Recent Features From The Editor

  1. Continuing Education At IMS 2017

    Every year, the International Microwave Symposium provides ample opportunity to further one’s industry and technological knowledge. Let's look at some of the educational events that shaped IMS 2017, as well as the rationale behind starting or continuing those initiatives. 

  2. How Far Away Are Non-Lethal, Weaponized EMPs?

    An non-lethal electromagnetic pulse would be invaluable on the modern battlefield, crippling an enemy while minimizing civilian casualties. But just how vulnerable is the United States to such an attack, and far away are weaponized EMPs from effective, affordable deployment? 

  3. RFID Innovation Proves Technology Is Never Too Mature For A “Growth Spurt”

    Miniaturization across numerous components, ever-improving computing capability, and novel power sources are just a few of the advances enabling RFID creators and users to employ the technology for previously unheard-of applications.

  4. Radar Getting Better With Age

    If the seemingly endless supply of innovative technologies coming out of the U.S. Department of Defense’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is any indication, old dogs can learn new tricks. 

  5. “Spectrum Crunch” Solutions — Who’s On The Right Track?

    The past few months have been exciting for those with an ear to the ground regarding the “spectrum crunch.” Whether you believe we’re nearing a breaking point for usable bandwidth, or you think the fuss is much ado about nothing, you can’t ignore the myriad solutions being presented as a fix. 

  6. Expanding And Improving Public Wi-Fi — Panacea Or Pipe Dream?

    As wireless devices have proliferated our lives, our desire for constant internet access has grown to a 24/7 demand, regardless of location. Government and the private sector are responding to this need by attempting to spread and enhance public W-Fi, but barriers exist in the forms of regulatory, legal, technological, and logistical challenges.  

  7. NASA’s Electromagnetic Drive Headed To Space: Will It Work?

    NASA — an agency generally able to mathematically rationalize its every decision — is about to embark on a mission that’s anything but a “slam dunk.” They’re sending technology into space to find out if it works. Not to confirm that it works – to find out. And then, if the experiment succeeds, the agency will have to explain why it succeeded.

  8. Wi-Fi-Based Sensing: The Myths, The Facts, The Opportunities!

    When something moves within a wireless signal’s coverage, there is a slight change in the signal’s frequency, known as the Doppler frequency shift. While these shifts are very small, researchers and entrepreneurs have developed both the technology to detect the shifts and the algorithms to interpret their meaning. Now, the race is on to develop the best applications for this capability.

  9. What’s Next For RF In Medicine?

    Radio frequency technology often is typecast as merely a communication tool, but its medical applications continue to expand. RF technology has been applied to surgery, imaging, and inter-device communications, to name just a few applications, and its future in medtech is bright.

  10. DARPA: It’s Time For Technology To Manage The Radio Spectrum

    DARPA’s Spectrum Collaboration Challenge, laid out in detail last month, will pony up nearly $4 million in prize money for competitors whose software-defined radios can best optimize spectrum usage by efficiently collaborating with other, simultaneously operating radios.