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Qorvo GaN PA Upgrades U.S. Army's Q-53 Radar

Lockheed Martin has selected a Qorvo S-Band GaN on SiC power amplifier (PA) for the transmitter of the U.S. Army’s AN/TPQ-53 radar. The GaN PA replaces the first-generation GaAs MMIC, delivering more than twice the saturated output power with a 15 point improvement in power-added efficiency.


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Qualcomm Sampling 5G mmWave Antenna Module for FWA CPEs

Qualcomm Technologies has announced an antenna module designed for the customer premise equipment (CPE) used in fixed wireless access (FWA) services, extending its portfolio of mmWave modules for 5G. Compared to Qualcomm’s earlier antenna modules designed for handsets, the QTM527 meets the specification for class 1 equipment, extending the range of the CPE.


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Outlook Dims for Huawei and US Suppliers

The Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) added 46 additional Huawei affiliates to the “entity list” today, meaning exporting products from the U.S. to any of these organizations and individuals requires an export license — with BIS warning the going-in presumption is that any license application will be denied. BIS also extended the temporary license provision by 90 days, allowing companies and consumers using Huawei equipment to find other options.


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Skyworks Releases Front-End Module for WLAN and LAA

For smartphones and tablets, Skyworks Solutions has introduced an integrated front-end module for the 5 GHz Wi-Fi and licensed assisted access (LAA) protocols. The SKY855774-11 integrates a PA with a coupler at the output, an LNA that can be bypassed and a SPDT transmit/receive switch.


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