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Articles by Dan Massé, Associate Technical Editor

Peregrine and IBM Partner on SOS Roadmap

Peregrine Semiconductor and IBM have teamed up to develop and manufacture future generations of Peregrine's patented UltraCMOS™ silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) process technology. When fully qualified, the next-generation UltraCMOS RF ICs will be manufactured by IBM for Peregrine in the jointly-developed 180-nanometer RF CMOS process at IBM's 200 mm semiconductor manufacturing...
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GaN Power Management Chip Market Set for Boom

Thanks to rapid growth in the high-end server, notebook, mobile handset and wired communication segments, the GaN power management semiconductor market is expected to reach $183.6 M in revenue by 2013, up from virtually nil in 2010, according to iSuppli Corp. GaN is an emerging process technology for power...
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The Road to 4G is Not a One-way Street

According to In-Stat, the cellular industry has been a battle ground between different communication technology standards driven by regional and industry politics, and Super 3G/4G appears no different. However, the industry appears to be narrowing down to just three standards: LTE, WiMAX and XGP. Despite the differences in the...
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Assessing a Company's Worth

A recent Price Waterhouse Cooper report claims most merger and acquisitions (M&A) will come from the middle market and smaller firms. Late 2009 already saw some notable M&A activity in the microwave industry. In November, Channel Microwave was acquired by Smiths Group plc (now operating as an independent division...
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Airborne Early Warning and Control Capabilities Expanding Via Electronics

The combination of radar, sensor, onboard processing and communications electronics provides critical “see all”, “know all” capabilities in Airborne Early Warning and Control (AEW&C) platforms that offers a fundamental building block of a national defense or combat strategy. The Strategy Analytics Advanced Defense Systems (ADS) service predicts that improving...
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SRC Secures $8.1 M for Foliage Penetration Radar

SRC, formerly Syracuse Research Corp., announced that it has secured $8.1 M in funding for its Foliage Penetration Reconnaissance, Surveillance, Tracking and Engagement Radar, also known as FORESTER. The revolutionary airborne radar system penetrates through foliage to track people and vehicles on the ground. The funding for the FORESTER...
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Raytheon Wins Contract to Develop Next-generation GPS Control Segment

The US Air Force has selected Raytheon Co. for an initial contract of $886 M to develop a new element of the Global Positioning System to improve the accuracy of information from GPS satellites. The contract represents the first two development blocks of the advanced control segment (OCX), which...
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Harris Awarded Contract for Communications Backbone of Army Battle Command System

High band networking radios from Harris Corp. will form the communications backbone of the US Army’s new Integrated Air and Missile Defense Battle Command System (IBCS). As a member of Northrop Grumman’s IBCS team, Harris will supply its radios to carry critical battle-command information, and will provide system and...
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Automotive Bluetooth Strategy Key to Infotainment Success

Strategy Analytics forecasts global automotive Bluetooth to grow from 7.6 M units in 2008 to 54.7 M units in 2016, representing a CAGR of 28 percent over the forecast period. The Strategy Analytics Automotive Multimedia and Communications Service (AMCS) report, “Automotive Bluetooth: Profile Strategy Key to Infotainment Success,” details...
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Wireless Infrastructure: 2009 Not as Bad as Feared

There is no doubt that 2009 was a bad financial year, and there were fears at its beginning that the wireless infrastructure market would see a severe downturn. Estimates for contraction ranged as high as 10 to 12 percent. However, in a just-released study, ABI Research finds that the...
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