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January 19, 2017

Pickering mux selected for lightning testing, fast PA testing, 3 scope specs that matter, why users buy test gear, new products.


Pickering 40-520 matrices, NI PXIe-8821 embedded controller, AIT avionics network simulator


10 acquisitions from 2016



January 18, 2017

Predicts 5G to enable $12.3T of increased annual global output by 2035



January 17, 2017

My latest column explains SCPI test speed limits, and solutions


NI’s Starkloff outlines 3 key 5G challenges in Forbes


NI’s Kimery writes about the terminology agreements for 5G standards


Topics: Mega-mergers, net neutrality, 0-rating for enterprise, and spectrum auctions



January 12, 2017

These are my Top 5 predictions for 2017


Promotes innovation and collaboration. Sponsors include ADI, Cisco, HPE, Intel, and others.


5 new methods of Direction of Arrival verified at Saudi university



January 10, 2017

In part 4 of my series “Why do users buy test gear?”, I look at maintenance applications


Lets granted 6 month license to test new waveforms at 3.5 GHz in France


Includes mobile and fixed access


Kimberly talks 5G technologies, including mmWave, massive MIMO, OFDM, 5G test challenges, and 2017 happenings.



January 9, 2017

A number of possible mergers


Key trends: Reconfigurable instrumentation, Optimizing test organizations, Software-centric ecosystems, Managed test systems, Driven by necessity


May not comply with 3GPP


Will compete with Qualcomm, Samsung



January 4, 2017

ZTE releases massive MIMO 4G