RADIO FREQUENCY (RF)
Increasing demand for higher data rates fueled by multimedia applications require communication systems to run at ever-increasing speeds. The bandwidth capabilities of wireline and wireless data communication systems are projected in the data-rate-trend chart shown below. As depicted in Figure 10, millimeter-wave frequency bands in the 120GHz range are enabling a new, potentially- disruptive technology. Using carrier frequencies in the 120GHz band, new wireless transceiver systems allow data rates up to 10Gb/s for short-range wireless data communication. This chart also indicates that wireless links are approaching the data rates traditionally realized with wireline solutions. Advances in wireless-communication data rates are being enabled by advanced nanometer-length CMOS technologies, combined with innovative circuit and radio-architecture implementations.