Wednesday, June 8, 2011

IMS2011 First Impressions

The Baltimore inner harbor area is a beautiful setting for the IMS2011 and certainly convenient for us on the east coast. The sessions are in full swing with some very interesting topics being presented. I see trends in very high efficiency amplifiers with better modeling/measurement techniques, new packaging techniques from LCP to fusion bonded laminates, very wideband active devices to cover multiple frequency bands, highly integrated modules that solve co-existence problems, new signal generators that provide real life signal replication and storage and more.

The exhibition is very lively and positive - attendance looks very good this year. The MicroApps sessions seem to get better each year with more companies participating. Our Nonlinear Expert Forum is today at noon in the MicroApps featuring experts sponsored by Agilent, R&S, Anritsu and Tektronix. Some products that caught my eye so far are Agilent's new signal generator that eliminates expensive flight testing, Avago's highly integrated co-existence WiFi/WiMAX module (only 5 x 7 mm), Crane's new MultiMix laminate process to realize highly integrated circuits and modules, Freescale's ever improving LDMOS products with 65:1 VSWR on a low frequency device and improved video bandwidth on their cellular band products, IHP's (Germany) 500 GHz fmax SiGe process and Peregrine's digitally tunable capcitors.

Yesterday we attended the Women in Microwaves reception at the Hilton which is growing each year and then made our way down to the inner harbor for the MWJ customer appreciation party at the Tir Na Nog. It has a nice deck overlooking the harbor with great beers and a nice buffet. I hope everyone who attended had a good time.

Let us know what you have seen around the show and in the technical sessions.