On June 12 -15, 2018, Mini-Circuits joined over 9000 attendees from the RF/microwave industry for the 2018 International Microwave Symposium (IMS) in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. IMS is the pre-eminent annual gathering of RF, microwave and millimeter-wave researchers, technologists, and practitioners from industry and academia, and Mini-Circuits has long been a prominent presence at the event.
The themes of this year’s IMS were “Microwaves, Medicine, Mobility,” highlighting the contributions of RF, microwave and millimeter-wave research, development, and products to the fields of medicine and telecommunications. Within those themes is an implied emphasis on higher frequency applications such as 5G, the Internet of Things (IoT), and the Internet of Space (IoS).
Accordingly, Mini-Circuits’ exhibit showcased our newest product releases to support these applications including amplifiers, couplers and splitters up to 40 GHz, cables, adapters and splitters up to 50 GHz, and terminations up to 65 GHz. The display also featured many new additions to our line of semiconductor products, LTCC products, high performance filters, solutions for test and measurement, and more.
In addition to our exhibit, Mini-Circuits engineers delivered technical talks. Mini-Circuits’ design engineers delivered a presentation on recent advancements in the company’s LTCC design capabilities at the ANSYS booth. For those unfamiliar with ANSYS, the company produces engineering simulation software used widely within Mini-Circuits design engineering groups and among our customers. The engineering team discussed some of the advanced simulation models and methods Mini-Circuits employs in the design of our LTCC products to achieve first-spin success with every design. That is how we achieve agreement between expected performance from a simulation and measured performance from a fabricated unit in one shot, without multiple rounds of costly and time-consuming prototypes and fine-tuning.
Industry conferences are a major part of Mini-Circuits’ marketing outreach, allowing direct, face-to-face conversations with customers about their work, which often leads to new opportunities. IMS 2018 turned out to be a successful conference with a great turnout, and lots of visitors to the Mini-Circuits exhibit.