White Papers

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Realizing the Benefits of 802.11ac Wave 2

In the years since the first wireless networking specification (802.11b) was ratified in 1999, Wi-Fi has expanded and evolved from a consumer amenity into a vital, mission critical tool for the enterprise. Today wireless mobility is near ubiquitous, and the number of devices connecting to wireless networks is expanding exponentially. 

With an onslaught of devices competing for connectivity in the 2.4 GHz band, network congestion is a frequent pain point for Wi-Fi users. Countless issues from latency in streaming audio and video, to inconsistent internet connectivity in airports, to hindered productivity on slow enterprise networks in medical and industrial environments can all be sourced back to the same underlying cause – Wi-Fi networks are simply spread too thin. 

802.11ac Wave 2 addresses many of the problems facing Wi-Fi networks today by delivering new capabilities and technologies that enable networks to meet the growing demands of consumers and wireless devices. 

5G mmWave Materials - Applications, Materials and Characterization

In order to deliver the large increase in wireless data transfer needed for the new 5G wireless standard, spectrum in the millimeter wave range will be needed. There is simply not enough available spectrum in the sub 6GHz range. The millimeter wave range is largely unregulated with wide chunks of available bandwidth making it ideal for data transfer applications.

This paper discusses absorber technologies and their uses in 5G mmWave systems. It identifies Laird absorbers for this frequency range and describes how they are tested and characterized.

Thermal and EMI Issues in Optical Modules

One of the goals of 5G is an order of magnitude increase in the quantity of data delivered. To support this increase the internet infrastructure must see upgrades in data transfer speed. Currently the bulk of internet traffic propagates via fiber optic lines. These are used due to their extremely wide bandwidth and low loss for data transmission over long distances. However, in order to perform necessary routing functions, this optical signal must be converted to an RF signal.

Learn how to solve common issues in high speed optical modules needed for 5G.

Webinar: Designing for Success: An Engineer’s Guide to Practical FCC Compliance Pre-Scans

In this presentation, EMC design experts from LSR (a Laird Business) will discuss the benefits of using ‘pre-scans’ to minimize the risk of failing FCC certification. Our engineers will walk through a number of practical tips and best practices to use for your next FCC pre-scan.

Planned webinar topics include:

Strategy - What should be tested in a FCC pre-scan? We will discuss the pre-scan selection process and suggest tests to pre-scan first.

Optimized Placement of Microwave Absorbers on High Speed Digital Channels

Laird has published a white paper containing evidence why effective placement of microwave absorbers can meet design requirements of today’s thinner, smaller, cramped-for-space mobile devices and other densely configured systems.