Pat Hindle, MWJ Editor
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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.

How particle accelerator maths helped me fix my Wi-Fi

Electromagnetic radiation – it might sound like something that you’d be better off avoiding, but electromagnetic waves of various kinds underpin our senses and how we interact with the world – from the light emissions through which your eyes perceive these words, to the microwaves that carry the Wi-Fi signal to your laptop or phone on which you’re reading it.

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Meeting Chiphead

DesignCon 2016 Summary

It was fun meeting Chiphead for the first time at DesignCon 2016. The event covers areas such as PCB design tools, power and signal integrity, jitter and crosstalk, high-speed serial design, test and measurement tools, parallel and memory interface design, ICs, semiconductor components and more. The test/measurement, software and connector companies dominate the exhibition. As the speed of digital electronics has increased, the techniques and methods for digital and RF/microwave design have converged so it was interesting to see the similarities between the two worlds.

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Connecting All Through Communications


This was my first time attending IEEE GLOBECOM that is one of two flagship conferences of the IEEE Communications Society (the other one is IEEE ICC). It drew more than 2300 scientists, researchers and industry experts this year and focused on the hot topics of 5G and IoT. The technical program included oral or poster presentations including about 850 scientific papers, grouped into 12 thematic symposia with more than 15 parallel sessions. In addition to the technical program, IEEE GLOBECOM 2015 featured an industry forum and exhibition program, including industry-focused workshops, tutorials, keynote talks from industrial leaders, panel discussions, small exposition, and business and industrial forums. 

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Autonomous Sensors Make the Future of IoT Possible

I attended the annual COMSOL conference recently and it made me appreciate that there are many important physical aspects to simulate other than just RF electromagnetic fields. The environment and thermal effects can be significant, and that needs to be considered in many designs.

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RF Energy for Everyone

For the last year I have been following the RF Energy Alliance (RFEA) that is dedicated to presenting solid-state RF energy’s potential as a clean, highly efficient and controllable heat and power source. They envision a fast-growing, innovative marketplace built around this sustainable technology, contributing to quality of life across many applications. 

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“Simulation for Everyone”

 I just visited Comsol’s annual COMSOL Conference 2015 Boston where Simulation for EveryoneTM is their trademarked expression. The pre-release of COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.2 was the focus as it fosters collaboration within organizations by providing simulation specialists the tools to share their simulation work from design and development, to production and testing. 

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Commercial AESA Core Chips Hit the Market

Highly integrated core chips are now being designed for broader use as AESA radar systems proliferate and commercial radar, satellite and communication systems look to utilize this technology. One big potential for AESAs is 5G cellular systems that are projected to utilize this architecture to steer individual beams of RF energy more efficiently and reduce interference. Peregrine and Anokiwave are now offering core chip designs. 

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RF Power Shakeout

 ABI Research just released numbers for the RF power market from 2014 showing that RF Power Semiconductors for Wireless Infrastructure “blew off the charts in 2014”. China and the Asia-Pacific region in general continued to be the main drivers for the RF Power Semiconductor devices that were sold into the mobile wireless infrastructure segment. 

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