Developing a Multi-Protocol UHF RFID Test Platform

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Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology has transformed the way we interact with objects and data, enabling automatic identification and data retrieval. However, the complexity of Ultra-High Frequency (UHF) technology, coupled with a multitude of standards and RF parameter measurement challenges, has led to incompatibility among RFID products and significant testing difficulties.

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Solving the Flight-Critical Radar Challenge

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In the world of aerospace engineering, some projects demand both ingenuity and innovation to overcome seemingly insurmountable obstacles. One such case involved an aging and failing beam steering controller (BSC) used in a flight-critical radar system. The task at hand was to replicate the intricate waveforms of this obsolete BSC, and time was of the essence, with just a few weeks to design and replace the critical component. In this blog post, we explore how a team of experienced engineers tackled this challenge, leveraging cutting-edge technology and a brilliant solution to achieve success.

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NI and the Hydro-Mechanical Fuel Test Facility

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The collaborative efforts of Oregon State University and the Idaho National Laboratory truly paid off in the formation of the Hydro-Mechanical Fuel Test Facility. Equipped with advanced hardware and software technology from National Instruments, this state-of-the-art facility continues to play a pivotal role in qualifying a new prototypic nuclear fuel for high-performance research reactors.

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The ModuMan 100: A Robotic Marvel for Nuclear Decommissioning

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In the quest for safer and more efficient nuclear decommissioning processes, engineers push the boundaries of robotics to develop cutting-edge solutions that could withstand the harshest environments. One remarkable creation to emerge from this effort was the ModuMan 100 – a modular robotic manipulator designed to tackle remote handling tasks in hazardous nuclear decommissioning applications. In this blog post, we delve into the fascinating case study of the ModuMan 100 and explore how it revolutionized the future of nuclear decommissioning.

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The PXI System At Work: i-bodi Technology

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When the team at i-bodi Technology Ltd. reached out to Apex Waves inquiring about a PXI-1031 chassis, we were thrilled! The i-bodi team’s ability to design and develop unique test platforms is inspiring, and we were excited to see what they are working on now. In this post, we will take a closer look at one of i-bodi’s current projects, as well as how the PXI platform plays a part.

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Can ChatGPT Write Code for LabVIEW?

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This is undoubtedly not the first blog post or article about ChatGPT that you have read. Since its initial release just a few months ago in November 2022, Open AI’s massive language model has exploded in popularity. The possible applications for ChatGPT seem endless, and companies and individuals alike are asking the fill-in-the-blank question with a million answers: “Can ChatGPT help me _____?”.

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Government Asset Scrapping By the Pound

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Recycling or reusing materials in order to reduce global waste is not the only consideration when disposing of unneeded NI Hardware. With so much personal and proprietary information being stored and shared around the globe each day, the secure removal of data is an equally important consideration. This is especially true for government entities, where cybersecurity is paramount. Read on to learn more about the importance of scrapping government assets and how Apex Waves can help.

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How NVIDIA Jetson Systems are Revolutionizing AI Applications

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Companies in almost every industry are being transformed by artificial intelligence, and autonomous machines are paving the way for new business models and services. This is especially evident in the work from tech company NVIDIA®, which has been a driving force for innovation in the fields of robotics, creative design, autonomous vehicles, and artificial intelligence since 1993. The NVIDIA Jetson™ series of modules are advanced AI embedded systems that are impacting industries across the globe.

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The Beginner’s Guide to Test Equipment Obsolescence

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Addressing test equipment obsolescence can be a daunting task, further complicated by the speed of innovation. However, you don’t need to be a seasoned engineer or technician to understand the importance of the topic! This post will go over the basics of test equipment obsolescence, providing a starting point for anyone new to the industry or simply looking for a comprehensible guide.

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Impacts on the Semiconductor Industry in 2022

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When you think of the phrase “small, yet mighty”, do semiconductors come to mind? While the size of these electronic chips continues to decrease, their status as the powerful building blocks of modern electronics only increases. The Semiconductor Industry Association recently released their official “2022 State of the U.S. Semiconductor Industry” report detailing the status of this multifaceted industry within the United States and on a global scale. As we reflect on the past year, what are some events and innovations that made a big impact on the industry overall? 

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