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.

Triple Dose of 5G

 5G has been one of the hottest topics over the last 12 months and was seen in many booths at Mobile World Congress this year. There were live demos in the booths of Keysight, NI, R&S, Anritsu, Cobham/Aeroflex, China Mobile, Ericsson, Nokia, Huawei and others at the event. While this is a hot topic for the test/measurement companies who have to lead the industry development cycle, the semiconductor companies are only just warming up to the topic as they want to see the standards worked out before investing too much in R&D. 

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RF/microwave Industry Consolidation Update

 We extensively covered the RF/microwave industry consolidation in 2014 and many wondered if it would continue into 2015.  Well, the answer is a big “yes” as in just over a month into the year we have seen the acquisition of Mesuro by Focus Microwaves, Miteq by L-3 Narda, TE Connectivity’s Enterprise, Telecom and Wireless businesses by CommScope and Exelis (previously ITT) by Harris. 

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Swami Hindle's 2015 Industry Predictions

It is that time of year, here are my predictions for 2015:

1.  The hot areas for 2015 will be 5G, IoT and UAVs

2.  Consumer wearables will switch from fitness monitoring to health/medical monitoring

 3.  UAVs will be legalized for many commercial applications ahead of FAA schedule as safety issues become the major concern..... 

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IME/EMC 2014 Shines

 The China International Conference & Exhibition on Microwave and Antennas (IME/China) took place October 29 to 31 at the Shanghai Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center. This is a microwave show combined with an EMC show which is the primary focus with the EMC booths up front and the microwave companies in the back.

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Quick Review from Roma - EuMW 2014

 European Microwave Week just wrapped up in Rome last week. It was a busy event with strong attendance this year despite the awkward location of the venue which is far from the city and hotels.  Keysight, R&S and National Instruments were front and center at the exhibition along with a large presence from companies like Anritsu, CST, ANSYS, TriQuint, Macom, Maury and Cascade to name a few.  Selex Finmeccanica also had a large booth to support the show in locally in Italy. The booth traffic was strong by almost all accounts and exhibitors seemed to have good quality leads from the event. 

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It's Show Time

The busiest month of the year for RF/microwave industry trade shows has just started. First up is European Microwave Week (EuMW) taking place Oct 5-10 in Rome. It includes 3 conferences; the European Microwave Conference, European Radar Conference and European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference. This is the largest microwave trade show outside of North America.
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Fall Time Update

pulse decay time or seasonal time of the year

As merger mania has hit the RF industry, we head into the fall season and back to school.   We had a slow end of the summer for webinars and trade shows but Sept kicks off with Autotest and Super Mobility Week plus we have a bunch of webinars coming up on a variety of topics. On the editorial side we have the following upcoming articles and themes.

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RF Merger Mania

Murata to acquire Peregrine

 The RF industry has had an unprecedented number of larger mergers this year.  I believe it is a sign the wireless is maturing and bigger companies with scale are needed to drive down costs to mainstream our technology.  It started early this year when Macom acquired Nitronex and then kicked into high gear in early summer with the mergers of RFMD and TriQuint, Cobham and Aeroflex, and ADI and Hittite. These announcements made big waves in the industry but it was not over.  Now Murata, an $8.4 billion wireless giant, has announced it is acquiring Peregrine. 

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Timing is Everything - NIWeek 2014

Although I have heard a lot about NIWeek in previous years, this was my first time attending the event. It was like a mini-IMS but with a lot of fun displays and demos ranging from robots to UAVs to rockets. The science enabled by NI hardware and software is amazing and this conference attracts a huge community of thousands of engineers and scientists from around the world. Read my review of the event including links to photos and videos.

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