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Articles by Patrick Hindle

Tyco Electronics sells off the last piece of the M/A-COM components group

Tyco Electronics has sold off the last remaining piece of the original M/A-COM components and sub-systems group this week and only retains the land mobile radio group. Autoliv of Sweden has purchased the automotive sensor group for $42 million and a few months ago Cobham announced that they will purchase the military and commercial RF/microwave groups. Once the Cobham purchase is complete, they plan to sell off the commercial group. Tyco Electronics seems satisfied to retain the radio group which has the multi-billion dollar New York state public safety radio network contract and is expected to continue to grow at...
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IMS 2008 Podcast

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Infineon, Triquint Winners in iPhone 3G

Well, it took no time at all for someone to crack open the new iPhone 3G and see what chips are inside. iFixit.com got one in the first major time zone for it to go on sale (New Zealand) and dissected it immediately ( http://live.ifixit.com/images/XiuvbfUecK3GsDUm-large.jpg ). Infineon with 4 chips and Triquint with 3 chips were the clear winners here. Skyworks had one chip, a quad band amplifier module which I think they also had a similar part in the first generation iPhone. Triquint has 3 amplifier modules that include an input filter, linear amplifier, duplexer and coupler. Infineon...
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July Issue - Historical Highlights of Microwaves Nominations

In the July 50th year commemorative issue of Microwave Journal, Randy Rhea writes about "Historical Highlights of Microwaves" reviewing the history of our industry. He asks at the end of the article for people to nominate candidates for important developments and contributors to our industry from the past and present. Please post your comments here with your nominations....
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July Issue - Publisher's Note Feedback

In the July 50th year commemorative issue of Microwave Journal, our publisher Carl Sheffres writes about "Celebrating the Microwave Industry" mentioning many other company milestones this year. If your company or organization was not mentioned and you would like to recognize them, please add a comment post here....
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Final Words on IMS/MTT 2008

I was hoping that the attendance and participation would come back strong after a below average year in 2007 in Hawaii. This year’s show in Atlanta did bounce back with about 9200 total attendees and about 2500 technical session attendees although this was well below the record numbers set a several years ago. The buzz around the symposium this year was a return to Hawaii in 2016. Congratulations to the general chairs, Joy Laskar – 2008 International Microwave Symposium General Chair, Jenshan Lin - 2008 RFIC General Chair, and Nick Ridler – 71st ARFTG Conference Chair and all of...
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Exhibition tidbits

I visited with many companies about their new products and here is a quick sampling from the exhibition floor. Freescale introduced a new 50 V LDMOS product for higher frequency applications (L-band) with 330 W pulsed operation. Triquint was excited about their acquisition of WJ Communications that gives them a broader product portfolio. Anritsu showed off their low cost Microwave Spectrum Analyzer with typical phase noise of -110 dBc/Hz at 1 KHz offset from the 1 GHz carrier. Keithley had a mobile WiMAX solution on display along with their new software. Skyworks was showing off their integrated front end solutions...
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Laser etching

There are several materials processing and services companies at the show. I came across LPKF Laser and Processing who is demonstrating a system for PCB prototyping and production. It precuts the pattern and then goes back and removes the material. The whole process is done in minutes. Pat...
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MTT Attendance

This year's attendance seems pretty good but might end up being down some from previous shows excluding Hawaii. The technical attendance is reported at about 2400 through Wed. and about 9100 for the total attendance. Pat...
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