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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.

High Capacity MM-Wave Coms: A Mid-Year Checkup

Wireless Technology Expert Jonathan Wells reports that at mid-2011 the high capacity wireless market segment continues to grow in strength. All the carriers are now advertising 4G networks and claiming super-fast download speeds. High-capacity gigabit wireless products are being deployed in both the microwave and mm-wave frequency bands to address the backhaul demands of these networks. Over 1 million microwave radios in 2010 Although 2010 saw a drop in overall PTP radio shipments, high capacity solutions remains the shining sector. EJL Wireless reports that of the almost 1.1 million PTP radios shipped last year, 75% of them are in...
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GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service (GaAs) Viewpoint

Strategy Analytics reported that recent financial reports from companies in the microelectronics portion of the compound semiconductor industry indicate continued sharp revenue growth. The Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technologies Service (GaAs) viewpoint, “Compound Semiconductor Industry Review April 2011: Microelectronics,” reports the latest revenue results for leading companies in the microelectronics segment of the compound semiconductor industry, such as RFMD, Skyworks Solutions, Fairchild, Fujitsu, Hittite Microwave, TriQuint Semiconductor, Soitech and WIN Semiconductors. "The strong revenue reports which Strategy Analytics saw in April show continued compound semiconductor market expansion,” noted Eric Higham, Director of the Strategy Analytics GaAs and...
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Interesting Products at IMS2011

After crusing around the inner harbor (aka the exhibition floor) for three days, here is a quick rundown of some interesting products we came across: - Agilent's integrated vector signal generator up to 44 GHz and analog signal generator up to 67 GHz (operational to 70 GHz), and the first microwave analog signal generator to break the 1 W output power barrier. - Anritsu introduced a new broadband VNA system that provides single-sweep coverage from 70 kHz to 110 GHz with operation from 40 kHz to 125 GHz, and utilizes an advanced design that eliminates the need for large, heavy...
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IMS2011 First Impressions

The Baltimore inner harbor area is a beautiful setting for the IMS2011 and certainly convenient for us on the east coast. The sessions are in full swing with some very interesting topics being presented. I see trends in very high efficiency amplifiers with better modeling/measurement techniques, new packaging techniques from LCP to fusion bonded laminates, very wideband active devices to cover multiple frequency bands, highly integrated modules that solve co-existence problems, new signal generators that provide real life signal replication and storage and more. The exhibition is very lively and positive - attendance looks very good this year. The...
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Heading Off to IMS2011 in Baltimore

The "dance card" is full (actually overflowing) and the pre -show coverage, articles, May show issue and Online Show Daily are ready. Our Online Show Daily page will be updated each day (or even more often) with the latest news items and features a real-time Twitter Feed, blog updates, exclusive show articles and chair message plus will have pictures and videos just following the show. The biggest surprise leading up the show for me was all the acquisitions ( Skyworks acquired SiGe and Advanced Analogic Tech plus NI acquired AWR and Phase Matrix). In addition, the abundance of news items...
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Advice for IMS2011?

There's only 12 days left until IMS2011 in Baltimore. I've been looking forward to this event since I was hired as MWJ's staff editor in April. But as the event draws near, I am starting to think about what I need to do to prepare and what my strategy should be for getting the most out of the show. Publisher Car Sheffres has already given me some good advice -- don't buy a new pair of shoes the day before the trip. Carl told me he did just that before his first trade show (in 1988 in NYC) and ended...
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Unmanned US Military Expenditures to Total $64 billion by 2021

Strategy Analytics reports that the success of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in providing real-time information to military commanders has contributed to both mission effectiveness and personnel protection. Despite budgetary pressures, a number of factors will help drive demand. The Strategy Analytics Advanced Defense Systems (ADS) service forecasts that US expenditure for military unmanned aerial platforms is approaching $64 billion, cumulatively, over the 2011 to 2021 timeframe, as described in the report, “US DoD Budget Implications for UAS Electronics Demand.” While the global economic crisis has led to a reexamination of defense budgets, there remains concern for improved battle space...
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JSF Makes First Public Fly Over Appearance

The Joint Strike Fighter, F-35C version, made its first public appearance this past weekend at Andrew's Air Force Base in Maryland. The flyover on Saturday originated from the F-35C's primary test site at Naval Air Station Patuxent River , Maryland . The aircraft, CF-2, flew within its approved flight envelope and was accompanied by an F-18 Hornet flying chase. The F-35C is a 5 th generation strike fighter with stealth capability and has larger wing surfaces and reinforced landing gear for the demanding carrier environment for the Navy. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter program is...
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Anritsu Techtime Tour Visits Boston Area

I attended the Anritsu Techtime Tour this week (co-sponsored by AWR ) since it was in our neighborhood in Chelmsford , MA. The Techtime Tour is a complimentary full-day educational seminar focused on the applications of Vector Network Analyzers ( VNAs ). Presentations included both lecture and live demonstrations presented by industry experts and allowed everyone to ask questions. The topics covered were: VNA Fundamentals Advanced Amplifier Design and Test Including Nonlinear Measurements Advanced Time Domain Techniques Co-Simulation with Real-Time Channel Measurements The session covered everything from the basics to the more advanced subjects in the afternoon so there...
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Stealth Technology is Being Applied Everywhere

We learned last week that Navy SEALs probably used advanced technology on the Sikorsky choppers used in the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. Military aviation experts have been poring over photographs of the debris (photo courtesy of Reuters), particularly the tail section, of the Black Hawk that had a hard landing and was purposely destroyed to protect its technology. Exactly how the Black Hawk helicopters were modified is not completely known, but the photographs of the wreckage offer new clues to the military's cutting-edge methods. Several analysts agreed the aircraft used technology that appeared to stem...
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