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Aperture Tuning, the Best Technique for Closed Loop Tuning

Paul Tornatta, VP RF Systems and Antenna Engineering
Cavendish Kinetics, Inc.

Modern Smart Phones are packed with useful features. In order to maximize the user experience, the performance of the radio must be optimized at all times. Antenna Aperture Tuning is a method used by all top-tier Smart Phone makers for optimizing the antenna performance across several frequency bands of operation. The next step in antenna optimization is closed loop tuning. In closed loop tuning, some performance metric (often antenna reflection coefficient) is used to change the response of the RF front-end to dynamically compensate for variations in usage including compensating for the detuning effects of the users head and hands during phone operation.  Dynamic tuning to compensate for head and hand effects is not a new concept. Most RF engineers believe the best way to implement closed loop tuning is with an impedance matching network, but if aperture tuning, not impedance matching, is the best way to tune an antenna, then why not use aperture tuning for closed loop tuning as well? MORE

Sinclair Technologies Helps NAV Canada Safely Move Millions of Aircraft

Michel Gagnon, Sinclair Technologies
Tammy St-Amand, NAV Canada

Who is NAV Canada?
NAV CANADA is Canada’s Air Navigation Service Provider (ANSP) managing 12 million aircraft movements a year for 40,000 customers over 18 million square kilometers. They are the world’s second-largest ANSP by traffic volume. Created in 1996 through the combined efforts of commercial air carriers, general aviation, the Government of Canada, as well as their employees and their unions, NAV CANADA is the world’s first fully privatized civil air navigation service provider. MORE

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