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Inside Frequency Control

Rob Rutkowski

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Procuring Frequency Control Devices - 3 Powerful Tips

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on May 27, 2020 8:15:00 AM

The crystal oscillator purchasing process can be a headache if you don't know what to expect. However, learning the basics of procuring frequency control devices can help you to plan accordingly and decrease your frustration. We'll keep this one short and to the point.

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Topics: crystal oscillators, Clocks & Crystals

5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) Systems: 5 Critical Design Decisions

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on May 6, 2020 7:45:00 AM

5G Fixed Wireless Access (FWA) will be one of the earliest uses of 5G. 5G FWA will provide lightning fast gigabit internet speeds to homes, apartments, and businesses. Better yet, 5G FWA will be a fraction of the cost compared to traditional cable & fiber systems.

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Topics: 5G, GPS & GNSS

The Secret to Low Phase Noise in Crystal Oscillator Circuits

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Feb 20, 2020 9:06:00 AM

Quartz crystal oscillators are the high and mighty option for low phase noise and added frequency stability in circuit design. Yes, simple oscillators like those made with resistor-capacitor (RC) or inductor-capacitor (IC) resonators are fine for some circuits. But if you're dealing with higher performance applications in aerospace, military, and space industries... you're going to want a higher performance crystal oscillator that can maintain low phase noise & strong stability. Otherwise, you'll risk deviating from the very specific (and many times critical) center frequency selected for your design.

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Topics: crystal oscillators, RF Technology, Integrated RF

5 Best Waveform Signal Generators in 2020

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Feb 4, 2020 2:13:00 PM

I have a feeling you're in need of some new test equipment... a new signal generator to be exact. If so, you've come to the right place. Maybe your current signal generator is outdated. Or maybe you're looking for your first one (in which case we'd be honored). 

No matter the reason, we wanted to share with you the best selection of waveform signal generators on the market today to help you make the best purchase based on your needs.

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Topics: General Topics, Engineering Equiptment

5 Best Consumer Drones on the Market (2020)

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Feb 4, 2020 9:02:00 AM

Drones have officially begun to constantly fly through the minds of society.  The technology advances in flight technology, flight modes, and controls along with the advancements in portable photography and video technology have caused an explosion with amateur and professional photographers and videographers. 

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Topics: General Topics

19 Popular Cube Satellite Companies in Today's Market

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Feb 4, 2020 7:28:00 AM

Welcome to the new world of CubeSat Manufacturers! These small satellites are becoming more and more popular in today’s new space industry. Their increasing popularity is mostly because of their small, lightweight, and inexpensive designs. The standard 1U Cube Satellite is 10cm x 10cm x 10cm in size. However, since their inception in 1999, new Cube Satellite companies have developed more variations in size to meet desired payload levels. A 1.5U, 2U, 3U, 6U, 8U, 12U etc. are now offered to meet customer's growing specifications. 

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Topics: Space & Satellites

6 Emerging PNT Technologies & Solutions of the Future

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Jan 7, 2020 8:42:08 AM

The U.S Department of Homeland Security considers 13 of the nation’s 16 critical infrastructure sectors to be ‘critically dependent’ on PNT technology. Also, a loss of PNT would cost the U.S an estimated $10 BILLION a day. Not only do many everyday consumers use PNT & GPS on a daily basis, it's also crucial for military and intelligence operations. Other industries that strongly rely on GPS based PNT include

  • Radio communications
  • Network synchronization
  • Intelligence systems
  • Information gathering
  • Cruise missiles
  • Weapons systems
  • Electronic warfare
In this post we're going to cover some of the challenges facing PNT today as well as 6 emerging PNT technologies and solutions that will revolutionize the future.
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Topics: Space & Satellites, GPS & GNSS, Military & Defense, Defense & PNT

Is a Swept Quartz Crystal Necessary in your Timing Application?

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Dec 11, 2019 8:45:00 AM

What is a Swept Quartz Crystal?

Like many other things, radiation can impact a crystal oscillator's frequency. This is because radiation physically alters the quartz crystal inside the oscillator (changes position of weakly bound compensators that change the elastic constants of quartz). In some cases, radiation can even impact the crystal series resonance. The increase of resonance can be serious enough to cause the oscillator to stop oscillating if the crystal isn't radiation resistant. When a quartz crystal is manufactured to be radiation resistant, the crystal is referred to as a swept quartz crystal.

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Topics: crystal oscillators, RF Technology

7 Key Factors of Crystal Oscillator Circuit Design

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Nov 21, 2019 10:26:42 AM

There are 7 key factors of understanding successful crystal oscillator circuit design. These include

  1. Series circuit
  2. Load Capacitance
  3. Parallel Circuit
  4. Drive Level
  5. Frequency vs mode
  6. Design Considerations
  7. Negative Resistance
In this post, we're going to cover the basics of oscillator design and each of the 7 key components of great crystal oscillator circuit design.
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Topics: crystal oscillators

10 Unique Holiday Gifts for Engineers (2019)

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Oct 22, 2019 8:30:00 AM

Is it too early to start thinking about holiday gifts? Absolutely not! The holiday season is approaching quickly, so we wanted to help you start thinking through some great gift ideas for the engineers in your life (or soon to be). We also wanted to make this your not-so-average gift idea post that doesn't include your typical (boring) engineering mug or neck-tie gifts. Without further ado, here's 10 unique holiday gifts for engineers.

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Topics: General Topics, Engineering Equiptment