As wireless electronics technology became an industry norm over the last several decades, radio frequency integrated circuits (RFICs) were at the core. RFICs enabled the cost-saving shift of much—if not all—of a wireless transceiver to a single technology, leading to great advances in system-on-a-chip solutions we see today. While key applications for RFICs include communications and radar, they can essentially be applied to any electrical integrated circuit operating in wireless transmission—ranging from power amplifiers to MEMS switches to RFID systems.
Such technology was just on display at the IEEE International Symposium on Circuits and Systems (ISCAS) May 26-29 in Sapporo, Japan. And you can find many more at IEEE Microwave Week—to be held June 2-7 in Boston, MA.
Here’s a look at a handful of new solutions on the market and incorporate RFIC technology.