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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

Items that caught my eye last week

January 26, 2015

These items caught my eye last week:

Skyworks reported Q1 FY15 revenue of $805.5 million, up 12% sequentially and 59% above last year's Q1. They generated $383 million in cash from operations.

MACOM announced a 4 W, 29 to 31 GHz PA, claiming 2x better linearity than the competition (30 dBc IM3 at >27 dBm/tone).

NXP released a Ku-Band DBS down-converter, comprising a pre-amplifier, mixer, buffer amplifier and PLL synthesizer. Current consumption is 70 mA max.

L-3 acquired MITEQ for $41 million, just 68% of MITEQ's expected 2015 revenue of $60 million. L-3 is merging MITEQ with Narda-East and calling the new entity L-3 Narda-Miteq. MITEQ was founded in 1969.

As the U.S. completes the AWS-3 auction, other countries look at bands below 1 GHz. There's just not enough spectrum to meet the demand, according to Caroline Gabriel.

ZTE projects 2014 revenue of 81.2 billion yuan ($13.1 billion), 8% above 2013. Growth came from TD/FDD-LTE equipment and 3/4G handsets. Doug Young analyzes ZTE's financial results on his blog.

Ericsson filed a legal complaint against Apple, after failing to reach a new mobile IP licensing agreement following two years of negotiations.

Huawei's view of 5G: it's more than smartphones. Hat tip to @zahidtg and The 3G4G Blog for the links to the slides and keynote presentation.

Richard Branson announced a plan to launch and operate "the world's largest ever satellite" network for phone and broadband. Another era of broadband satellite networks dawns. Anyone remember Teledesic?

As the Internet of Things (IoT) invades the home, here are more smartphone-connected gadgets that you just might find helpful.

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