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Pat Hindle, MWJ Editor

Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations - AOC 2016

This year was the 53rd Annual International Symposium and Convention for the Association of Old Crows (AOC) focusing on Electromagnetic Spectrum Operations and attended by international military leaders, policy makers and experts from the warfare industry. The event took place in Washington DC with the technical sessions covering research findings and increasing awareness of emerging technologies in the areas of electronic support, electronic attack, electronic protection, spectrum awareness and spectrum de-confliction.


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Additive Manufacturing is Taking Off

This year has seen a fast adoption of new additive manufacturing techniques in the electronics industry. These techniques are mostly 3D printing processes but others, such as ultrasonic bonding, have also been adopted. Check out this summary of innovative technologies we have come across this year in the area of 3D printing and additive manufacturing.


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mmWave Propagation Limitations, Think Again

fter the FCC’s historic vote on July 14 establishing rules for microwave and mmWave broadband operations above 6 GHz in the US, much more attention has been paid to the mmWave region. The move effectively quadruples the amount of radio bandwidth that was available before to the mobile industry. Professor Ted Rappaport was the first to show that mmWaves were viable for cellular communications with his urban channel modeling tests done many years ago. Now he has done similar tests in a rural setting showing the viability of line-of-sight and non-line-of-sight transmission of millimeter mmWave communications.


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Richard Mumford, MWJ International Editor

Gary Lerude

Gary Lerude, MWJ Technical Editor

Weekly Report

For the week ending November 25, 2016
A recap of company, product, market and technology news for busy people.
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Weekly Report

For the week ending November 18
A weekly summary of company, product, market and technology news for busy people.
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Weekly Report

For the week ending November 11
A summary of company, product, market and technology news for busy people.
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Janine Sullivan Love, Events Director and Contributing Editor

Profiles in Innovation: Tom Sikina, Raytheon Co.

Innovation is a major focal point at EDI CON USA 2016, which will bring together industry leaders to discuss creative ways to address today’s engineering challenges in RF, microwave, and high-speed digital design. Tom Sikina, principal engineering fellow at Raytheon Co. will be giving the plenary keynote this year, “Innovation in Phased Arrays; Past, Present, and Future” on Tuesday, September 20th. In advance of Tom’s talk, I thought it might be interesting to get to know him better, so I asked him to help kick off our Profiles in Innovation series.


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EDI CON 2016 Opportunities Abound

This year marks the first that we are running two EDI CON conferences: EDI CON China on April 19-21 in Beijing and the new EDI CON USA on September 20-22 in Boston, MA. Both conferences include an exhibition, keynotes, technical conference sessions, workshops, networking, and training opportunities.


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5G and Beyond - National Instruments

5G Outlook from Asia

In October, I traveled to Asia with stops in China and South Korea. While in China, I gave a talk on 5G at the Wireless Communications and Signal Processing conference (WCSP) in beautiful Yangzhou. I met with several researchers at the conference and was also able to travel to Nanjing to meet with professors at Southeast University (SEU). As you can imagine, wireless researchers are focused on mmWave and Massive MIMO.


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5G – New Orleans Style

In early September, I attended the 3GPP RAN #73 plenary meeting in New Orleans. Even though we were in New Orleans, this was no party.  Members submitted 528 documents for review, and over 250 participants from 135 different entities attended with a commitment to evolve our wireless standards to address the growing demands of the market.


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Crank up the AC, 5G is Heating Up

Every summer, the dogs days of August hit Texas where each new day resembles the last - hot, dry and sunny. Don’t get me wrong, I love the sun and the outdoors, but the heat can start to wear on you during the long summer months. For us wireless folks, however, this summer was unlike any other – full of surprises, world records, and teeming with the promise of new mountains to climb.


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Brent Dietz

Brent's Musings

The Bottom 10 IoT Gifts

Looking for gift ideas for the office Yankee Swap? Brent Dietz has done the work for you, compiling a list of high-tech gifts that are sure to be re-gifted.


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Go Small or Go Home!

In a world where success is often equated with being big, small has always been prized in electronics. And there's no better example than the RF front-end of a smartphone, says Qorvo's Brent Dietz.


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GaN On!

Brent Dietz has been counting all the varieties of GaN, some you've heard of and some you probably haven't. They're all vying for a place in the market, which leads Brent to say, "GaN on!"


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Mazzochette

Joe Mazzochette - EasternOptX

Real World Dynamic Radar Testing in the Lab

It’s quite well known that radar and radio systems are increasingly complicated with their continued improving range and resolution. As a result, system performance verification testing is expensive and technically challenging. The three common approaches to radar testing are: range testing, simulation, and channel replication. The strengths and weaknesses of these alternatives are well known, but some detail will help you in determining the best method for a particular application.


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Propagation Pathways

 This is a blog about how to reproduce the propagation path of radars, radios, avionics, and altimeters. What we do at Eastern OptX—through technology and magic—is to reproduce the true path between the transmitted signal and the received signal. We replicate the path of the signal by providing “space” in between the transmitter and receiver. We generate that space.


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Ken Conklin

Ken Conklin

Hall of Famers

Humankind, which includes me, has a primal fascination with those who have achieved excellence, fame or notoriety in their field.


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David Vye, NI/AWR

RF/microwave design software update for IMS2016

Performance of high-frequency electronics is continually advancing to meet increasing global demands for information. And while the cell phone has been around for over 40 years and the smart phone for over a decade, wireless communication systems are still evolving to address new applications and to handle more data throughput in the age of big data. Emerging technologies for future communication networks are hot topics among the talks and special sessions being discussed at this year’s International Microwave Symposium in San Francisco.


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Jaime Leger

Welcome to EDI CON USA!

The first-ever Electronic Design Innovation Conference (EDI CON USA), sponsored by Microwave Journal, is just about here! For those planning to attend the show at the Hynes Convention Center in the heart of Boston, between the technical conference sessions and the exhibition hall you can expect a lot of industry presence and activities to fill your time. Boston Awaits You!


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Make The New Year One To Remember

It is that time of year, at the start of a new year, to take stock of our time: our past, present, and future. Without becoming too philosophical, the break that many individuals and their companies take during the year-end holidays and into the New Year gives most people pause to think about their lives, whether they are goal-oriented or simply trying to figure out where they are in life and in their professions.


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ROG Blog

People Help Turn Those Laminates into Perfect PCBs

Specifying the optimum circuit laminate for an electronic design project is often a case of reviewing the numbers. Once all these numbers have been analyzed and reviewed, the field of PCB material choices narrows until, finally, the optimum circuit material for a project can be selected. But what happens next?


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Circuit Materials Keep Satcom Signals On Track

Space may be the final frontier, but the orbiting satellites that provide this planet’s satellite communications (satcom) outer infrastructure may seem even more inaccessible. In what may be one of the most hostile operating environments for electronic equipment, these satellites contain circuits that absolutely must not fail. The satcom systems in those satellites demand circuit materials capable of maintaining excellent performance and high reliability even under those stressful, in-orbit conditions.


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Appreciating Advances In Circuit Materials – 100 Blogs Later

100th ROG Blog Posting

Predicting the future is never easy. Similarly, knowing which types of circuit materials will be needed for the next decade’s RF/microwave applications can be difficult to predict, but the past can provide invaluable guidance. With this being the 100th installment in this series, the previous six years of ROG Blogs provide a bit of a map for the high-frequency road ahead and what might be needed in terms of electrical and mechanical characteristics for what are expected to be large-volume applications in this industry, including in radar-based automotive electronics systems, Fifth Generation (5G) wireless communications systems, and Internet of Things (IoT) sensors almost everywhere.


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