Testing is key to any electronics activity. It is necessary to test an item to ensure that it operates correctly. The test equipment is also key as it provides the functionality to be able to make the tests that are needed - having the right test equipment and knowing how to use it of great importance. In this area, discover some important insights into testing, test equipment and some useful techniques that can be used.
The Internet of Things or IoT is one of the major driving forces, not only for wireless communications, but also the wider electronics scene. There are many wireless standards that cater for IoT data communications, but the cellular standards are now providing more capability in this area. In release 13, 3GPP has specified Narrowband-IoT, NB-IoT, as a new physical layer. Find out more about NB-IoT and how to make some of the essential measurements.Read more
One of the key requirements for any Internet of Things, IoT device is that of its power consumption. The level of power will determine the lifetime of devices and as a result the power consumption is key. Measurement does not just mean measuring a simple average voltage and current, but needs to be far more sophisticated to gain real insight into the issue. Find out how meaningful power measurements can be made.Read more
Bluetooth has been an unparalleled success. It is the wireless standard that is in many billions of consumer devices from phones to headphones and wireless speakers to computers, automobiles, wearables and many more. Find out more about the various Bluetooth technologies and in particular what Bluetooth 5 is.Read more
Mobile devices like smartphones and tablets are superseding traditional desktop PCs as the primary medium for accessing the Internet. The rising popularity of third party mobile applications, or mobile apps, has given rise to a significant increase in the volume of data being communicated. With the Internet of Things also coming on line, the overall level of data carried by mobile networks is set to rise significantly leading to a need to optimise data traffic. Find out more . . .Read more