Designing Multiconductor RF Backplane Connectors for Embedded Computing


The rapid advances in radio frequency (RF) technology after World War II provided the building blocks for the highly agile radar and high-speed communications systems in use today. Innovations in RF signal processing, integrated electronics, and miniaturization of interconnects have contributed to the evolution of radar from large and cumbersome narrow-bandwidth systems requiring mechanical articulation of the antennae to locate and track targets, to the active electronically scanned array (AESA) radar systems in use today. The AESA radar systems can form multiple beams on a single antenna panel, with the capability to track numerous targets simultaneously, providing a significant advantage to the modern warfighter on land, at sea and in the air. Republished from Microwave Journal (October 2014)