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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.

Filling the Gap to Create New Products and Companies

I had an interesting visit at the office this week from Matt Apanius, Director of the SMART Commercialization Center for Microsystems on the campus of Lorain County Community College in Ohio (thanks to Joel Goldstein for bringing him by). The facility is a unique multi-user, shared resource facility focused on commercializing sensor products by MEMS.
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It Going to be a HOT Microwave August

NI Week and EMC 2012
NIWeek kicks off the beginning of August unveiling their secret new product for the test and measurement industry with EMC 2012 in Pittsburgh overlapping the same time frame. Here is a quick preview of the events.
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IMS2012 Impressions - GaN, GaN and more GaN

I thought that last year’s IMS2011 was the year of GaN, but I was definitely wrong.  This year there was even more emphasis on GaN including several companies adding GaN products to their portfolio, most notably Freescale (which has traditional been the biggest proponent of LDMOS).  Another notable trend was better modeling and testing capabilities in addition to tunable technologies which finally seem to be good enough to be designed into major applications.  Examples include Peregrine’s tunable capacitors and WiSpry’s tunable MEMS devices.
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It’s Crunch Time - Getting Ready for IMS 2012

The next 2 weeks are crunch time for those attending IMS 2012 in Montreal.  Exhibitors are getting their last minute booth posters and displays ready that did not make their ground shipment and presenters are finishing up their presentations.  Microwave Journal mailed out the May IMS Show issue in mid-May so that everyone would have time to read the stories, articles and show information.
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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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