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.
Below are a few key microwave events coming up - our magazines will be distributed at each gathering. Our whole crew (except me) will be at EuMW in Amsterdam as we run the exhibition and cover the show thoroughly. We will be running an all day Defense, Security and Space Forum on Wed. which is free to anyone to join. I will be attending MILCOM in Orlando which is at the same time as EuMW. See you there!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
IDC releases projections for smartphone shipments with strong growth in China, India and Brazil. Read their specific forecasts for these and other countries which were recently released by their Mobile Phone Tracker.