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Swapping tales [Microwave Bytes]

Cripps, Steve C. ORCID: 2023. Swapping tales [Microwave Bytes]. IEEE Microwave Magazine 24 (10) , pp. 68-72. 10.1109/MMM.2023.3294879

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Now and again one sees, or even invents, something that could be termed a solution without a problem ( SWAP ). Curiously though, sometimes these SWAPs turn out to be not only useful after all but maybe even transformational. This probably applies to several of the familiar accoutrements of daily life in the 21st century: the electric car, the Internet, the personal computer, and more. Closer to the home of microwave technology, I remember the term SWAP being applied to microwave monolithic integrated circuits (MMICs) in their evolving era of the 1980s; it seemed that the amount of gallium arsenide required to implement the passive elements of a functional MMIC would always be much more expensive compared to the existing, ubiquitous chip-and-wire hybrid approach. The rest of the MMIC story, as they say, is indeed history.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Engineering
Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
ISSN: 1527-3342
Last Modified: 23 Oct 2023 15:30

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