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As IMS 2014 in Tampa wraps up, the powering the waves theme was very present starting with the kickoff reception party on Monday featuring a water skiing show staring general chair Larry Dunleavy. Larry and his team did an excellent job of running the event and the Tampa Convention center is a nice venue with close proximity to the session rooms and exhibition (not to mention it is right on the water with a great view).
Reviewing the technical sessions and discussions, I noticed much attention was paid to mmWave technologies, Internet of Things (IoT), tunable filters/antennas, high efficiency amplifiers (envelope tracking, DPD, switched mode PAs, etc.) and biomedical devices/sensors. Some companies that I though made a big splash at IMS 2014 were:
There is quite a bit of industry consolidation going on with the large mergers of TriQuint and RFMD plus Aeroflex and Cobham. Avago also recently completed their acquisition of LSI which pushes them about $5 B in revenue. There are also several other recent acquisitions such as Hittite acquiring Keragis and MACOM’s purchase of Nitronex and Mindspeed. Hopefully, this activity is strengthening our industry and growth will continue. Microwave Journal will be putting together a full IMS 2014 wrap up including a photo gallery, video gallery and exhibition summary next week.
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