Solid-State RF Energy Technology
Radiofrequency (RF) energy applications use controlled electromagnetic radiation to heat items or to power all kinds of processes. Today, magnetron tubes commonly generate this energy. Tomorrow, it will be generated by an all solid-state semiconductor chain.
Solid-state RF energy offers numerous benefits unavailable via alternate solutions: low-voltage drive, semiconductor-type reliability, smaller form factor and an “all-solid-state electronics” footprint. Perhaps its most compelling attributes are fast frequency-, phase- and power-agility complemented by hyper-precision. Collectively, the technology’s attributes yield an unprecedented process control range, even energy distribution, and fast adaption to changing load conditions.
The applications standing to benefit from solid-state RF energy are equally as vast. They range from professional, physicochemical processes to practical consumer, commercial and industrial devices. In fact, it is already used in medical imaging (MRI) and analysis (NMR), and is in development for microwave oven and automotive spark ignition applications.
By standardizing solid-state RF energy system components, modules and application interfaces, the RF Energy Alliance will: