MACOM and STMicroelectronics (ST) are teamed to commercialize MACOM’s RF GaN on Si technology, with ST becoming a second source and adding capacity to MACOM’s GaN fab in Lowell, Massachusetts. A formal agreement between the two companies gives MACOM exclusive rights to use its technology for mobile phone, wireless base station and commercial telecommunications infrastructure applications and ST a license to use the technology for RF power applications, such as solid-state cooking, automotive spark plugs and industrial lighting.
Peregrine Semiconductor, formed in 1990 and acquired by Murata in 2014, has a new name and logo — pSemi™ — and an expanded charter for semiconductor integration. In addition to its historic focus on RF switches and related components for mobile and infrastructure, pSemi’s product portfolio will encompass power management, connected sensors and optical transceivers.
Viasat continues testing the 300 Gbps ViaSat-2 satellite and plans full commercial service to launch in February (2018), despite some antenna spot beams performing differently than during ground testing.
Verizon, Ericsson and Qualcomm Technologies completed a trial of frequency-division duplex (FDD) massive MIMO on Verizon’s network in Irvine, California. The companies said this was the first successful FDD massive MIMO trial with a fully compatible customer device.
The Association of Old Crows (AOC) held the organization’s fifty-fourth convention and symposium in Washington, D.C. the week of November 27, 2017. The event attracted 1,633 attendees, almost a 30 percent increase from 2016, and 107 exhibitors, a 10 percent increase from 2016, with 25 countries represented. Microwave Journal’s Mike Hallman and Gary Lerude toured the exhibition to get a pulse on how the RF/microwave industry is supporting EW system requirements.
Kymeta and Intelsat announced that Kymeta’s KĀLO internet access service is available with broad initial geographic coverage. KĀLO combines Intelsat’s high-throughput satellite network with Kymeta’s flat panel, electronically-steered satellite terminals.