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5 Great Engineering Laptops (Plus Free CAD Tool Guide)

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Dec 31, 2018 11:17:00 PM

Finding the Best Performing Engineering Laptop


Our engineering team at Bliley is growing, which is great, but it also introduces some new challenges for small business like ours... finding the best performing engineering laptops for our engineers.

We want to give our engineers the best tools available and create an environment where they can be their most innovative and do the best work of their careers.  Of course, a key to this whole equation is the technology they use day-to-day to get those next generations products designed. We recently kicked off a search for the best laptops that are perfect for engineering workloads. As you can probably imagine, the ideal laptop for an engineer needs to have great compute and graphics power.

The battery life needs to last most of the day (because what’s the use of getting an ultra-portable engineering laptop that has to be tethered to a power outlet all day?!?).  The CAD tools an engineer relies on every day require a lot of memory to run smoothly, and most engineers prefer to work with multiple monitors, so expandability is important too!

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Topics: engineering, General Topics, general, Engineering Equiptment

6 Great Power Supply Options for Your Electronics Lab

Posted by Tommy Reed on Dec 31, 2018 11:16:00 PM

Have you noticed that your electronics lab could use a little upgrade from the 1970s to the present? If so, you've come to the right place. A reliable DC power supply is often considered a requirement in many of today's electronics labs. We wanted to share a few great power supply options to help you take your outdated power supply equipment further!

*This post contains affiliate links in which we will receive a small commission at no additional cost to you. 

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Topics: General Topics

5 Great Standing Up Desks for Engineers

Posted by Tommy Reed on Dec 31, 2018 11:16:00 PM

Maybe you've heard about the many benefits of using standing up desks and you want to increase in your mood and energy levels. Or maybe you currently use a makeshift (crap) stand-up desk like this and want to make an upgrade to your engineering work-space...

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Topics: Leadership, engineering, General Topics, general

5 MUST HAVE Pieces of Test Equipment For Any Electronics Lab

Posted by Tommy Reed on Dec 31, 2018 11:16:00 PM

Hi there! You must be looking to upgrade your engineering electronics lab with the latest and greatest test equipment on the market today. Well good news...this is the place to be! Cool engineers only please...meaning all of you.

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Topics: engineering, RF Technology, General Topics, Engineering Equiptment

Not All Drones Are Created Equal (9 Types of Drones)

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Feb 13, 2018 7:08:00 AM

Full Disclosure: This post contains affiliate links in that we will receive a small commission if you click through and make a purchase (with no additional cost to you). 

Drones...Drones...Drones... It's almost like everywhere you go these days you can't help but be sucked into "drone chat". 

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Topics: General Topics

5 Must-Listen Defense & Electronic Warfare Podcasts

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Dec 5, 2017 6:30:00 AM

Podcasts have never been more popular. Whether you are commuting, in the gym or just relaxing at home, they’re a fantastic way to stay on top of personal interests as well as developments in your industry. For engineers and project managers working in the RF industry, some of the biggest growth is expected to occur in the field electronic warfare, which is slated to become a nearly $20 billion industry by 2026. To help you gain a sense of where the electronic warfare industry and the defense sector as a whole are headed in the near and long-term, we’ve compiled a list of some of the best podcasts relating to these topics. 

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Topics: General Topics, Defense & PNT

15 STEM & Geek Holiday Gifts for the Whole Family

Posted by Tommy Reed on Nov 29, 2017 9:43:03 AM

Can you hear that?! ...Listen closely. Can you hear it now??

...Those are Christmas bells jingling in the distance because the holiday season is here once again!!!

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Topics: engineering, RF Technology, General Topics

Top 5 Free Productivity and Organizational Tools

Posted by Rob Rutkowski on Jan 13, 2017 8:22:38 AM


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Topics: General Topics, general

12 Popular Software Defined Radios (SDRs)

Posted by Tommy Reed on Sep 1, 2016 8:59:31 AM

Software Defined Radios (SDRs) are constantly evolving. It seems like "the latest and greatest" SDRs are always popping up somewhere with today's rapidly growing technology. We thought it'd be helpful to provide you with some of the most popular and top rated SDRs in today's market.

CHECK OUT OUR 2018 UPDATE HERE.

We tried to include a wide variation of prices, applications, frequencies, and ease of use on the following list. This way, it'll be more likely that you'll find the best Software Defined Radio for your needs in the following list. 

