Years ago when I first became immersed in the RF industry, anyone who had a cell phone (and few did) kept it in the glove box for emergencies. Back then I had a lot of car troubles, so I was pretty grateful for my Motorola flip phone. So grateful, in fact, that I cared little that each call I made cost me about $1, and that the phone took up about ¼ of my glove compartment.
Now, as I see bikers yucking it up on cell phones as they race by at top speeds, spouses calling home to check what type of cereal they need to buy, my friend "talking" to his Bluetooth enabled car, and my thirteen year old niece with a handset clipped to her belt at the farm and horse show, I marvel at how, in a relatively short time, the mobile phone has become ubiquitous.
Through the years, I've seen RF engineers squeeze their devices into smaller and smaller packages. I've worked with semiconductor test equipment manufacturers who toiled to measure the latest thin transparent and metal films in order to make smaller geometries possible. I've watched the industry pack the spectrum with more and more applications and access technologies.
But, even though I knew this stuff was coming long before the average consumer, I still marvel at the possibilities while zipping through the toll plaza with my EZ pass and talking (handsfree of course) on my tiny mobile handset.
I feel fortunate to be at the helm of this exciting new DesignLine built just for RF engineers. Here, we are going to get into mathematics, physics, chemistry, engineering, and whatever else it takes to make it just a bit easier for RF engineers to get the job done. Stay tuned, it's bound to be an exciting ride.