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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.

Autonomous Sensors Make the Future of IoT Possible

I attended the annual COMSOL conference recently and it made me appreciate that there are many important physical aspects to simulate other than just RF electromagnetic fields. The environment and thermal effects can be significant, and that needs to be considered in many designs.


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RF Energy for Everyone

For the last year I have been following the RF Energy Alliance (RFEA) that is dedicated to presenting solid-state RF energy’s potential as a clean, highly efficient and controllable heat and power source. They envision a fast-growing, innovative marketplace built around this sustainable technology, contributing to quality of life across many applications. 


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“Simulation for Everyone”

 I just visited Comsol’s annual COMSOL Conference 2015 Boston where Simulation for EveryoneTM is their trademarked expression. The pre-release of COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.2 was the focus as it fosters collaboration within organizations by providing simulation specialists the tools to share their simulation work from design and development, to production and testing. 


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Commercial AESA Core Chips Hit the Market

Highly integrated core chips are now being designed for broader use as AESA radar systems proliferate and commercial radar, satellite and communication systems look to utilize this technology. One big potential for AESAs is 5G cellular systems that are projected to utilize this architecture to steer individual beams of RF energy more efficiently and reduce interference. Peregrine and Anokiwave are now offering core chip designs. 


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RF Power Shakeout

 ABI Research just released numbers for the RF power market from 2014 showing that RF Power Semiconductors for Wireless Infrastructure “blew off the charts in 2014”. China and the Asia-Pacific region in general continued to be the main drivers for the RF Power Semiconductor devices that were sold into the mobile wireless infrastructure segment. 


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Innovating the IIoT - NIWeek2015

 NIWeek2015 was another exciting event with some of the best keynote talks you will hear anywhere. I was able to live broadcast some video snippets from the keynotes using the app Periscope (see my Twitter feed for links to them - @pathindle). Some of the biggest hits were the Berlin heart, autonomous sod excavator and augment reality, real-time instrumented bicycle.  


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Vive la France

A summary of upcoming editorial coverage and related events for August through October including the EuMW in August, Satellite and Radio Communications issue and Military Microwaves supplement in September and Passive and Control Components in October.


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New Business Opportunities Taking Shape

 The Obama administration has opened up relations with Cuba and Iran to some degree - do these actions have any significant business opportunities for RF and microwave companies? Cuba is a very underserved with wireless infrastructure so perhaps a large rollout could produce significant additional business for components although it is not a large country. 


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The RF Semiconductor Industry in Turmoil

 Most people are aware of drastic consolidation in the semiconductor industry especially in the RF sector. In just over a years time, MACOM acquired Nitronex, TriQuint and RFMD merged, Murata bought Peregrine, NXP acquired Freescale - but is selling off the NXP RF power business to Jianguang Asset Management (China), Infineon acquired International Rectifier, Cree is spinning off their RF power business, Avago is acquiring Broadcom, Intel is buying Altera and the list goes on. This level of consolidation and confusion seems unprecedented in our industry. What is causing all of this uproar? 


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Kickstarting the Wearable Market

I recently read this blog written by Patrick Connolly, Principal Analyst at ABI Research, and thought it would be interesting to others as IMS2015 highlights Wearables as a main theme this year:

 It’s funny, there is so much hype around wearables, yet few I speak to are fully convinced about converged devices- there is a real emperor’s new clothes feel about this market that is leaving many reluctant to truly back it unless the emperor (in this case Apple) says it’s okay-to paraphrase a semi-famous neighbour, “the rich buy dearest cause they need to be sure”. 


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