With so many applications now driving the use of higher frequency semiconductors, along with the costs coming down to a level that is affordable to the consumer market, we are seeing more development and production of devices with frequencies higher than the typical 4G and WiFi frequencies of today. Some of these applications and devices of mm-wave and THz are emerging, and include:

  • 5G mobile
  • Automotive radar
  • Gesture recognition radar
  • Advanced Wi-Fi
  • Wearable devices
  • Imaging

The abundance of these applications and consumer growth demand more advanced development and the need for on-wafer measurements up to the sub-THz and THz frequencies. Of course, this development needs advanced analytical probe stations and probes that perform accurate and reliable measurements at these super high frequencies. Integrated solutions with industry partners can provide a complete turn-key offering that helps meet customers’ requirements for faster time to market.

The use of electronics is so abundant in our world today. Nearly everything we interact with in our daily lives has some sort of electronics integrated into it. From when we wake up in what are really becoming smart homes, from turning off our alarm clock with voice control, to reading Twitter on our tablets. All these devices benefit from the advancements of electronics.  Not all of these devices use high frequency signals, or even analog signals at all, but more and more devices that need to communicate with each other, pass data, imaging, sensing can use higher frequencies.  And where we have been used to frequencies in the 2-5GHz range before for mobile communications and Wifi – frequencies are getting much higher.

In the webcast, Anthony Lord, Director of RF Segment Business Development at FormFactor, will cover the commercialization of the mm-wave market, why mm-wave and THz are being used today and why now. We will review the market drivers to see which applications the use of mm-wave and THz devices can be used for and what benefits they bring. And finally, to hopefully put your minds at rest, that there are some well proven and documented solutions for making measurements in these high frequency bands.