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Who is leading the RF GaN IP landscape?

Detailed report from Yole Développement and partner Knowmade

According to Yole Développement, the RF GaN industry is showing high growth with a 23% CAGR between 2017 and 2023 driven mostly by telecom and defense applications. By the end of 2017, the total RF GaN market was close to US$380 million and 2023 should reach more than US$1.3 billion with an evolving industrial landscape. 

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Calculator Predicts PCB Performance

The characteristics of circuit materials have a great deal to do with how well a printed circuit board (PCB) performs, especially at RF/microwave frequencies. Circuit material parameters such as dielectric constant (Dk), dissipation factor (Df), even material thickness can affect the way that different transmission lines, such as microstrip, stripline, and coplanar waveguide, perform in high-frequency circuits. Fortunately, there is a simple and pain-free way to predict how different high-frequency transmission lines will behave when fabricated on different circuit materials: the Microwave Impedance (MWI) Calculator software.

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The Blurring Lines of 5G

With the implementation of 4G, many companies took liberties in saying they had 4G networks even though they did not meet the performance specifications of the 3GPP standard just so they could be first to market (or at least an early provider). This is already happening now with 5G.

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A Look Ahead at Articles for the First Quarter of 2019

Commercial 5G service has been formally launched in the US and Korea with the first smartphones expected before June in 2019 in both countries. 5G has certainly happened faster than expected a few years ago and should enable a year with increased activity in the IoT market. The US Defense budget is healthy in response to an increase in sophistication of the Chinese and Russian defense capabilities with solid-state technology and flexible, software driven platforms being emphasized. So we expect 2019 to be an exciting year on the editorial front with many new innovations given solid financial support in these areas and others.

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Measurement Instruments for the Many

Rohde & Schwarz has always been known for high end, very accurate instruments in the high frequency and high speed industry which typically translates into high cost products. Some of these high precision instruments can cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. But did you know that R&S has a portfolio of value class instruments with more than 100 products and 300 accessories? Some new introductions included the R&S®RTB2000 Oscilloscope, the R&S®RTM3000 Oscilloscope, the R&S®RTA4000 Oscilloscope, the R&S®FPC1500 Spectrum Analyzer and the R&S®HMP4040 Power Supply. From their recent release, here is a summary of the new value instrument additions they highlighted.

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Why 5G Wireless Technology Will Place a Greater Demand on Cables

Jean-Jacques Sage, Products and Solutions Manager for Telecom Networks at Nexans

The 5G revolution promises astonishing gigabit-per-second data rates and near-instantaneous connectivity. It is projected to have a mass impact across many industries and change the lives of billions of both consumers and suppliers worldwide. Like every generation of new wireless technology, 5G will dramatically increase the speed and volume of data transfer, but this will have more profound consequences than ever before.

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Ericsson Mobility Report Nov 2018 Summary

Ericsson has just released their Mobility Report Nov 2018 and on a global level, they predict major 5G network deployments from 2020 and by the end of 2024 estimate 1.5 billion 5G subscriptions for enhanced mobile broadband. They think this will account for close to 17 percent of all mobile subscriptions at that time. Since the report is more than 30 pages, I thought I would extra some of the overview and devices specific data important to the RF/microwave community.

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