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IMS2020 Highlights

I attended the virtual IMS2020 event this week and wanted to highlight some of the significant product announcements I saw in the news plus review the 5G Summit and closing ceremony.

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ROG 10 Years

Ten Years of Blogging on Microwave Journal’s Website

10 Years of the ROG Blog and It May Just Be the Start

Ten years ago, when we started the ROG Blog with the help of Microwave Journal’s dedicated editorial staff, it might have seemed impossible to keep a regularly scheduled blog on circuit materials going for even a few years, let alone for 10, without undue repetition. But the continued interest in the ROG Blog from our readers—thank you, folks—and the ever-improving quality of the circuit materials that we are writing about has “fueled the fire” and given us much to write about.

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Protect Your Brand's Reputation

In the past, brand safety has not been a big concern for most companies. Recently though, the major digital platforms have allowed posting of hate speech and false statements (especially relating to political posts) and have disseminated content globally without any review or monitoring of the content. While Twitter was relatively quick to label some of the political statements as possibly false, Facebook refused to take any action for months. As a result, in July more than 1000 companies boycotted Facebook, including the likes of Verizon, Starbucks, Coke-a-Cola, North Face, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, Unilever, Levi Strauss and Ben & Jerry’s.

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Yole RFFE Mkt

TF-SAW vs. BAW: RF Companies Taking Different Strategies

Extracted from System Plus Consulting and Yole Développement Reports

“Qualcomm and Murata are today leading the RF filters market,” asserts Stéphane Elisabeth, Technology & Cost Analyst from System Plus Consulting. “In the smartphone industry, within the filter market segment, the two companies are today facing off, and competition is fierce.” Read this analysis of the RF Front End filter market evolution.

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Rel 16 Qualcomm

Propelling 5G forward: A closer look at 3GPP Release 16

Lorenzo Casaccia, Vice President, Technical Standards, Qualcomm Europe, Inc.

Just last week, 3GPP completed 5G NR Release 16 — the second 5G standard that will greatly expand the reach of 5G to new services, spectrum, and deployments. This is a major milestone for the entire mobile and broader vertical ecosystem, as this new set of 5G specifications unlocks many new 5G opportunities beyond the traditional mobile broadband services.

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Make Practical Use of GCPW at mmWaves

Successful application of GCPW technology involves understanding how the performance levels from fabricated PCBs can differ from the near-ideal performance levels predicted for GCPW circuit designs by commercial computer-aided engineering (CAE) software tools. A few factors can lead to differences between what the software predicts and what is achieved by a GCPW circuit, especially for mmWave circuit designs at high volumes.

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Extending Stripline PCBs to Millimeter-Wave Frequencies

Designing and fabricating a printed circuit board (PCB) at millimeter-wave frequencies starts with the circuit material, although the choice of transmission-line technology can play quite a part in how much performance can be delivered at those high frequencies. Learn about extending stripline PCBs to mmWave frequencies

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Yole RF Front end

Yole Sizes Up RF Front-end Market Leaders

This is a summary taken from the recent release by System Plus Consulting’s partner, Yole Développement (Yole). Yole projects an 8% CAGR between 2018 and 2025 for the RF front-end market. At US$15 billion in 2018, the industry is projected to reach US$25.8 billion by 2025, according to Yole.

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