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The Microwave Newsletter

News for the Microwave and Wireless Engineer

15 November 2017
Power, Linearity, and Efficiency Prediction for MIMO Arrays
Since MIMO array elements are electromagnetically coupled, the waves fed to the antennas also drive the power amplifier (PA) output ports, creating an apparent variable load at each PA output. Simulation is a powerful tool in understanding how these MIMO systems behave. Such simulators should be able to  reproduce the main figures of merit of the transmitter, namely, output power, distortion, and efficiency.

In-Body Networks    Data Packet Transmission Through Fat Tissue

Read "Data Packet Transmission Through Fat Tissue for Wireless Intra-Body Networks," by N.B. Asan et al., in the IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology 

RFID    Inkjet Antenna Tattoos

Inkjet printing with ambient sintering is suitable for fabricating epidermal antennas for radio-frequency identification (RFID) and sensing using low-cost printers without high-temperature curing.

Call for Papers    Wireless Power Week (3-7 June 2018, Montreal)

The deadline is 18 February 2018 to submit papers for Wireless Power Transfer Conference (WPTC), Workshop on Emerging Technologies: Wireless Power (WoW), and Wireless Power Congress (WPC). Watch for new information.

THz Spectroscopy    Detecting Nuclear Spin Isomers of Water

Using wideband terahertz time-domain spectroscopy to study rotational absorption spectra of ortho and para water isomers and measure their relative content in the ambient atmosphere. 

Meeting    IEEE Rising Stars, 6-9 Jan., Las Vegas

The 4th IEEE Rising Stars Conference (Las Vegas, 6-9 January 2018) will focus on technical and professional development for students, young professionals, and industry leaders. Early bird discount until 25 November.

Power Amps    Simple Method for Designing Second-Harmonic-Tuned PAs

Realizing optimum fundamental and second-harmonic impermanence matching and high efficiency by controlling only the first two frequencies, with 40.b dBM output power and 13.4 dB gain at 2GHz.

Measurement    Single-Connection Calibration for Microwave Microfluidics

Development of a multistate single-connection calibration that used a coplanar waveguide loaded with a microfluidic channel with an an eight-term error model and switch-term correction yielding good agreement with finite-element simulations.

Microwave Magazine    Weaving a Wireless Web: Towards the Industrial IoT

Wireless sensor networks are a key technology for the Internet of Things (IoT), whether consumer and industrial...but wireless connectivity comes at the expense of power.

Coming Up    Microwave & RF, Monolithic ICs, Internet of Space

Upcoming MTT-S-sponsored meetings include Microwave and RF (IMARC 2017, Ahmedabad, India, 11-13 Dec.), Silicon Monolithic Integrated Circuits in RF (SIRF 2018, Anaheim, CA, 14-17 Jan. 2018), The Internet of Space (TWIOS 2018, Anaheim, CA, 14-17 Jan.).

IEEE MTT-S Webinar

Nonlinear Modeling and Characterization of Microwave Devices and Circuits for High Power Amplifier Applications

12:00 p.m. EST, Tuesday, 12 December 2017
Speaker: José Carlos Pedro, University of Aveiro, Portugal
Moderator: Michael C. Hamilton, Auburn University

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