Microwave Journal

On our Radar

January 13, 2022
Carl Sheffres

With all of the turbulence in the world lately, it is nice to know that some things never change; namely the January issue of Microwave Journal theme of “Radar and Antennas.” As tradition dictates, we launch the year with this annual reader favorite and technology staple. The cover feature is titled, “A Planetary Radar System for Detection and High-Resolution Imaging of Nearby Celestial Bodies” and is a collaborative effort by experts from Raytheon, NRAO, Green Bank Observatory and Qorvo. You’ll find a variety of other technical articles, application notes, product features, news and coming events in these print and digital pages.

Speaking of radar, our industry lost one of its pioneers last month. Eli Brookner, a life member of IEEE and recipient of the Dennis J. Picard Medal, Warren White Award for Excellence in Radar Engineering passed at the age of 90. Dr. Brookner’s career spanned more than half a century at Raytheon as a radar engineer where he played a major role in the development of radar and phased array radar systems. He was a renowned international lecturer and published author, educating thousands of radar engineers worldwide. The MWJ team had the honor of working with Dr. Brookner on several of our industry events over the years.

This issue also serves as our show issue for the 2021 European Microwave Week (EuMW) event, now taking place the week of February 13 in London’s ExCeL Centre. Helen Duncan provides an article, “The RF/Microwave Industry in the UK and Ireland, Birthplace of Radar and the GaAs MMIC,” Editorial Director Pat Hindle gives an overview of EuMW and the Conference Chairs provide their welcome messages. Microwave Journal will be well represented, and we hope to see many of you there.

Looking further ahead to events, the IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS) will be an in-person only event this year. The annual industry gathering will take place on June 19-24 in Denver and will include the RFIC and ARFTG conferences as usual. The IMS conference features some new initiatives, including the “Systems Forum” which will feature Quantum Systems, Radar and Aerospace Systems and Phased-Array and OTA Applications, each on separate days. The Wireless Connected Future Summit will be included in the forum along with panel sessions and a reception. There will be a related Systems Pavilion on the show floor, allowing companies a low-cost, turn-key opportunity to display their products and technology. IMS and RFIC have announced an impressive lineup of keynote speakers, which you can see on the inside back cover of this issue. The exhibition will be equally impressive, featuring more than 300 companies in over 600 booth spaces. Denver is a fantastic city to host the event, with a vibrant downtown featuring the pedestrian-only 16th Street Mall with its many restaurants and bars, the renovated and glorious Union Station, Larimer Square, Coors Field and 300 days of sunshine. I hope to see you there.

EDI CON Across China, an event for analog and digital design engineers, will replicate its successful multiple-venue, hybrid model in 2022. The online forum will take place on April 26-27 with tracks covering 5G, IoT, Satellite, Radar, Automotive and Semiconductor technologies. The in-person events will take place in Beijing (May 26), Shanghai (July 28), Chengdu (October 27) and Shenzhen (December 6).

EuMW will host its second event of the year and celebrate its 25th anniversary in Milan, Italy, on September 25-30. The event has not been in Milan in many years, so it will be nice to visit this fashionable city again.

Mark your calendar for EDI CON Online, which will take place every Wednesday in October. This popular annual conference will feature tracks on Signal Integrity/Power Integrity, 5G/WiFi/IoT, PCB/Interconnect and Radar/Automotive/SATCOM. Last year’s edition attracted more than 1,000 live attendees and nearly 6,000 total sessions attended. Registration opens next summer.

It should be an action-packed year ahead. Let’s hope it’s one that’s more stable and reliable, like this “Radar & Antennas” issue of your Microwave Journal. Wishing all of our readers a happy and healthy 2022.