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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.

Thoughts on the RFMD/TriQuint Merger

I certainly thought the biggest RF industry news of the first quarter would be the acquisition of Nitronex by Macom, but that quickly faded as RFMD and TriQuint announced their merger on Monday at Mobile World Congress. The combined company will be about $2 billion in sales and a foundry/component powerhouse in our industry. Here are some thoughts on the merger.
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RF CMOS Ready for Prime Time

Three major players have now released RF CMOS Handset PA Modules

As Mobile World Congress starts this week, one of the biggest trends taking place on the mobile handset side is the release of 4G CMOS PAs that integrate other functions such as envelope tracking and antenna tuning.  While CMOS PAs have been around for a while, most have struggled to meet 4G performance requirements but these new products promise to reduce the costs, reduce RF footprint and improve efficiency even in the highest end phones.

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Metamaterials Realize Many Practical Applications at Fractal Antenna

We found the source of the Romulan’s cloaking device

Metamaterial-based technologies have a come a long way in the past few years and have realized many practical applications. One company leading the charge for the last 20 years is Fractal Antenna Systems of Waltham, MA.  I had the pleasure of visiting Fractal Antenna right before the holidays and was able to learn about the technology and video a couple of demonstrations.

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2014 RF/Microwave Industry Predictions by Swami Hindle

It is that time of the year again when Swami Hindle makes his Microwave Industry Predictions. Last year, some of the hot industry topics included GaN PAs, focus on PA efficiency (envelope tracking, outphasing techniques, etc.), the start of CMOS PA adoption, software defined test instrumentation (and adoption of the PXI platform), tunable device technology for antennas, 4G technologies such as MIMO/carrier aggregation. Here are my predictions for 2014.
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Most Popular Content of 2013

See what items made the list for the most popular content in 2013. Here are the most read articles, news items, videos and downloads for the year on
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MILCOM 2013 Show Wrap Up

Balancing commercial and defense technologies was the theme of Military Communications (MILCOM) Conference 2013 in San Diego, CA Nov 18-20.  Last year MILCOM was blown away by hurricane Sandy and cancelled.  This year it took a hit as the “Classified Sessions” were cancelled due to budget cuts that did not allow the military to travel to the conference.  The show moves back to the east coast to Baltimore next year, so we expect everything will be back to normal and the conference/exhibition will draw a strong attendance again.

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MEMS Oscillators - Is it Time?

For almost 100 years, quartz based oscillators have dominated the precision timing market due to their high stability over temperature, low noise, low current and relatively low cost. While MEMS devices have been around for a while, the traditional electrostatic type of device has several issues that prevent it from being successful in high precision timing. Sand9 has developed a piezoelectric MEMS device that overcomes most of these issues and now is poised to compete with the traditional precision quartz devices.

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Shanghai Highlights

IME/China and EMC/China
IME/China 2013 (China International Conference & Exhibition on Microwave and Antennas) was held October 23-25 in Shanghai at the Everbright Convention & Exhibition Center. IME/China is co-located with EMC/China so the two events complement each other in the same facility and make up one of the largest microwave trade shows in China. Both events have an exhibition and conference consisting of company sessions about their technology and products. Here is a summary of the event.
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EuMW 2013 Features Automotive Technology

With the motto, Meet Experts, Make Friends, the 16th European Microwave Week took place in the Nürnberg Convention Centre, NCC Ost Oct 6-11. The number of delegates, visitors and exhibitors exceeded last year’s numbers with 280 companies exhibiting on the show floor. The conferences included the European Microwave Conference (EuMC), European Microwave Integrated Circuits Conference (EuMIC) and the European Radar Conference (EuRAD) so there was plenty of technical content. Browsing the papers being presented, the popular topics seemed to be related to Terahertz applications, RFID, RF MEMS, GaN amplifiers and wwWave applications.
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Automotive Radar Hits Mass Market

When a car commercial shows a picture of Heinrich Hertz, you know that microwaves have hit the mainstream.  The new Mazda commercial starts by showing a picture of Hertz and proceeds to demonstrate their iActivsense safety system that uses radar and other sensors to prevent collisions.  The scene is done to The Who song Teenage Wasteland.  Hertz, radar and The Who - now that is a commercial!
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