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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. 

For further information, please contact us at info@speag.swiss or any of our sales channels.

 

MEASUREMENT

13/05/2010

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New Product: CRANE for iSAR²

SPEAG is introducing the CRANE for iSAR². CRANE enables testing of wireless devices on the iSAR² Flat or Head with headsets or data cables attached.

 
MEASUREMENT

06/05/2010

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New Product: Broad-Band Liquids for new IEC/IEEE standards

SPEAG introduces a new series of tissue simulating liquids that are broad-band based on the environmental friendlier Tween ingredient and fully compliant with the new IEC/IEEE standards allowing ±10% tolerance on the liquid parameters.

 
SIMULATION

04/05/2010

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NRC, with SPEAG, offers a unique software platform for MRI system design

The National Research Council Institute for Biodiagnostics (NRC-IBD) has teamed up with SPEAG to offer a unique software platform for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner design. The new platform seamlessly integrates powerful new tools for radiofrequency (RF) array design and post-processing and is the first software of its kind to combine all the tools needed to design RF-phased arrays into a single user friendly program.

 
MEASUREMENT

06/03/2010

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New Product: PRE - 10

This new product PRE - 10 is a 3 channel voltage divider which extends the operation of existing SPEAG probes for use in very high fields (> 5 kV/m; > 10 kW/kg). It is compatible with all our E-Field, H-field and SAR probes.

 
SIMULATION

03/03/2010

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New SEMCAD X Distributor in Italy

Schmid & Partner Engineering AG (SPEAG) is pleased to announce a new partnership with Telprom, who will be responsible for selling SEMCAD X in Milano, Italy.

 

ISO 17025 Calibration of Dielectric Probes (OCP) now available

Our calibration laboratory has successfully established the capability for calibration of open-ended coaxial probes (OCP).

 
SIMULATION

24/02/2010

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Release of SEMCAD X Aletsch V14.2

The SEMCAD X Team is pleased to announce the release of SEMCAD X V14.2 Aletsch, a major upgrade  six months of intense deincorporatingvelopment work. This release offers a range of powerful new features, more robust handling, as well as new customization options.

The relevant SEMCAD X for Win XP/ Win 7 and 32/64bit platforms are available for download.

 
MEASUREMENT

05/02/2010

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EASY4 V4.6 New release

The new EASY4 software release V4.6 extends the usage to fields with large peak-to-average (PAR) ratios by adaption to the improved probe modulation signal calibration and also includes setting of Access Levels. The changes to the user interface are minimal and old setup and calibration files are still compatible with this version.

 
MEASUREMENT

18/01/2010

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iSAR² V2.1 Software Release

A new iSAR2 software release is now available. This release is the result of the popularity of our ultra-fast SAR scanners (iSAR Head and iSAR Flat) and great suggestions from our customers. Version 2.1 of the iSAR software has several new features, including a new multi-iSAR interface, a smart Combiner feature, and full extension of the software for frequencies up to 6 GHz. It also includes enhancements to our existing features, such as an improved Python interface and enhanced control of the CMU200.

 
SIMULATION

01/01/2010

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Events & Exhibitions in 2010

Meet SPEAG engineers at the following forthcoming major conferences, symposia and workshops in 2010

 
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