Load-pull suppliers are using the PXI architecture and hardware software design tools to help customers simplify power amplifier characterization during development, pre-production, and production testing. (Source: National Instruments)
The concept of load pull may not be that clear to many Design News readers since, while it does sort of have a mechanical equivalent, it has not been talked about by this name outside of the RF amplifier design realm very much.
Load pull is the effect on the amplifier output caused by chyanges in the downstream load impedance driven by the amplifier's output power. It may often be quite nonlinear, which makes modeling a bit more challenging. Also, the effect may work in both directions, making evaluation and analysis more complex and challenging.
During a teardown of the iPad Air and Microsoft Surface Pro 3 at the Medical Design & Manufacturing Show in Schaumburg, Ill., an engineer showed this "inflammatory" video about the dangers of maliciously mishandling lithium-ion batteries.
Science fiction author Isaac Asimov may have the best rules for effective brainstorming and creativity. His never-before-published essay, "On Creativity," recently made it to the Web pages of MIT Technology Review.
Much has been made over the potentially dangerous flammability of lithium-ion batteries after major companies like Boeing, Sony, and Tesla have grappled with well-publicized battery fires. Researchers at Stanford University may have come up with a solution to this problem with a smart sensor for lithium-ion batteries that provides a warning if the battery is about to overheat or catch fire.
In this new Design News feature, "How it Works," we’re starting off by examining the inner workings of the electronic cigarette. While e-cigarettes seemed like a gimmick just two or three years ago, they’re catching fire -- so to speak. Sales topped $1 billion last year and are set to hit $10 billion by 2017. Cigarette companies are fighting back by buying up e-cigarette manufacturers.
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