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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.

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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Summary of Dec Cell Phone Mkt Shares

This market insight report compares Q3 shelfshare trends in smartphone and non-smartphone markets across the world. The analysis was carried out using SpecTRAX, from Strategy Analytics which covers 13,000 handset models from 140 network operators in 31 countries. This month’s shelfshare report uses data from Q3 2011 to reveal: - Smartphones accounted for 49% of global shelfshare with non-smartphones accounting for 46% of operator shelfshare. - Smartphone presence in operator portfolios has doubled in three years and now the market is dominated by big brands. Mobile phone portfolios are being filled up with smartphones, tablets and USB dongles at...
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Do-It-Yourself M2M in Your Home

A couple of guys from MIT have started Supermechanical and developed a WiFi module that can connect sensors to the Internet. According to their project listing on the KickStarter website, "Twine is the simplest possible way to get the objects in your life texting, tweeting or emailing. A durable 2.5" square provides WiFi connectivity, internal and external sensors, and two AAA batteries that keep it running for months. A simple web app allows to you quickly set up your Twine with human-friendly rules — no programming needed. And if you're more adventurous, you can connect your own sensors and use...
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95% of Handsets Announced in Sept 2011 Have Bluetooth

In Strategy Analyitcs' monthly report on handset for data from September 2011: 95% of handsets that entered the market featured Bluetooth, setting a new record for any one month - in Q3 2011 as a whole 89% featured Bluetooth, 18 of which featured version 3 57% of handsets announced had on-board GPS – setting another record for a single month 12 models had 8 MP cameras as the upward trend in resolution continues Processor speeds increased with 23 models having 1 GHz or greater processors and dual core processors featuring on 7 models According to Strategy Analytics, handsets are...
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Wireless Connectivity ICs to Surpass $8 Billion in 2011

ABI Research recently reported that the total market for standards-based wireless connectivity ICs is expected to exceed 3.5 billion units per annum in 2011. “Broadcom leads the market with Qualcomm, CSR, and Texas Instruments all snapping at its heels,” says Peter Cooney, practice director, semiconductors. The market will total more than $11 billion per annum by 2014. Wireless connectivity technologies are well-established in many electronic device markets. Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS are becoming ubiquitous in certain devices, such as smartphones, with attach rates approaching 100% in some cases. Rapid growth is forecast for newer technologies such as NFC and...
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Industry's First SMT GaN Module for CATV

I don't normally point out specific products but I like to highlight new technology or products first to the market. RFMD has introduced the industry’s first surface mount GaN power doubler module aimed at CATV networks. It uses a combination of GaN HEMT and GaAs pHEMT technologies and provides high output capability from 45-1003 MHz with excellent distortion performance. Performance 45 to 1003 MHz GaAs/GaN Power Doubler Module 61dBmV Rated Power High Current Mode: 450mA at 24V DC Low Current Mode: 350mA at 24V DC Min. Gain: 22.5dB at 1GHz Saves ≈ 50% PCBA Area versus SOT115J (with external...
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