Chloe Rolland proudly stands with the first NoiseXT design she has worked on, the PNG-A. Having joined the company only six months ago, Rolland is especially proud of the instrument's precisely defined phase noise. The phase-noise generator delivers a signal with mathematically computed phase noise in real time.
While 5G and military were the focus of many products and demos at this year's show, the Internet of Things and sensing also were popular technology drivers. Here, Art Aguayo from Rogers talks to Microwaves & RF's Nancy Friedrich about the Kappa 438 laminates and how they satisfy applications that need higher specifications but not full RF capabilities. Carrier-grade WiFi and IoT both benefit from the resulting gain increase in the antenna circuitry.
NXP's Gavin Smith explains how the company is using its new 65-v LDMOS solutions to satisfy industrial heating applications like welding and drying. The MRFX1K80H provides 1800 W CW from 1.8 to 470 MHz.
According to NXP's Suhail Agwani, 5G is a game changer, not just the next evolution of mobile communications. 5G will provide new revenue streams of which the industry and carriers haven't yet envisioned. With gigabit speeds on phones, the telecom industry will be thinking beyond the handset and finding opportunities to extract more revenue from handset-based communications.
In addition to being a huge networking and deal-making event, IMS is a place where long-time friends come together. Here, Microwaves & RF's Nancy Friedrich gets an annual hello and some insight on gallium nitride from Toshi Nakamura from Toshiba America Electronic Components (TAEC).
A fun find and topic at the Infineon booth was the potential for radar applications in the home and beyond. Radar is much smarter than infrared and could slowly turn on a street light as a person approaches and then slowly dim while knowing not to do that for a rodent, for example. Infineon's Alzon Canilao controls volume, a playlist, and more via gesture recognition to demo the company's 60-GHz radar with antenna in package.
It looks like Microwaves & RF's Nancy Friedrich is at IMS, but thanks to virtual reality--using the HTC Vive headset--she is stepping through the inside of a circuit. This capability is enabled by the Empire XPU software from IMST. The user can control which way he or she travels through complex 3D models including the inside of the design.
IMS 2017 kicked off with a performance by dancers, drummers, and other performers to showcase the native culture in the "gathering place," a spot to sit, chat, or work in the middle of this year's show floor.
The Leti booth highlights an ultra-narrowband transceiver called the Foxy chip because it is compatible with the Sigfox protocol. It is low cost, low power, and bidirectional, beating Sigfox's request to support 100 bits/s both ways. It doesn't require an MCU and includes integrated nonvolatile memory that is programmed for applications like IoT.
Here, Michel Durr and Stephane Bailly explain the unique research capabilities of CEA Leti.