The science of microwave measurements is expanding in many different directions. There is a constant push to use higher frequencies. Signals are becoming much more complex and include modulation effects, multiport/differential signals, complex waveforms, and other unusual signal schemes. On-wafer measurements are in greater demand. These new requirements are dictated by the needs of the telecommunication, computing, defense, and general electronics communities. Our work looks at the fundamental metrology problems for thermal noise, scattering-parameter, power, and waveform measurements. We provide a large range of state-of-the-art microwave measurements, theoretical developments, techniques, and standards for customers. We cover from 100 kilohertz to above 110 gigahertz through many different microwave connector sizes.
Our customers for the measurement services come from a broad cut of the electronics industry. These customers generally use our measurements to support their internal calibration processes. This includes establishing their traceability chain, support for accreditation, calibration standards, and verification of their systems. The end uses may be anything from satellite systems to weapon or other military systems, computer chips, cell phones, or microwave ovens. One recent example is a calibration for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to support its microwave oven standards. We are transforming our services to better meet the needs of our customers. We are developing a strategy for moving the measurement services into the future and are developing improved methods for delivering our services. The main cornerstone of this approach is a strong research and development program in these areas. The measurement services are a natural outcome of our focus on the research of the fundamental metrology that underlies the measurement capabilities.