What are you doing right now? These onscreen words in front of you are showing up courtesy of advances in radio frequency (RF) technology. If you get a text on your smart phone, you can thank RF technology. If you or someone you love has a pacemaker that transmits information to a physician, it’s because the device operates on RF technology. When you use your garage door opener tonight, you’re using RF technology. Private companies, governments, and militaries rely on RF technology to communicate quickly and efficiently.

RF technology is evolving rapidly, as developers create new and better technology. That’s where GMI Corporation comes in. RF technology relies on precision connectors, casings, and housings that protect the technology and ensure it’s working flawlessly. GMI is dedicated to improving its already precise CNC machining technology to keep up with the growing demands of this essential industry. Let’s look at RF technology and where it’s going – and how GMI can help companies stay competitive in today’s market.

A quick radio frequency primer

RF technology relies on radio frequency waves to transmit information that can be accepted and processed. These waves are generated through an RF signal that has been modulated for voice, data, or video. The waves are then transmitted through space or via cables or optical wires. An antenna catches the waves at the receiving point, and data is extrapolated from the signal. Radio frequency technology is essential to the aforementioned smart phones as well as military applications, satellite communications and even the GPS that gets you to your destination.

The challenges of radio frequency technology

Now more than ever, we are in the age of connection. For instance, your smart watch is sending signals that compete with the movie your kids are watching in the other room. As the amount of RF technology multiplies, the potential for interference can increase as well. This may be a nuisance when the football game becomes pixelated on your television screen. But the surgeon who needs real time information for an intricate procedure can literally be dealing with issues of life and death. That’s one of the many reasons the RF industry is focused on higher bandwidths and lower power consumption that increase the speed and quality of the transmitted information. As designs become more intricate and pieces become smaller, it is imperative that companies like GMI keep up with the demand for smaller, more precise production of RF device technology.

RF technology’s future

Researchers around the world are working to improve upon today’s RF technology and discover innovative and better ways to communicate. We’ll be seeing 6G networks and millimeter-wave (mmWave) spectrum take over as potential outlets for RF technology communications. As the technology improves, we’ll see new applications, like remote surgery or secure critical communications for defense applications. GMI’s engineers and production staff continue to work on improving our precision capabilities to meet the needs of this growing industry. We’ll be ready for the next chapter in RF technology.

If you’re looking for an RF technology production partner, GMI is your go-to specialist. Our customed machined RF connectors and housings can be machined within tolerances of ±0.0002”. At GMI, each project is done individually. If you have a specific need, send us a print and we’ll tell you how we can make it happen. GMI prides itself on a quick turnaround and 99+% on-time delivery.

The future is wireless, and RF technology will continue to connect – and revolutionize – our world. GMI is here to support RF technology with new equipment and trained technicians who understand the importance of precision. If you have an RF product you want to discuss, call us at 317-736-5116 or fill out the form here. When tolerances matter, choose GMI.

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