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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.

Kickstarting the Wearable Market

I recently read this blog written by Patrick Connolly, Principal Analyst at ABI Research, and thought it would be interesting to others as IMS2015 highlights Wearables as a main theme this year:

 It’s funny, there is so much hype around wearables, yet few I speak to are fully convinced about converged devices- there is a real emperor’s new clothes feel about this market that is leaving many reluctant to truly back it unless the emperor (in this case Apple) says it’s okay-to paraphrase a semi-famous neighbour, “the rich buy dearest cause they need to be sure”. 

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All about Function Generators

 Function generators are one of the stalwarts of electronics testing equipment. In fact, function generators are used throughout the life cycle of an electronic component – in its development, testing, and repair. Typically, a modern digital function generatorcreates electrical waveforms either in a continuous loop or a single-shot, across a variety of frequencies. It is these frequencies by which manufacturers differentiate the value of the function generator. Nowadays, the available variety of function generators online is very extensive, and usually categorized by frequency, which can range from the lower limit of 0 Hz to the top limit of 20 or even 50 MHz and beyond depending upon the make and model.

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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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