CEDAR PARK, Texas, June 17, 2008 – ETS-Lindgren engineers will present at several workshops scheduled during the 2008 IEEE International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC 2008) in Detroit, Michigan over August 18-22. The annual symposium is the premier gathering of EMC engineers from industry, academia and government organizations and attracts over 2,000 attendees from around the world. As a regular contributor to the symposium's technical program and, given the symposium's location in the heart of the American automotive industry, this year ETS-Lindgren's material will be geared toward the automotive community. Interest in automotive EMC has increased significantly across the globe as well. ETS-Lindgren engineers will share their expertise in automotive EMC especially, as well as address new solutions for the test and measurement of wireless, microwave, military and commercial products.
Since antennas and probes are an important part of the majority of EMC tests, ETS-Lindgren's Senior Principal Design Engineer Zhong Chen returns once again as an invited speaker at the popular workshop The Fundamentals of Antennas and Probes. This workshop provides an introduction to antenna and probe theory while addressing applications relevant to EMC.
Mr. Chen will also chair a new tutorial at EMC 2008, Advanced Topics for Antennas and Field Probes in Radiated Measurements, which provides further details of his research performed at ETS-Lindgren's large ISO 17205 certified open area test site, the industry's first A2LA-accredited calibration site. Invited speakers at this workshop include Dennis Camell of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Michael Windler of Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Alexander Kriz from ARC Austria, and Dr. Vince Rodriguez of ETS-Lindgren. Dr. Rodriguez will share his expertise in the evaluation of radiation pattern characteristics of an antenna during testing, specifically covering antenna pattern measurement from 400 MHz to 18 GHz. This tutorial will provide an international perspective on antennas; specifically ultra-wide band antennas and measurements above 1 GHz. Calibration issues will also be addressed to ensure these products continue to work properly. According to Mr. Chen, “The quality of the calibration and proper applications of the calibration factors directly impact the radiated measurement uncertainties – an important consideration for the validity of any test.” Antenna calibration per the CISPR standards, as well as IEEE 1309 and IEC 61000-4-3 on probe calibrations, will be addressed. An update on the ANSI C63.5 antenna calibration standard will be provided by Mr. Windler, chair of ANSI ASC C63 Subcommittee 1 and Mr. Camell, vice-chair of the committee and chair of its working group currently addressing the pending revision to ANSI C63.5. Since ETS-Lindgren is an active member of ANSI ASC C63, comments from the audience will be solicited and considered by the committee.
Dr. Vince Rodriguez, ETS-Lindgren's Senior Principal Antenna Design Engineer, will chair the workshop Automotive EMC High Power and Field Level Immunity Testing. The purpose of this workshop is to educate engineers on the significant differences between EMC testing for automotive and commercial products. Validation of the safety of essential electronic devices is crucial for vehicles in order to protect human lives. Challenges include testing the vehicle as a stationary device as well as a moving object in a variety of potentially adverse electromagnetic environments. Attendees will learn why automotive products must be tested at very high field levels and how to do this testing safely, accurately, and cost-effectively. An overview will be provided of immunity testing, addressing ISO 11451-2 standard for full vehicle as well as ISO 11452-2 standard for vehicle components. Garth D'Abreu, ETS-Lindgren's Technical Manager, RF Engineering Group, is an invited speaker at this workshop, joining Hans-Peter Bauer of Rohde & Schwarz and Keith Frazier of Ford Motor Company. Mr. D'Abreu will share his expertise in the design and usage of reverberation chambers – an approved approach for immunity testing that is ideal for automotive EMC testing.
Rounding out the ETS-Lindgren technical presentations at EMC 2008, Dr. Rodriguez will present “Modeling and Measuring: Bridging the Great Schism in Engineering Electromagnetics” at the workshop Limitations of Simulation Techniques and Proper Model Validation for Signal Integrity and EMC chaired by Dr. Bruce Archambeault of IBM Corporation. Modeling, when properly used, can be a very cost-effective tool for predicting the performance of an anechoic chamber. Dr. Rodriguez will share his modeling expertise related to anechoic absorber material and chambers. Effective modeling is critical to companies considering a major capital expenditure. Before dollars are invested, modeling may be used to confirm a good return on that investment. This is increasingly significant for those considering an upgrade to a chamber or replacement of older absorber material with today's higher performing material.
For more information on the 2008 IEEE International Symposium on EMC, including the technical program and schedule, visit www.emc2008.org.
ETS-Lindgren is an international manufacturer of components and systems that measure, shield, and control electromagnetic and acoustic energy. The company’s products are used for electromagnetic compatibility (EMC), microwave, wireless and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) testing, electromagnetic field (EMF) measurement, radio frequency (RF) personal safety monitoring, and control of acoustic environments.
Headquartered in Cedar Park, Texas, ETS-Lindgren has manufacturing facilities in North America, Europe and Asia. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of ESCO Technologies, a leading supplier of engineered products for growing industrial and commercial markets. ESCO is a New York Stock Exchange listed company (symbol ESE) with headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri. Additional information about ETS-Lindgren is available at www.ets-lindgren.com. Additional information about ESCO and its subsidiaries is available at www.escotechnologies.com.
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