When I was in the antenna business, the largest "piece" of test equipment was the RF test chamber. It had a source horn and a network analyzer. Everything else was custom, and was modified frequently. There has been an issue for a long time in the antenna business that the gain and pattern tests are not standard, and often published specs / test results are not believeable. We went through a test of 5 or 6 global sites, sending around a set of carefully designed and fabricated test antennas. We found 1 dB from the lowest reported gains to the highest. 1 dB is a large error for most antennas.
As we unveil EE Times’ 2015 Silicon 60 list, journalist & Silicon 60 researcher Peter Clarke hosts a conversation on startups in the electronics industry. Panelists Dan Armbrust (investment firm Silicon Catalyst), Andrew Kau (venture capital firm Walden International), and Stan Boland (successful serial entrepreneur, former CEO of Neul, Icera) join in the live debate.