Without further ado, here are 12 great Software Defined Radios for you!

*Descriptions taken from product pages
**Disclosure: This post that contains affiliate links.

1. RTL-SDR (R820T RTL2832U)

  • What a great place to start! This RTL-SDR is cheap and great for beginners or those on a budget. 
  • Applications include general radio scanning, air traffic control, public safety radio, ADSB, AIS, ACARS, trunked radio, P25 digital voice, POCSAG, weather balloons, APRS, NOAA APT weather satellites, radio astronomy, meteor scatter monitorin, and more
  • Frequency: 500 kHz to 1.7 GHz and has up to 3.2 MHz of instantaneous bandwidth

2. Red Pitaya

3. NooElec NESDR

  • Included: NooElec USB dongle, antenna, remote control
  • RTL2832U interface IC & R820T tuner IC on USB dongle
  • Full compatibility with a large array of software packages

4. Quadrus

  • DRU-244A-1-1-PCI SDR hardware digitizer
  • 1 ADC chip with 1 analog input
  • 1 DDC chip with 4 radio channels

5. HackRF One

  • Operating Frequency: 1 MHz to 6 GHz
  • Matching male SMA ANT500 antenna & USB cable included
  • Compatible with GNU Radio, SDR#, and more

6. RPD-100

  • 6U Compact-PCI form factor hardware development platform that can be used for a variety of applications, such as Software Defined Radio.
  • Optimized to provide high performance signal conversion using high speed ADC’s and DAC’s.
  • Other applications: WiMAX, Satellite MODEM's, RFID, Wireless Communication Systems

7. Ubertooth One

  • 2.4 GHz Transmit and Receive.
  • Suitable for Bluetooth experimentation
  • Can also operate in monitor mode, monitoring Bluetooth traffic in real-time.

8. Usmile

  • Frequency: 100KHz-1.7GHz
  • Built-in 100Mhz upconverter combined with Built-in HD R820T allow better receiving of short wave than using direct SDR’s Q tunnel
  • Easy to set-up, just connect it and you’re ready to go!

9. AirSpy

  • Alternative to both cost sensitive and higher end scanners while featuring the "best radio browsing experience of the market" thanks to the tight integration with the de facto standard SDR# software.
  • External GPS or Rubidium clocks supported for professional use
  • Full HF Coverage

10. National Instruments USRP

  • Flexible and affordable transceiver that turns a standard PC into a powerful wireless prototyping system.
  • Supports multirate DSP for physical layer communications and helps you integrate .m file scripts and C language algorithms.

11. ThinkRF's WSA5000

  •  Large frequency range of 100 kHz up to 27 GHz and wide instantaneous bandwidth of up to 100 MHz.
  • Supports 160 MHz instantaneous bandwidth

12. Seeedstudio KiwiSDR Kit

  • SDR covers the 10 kHz to 30 MHz (VLF-HF) spectrum.
  • Demodulation modes: AM, AMN, LSB, USB, CW, CWN, NBFM.
  • RF antenna connector: SMA and terminal block.
  • GPS receives the Navstar system on L1 frequency 1575.42 MHz.

Are You Experiencing Phase Noise in your Applications?

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Topics: IoT, engineering, RF Technology, General Topics, general

18 CAD Tools Every RF and Microwave Design Engineer Should Consider

Posted by Bliley Technologies on Jul 28, 2016 8:32:06 AM

RF and Microwave Design can be ENJOYABLE with these 18 CAD Tools...

Don't believe me? Many of us already know how designing can easily become extremely long, boring, and tedious. This is especially true for all you RF and Microwave Design Engineers!

Spending hours upon hours designing, finding problems, fixing problems, then repeating the process all over again...It all can become so mentally draining.

Am I bringing back bad memories? Sorry, time for the good news...

So how can you make the long and tedious design process easy (and possibly even enjoyable)? 

You guessed it... Automation and design tools are key. 

Having some great CAD tools on your side can release a significant burden off your back. These tools can save you time and dramatically increase your productivity. Our Top 4 Productivity and collaboration tools will help skyrocket your productivity even further.

Today, we thought we'd help you out by sharing these 18 CAD design tools that can lead to a more simple & enjoyable design session.

**Related Post: Check out our picks for the 5 best laptops for engineers.**

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Topics: engineering, General Topics, general