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SATELLITE 2017 Reflects Healthy, Optimistic Industry

The SATELLITE 2017 conference, held March 6-9 in Washington, reflected the optimism of an industry chasing the promises of broadband and the IoT, fueled by the investments of wealthy entrepreneurs. To wit, Jeff Bezos, who became rich on the success of Amazon, is parlaying that success into his reusable rocket venture Blue Origin and a vision of renewed space exploration. Microwave Journal attended SATELLITE 2017 to see what role the RF/microwave industry is playing.


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NI Demonstrates First Real-Time OTA Prototype for Verizon 5G at 28 GHz

Prototype achieves 5 Gbit/s peak data rates, scalable to over 20 Gbit/s

Today, at the IEEE Wireless Communications and Networking Conference (WCNC) in San Francisco, National Instruments (NI) publicly demonstrated a real-time, over-the-air prototype aligned with the Verizon 5G specification. The 28 GHz system uses OFDM with eight component carriers in a 2x2 downlink MU-MIMO configuration, with hybrid beamforming and a self-contained subframe, yielding a 5 Gbps peak throughput that is scalable to over 20 Gbps with eight MIMO streams.


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4G and 5G are changing the RF front-end industry landscape: what are the next steps?

 “The RF front end modules and components market for cellphones is highly dynamic”, asserts Claire Troadec, Activity Leader, RF Devices & Technologies at Yole Développement (Yole). And she adds:” From being worth US$10.1billion last year, it is expected to reach U$22.7 billion in 2022.” Such high growth is definitely something that players in other semiconductor markets would envy: a market that will more than double in six years! However, the growth is not evenly distributed… 


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Frequency Matters, March 13, 2017

Special guest appearance, Peter Gammel, CTO at Skyworks

Microwave Journal Editors, Pat Hindle and Gary Lerude, review the March Test and Measurement issue articles on new testing techniques and products plus the latest news and events. A special guest interview is previewed with Skyworks CTO, Peter Gammel, about 5G and IoT.


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Changing Temperature Can Change Circuit Performance

Circuit materials are evaluated by a number of different parameters, including dielectric constant (Dk) and dissipation factor (Df). Those two parameters also have temperature-based variants that provide insight into the expected behavior of a circuit material with changes in temperature, notably the thermal coefficient of dielectric constant (TCDk) and the thermal coefficient of dissipation factor (TCDf).


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Analog Devices Completes Acquisition of Linear Technology

Analog Devices, Inc. announced the completion of its acquisition of Linear Technology Corporation. The combination creates a premier analog technology company with a comprehensive suite of high performance analog offerings and integrated engineering, manufacturing, sales and support that will accelerate innovation and revenue growth.


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