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The Future Of Microwave Electronics

Microwave technology has been used for decades in many types of applications. Most military communications, including remote sensing through radar and the telecommunications industries have focused on the development of microwave electronics and technology.

Today, there are even more applications for the use of microwave technology. This has come about because of the development and enhancement of high-pulsed microwaves and much higher powered systems than those that have been available in the past. Additionally, the advancement of the actual physical equipment required to use microwaves over long distances has made this technology even more practical with smaller antennas and transmitters that help reduce weight, bulk and cost.

Increasing Demand for GPS Services

With the use of mobile technology, virtually all devices or internet connected applications will have to use some type of GPS technology. This use of microwave electronics in increasingly smaller components and with more diverse applications continues to be a one of the current trends in development that will continue into the future.

New options in transistors and amplifiers that can enhance radio frequency transmissions over greater distances are also in demand. Again, this technology has to be developed with small size in mind, which can create issues for temperature control and shielding in devices.

Chip Design and Features

New features and options on the integrated circuits used in RF technology have led to even more versatility for these chips. New options for chips including digital logic gates that allow the chips to operate more like self-contained data processing modules further creates a level of sophistication in design not possible with earlier technology.

These advances to the system on a chip type of technology have increased the complexity of both the chips and the whole system. While much more complicated to design and develop, these system designs are now able to handle mixed-signals, both digital and the analog, as well as control multiple transistors, sometimes in the hundreds of thousands or millions within a system.

More demand for mobile technology including live-streaming, video review on demand and more complex data through the system will continue to drive the development of microwave electronics. This will all be coupled with the demand for better battery life, meaning that components have to be able to outperform the current generation of devices, but also use less overall power.

The future will also include the trend to begin using smaller and smaller components that are more flexible and can be more easily integrated into devices that are in use today.

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