Microwave Journal

Last Week's News

Items that caught my eye

December 22, 2014

In case you missed them, these news items caught my eye last week:

Business Moves

MACOM completes the acquisition of BinOptics for $230M (all-cash), deepening its commitment to optical networking.

New Products

ANADIGICS introduces a power amplifier for 802.11ac Wave 2, the third in their 5 GHz Wi-Fi line. The AWL5911 achieves 1.8% EVM at 22 dBm output.

NXP releases an LDMOS power transistor for 3.5 GHz: 15 W average power, 37.5% drain efficiency and 13 dB gain. They are not ceding the 3.5 GHz band to GaN.

NXP also announces an LDMOS PA covering 2500 to 2700 MHz, with 56 W average power, 43% drain efficiency and 14.5 dB gain.

Sumitomo Electric begins sampling an integrated transmit-receive RF module with pre-distortion for 2.6 GHz TD-LTE small cells.

Custom MMIC adds a second GaN LNA to their portfolio. The CMD219 covers 4 to 8 GHz with 1.1 dB NF, 23 dB gain and 18 dBm output at 1dB compression. The device can survive 5 W at the input.

Peregrine announces a rad-hard integer-N PLL for space missions. The UltraCMOS sapphire process meets 100 krad total ionizing dose (TID).

Raytheon validates GaN for space applications, successfully testing single event burn-out and TID.

Our Wireless World

Orange and Ericsson complete the first LTE-Advanced FDD trial at 3.5 GHz. The key take-away: the 3.5 GHz band can use the existing macro grid.

The Wall Street Journal updates Internet access from the sky, via satellite, balloon, and drones.

Despite the negative press about Uber, some parents are using the service as the family chauffeur. WSJ article

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