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The Microwave Newsletter

News for the Microwave and Wireless Engineer

18 October 2017
Radiated Electromagnetic Emission for Integrated Circuit Authentication
Counterfeit integrated circuits are a growing problem with economic and safety implications. Semiconductor makers and embedded-system designers are looking for ways of making sure that chips really are what they purport to be. The authors propose fingerprinting each IC's electromagnetic radiation emissions using a variability-aware circuit configuration, and demonstrate its performance on two different FPGA families.

IEEE MTT-S Webinar

Nonlinear Microwave Circuits (PART II) - Design of High-Efficiency Power Amplifier Using Nonlinear Embedding

12:00 p.m. EDT, Tuesday, 14 November 2017
Speaker: Patrick Roblin, The Ohio State University
Moderator: Michael C. Hamilton, Auburn University

Safety    RF Radiation and Cancer

The October IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology publishes assessments of the RF radiation's health effects. Read "Cancer Occurrences in Laboratory Rats from Exposure to RF and Microwave Radiation" by James C. Lin. 

RF Shielding    Frequency-Selective Textile

Frequency selective surface (FSS) developed on a textile that is neither rigid nor smooth. The textile can reject millimeter-wave radiation in a narrow band, while retaining desirable textile properties such as flexibility and breathability.

Publications    Microwave Magazine Columns Win Publication Award

Three columns by Fred Schindler in IEEE Microwave Magazine won Apex Awards for publication excellence. The magazine was one of three IEEE publications cited in the September awards announcement.

Identification    Chip-less RFID Reading Systems

Design and validation of a cost-effective cross-polarization technique for reading chip-less radio frequency identification tags from total backscatter signals, irrespective of tag orientation.    Zero-Power Sensors in "Technology News"

A new long-distance communication system for near-zero-power sensors is among the Technology News items reported at

Production    Cheap, High-Performance Metal-Plating for Waveguides

A simple and cheap metal-plating procedure for plastic 3-D printed microwave components, achieving high dimensional accuracy and quality factors better than 6400.

Measurement    2-D Electro-Optical Imaging of THz Wavefronts

A new wavefront sensor for terahertz pulses using a direct two-dimensional electro-optic imaging system composed of a ZnTe crystal and a CMOS camera.

Biomedical    Sensor/Antenna Interface for Implantable Monitor

An injection-locked divide-by-four circuit capture harvests RF energy and also generates a low-noise 402 MHz carrier. On-chip digital control allows biomedical signal transmission. 

Coming Up    Antennas, Asia Pacific, Mediterranean, Measurement

Upcoming MTT-S-sponsored meetings include Microwaves, Antennas, Communications and Electronic Systems (COMCAS, Tel Aviv, 13-15 Nov.), Asia Pacific Microwaves (APMC, Kuala Lumpur, 13-16 Nov.), Mediterranean Microwaves (Marseilles, 28-29 Nov.), and the 90th ARFTG Microwave Measurement Symposium (Boulder, CO, 28 Nov.-1 Dec.)

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Microwave Packaging

AdTech Ceramics has over 45 years of experience producing multilayer alumina and aluminum nitride electronic packages for the microwave industry.  Packages are manufactured either to customer specifications or with design assistance using the latest simulation techniques.

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X-Band Full-wave Analysis of Aircraft with Inlets

WIPL-D Domain Decomposition Solver combines GPU accelerated full-wave solutions of inlets/resonant-cavities with solutions of other aircraft parts. Bistatic/monostatic RCS in X-band of combat aircraft are obtained in only 2-4 iterations.
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