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Highly Integrated and Compact Multichip Modules for Defense Applications

by Rick Montgomery, senior product line director, Qorvo & Dean White, director of product solutions, Defense and Aerospace, Qorvo & Jon Alejandro, customer account manager, High Performance Solutions, Qorvo  Highly Integrated RF Modules from Smarphones to Defense Qorvo is known as a leader in providing highly integrated RF front end modules (FEMs) at multiple bands […]

5G New Radio Solutions: Revolutionary Applications Here Sooner Than You Think

by Skyworks Solutions, Inc. This is part one of a two part article. The second part will run in the June issue of Microwave Product Digest. As demand grows for ubiquitous wireless connectivity and the promise of new and previously unimagined applications— such as autonomous vehicles, artificial intelligence, telemedicine and virtual reality—so does the anticipation […]

The Reality of Millimeter Wavelength for 5G

by Pasternack  Amid the attention to the coming fifth generation of “cellular” technology, the use of spectrum at 28 GHz and higher is generating some of the attention. Most media coverage recites the well-known challenges associated operating at millimeter wavelengths and how it will require a huge number of small-cell case stations, massive MIMO, phased-array […]

Applications of Microwave Radiation in the Diagnosis and Treatment of Cancer: A Brief Review

by Dr. Huma Rasheed, Fawad Maqbool and Mick Syed, AmpliTech Inc. Radio Frequency Microwaves (RFM) exert various effects on the biological system and possess a great impact in medical applications, for instance by heating, altering chemical reactions, or inducing electrical current in tissues and cells. The knowledge of temperature-dependent electrical properties of biological tissues is […]

5G Communication and Its Future

by Dr. Thomas Cameron, Analog Devices, Inc. The 5G cycle is well underway, with many field trials completed and many others in progress globally. In the recent 5G Trial Snapshot Report from the GSA, it was reported that over 326 separate 5G trials and demonstrations have been identified globally to date, with some 134 mobile […]

Testing a 24-28 GHz Power Amplifier Using the 5G New Radio Test Standard

by Tudor Williams, Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult; Darren Tipton & Florian Ramian, Rohde & Schwarz Challenges and Results An ever-increasing requirement for data on mobile networks, driven by a myriad of applications from HD video on the move to autonomous vehicles and Industrial IOT, means a part of the new 5G network is to be […]

Military Satellite Technology

by Aaron Titus, former U.S. Army, Norsat International Military satellite technology is constantly evolving, and it is imperative that organizations involved in SATCOM manufacturing, production and integration track the trends, technology and drivers that fuel the military communications sector. A few years ago, enabling simple communications to and from the battlefield or dispatching orders was […]

MUOS – Overview and Update

by Mike Cagney, dBmCorp, Inc. A major development effort in the design of the Mobile User Objective System (MUOS) is the waveform used in software defined radios (SDR) to provide terminal and manpack UHF communication radios.  Due to the complexity of using Spectrally Adaptive Wideband Code Division Multiple Access (SA-WCDMA) in the MUOS environment, Satellite […]

Improved SWaP with Tactical Hub for MILSATCOM

by Tony Tran, iDirect Government Saving rack space is a priority these days, especially for comms-on-the-move (COTM) and comms-on-the-pause (COTP) missions. That’s exactly why we at iDirect Government have created the perfect solution for these missions with size, weight and power (SWaP) specs ideal for mobile and smaller environments.  We designed the Tactical Hub to […]

MMIC Die Testing Made Easy with Ultra-Wideband 0 dB Attenuator (Thru-Line) Die

by Mini-Circuits I. Introduction: Microwave hybrid circuitry is generally built by integrating several discrete die via wire bonding.  Circuit designers are faced with the task of predicting the performance of hybrids, which comes with some specific challenges.  Most RF/microwave MMIC dice are built with “ground-signal-ground” bonding pads at each of the RF ports to correspond […]