Today’s focus at IMS2011 is trends in millimeter wave technology, which is a hot topic this week. To easily understand the trends, it’s best to look at the different frequency bands being measured.
For example, component manufacturers and device integrators are focused on 10 MHz to 110 GHz. In this region they want to perform thorough characterization of devices designed for applications that range from automotive radar to HDMI. Important measurements include amplifier gain, pulse parameters and spectral content. Solutions include the new 50 GHz PXA signal analyzer and a “beyond 325 GHz” signal analysis solution using new SmartMixer technology that provides breakthrough performance.
A number of governments are also seeking innovative ideas that will spur local economies. Examples include areas such as biotech, homeland security, and food safety, which need measurements from 90 GHz to 1.1 THz.
We’ve spoken with researchers who are investing in miniaturization and higher bandwidth components. Examples include micro-resonators used in high-resolution spectroscopy systems. More recently, the world’s first 1 THz solution was delivered to a university in Japan, which is investigating the behavior of meta-materials.
Going forward, the biggest measurement challenge continues to be support for what some call the “terahertz gap.” This includes the need for broadband coverage with high sensitivity while maintaining sufficient source power. State-of-the-art commercial solutions are described here. (Many thanks to Agilent’s Suren Singh for helping me understand the industry and where it’s going.)
Well, the show floor is closed and it’s time to pack up. Sad to say but I won’t be attending the Crab Feast because I have to fly out tonight for another commitment tomorrow.
So long Baltimore: We’ve had a few beers, some tasty seafood, and lots of great interactions with industry leaders. Now all I need is my Nook eReader and an airplane seat... I’m on my way home!