Skyworks launched the SKY66404-11, a 2.4 GHz front-end module (FEM) designed for Zigbee®, Thread and Bluetooth® (including Low Energy) ultra-low power IoT applications spanning sensors, beacons, smart meters and thermostats, wireless cameras, smoke and CO detectors and wearables including medical devices.
Modelithics announced the addition of two new Microwave Global Models™ to the Modelithics SELECT+ Library. The new release includes models for International Manufacturing Services’ IMS2533 attenuator family and TDK’s MLG1608B inductor family, for use with Keysight PathWave ADS, Keysight PathWave RF Synthesis (Genesys), and Ansys HFSS.
Maury Microwave announced that they have been recognized by Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems as a recipient of its prestigious 3-star award for supplier excellence.
The following is a round-up of wireless technology trends predicted in 2020 and possible new wireless technologies we will see in the upcoming year.
Major trends and drivers of wireless technology adoption
New wireless standards specifically targeting new use cases outside of just cellular or wide-area-network communications.
> Greater penetration of wireless technology across all verticals. Industrial IoT (IIoT) and wireless technology in virtually all applications is being increasingly adopted and there is substantial demand for wireless technology that better suits individual applications requirements.
>More spectrum availability has opened up much higher bandwidth wireless capabilities, which may enable applications that are otherwise too bandwidth intensive for typical wireless technology.
>New wireless techniques that enhance spectral efficiency and enable better radio coexistence.
>Greater adoption of software-defined radio (SDR) technologies in industrial applications
>Possible opening up of the 6 GHz unlicensed spectrum (5.925 Ghz to 7.125 GHz) in the US
New Wireless Standards
In 2020 there will be a host of new wireless standards, many updates and advancements of existing standards, and some completely new standards designed to bring IoT and wireless technology to new applications.
List of upcoming Wireless Standards & solutions in 2020
>The “full vision” of 5G with 3GPP Release 16 for stand-alone millimeter-wave communication
>Wi-Fi 6 (AX WiFi/802.11ax) is an improvement of 802.11ac with up to 9.6 Gbps data rates and 4x the capacity
>Bluetooth 5.0 is a low energy upgrade with a physical layer that enables 2 Ms/s, 4x the range compared to Bluetooth 4.0, and improved frequency hopping.
>IEEE 802.11az, Wi-Fi location technology that can be used to optimize the wireless link between communicating devices
>60 GHz Unlicensed Radar spectrum for gesture sensing and other use cases.
>Citizens Broadband Radio Service
Upcoming Trends That Will Lead to Further Adoption & Evolution of Wireless Technologies
Late 2019 led to many innovations and changing circumstances that will open up applications and opportunities for wireless technology growth and adoption.
List of trends of wireless technologies in 2020
It is likely that in December 2019 that Amazon, Apple, and Google agreed to work together to enhance smart home automation by making their products intercompatible. Currently the very disparate smart home ecosystems have been largely incompatible and the onus of compatibility has been on the IoT device manufacturer, which has led to substantial customer confusion. Limiting this confusion and having truly intercompatible smart home solutions across these major brands may finally allow for seamless smart home automation.
>Standalone 5G with fixed wireless access (FWA) readily available may lead to a new market of high-speed home internet services with last-mile wireless internet delivery to areas that are otherwise fiber-constrained.
>Increased use of streaming video services will lead to higher bandwidth demand at home and on the go.
>Greater vehicle infotainment systems, steady advance of semi-autonomous driving features, advanced driver assist systems (ADAS) will continue to lead to innovations in smart car connectivity and wireless services for both the car and driver.
>Edge Computing for lower latency and more reliable data infrastructure while also enhancing efficiency.
>Software defined networking and intelligent networking services can better utilize networking resources, which are also becoming more diverse
>Cloud platform providers developing on-premise cloud operating stacks (AWS Outposts, Microsoft Azure Stack, and Google Anthos) to serve as base stations for customer’ edge deployments.
Trackwise Designs has acquired Stevenage Circuits Ltd. for up to £2.5 million. The deal enables Trackwise to increase production of its Improved Harness Technology™, as well as expand its customer base and boost technical, sales and operational expertise.
Löhnert Elektronik, a specialist in custom test benches, was looking for a reliable automotive radome tester for its new test bench and chose the R&S QAR quality automotive radome tester from T&M manufacturer Rohde & Schwarz. The R&S QAR is presently the only tester on the market that can test these radomes quickly and over their full surface area.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai has circulated draft rules that would permit unlicensed devices to operate in 1.2 GHz of spectrum in the 6 GHz band. The FCC will vote on the proposal on April 23.
Radio Frequency Systems (RFS) announced it has successfully delivered the first in-building coaxial cable to pass the stringent UL 2196 certification test without use of a metal conduit or extensive wrapping. RFS’ DragonSkin cable enables cellular and public safety radio communications to and from people on all floors of a burning building, a critically important capability during fires in high-rise buildings where many people may be located above the fire.
Passive Plus Inc. adds to their high reliability thin film products by producing additional attenuators, conductors and inductors.
Anritsu and EMITE are proud to announce their latest combined solution for testing the latest IEEE 802.11 WLAN standard. Being able to test the latest WLAN standards keep EMITE and Anritsu in the edge of technology for helping customers and service providers deliver their WLAN solutions to the market with total confidence in the performance.