by Allan Gonzalez, Vice President of Sales and Marketing, VFTT – Berkeley Nucleonics Corporation
MPD: Please describe what you consider to be your company’s most significant technological achievements in 2023.
The Model 855B Series multi-channel RF and microwave signal generator was an impressive technological achievement, delivering exceptional performance and versatility within a compact and user-friendly design. Attributes such as phase-coherent multi-channel outputs, rapid switching speed, and low phase noise make it an excellent choice for automated test equipment, quantum computing, low-noise signal sources, production testing, service and maintenance, signal simulation, and aerospace and defense.
The Model 855B Series covers 300 kHz to 40 GHz, and each channel can be independently adjusted for frequency, power, and phase, making it an invaluable tool for researchers, engineers, and technicians requiring precise and reliable RF and microwave signal generation. The instrument is a compact solution that addresses many needs and is a crucial asset in various technological and research environments.
MPD: An increasing number of applications rely on RF and microwave technology. What application is most likely to significantly contribute to the industry by the end of the decade?
Radar and imaging technologies are poised to significantly contribute to the RF and microwave industry, driven by their diverse applications and the increasing need for high-resolution images and precise measurements. Radar also contributes to ensuring safe navigation in autonomous vehicles and can make security systems adept at detecting and tracking intruders. Radar technology is employed in developing environmental monitoring systems capable of tracking environmental changes.
Imaging is crucial in producing detailed images of objects, such as in medical imaging, security, non-destructive testing for inspecting structural integrity and environmental monitoring. The escalating demand for high-resolution images propels the refinement of imaging systems, as seen in the advancement of 3D medical imaging. As the demand for these technologies continues to surge, they will likely be employed in many innovative emerging applications.
MPD: Have millimeter-wave devices advanced to the point where they can affordably be deployed for 5G?
Berkeley Nucleonics has witnessed a remarkable advancement of millimeter-wave devices, putting them on the verge of mainstream adoption in 5G networks. This transformative progress is a direct result of relentless innovation in device design, manufacturing, and network optimization. As a result, millimeter-wave technology will reshape the wireless communication landscape. The rapid growth of millimeter-wave devices stems from several key developments. One notable improvement is the miniaturization of components, allowing them to be integrated into smartphones and other mobile devices without compromising size or style.
Significant strides have also been made in enhancing the power efficiency of millimeter-wave transceivers, addressing the persistent challenge of overheating and battery drain. These transformative advancements in design, efficiency, and network optimization are accelerating the technology’s adoption into 5G networks. With their exceptional capacity, low latency, and wide bandwidth, millimeter-wave solutions will be crucial in enabling the next generation of wireless applications like ultra-high-definition video streaming, virtual reality experiences, and autonomous driving. As millimeter-wave technology matures and its cost continues to decline, its ubiquitous presence within the 5G ecosystem is inevitable, revolutionizing wireless connectivity for years.
MPD: What does the Department of Defense need most from the microwave industry?
The Department of Defense significantly relies on the microwave industry to deliver a diverse range of critical technologies, including radar systems, communication networks, and electronic warfare systems. These technologies are fundamental to the DoD’s ability to identify, track, and engage potential adversaries. One area in which DoD seeks support from the microwave industry is radar development, as it demands advanced radars capable of detecting and tracking increasingly sophisticated threats such as stealth aircraft and cruise missiles. The industry must create more robust, sensitive, and compact radars with enhanced capabilities to meet these stringent requirements.