Many companies are in the middle of their preparations for IMS2015 and here in Boston, we are finally looking forward to some warmer weather after the ruthless winter kept us buried in snow for weeks! 

We are putting the finishing touches on our Flagship IMS April issue--your comprehensive guide to the Microwave Week in Phoenix! The issue will be distributed in the delegate bags and will also be available at the Microwave Journal Booth #2331. The cover feature chronicles the rise of Motorola in Phoenix, including the history, culture and successful spin-offs that helped shape the high tech industry in the area. It is a very interesting story written by a Motorola/Freescale insider, Leonard Pelletier (aka RF Leonard). The issue will also cover the IMS conferences, exhibition and special sessions as well as technical features about many new developments in the industry.

This year, May turns into our Amplifier and Oscillator issue since IMS is a few weeks early. We have a couple of interesting oscillator articles including a cover story about the latest developments in VCO technology and the key parameters for VCO selection written by Dr. Khanna of NI Components (formerly Phase Matrix).  Another oscillator article talks about precision oscillators for timing applications from the Russian company Morion, and we also have a GaN LNA design by Custom MMIC Corp.

Moving the IMS issue to April enabled us to schedule a new May supplement on Aerospace and Defense technology. Technical Editor Gary Lerude will contribute the cover feature about new updates to the ITAR regulations that took place this year and what impact it will have on manufacturers (both good and bad). This is always a hot topic and although the regulations are more beneficial to some manufacturers, it has some more restrictive requirements for certain classes of high frequency commercial products for applications such as 5G and satellite communications.

June is our Semiconductor issue with a cover story from Dr. Daniel Green of DARPA covering the latest programs that combine multiple semiconductor technologies onto the same chip and improve the performance of current IC technologies. We also have articles on GaN technology focused on Wi-Fi and low cost base station applications.

Many engineers like to catch up on their reading in the summer so don’t forget that June and July are still well read issues of Microwave Journal.  What would a beach party be without us?