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What will 2021 hold for the microwave design community?

There is no doubt that 2020 has been a year of surprises. As a design house, a lot of the work we do can be carried out very effectively working remotely, so we are fortunate…

2020 design predictions

The ongoing deployment of 5G is currently dominating the RF and microwave market. While many of the early deployments are concentrating on the sub-6GHz bands, I believe that the use of the mmWave frequencies bands…

mmWave 5G – the future of high data-rate wireless

There is no doubt that mmWave will form an important part of 5G technology, and will provide the broader bandwidths needed to enable the very high data rates being promised. Even though the final agreement…

Predictions for 2018

2018 will see continued growth in mmWave 5G development activity. Despite the fact that the decision on which frequency bands will be allocated for 5G will be not be confirmed until the 2019 World Radio…

Predictions for 2017

2017 will see continued growth in the development and evaluation of mmWave 5G communications, as well as a growing interest in drone detection and jamming. The cost and performance of commercially available drones represent a…

Can custom-designed MMICs lead to lower costs?

When embarking on a new RF or microwave design, the cost trade-offs between standard and custom MMICs may not always be as straightforward as one may think. There are several scenarios when can it make…

The Death of GaAs?

The answer, according to Liam Devlin, CEO of Plextek RFI, is "Not any time soon, but the competition is increasing". Cellular communications products currently account for over 50% of all GaAs sales revenue. It is…