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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.

Weekly Report

What caught my eye last week.

January 12, 2015

A potpourri of items I saw last week:

Keysight released ADS 2015, adding silicon RFIC interoperability through Cadence Virtuoso and GoldenGate integration.

MACOM introduced a portfolio of passive CATV components that meet DOCSIS 3.1 specs.

Skyworks is ramping LTE front-end modules for emerging markets.

GigOptix estimated Q4 revenue will be $9 million, which is up slightly from their prior guidance. Full-year revenue is expected to be $33 million, 14% above 2013.

Ericsson will deploy licensed assisted access (LAA) in small cells late this year, allowing smartphones to tap into Wi-Fi networks to boost data rates. Watch this video explaining LAA.

ZTE has a new logo and strategy. Doug Young writes a good summary on his blog.

AT&T plans to be the first U.S. carrier supporting Web Real-Time Communications (RTC), which enables Skype-like video and voice connections with just a web browser.

During a keynote speech at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler hinted at the agency's likely approach to net neutrality: Title II "right."

The Internet of Things (IoT) was a major focus at this year's CES. Read about a few of the coming consumer products.

Facing competition in smartphones, Samsung looks to the IoT for growth: appliances, wearables, automotive.

O3b launched four satellites, bringing their constellation to eight, with 100 Gbps capacity now in orbit to serve "disadvantaged" regions. Watch the launch.

"Whats worse than uncertainty is being uncertain about how uncertain one is." Donald Rumsfeld? No, DARPA. They are launching a program that seeks to narrow uncertainty for the development of complex military systems.

Last month Northrop Grumman delivered the first SABR phased-array radar (APG-83) for the F-16 Radar Modernization program. Nice to see another milestone for a system concept that fueled the development of GaAs MMIC technology.

Big changes are coming to the aerospace and defense market. "We don't know where things are going but...we're already on our way to somewhere new."

And finally, a cartoon that reflects my experience developing technology and products. How about yours? Thanks to Alex Elliott and Robin Li for sharing.

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