RF through plastics: what did we learn so far?
Using polymers or plastics as a flexible guided channel, together with mm-wave signals and silicon chips, was recently proposed as a complementary alternative to optical and copper. Often referred to as polymer microwave fibers (PMF), the mechanical robustness and EMI tolerance are key differentiators for this communication approach. Several demonstrators have been developed both at universities and companies, revealing the strengths and weaknesses of this approach. This keynote will give an in-depth discussion of the topic, cover some of the implementation challenges and will give a good understanding of the benefits and drawback of PMF, and conclude with an outlook of the future of PMF.