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05/05/2021
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Latest Decisions by Regulators

Governments in the USA, Canada and Germany made statements in April on the adoption of the latest SAR measurement standards. Regulators are adopting the latest standards for SAR scanning systems while vector array systems are not yet accepted for full compliance evaluation. In addition, at the recent TCB workshop, the FCC reported on the acceptance of the Application Specific Phantoms.

The FCC presented updates regarding its radio frequency (RF) exposure guidelines during the semi-annual TCB Council workshop on April 20 – 22. The highlights are:

  • For wearable device testing, the Application Specific Phantoms, i.e., the Head-Stand, Face-Down and Wrist phantoms that are described in IEC/IEEE 62209-1528, are accepted on a case-by-case basis via KDB inquiry.
  • For RF exposure testing in the 6 – 10 GHz frequency range (particularly for U-NII 5 to U-NII 8), FCC’s interim testing procedures include measurement of specific absorption rate (SAR) using IEC/IEEE 62209-1528 followed by power density for the highest SAR test configurations.
  • Regarding broad adoption of IEC/IEEE 62209-1528, the FCC will create a draft of KDB 865664 by Fall of 2021 and will present the highlights during the October 2021 TCB workshop.
  • IEC 62209-3 is still not recognized. SAR array systems are not accepted for final compliance testing although they are allowed for pre-screening on a case-by-case basis via KDB inquiry. More test data from these systems is requested.

Canadian and German government agencies also made statements in April about SAR measurement standards. ISED published an updated Notice 2020-DRS0020 on April 20, 2021, that IEC/IEEE 62209-1528 has been adopted in Canada with the exception of procedures for measurement of Time-Average SAR, LTE mode, and the 6 – 10 GHz frequency range. This Notice also stated that IEC 62209-3 is not accepted, re-affirming their position in a previous Notice in January 2020. The German Federal Network Agency (Bundesnetzagentur or BNetzA) made an agreement last month with the German notified bodies not to accept the results of SAR array systems for conformance of wireless devices, although they may be used for pre-screening. This agreement, which is similar to the statements of the FCC and ISED, applies until improvements in both the standards and manufacturer implementations are published.

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SPEAG and the IT’IS Foundation are committed to working with the standard groups and regulators toward eliminating the important technical shortcomings of IEC 62209-3 that cause substantial differences in the test results (amounting to several dBs), with the goal of making IEC 62209-3 technically equivalent to IEC/IEEE 62209-1528. To achieve this, one main focus will be to strengthen the performance validation sections, i.e., the sources, protocols and acceptance criteria. 

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CORPORATE

04/02/2016

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IT'IS/Speag/ZMT Retreat in Melchsee-Frutt on Mastering Sales/Funding, Spotting Trends and Shaping the Future

Twenty IT'IS Foundation, SPEAG, and ZMT co-workers convened for two-day retreat, 01 – 02 February 2016, held at the Hotel Frutt Lodge & SPA, in Melchsee-Frutt, Canton Obwalden. The goal of the retreat was to learn how to spot trends and become a trend setter, to master sales, to assess the current status of the organization, and to establish measures for improvement.

 
CORPORATE

22/01/2016

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Let’s Party! Festivities to Kick Start 2016!

This year’s party of Z43 (IT'IS Foundation, SPEAG, ZMT) was held at trendy Art Dock, located in the former freight terminal between Zurich’s Hardbrücke and Central train stations.

 
SIMULATION

08/12/2015

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SEMCAD Matterhorn V15.6 Released

The SEMCAD X Team is pleased to announce the release of SEMCAD Matterhorn V15.6, an update of SEMCAD Matterhorn  V15.4.

 
CORPORATE

12/11/2015

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National Future Day 2015 – Wireless Power Transfer with the Kids “Wonderful and Powerful Team”

Thursday, November 12 was 2015 Future Day at Z43, and six engaged and curious youngsters spent the day visiting our team at IT’IS, SPEAG, and ZMT laboratories.

 
MEASUREMENT

04/11/2015

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SPEAG Strongly Recommends Regular Recertification of OTA Hand Phantoms

On the basis of careful investigation of used hand phantoms that have been returned to our labs, SPEAG strongly recommends recertification of all SHO hand phantoms after at most 3 years of use or in the case of any visible damage.

 
MEASUREMENT

26/10/2015

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DAKS-12, SPEAG’s New Portable DAK System for Lower Frequencies

SPEAG is pleased to announce the release of our latest portable dielectric measurement system, the DAKS-12, which combines SPEAG’s DAK-12 probe with a handheld single-port ShockLine MS46121A vector network analyzer from Anritsu. The easy-to-use DAKS-12 is designed for very robust dielectric measurements in the frequency range of 10 MHz – 3 GHz.

 
CORPORATE

23/10/2015

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Successful SPEAG / ZMT Hardware and Software Workshop in Korea

ZMT Zurich MedTech AG and SPEAG hosted the annual Hardware and Software Workshop in Korea on October 23, 2015, with Dymstec, SPEAG’s distribution partner in Korea, as the local organizers of this popular event. Approximately 200 participants attended the workshop to preview ZMT’s and SPEAG’s latest innovations and product updates and to learn about the roadmap for future technological advances in 2015 and beyond. 

 
MEASUREMENT

23/10/2015

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Review of Fast SAR in Microwave RF Technology China

SPEAG products cSAR3D and DASY6 are featured in a recent issue of Chinese journal Microwave and Radiofrequency Technology. 

 
MEASUREMENT

04/10/2015

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cSAR3D V2.4 Release - Reduced Uncertainty

SPEAG continues to advance the state of the art for precise and fast SAR measurement with the release of cSAR3D V2.4. The implementation of new calibration techniques and reconstruction algorithms has significantly improved the measurement accuracy. Modulation analysis and standards-compatible fast SAR protocols are also new in this release.

 
MEASUREMENT

01/09/2015

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DAK Verification Kit

In response to numerous customer requests, SPEAG has developed the DAK Verification Kit for quick and easy verification of the Dielectric Assessment Kit system. The characterized liquid in the Verification Kit will be measured and compared to the imported target data after system calibration, ensuring reliable performance and results.

 
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