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.

RFID Market Will be Worth over $70 Billion Over Next Five Years

Projections from ABI Research
According to ABI Research, the market for RFID transponders, readers, software, and services will generate $70.5 billion from 2012 to the end of 2017. The market was boosted by a growth of $900 million in 2011 and the market is expected to grow 20% YOY per annum. Government, retail, and transportation and logistics have been identified as the most valuable sectors, accounting for 60% of accumulated revenue over the next five years.
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Smartphone Shipments Will Eclipse All Other Types By 2016

Global handset shipments will increase 29% from 1.7 B in 2012 to 2.2 B in 2016 according to ABI Research. The key driver of this growth will come from the smartphone segment, which is forecast to become larger than the ultra-low cost, low-cost, and feature phone segments combined by 2016.
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Satellite 2012 Preview

SATELLITE 2012 is the center of the satellite communications universe according to the show, and it definitely is the biggest event in this industry. Here is a short preview of some of the news and discussions leading up to the show this week.
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Cell Phone Case Actually Protects You and Enhances Radio Signal

Since there are still health concerns about the long-term exposure to cell phone radiation, most consumers try to avoid unnecessary exposure using headsets or other Bluetooth devices (at least when convenient).  Yet we also want a powerful cell phone with maximum signal strength for quality voice and data.  While there are lots of companies offering solutions to protect consumers from cell phone radiation, few have reliable measured data that prove their product works. Here is one that appears to work.
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ABI Projects 89 Million Insurance Telematics Subscribers

The number of global insurance telematics users will grow at a CAGR of 90% from 1.85 million in 2010 to 89 million in 2017 according to ABI Research.  Insurance telematics or usage based insurance (UBI) is not new as Progressive was trialing solutions back in 2002 but there is a renewed interest in this market which is migrating from pay as you drive (PAYD) to pay how you drive (PHYD) based on continuous driver behavior monitoring and analysis.
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Top Articles on Microwave Journal for 2011

Here are the top 10 most viewed articles this year on the Microwave Journal web site: The Current State of Technology and Future Trends in Wireless Communications and Applications Cognitive Radar: The Next Radar Wave? RFID: The Next Generation Auto-ID Technology A Compact, Omni-directional, Circularly Polarized Microstrip Antenna Making Thermal Resistance Measurements without Test Diodes or Thermal Stages An Analog Approach to Power Amplifier Predistortion Trends in Defence Electronics: Technological Convergence in Radar and EW Xinger®-III Doherty Combiner Offers Advantages Over a PCB Combiner Two-arm Archimedean Spiral Helical Antenna with Wraparound Absorber Modern RFID Readers Half of these articles...
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