Summer came in like a lion for the RF/microwave industry and it’s going out with a loud roar. The merger of RFMD and TriQuint and the acquisitions of Hittite Microwave by Analog Devices and Aeroflex by Cobham made for big headlines back in June. The recent announcements of Murata’s purchase of Peregrine Semiconductor and Infineon’s purchase of International Rectifier wrap-up an action-packed season of M&A activity. How all of this will play out remains to be seen.

We’ve had some changes at Microwave Journal over the summer that you may have heard about. Long time editor David Vye has left to join Ansys as business development manager. David did a great job at MWJ, leading the editorial team and helping to launch MWJ China and EDICON China. Our clients know him best as a knowledgeable marketing partner and strategic collaborator who helped them maximize their company’s brands, technologies and products. David will continue to be associated with MWJ as a contributing editor. We wish him well in his new roles.

I’m pleased and excited to make two announcements. First, Pat Hindle will take over the reins of editor, a position he is well qualified for after six years as technical editor and digital media guru. Pat is well versed in RF/microwave technology and has vast experience in product marketing and strategy, as those of you who have worked with him are well aware.

Secondly, Gary Lerude will be joining MWJ this month as our new technical editor. Gary has more than 35 years of experience in our industry as a working design engineer, manager and business development/strategic marketing executive. He has held these roles and more at Texas Instruments, M/A-COM (Now MACOM) and most recently at TriQuint Semiconductor. His love for writing and marketing collaboration drew him to his new role at Microwave Journal and we look forward to welcoming him and introducing him to you.

You can meet all of the editors at European Microwave Week this coming October if your plans bring you to Rome for this annual event. It’s shaping up to be a great show, with a sold out exhibition and quality packed conference. We will also be featuring the “Defence & Security Forum” again this year on Wednesday, October 8th at EuMW with presentations from leading experts in industry, academia, government and research. And it’s in Rome. How cool is that?

I will be in Las Vegas next week for the Super Mobility show (formerly CTIA) along with my Horizon House colleagues who organize the M2M and Backhaul pavilions on the show floor. I will be walking the aisles of the exhibition, but let me know if you’d like to set up a specific meeting time. The following week, Mike Hallman will be at the IEEE AutoTest show in St. Louis.

The September issue of MWJ will be hitting the streets shortly. The October issue is in the works, with an ad space deadline of September 12th. This issue is focused on “Government and Military Electronics” with bonus distribution at the Asia Pacific Microwave Conference (Sendai, Japan). We are closing the September/October issue of MWJ China this week, so there’s still time to book your ad in this issue if you are interested. For more information, check the Ad Bulletin.

If you’re looking for promotional opportunities around European Microwave Week, consider exclusive sponsorship of one of the “Online Show Dailies” that are broadcast to nearly 40,000 readers, including registrants to the event. Your sales representative can provide you with the details.

I hope that everyone had a pleasant summer; it’s hard to believe that it’s coming to an end. We’ve got an action-packed few months ahead, with numerous industry events on the schedule and 2015 planning on the agenda. Let’s hope the M&A activity takes a little vacation.


Carl Sheffres