When you think about the major trends driving RF innovation, terms like the Internet of Things (IoT), mobile health (mHealth), and the development of 5G typically come to mind. From my experience at IMS2014, however, it seems that there might be another dominant driver for the future RF market — automotive technology. The advent and development of the “smart car” will drive the proliferation of enabling sensory technology necessary for vehicles to operate autonomously. While some higher-end, more expensive cars on the market today currently utilize the 77 GHz range for accident prevention, the future of automobile active safety technology may lie in the 79 GHz range, which could provide shorter-range, higher resolution sensitivity — 360 degrees around the vehicle.
With that in mind, take a look at some of the innovative technologies from the IMS2014 exhibition floor provided below.
0.7 To 18 GHz Dual Band, Solid State Amplifiers (New Models Added)
With AR's Dual Band Amplifiers, you have freedom like never before. You pick the power from 5 to 80 watts. You pick the bandwidth from 0.7-8.0 GHz, 0.7-10.6 GHz or 0.7-18 GHz. We put it together for you in one package that costs less, weighs less, and takes less space than two separate amplifiers.
AR RF/Microwave Instrumentation
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Ronen Cohen of CTS Electronic Components caught us up to speed on what's been happening with the ClearPlex waveguide filter line over the last year. Check out the video to learn about its latest developments and see it in action.
Greg Alton of Sonnet Software gives us a few updates on the latest version of his company's EM simulation software and provides some information on an emerging market involving silicon IC design. We also get some advice and a hands-on demonstration on how to get started with Sonnet software.
Aroonchat Chatchaikarn of Skyworks introduces us to a brand new and exciting line of ultra-low noise amplifiers ideal for cellular infrastructure, wireless connectivity, and broadcast communications. Their best-in-class noise figure and high gain and linearity help to greatly improve receiver sensitivity and dynamic range, making them ideal for integration into applications involving wireless communications. Watch the video to learn more.
Chris Heavens, vice president and general manager of AR Modular RF, talked to us about his division's line of tactical radio booster amplifiers. Of particular interest were two new products launched this year — the AR20R covering the 225 MHz to 1.9 GHz frequency range with a 20 watt output, and the AR55L, which covers the same frequency range with 50 watts output.
CST of America offers EM simulation software for a wide variety of applications. Martin Timm spent a few minutes with us to talk about his company's system assembly and modeling approach to EM simulation. We also get a closer look at a biomedical application and how CST can help you handle an entire setup with electromagnetic and thermal simulation data all in one interface.