Solid State Microwaves: What You Need to Know


All the waves in the electromagnetic spectrum serve a unique purpose due to their properties. Visible light helps us see things, while X-Rays can pass through most objects, including the body. Microwaves are used for a wide variety of applications, including radar, communications and the most common in every household for cooking. Microwave energy is absorbed by water, sugar, and fats in our food, causing these molecules to vibrate, ultimately heating our food.

Microwave generation technology has been going through a revolution in recent years. Traditionally, microwave generators use vacuum tube technology which has its own limitations, like shorter life span, noisy microwave signals and uneven heating. While these limitations do not matter for heating food, it can impact the industrial processes where product quality and operation costs affect the bottom line. Process efficiency is one of the important key performance indicators for any company, and hence is the need for stable and reliable microwave generation technology.

With advancements in semiconductor technology like GaN on SiC transistors, Elite RF has developed robust and reliable systems for high-power solid-state microwaves that can produce power up to 100kW. Innovative RF power combining techniques make it possible to design systems at very high-power levels with minimum RF losses (into heat) leading to increased process efficiency. The MTBF (mean time between failures) of Elite RF’s solid-state microwave generators is more than 100,000 hours due to the quality of RF devices and the thermal dissipation techniques incorporated in the system.

Today SSMGs have become a popular alternative to vacuum tube-based systems. One of the biggest advantages of SSMGs is their high reliability. Vacuum tube generators are prone to failure, which can result in costly downtime for industrial processes. SSMGs have no moving parts, which reduces the chances of failure and increases their lifespan.

They require less power to operate, making them more energy-efficient and reducing costs for users. They have a minimum of 10 times more life than their predecessors. SSMGs are also easier to control and integrate into automated systems. With digital control interfaces, operators can easily adjust the frequency, power output, and other parameters in real-time. Software controls in SSMGs are a big leap forward in this technology. This is essential in applications where precision is critical, such as medical and scientific research. 

The use of SSMGs in medical applications is also growing rapidly. They are used in a range of treatments, including cancer therapy, sterilization, and tissue engineering. SSMGs can produce high-frequency waves, which can penetrate deep into the human body without damaging surrounding tissue. This makes them ideal for all types of RF ablation treatments that require targeted energy delivery.

Food processing is another area where SSMGs are becoming increasingly popular. They are used in a range of applications, including baking, drying, and cooking. SSMGs offer precise temperature control, which is critical for maintaining food quality and safety.

SSMGs are also used in laboratories for generating high energy plasma for lab grown diamonds and coating techniques. The high microwave energy Scientists are exploring ways to use microwaves in nuclear fusion research. Some more industrial applications are rubber vulcanization, freeze drying, biowaste disposal, pasteurization, hydrogen production, particle accelerator and more.

In conclusion, the demand for solid-state microwave generators is rising due to its advantages. As technology continues to advance, we can expect to see further improvements in SSMG performance and new applications emerging. Technological developments to further improve the amplification capabilities of MMICs will break the boundaries of what’s possible. Elite RF has know-how and experience to design generators up to 200kW.

Elite RF is a US based RF amplifier manufacturer. Using its years of experience and understanding of how RF energy works, they can design microwave generators at any frequency less than 18GHz and any desired RF power. They work with your engineering team to completely understand your requirements and offer a cost-efficient solution. For more details, contact

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