Solid-state RF energy: the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead
An ever-increasing performance/price ratio coupled with unprecedented, precise RF signal control expands the practical use cases for solid-state RF technology to include heating and power delivery scenarios. As a result, the technology is making inroads into application fields that were previously considered impossible for tube-based technologies (e.g., automotive ignition, medical imaging and cancer treatment), or into those high-barrier markets (e.g., industrial and consumer microwave furnaces) due to the dominant use of cost-effective magnetrons. The new markets present ultra-high volume opportunities for businesses operating directly and peripherally in the RF technology industry. This talk gives insights into the various RF energy application markets. It also assesses the technological readiness and economics for solid-state technology for some of the major application fields.