Smart Kitchen – Solid State Cooking with RF from Ampleon

By WPG AmericasFebruary 23, 2017

Solid State Cooking is the new buzzword in the consumer appliance industry that promises to revolutionize cooking by intelligently eliminating the common drawbacks of foods heated in a microwave.

The new oven, which is often referred to as 'concept oven", “heating solutions”, or “magnetron replacement”, utilizes solid state radio frequency (RF) technology to control electromagnetic radiation in order to power a diverse range of cooking processes.

It replaces the usually used magnetron tubes with a more efficient solution, offering even energy distribution, unprecedented control range, and quick adaption to varying load conditions.

Solid State Cooking, incorporating compelling benefits like high-accuracy and superb power-agility, is here to radically transform cooking and take it to the next level.

The Conventional Microwave Experience

The microwave, both on the domestic as well as commercial fronts, while it has dominated the cooking scene, lacks precision abilities in certain areas. Noted for its speedy delivery, the microwave oven's rapid heating can result in overcooked foods, dehydrated parts, or hot and cold spots.  

Moreover, the oven isn't a trusted device to cook raw food, especially meat, and is generally used to heat food leftovers or make a cup of tea or coffee.

The Benefits of Solid State Cooking

The key feature of a 'concept oven' is its use of closed-loop solid-state architecture, capable of controlling and monitoring the produced RF energy.

The oven can uniformly distribute heat from side-to-side as well as in the forward and backward directions to heat food evenly. This is accomplished by directing the phase angle and frequency of the signal, ranging in between 2.4 and 2.5 GHz.

Another unique specialty of solid state cooking is its ‘onboard intelligence’, which enables the oven to understand the needs and make changes according to what the situation demands.

Additionally, the concept oven, powered by a solid state RF transistor, has been estimated to easily have a lifespan of over 10 years.

Microwave Vs. the New Concept Oven

The ability to ‘know’ the conditions and adapt intelligently are key characteristics that distinctly separates the concept oven from a traditional microwave.

Plus, a concept oven can automatically adjust the frequency and power levels and as well monitor the overall cooking process that normal microwave ovens aren't capable of.

The Smart Approach

Solid State Cooking seizes the 'smart' tag for its ability to use the Internet. It is perhaps the newest entrant in the league of smart consumer appliances.

The intelligent oven, integrating the Internet of Things (IoT), can collect, store, learn, and transmit various information about cooking recipes and preferences that render a customized approach to the food it’s cooking.

RF Power specialist Ampleon, a global leader in RF technology, foresees the deployment of solid state cooking in various shapes and sizes.

Simply put, the progressions in advanced RF technologies would lead to smarter kitchens both in the consumer as well as commercial domains.

The RF technology market, according to the latest surveys and studies, showcases optimistic estimates to reach $1.4 billion by 2020.