The emergence of new semiconductor materials like GaN have opened the possibilities to reach higher power levels covering wide bandwidths. Shorter, gate length GaAs devices have extended frequency ranges from 20 GHz to 40 GHz and beyond. The reliability of these devices is shown in literature to exceed 1 million hours, making them ubiquitous for modern day electronic systems. We expect the trends of higher frequencies and wider bandwidth to continue into the future.
Underpinning the static performance must be the capability to maintain performance and stability in a complex environment where many elements are in a state of flux.
The rapid transition to 5G introduces a plethora of new challenges and scenarios that algorithm developers and equipment vendors need to pay more attention to.
Richardson RFPD engineers and others have teamed with Analog Devices to introduce a new, highly integrated transceiver and have built SoMs and RF front ends to interface with it.