On the last day of IMS2014, I had the opportunity to chat with Dr. Larry Dunleavy, general chair of the event. This year’s exhibition hosted 587 exhibitors and an estimated 8,000 attendees. Dunleavy, who spent a good deal of time on the exhibition floor, said that much of the technology on display was pushing into higher frequencies, and added that the development of 5G is providing tremendous opportunities for millimeter wave technology. He also mentioned that GaN technologies, which have started to mature in recent years, were also very prevalent.
While Dunleavy acknowledged that this is a time of uncertainty for the RF industry — primarily due to a constrained military market and conservative fiscal forecasts for many companies — there are potential areas of growth, including healthcare. He believes that the RF community should “welcome healthcare more to the conference, because there are so many biomedical applications for our technology. I think it’s an important aspect of where things can go.”
Be sure to check out the news and videos below to get a look at some of the exciting new technologies exhibited at IMS2014.
New Low PIM Attenuator From JFW!
This low PIM fixed attenuator covers the 698-2700 MHz frequency range and is available in 5, 6, 10, 20, and 30 dB attenuation values. It has a +0.75 db maximum attenuation accuracy, and a+0.5 db typical attenuation accuracy. Like other attenuators, it’s ideal for applications involving signal conditioning and level control. For more information on its features and specifications, download the datasheet.
This year at IMS, Robert O'Rourke of Remcom gave us an overview of his company's line of simulation software and included information on its unique features and areas of application. Watch the video to learn more.
Shawn Carpenter was on hand this year at IMS to showcase some of Delcross Technologies' simulation software solutions aimed at solving installed antenna performance and radar signature problems. Watch the video to learn more about RF cosite interference monitoring and how high frequency computational electromagnetic (CEM) software can help.
This year at IMS, Steve Reyes of Anritsu talked to us about a new broadband vector network analyzer that covers the 70 kHz to 145 GHz in a single sweep. If any of your work involves on-wafer device characterization for E band wireless communications or other emerging applications that run above 110 GHz, then this one is for you.
Corry Micronics' president Don Pavlek shows us a new RF switch matrix with a 5μs switching speed. Watch the video for information on its features and specifications to see if it might be a fit for your next switching application.
MtronPTI offers a wide range of precision frequency control and data timing solutions. Vice president of sales Paul Dechen gave us an overview of the company's process and how they go about in assisting engineers with their communications systems and instrumentation projects.