Heightening interest for high-frequency applications, even through millimeter-wave (mmWave) frequencies, has the RF/microwave industry buzzing more than ever. Now the time has arrived for all involved to gather and share their thoughts and goals at a most appropriate site: Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love. In a town best known for its competitive spirit and “never-give-up” attitude (Fig. 1), the RF/microwave industry will celebrate a world thirsting for high-frequency electronics.
1. The IEEE International Microwave Symposium comes to Philadelphia, the “City of Brotherly Love,” in 2018, in the Pennsylvania Convention Center. (Courtesy of Wikipedia)
From RF through mmWave frequencies and beyond, in everything from automotive radars and wireless Internet of Things (IoT) devices in “smart homes” to military electronic-warfare (EW) systems and fifth-generation (5G) wireless communications networks—all will be on display at the industry’s leading event: The IEEE International Microwave Symposium (IMS), running from June 10-15 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.
It’s an event that combines a high-quality technical conference and a show floor with more than 500 exhibiting companies. For many, it’s once-a-year chance to catch up with friends and competitors and to learn something new from the workshops, conferences, and technical sessions. Long-running “events-within-the-event,” such as the Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG, see "Making Measurements Count at the ARFTG" at the end of the article) and the Radio Frequency Integrated Circuit (RFIC) conference (see "Reaching for Higher Millimeter Waves" at the end of the article), provide focused opportunities to learn about the latest developments in test and measurement as well as integrated circuits (ICs) and semiconductors, respectively.