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Pat Hindle, MWJ Technical 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.

The Nano Radio

March 8, 2009
This is not totally new news but a recent article in Scientific American has called some attention to it as researchers have built the world's tiniest radio out of a carbon nanotube . The tiny nanotube is placed between two electrodes and combines the roles of the major electrical components in a radio, including the tuner and amplifier. It can tune in to a radio signal and play the audio through an external speaker. The nanotube radio works differently than a conventional radio that has an antenna, tuner, amplifier, and demodulator. A single carbon nanotube can tune in to...
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World’s Smallest Bluetooth and Wi-Fi Solution

March 5, 2009
I came across this recently launched product from World Mobile Congress as CSR has worked with Murata and released the CSR 9000 which they claim is the world’s smallest Bluetooth and Wi - Fi solution and supports a long list of connectivity technologies: Bluetooth , Bluetooth low energy, Wi - Fi ( IEEE 802.11 abgn ) and FM receive and transmit. This is achieved by a combination of CSR ’s ‘Smart Integration’ approach to silicon design as well as being as Wafer Level Chip Scale Packaging ( WLCSP ) technology. WLCSP achieves the smallest PCB footprint and is the packaging...
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RFMD, Skyworks and TriQuint Continue to Control GaAs Market

March 2, 2009
Growing up in the GaAs market in the 80's, I like to follow how the market is doing. In its latest GaAs report, Strategy Analytics states that RFMD , Skyworks and TriQuint lead the overall GaAs device market which grew 9% year-on-year in 2008, with early estimates showing that RFMD , Skyworks and TriQuint further consolidated their leadership of the GaAs device industry, accounting for up to 59% of total GaAs industry revenues. Merchant demand for GaAs devices continues to be centered upon MMIC -based products targeted at the wireless sector and this drove GaAs device industry revenues up to...
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2009 GSMA Mobile World Congress: Gauging the Market

February 25, 2009
Our international editor, Richard Mumford, attended Mobile World Congress last week. According to the official figures, the organisers claim more than 47,000 visitors (including delegates, exhibitors, contractors and media) from 189 countries attended the four-day conference and exhibition at the Fira de Barcelona from 16 to 19 February, which compares with 55,000 visitors in 2008. The number of exhibiting companies remained the same at 1,300. The event has a longstanding reputation for being a dynamic showcase for the mobile industry, a hotspot for innovation and a springboard for new technologies, but was that still the case at a time when...
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ZigBee and Now RuBee!

February 23, 2009
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers ( IEEE ) has approved RuBee ®, a long-wavelength, packet-based, magnetic transceiver protocol, as a new international standard designated IEEE 1902.1. RuBee overcomes many of the problems seen with RFID and other wireless asset visibility solutions in harsh environments through its ability to work on steel and in liquids. RuBee tags and antennas are volumetric in harsh environments, not line-of-sight as is typically the case with other wireless technologies (and bar codes). RuBee tags work over a range of 1 to 50 feet depending on antenna configuration, and can be powered by a...
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GSMA Mobile World Congress Serves Up Latest Technology

February 18, 2009
You will get to digest fully what was on the menu at the GSMA Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week in my Wrap-up article that will be posted when the show comes to a close. For now though I can give you a tapas selection of the technology that has been whetting the appetites of the attendees this week. To start, building on the past few years LTE is the key technology being discussed and although opinions vary as to the timescale for deployment it is a focus of activity and investment. The buzz though surrounds 4G TD-...
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Verizon 4G LTE Service Coming Soon!

February 18, 2009
Speed, speed and more speed -that is what I want. Verizon has answered this demand by announcing it will begin testing 4G wireless service using LTE this year and launch it in at least 25 to 30 markets in the U.S. in 2010. This is based on their roll-out of EV-DO, assuming they will get to about the same level in the first year of deploying LTE . Verizon will continue to build out the 4G wireless network and expects to blanket the continental U.S. and Hawaii with the new wireless network by 2015. The new network will use...
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Moblie World Congress 2009 Kicks Off!

February 18, 2009
So what's hot this year at Mobile World Congress. It seems a little subdued because of the projections for handsets to decline by about 10% this year but there is always the next big thing coming down the road in technology. There seems to be a fair amount of green technology - mostly solar powered devices, etc. Android has picked up some support from a few applications providers and RFID /payment technologies are taking hold in handsets. WiMAX was hot last year but this is the year of LTE (even as WiMAX is actually rolling out some implementations). With...
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SA Predicts Rapid WiMAX Growth in Asia

February 13, 2009
Strategy Analytics said the predict that consumer WiMAX subscriptions in the developing countries of Asia will grow from a few thousand now to almost 27 million by 2013. Their research predicts that the strongest growth will come outside the major cities of Asia. Subscriptions in villages and small towns are forecast to grow at almost 300% per year, three times the rate of major cities. Government policies aimed at closing the rural-urban “digital divide” are one reason for this rapid growth, but historic lack of broadband alternatives is at least as strong a factor. “Big cities are the obvious place...
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Bring RF/microwave Back to CTIA

February 13, 2009
CTIA WIRELESS 2009 is the largest and most comprehensive US trade show in the wireless industry so it should be a prime trade show for RF/microwave professionals and companies. But many of the smaller RF/microwave component and test companies have left the show because it became so large, expensive and consumer oriented. However, we should take advantage of this situation and attend/exhibit because most of the large OEMs who are our biggest customers are there along with their customers, the consumers and service providers. What better opportunity than to meet with your customers and their customers at the same...
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