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Patrick Hindle

Patrick Hindle

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Top Articles on Microwave Journal for 2011

December 20, 2011
Here are the top 10 most viewed articles this year on the Microwave Journal web site: The Current State of Technology and Future Trends in Wireless Communications and Applications Cognitive Radar: The Next Radar Wave? RFID: The Next Generation Auto-ID Technology A Compact, Omni-directional, Circularly Polarized Microstrip Antenna Making Thermal Resistance Measurements without Test Diodes or Thermal Stages An Analog Approach to Power Amplifier Predistortion Trends in Defence Electronics: Technological Convergence in Radar and EW Xinger®-III Doherty Combiner Offers Advantages Over a PCB Combiner Two-arm Archimedean Spiral Helical Antenna with Wraparound Absorber Modern RFID Readers Half of these articles...
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Summary of Dec Cell Phone Mkt Shares

December 19, 2011
This market insight report compares Q3 shelfshare trends in smartphone and non-smartphone markets across the world. The analysis was carried out using SpecTRAX, from Strategy Analytics which covers 13,000 handset models from 140 network operators in 31 countries. This month’s shelfshare report uses data from Q3 2011 to reveal: - Smartphones accounted for 49% of global shelfshare with non-smartphones accounting for 46% of operator shelfshare. - Smartphone presence in operator portfolios has doubled in three years and now the market is dominated by big brands. Mobile phone portfolios are being filled up with smartphones, tablets and USB dongles at...
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Do-It-Yourself M2M in Your Home

December 14, 2011
A couple of guys from MIT have started Supermechanical and developed a WiFi module that can connect sensors to the Internet. According to their project listing on the KickStarter website, "Twine is the simplest possible way to get the objects in your life texting, tweeting or emailing. A durable 2.5" square provides WiFi connectivity, internal and external sensors, and two AAA batteries that keep it running for months. A simple web app allows to you quickly set up your Twine with human-friendly rules — no programming needed. And if you're more adventurous, you can connect your own sensors and use...
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95% of Handsets Announced in Sept 2011 Have Bluetooth

November 22, 2011
In Strategy Analyitcs' monthly report on handset for data from September 2011: 95% of handsets that entered the market featured Bluetooth, setting a new record for any one month - in Q3 2011 as a whole 89% featured Bluetooth, 18 of which featured version 3 57% of handsets announced had on-board GPS – setting another record for a single month 12 models had 8 MP cameras as the upward trend in resolution continues Processor speeds increased with 23 models having 1 GHz or greater processors and dual core processors featuring on 7 models According to Strategy Analytics, handsets are...
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Wireless Connectivity ICs to Surpass $8 Billion in 2011

November 17, 2011
ABI Research recently reported that the total market for standards-based wireless connectivity ICs is expected to exceed 3.5 billion units per annum in 2011. “Broadcom leads the market with Qualcomm, CSR, and Texas Instruments all snapping at its heels,” says Peter Cooney, practice director, semiconductors. The market will total more than $11 billion per annum by 2014. Wireless connectivity technologies are well-established in many electronic device markets. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS are becoming ubiquitous in certain devices, such as smartphones, with attach rates approaching 100% in some cases. Rapid growth is forecast for newer technologies such as NFC and...
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Industry's First SMT GaN Module for CATV

November 16, 2011
I don't normally point out specific products but I like to highlight new technology or products first to the market. RFMD has introduced the industry’s first surface mount GaN power doubler module aimed at CATV networks. It uses a combination of GaN HEMT and GaAs pHEMT technologies and provides high output capability from 45-1003 MHz with excellent distortion performance. Performance 45 to 1003 MHz GaAs/GaN Power Doubler Module 61dBmV Rated Power High Current Mode: 450mA at 24V DC Low Current Mode: 350mA at 24V DC Min. Gain: 22.5dB at 1GHz Saves ≈ 50% PCBA Area versus SOT115J (with external...
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Military Month

November 15, 2011
I call the end of Oct through the beginning of Nov Military Month as we typically attend EuMW, MILCOM and AOC during this period along with our publication of the Oct Government/Military issue . At EuMW 2011, Microwave Journal coordinated a full day Defence/Security Forum in Manchester. The morning sessions concentrated on Security technologies such as through the wall radar, IED detection, etc. Strategy Analytics put on a lunch and learn session covering Defense Budgets and Trends followed by afternoon sessions covering the challenges of next generation radar and testing. It concluded with an executive forum with speakers from Defense...
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MILCOM 2011 Preview

November 7, 2011
As MILCOM 2011 celebrates the 30th anniversary of their premier international conference for military communications, Microwave Journal will be on site visiting with the RF and microwave companies that are exhibiting in Baltimore this week. MILCOM gathers the leading minds of government, military, industry and academia in an interactive forum to further explore, define and leverage the benefits networks bring to today’s and tomorrow’s challenges. We will see how solutions are being developed for increasing capacity, enabling mobile comms and low cost, secure comms for every soldier. Last year we saw smartphones being quickly adapted to operate as rugged, secure...
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Nokia/Samsung Lead Handset Market - ZTE/LG Fight for 3rd

October 28, 2011
ABI reports that 3Q-2011 smartphone shipments grew 33% year-on-year to reach 28.8% shipment penetration of total handsets (381 M) shipped. Mediocre smartphone shipments from Apple, RIM and Nokia have stopped the hyper growth of the smartphone market according to Mike Morgan, Senior Analyst at ABI Research. Manufacturers are either getting rid of feature phones or re-inventing them for the emerging markets. Nokia achieved a remarkable turn-around through tactical pricing cuts that bounced its market share back up 24.6% to 28% in 2Q-2011. While it cleared out Nokia’s excess inventory and distribution channels, it also resulted in its average selling price...
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RF Module Winners in iPhone 4S

October 15, 2011
There are already teardowns of the iPhone 4S online, so let's look at the winners in the RF frontend section. Skyworks, TriQuint and Avago all have RF modules in the handset. All of the companies stock prices were up on the news last week. Below is a breakdown of the modules with a picture of the board containing the RF section. Qualcomm RTR8605 Multi-band/mode RF Transceiver. Chipworks has provided a die photo (orange) Skyworks 77464-20 Load-Insensitive Power Amplifier (LIPA®) module developed for WCDMA applications (yellow) Avago ACPM-7181 Power Amplifier (green) TriQuint TQM9M9030 SAW filter (blue) TriQuint TQM66052 (possibly a PA-Duplexer...
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