Be Careful Which FCC EMC/RF Test Lab You Choose – The Rules Just Changed

QAI Semi Anechoic Chamber (Vancouver)

[Feature image of semi-anechoic chamber courtesy of QAI EMC testing lab Vancouver] Unknown to many electronics manufacturers, but discussed a lot in test lab circles, is a seemingly small change in the FCC’s rules that is sure to have a large impact on the testing industry. These changes are especially relevant to companies who’s products fall under…

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FCC Rules for Kits and Subassemblies

FCC Rules for Kits and Subassemblies

This article is an extract from the eBook “Global Certifications for Makers and Hardware Startups“, available for sale here. I’m often asked whether electronics ‘kits’, where the kit is a group of parts assembled by the end user can be exempted from the rules. This post explores that idea. The FCC defines a kit as (FCC…

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Radiated Emissions Case Study – Isolated DC-DC Converter Solution

Radiated emissions failure

An EMC FastPass reader reached out to me to share a paper that they had recently written that outlines a solution they found to a radiated emissions problem. They were kind enough to let me reproduce the paper on this blog so that EMC FastPass readers could also benefit from the information. That got me to thinking…

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How to Do an EMC Design Review

EMC Design Review

What is an EMC Design Review? Most hardware engineers are used to doing functional design reviews on their circuit boards and systems before pressing the ‘go’ button for manufacturing. In the engineering teams I’ve worked with, that type of design review has usually taken the form of standing around a board room table with a red pen and…

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