Gary Lerude, MWJ Technical Editor
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Gary Lerude

Gary Lerude is the Technical Editor of Microwave Journal. Previously, he spent his career as a “midwife” aiding the growth of the compound semiconductor industry, from device to application, from defense to commercial. He spent 19 years at Texas Instruments, 11 years at MACOM and six years with TriQuint. Gary holds a bachelor’s in EE, a master’s in systems engineering and an engineers degree (ABD) in EE.

MACOM Updates GaN Strategy

During MACOM’s earnings call yesterday, CEO Steve Daly reiterated MACOM’s commitment to GaN on Si technology, particularly for high volume, price sensitive, massive MIMO power amplifiers. He also said MACOM will design products with GaN on SiC, for higher power, higher frequency, military and satellite applications.


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Field Measurements Confirm 5G Is Working

Signals Research Group, a consulting firm focused on the wireless industry, has been in the field testing the actual performance of 5G, measuring networks in Korea, Switzerland, the U.K. and the U.S., operating at 3.5 and 28 GHz. The company released a report of its findings this week, confirming that 5G is working.


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FCC Releases Draft Rules for CBRS Auction

Addressing the need for mid-band spectrum for 5G, the FCC released proposed rules for auctioning licenses in the Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band, scheduled to begin on June 25, 2020. The FCC will officially act on the proposed rules at its next public meeting, on September 26.


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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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Verizon Plans Dynamic Spectrum Sharing for Sub-6 GHz 5G

During this week’s earnings call, Verizon CEO Hans Vestberg talked about Verizon’s sub-6 GHz spectrum plans, saying Verizon will use dynamic spectrum sharing (DSS) to host 5G and 4G on the same spectrum, eventually transitioning to 5G. This week, Verizon also announced its mobile, mmWave 5G service is available in parts of Atlanta, Detroit, Indianapolis and Washington DC.


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