Articles by Pat Hindle, Editor, Microwave Journal

RF Energy Revolutionizing Cooking

The oven is going under a revolutionary change in the next few years, as RF energy enters the cooking market in the form of new microwave ovens. As the technology is perfected over the next year or two, microwave ovens will be replaced with multiple source solid-state RF ovens which in turn could be introduced into the traditional gas/electric heated ovens most widely used today. It just so happens that this is the 50th anniversary of the first commercial countertop microwave oven sold in 1967--so a good time to celebrate a new innovation, as not much has change with the microwave oven over the last 50 years.


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EDI CON USA Keynote Talks - Bet Your Job, 5G in 5 Years and T&M Value

Full videos of Scott McMorrow, Thomas Cameron and Faride Akretch keynote talks

The EDI CON USA 2017 keynote speakers addressed the latest engineering trends and challenges in our industry from “in the trenches” stories of design challenges, successes and failures from “Bet Your Job” to “5G in 5 Years” look into the future to a behind the scenes look at T&M. Below are full videos of these featured talks delivered on Sept 12 in Boston.


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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Positioned to Support High Growth RF Applications

GLOBALFOUNDRIES had a bunch of announcements last week coinciding with their company meeting. From an RF perspective, they announced the availability of the first RF SOI foundry solution manufactured on 300 mm wafers.  According to the release, GF’s new 8SW technology offers a low cost, low power, highly flexible solution with high performance switching, low-noise amplifiers and logic processing capabilities.


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EMC in the Capital

IEEE EMC SI/PI 2017 Summary

The 60th IEEE EMC SI/PI Symposium took place August 7-11 at National Harbor in Washington DC with the “plan to inspire, envision, and innovate.” The keynote set the stage for this plan as Julius Knapp, FCC Chief of the Office of Engineering and Technology, discussed the status of the FCC and industry EMC standards, the equipment authorization program and enforcement as the wireless space becomes more and more crowded with emerging technologies such as IoT, connected/autonomous vehicles, UAVs, increased satellite broadband and 5G taking off.


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A Look Ahead...

“San Francisco is 49 square miles surrounded by reality,” said Paul Kantner, but come the week of May 22, it will be surrounded by thousands of microwave engineers. The April Microwave Journal is the IMS2016 issue with complete IMS conference and exhibition coverage. This special edition will have an IMS2016 Preview covering an overview of the conferences, special sessions, keynotes, and major product releases from leading microwave companies. In addition, the issue will cover the Microwave Journal MicroApps panel session, “The 5G IoT Conundrum,” Exhibitor listing and Show Map, plus the New Product Showcase from exhibiting companies that is organized by booth location for easy navigating at the show.


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History of Wireless Communications

A historical listing of important events that shaped wireless communications

 The history of Wireless Communications started with the understanding or magnetic and electric properties observed during the early days by the Chinese, Greek and Roman cultures and experiments carried out in the 17th and 18th centuries. Here are some selected events in the development of Wireless Communications (material taken from the book History of Wireless, Tapan Sarkar, et al., Wiley, 2006). 


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