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Designing RF, Mixed-technology Printed Circuit Boards

Printed circuit boards with both analog and digital circuitry are nearly universal. Recently, integration of RF circuitry in addition to the mixed analog and digital circuits has become more common. Problems arise because the PCB design tools have been ignorant of RF shapes printed on the board and a great deal of manual work was required to achieve a functioning product. Mentor has teamed with RF Design Tool suppliers, such as Agilent, to bring to market the first integrated RF-PCB system tool.
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De-mystifying Single Carrier FDMA: The New LTE Uplink

This article focuses on the physical layer (“Layer 1”) characteristics of the LTE uplink, describing the new Single-carrier Frequency Division Multiple Access (SC-FDMA) transmission scheme and some of the measurements associated with it. Understanding the details of this new transmission scheme and measurements is a vital step towards developing LTE UE designs and getting them to market.
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A Novel Compact Monopole Antenna with a Parasitic Plate for WLAN Applications

This paper proposes and studies a monopole antenna with a parasitic plate for WLAN applications. In this design, a microstripline-fed rectangular patch creates a resonant mode at 3 GHz. Furthermore, a parasitic plate is added on the side of the ground plane to generate a dual-band operation of 2.39 to 2.91 GHz and 4.06 to 6.73 GHz. The overall size of the proposed antenna is only 26x40x0.8 mm3(WsubxLsubxH). The monopole antenna with a parasitic plate is calibrated for WLAN applications, which cover the bands from 2.4 to 2.48 and 5.15 to 5.825 GHz. This antenna has the advantage of compact size, simple structure and good radiation characteristics.
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