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Pat Hindle is responsible for editorial content, article review and special industry reporting for Microwave Journal magazine and its web site in addition to social media and special digital projects. Prior to joining the Journal, Mr. Hindle held various technical and marketing positions throughout New England, including Marketing Communications Manager at M/A-COM (Tyco Electronics), Product/QA Manager at Alpha Industries (Skyworks), Program Manager at Raytheon and Project Manager/Quality Engineer at MIT. Mr. Hindle graduated from Northeastern University - Graduate School of Business Administration and holds a BS degree from Cornell University in Materials Science Engineering.

Fujitsu Single-crystal Diamond Bonding Technology Will Enable Higher Performance GaN

Fujitsu Limited and Fujitsu Laboratories Ltd. announced last week the development of the first method for bonding single-crystal diamond to a SiC substrate at room temperature. Using this technology for heat dissipation in high-power GaN HEMT devices enables stable operation at higher power levels than currently used. Application of this technology is expected to significantly enhance the performance of radars and wireless communications since they can operate at higher powers.


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Cambridge Consultants Innovation Day Delivered

The Cambridge Consultants Innovation Day 2017 addressed how insightful design, smarter products and digital services are transforming business with keynote sessions and seminars given by their experts and customers. The day started off with CEO Eric Wilkinson discussing how Cambridge Consultants (CC) is investing in digital services, virtual reality, artificial intelligence and synthetic biology.


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RF Acoustic Filter Data Released by Yole Developpment

Yole Developpment just reported that between 2017 and 2022, an 8% CAGR is expected for acoustic wave filters. The market is dominated by historical players with a strong international position that has a big barrier to entry. They also reported that acoustic wave filter patenting activity was very high between 2000 and 2006 but since then, it has progressively decreasing reaching a plateau in 2010.


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RF Energy Revolutionizing Cooking

The oven is going under a revolutionary change in the next few years, as RF energy enters the cooking market in the form of new microwave ovens. As the technology is perfected over the next year or two, microwave ovens will be replaced with multiple source solid-state RF ovens which in turn could be introduced into the traditional gas/electric heated ovens most widely used today. It just so happens that this is the 50th anniversary of the first commercial countertop microwave oven sold in 1967--so a good time to celebrate a new innovation, as not much has change with the microwave oven over the last 50 years.


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GLOBALFOUNDRIES Positioned to Support High Growth RF Applications

GLOBALFOUNDRIES had a bunch of announcements last week coinciding with their company meeting. From an RF perspective, they announced the availability of the first RF SOI foundry solution manufactured on 300 mm wafers.  According to the release, GF’s new 8SW technology offers a low cost, low power, highly flexible solution with high performance switching, low-noise amplifiers and logic processing capabilities.


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Enabled by Advanced Semiconductor Technologies - 5G mmWave Systems Have Arrived

A year or two ago, it was thought that the first 5G applications would be sub 6 GHz using technologies such as massive MIMO, high orders of carrier aggregation, heterogeneous networks, etc., to achieve better data rates, latency and capacity. But new semiconductor processes and architectures have rapidly progressed making 5G mmWave technology available today at reasonable costs.


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Giving Back to Our Communities

Microsemi leads by its actions

We don’t talk very much about local community service and high quality company culture as a technical magazine. I was lucky enough to be invited to a Microsemi reception yesterday afternoon where they showed their commitment to the local Lawrence and Lowell community at their manufacturing facility in Lawrence, MA.


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