measurement functionality and higher bandwidth among NI’s customer base.
Spectrum Defender® now supports NI's latest frequency range extender, the SignalCraft Technologies SC2250. Spectra Lab has partnered with SignalCraft to deliver an extended bandwidth product with a playback frequency range of up to 18 GHz. It fully integrates with all Spectrum Defender® platforms that utilize NI PXIe-5840 hardware. This upgrade is an innovative solution for design and test engineers.
SignalCraft Technologies (SCT) today announced the SC2250 – a signal conditioning module that extends the useful range of traditional 6 GHz RF instruments to microwave frequencies up to 18 GHz.