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.

Weekly Report

For the week ending August 7

August 10, 2015

Companies and Products

Anadigics reported Q2 revenue of $15.8 million, down 14 percent from the prior quarter and 32 percent below the year-ago period. Net cash declined $1.9 million to $11.2 million.

Anadigics revenue and cash

The company's guidance for Q3 is for revenue to drop another 22 percent. The Q2 story is that mobile revenue dropped faster than infrastructure increased, given delays in DOCSIS 3.1 and small-cell adoption. Anadigics is seeking additional capitalization to carry them until the infrastructure markets hit. During the earnings call, CEO Ron Michels was asked what gives him confidence these markets will develop in time. Listen to his response:

Facebook unveiled a high altitude drone designed to provide Internet access to undeveloped regions. Watch this WSJ video.

Fairview Microwave introduced a portfolio of coaxial, low noise amplifiers covering octave bands from 9 KHz to 3 GHz. Noise figures range from 0.5 to 2.6 dB, depending upon the bandwidth and model.

Lockheed Martin will provide the launch services for Jupiter 2 (EchoStar XIX), the next-generation Ka-Band satellite for the HughesNet Internet service. The satellite is scheduled to launch in late 2016.

Iconic Motorola, reduced to a public safety communications business, secured a $1 billion investment from private equity firm Silver Lake to help fund their renewal. Silver Lake also funded Avago.

National Instruments announced a Wireless Test System (WTS) for high volume, multi-standard, multi-port, multi-DUT testing.

Investors are unhappy with Qorvo's guidance for 3.9 percent revenue growth in the September quarter. On Friday (8/7), the stock was down 26% from the close just before the earnings release.

Skyworks has captured the RF content in two D-Link 802.11ac Wave 2 routers.

Sprint dropped to #4 in the U.S. cellular market, reporting 57.7 million connections on June 30. T-Mobile edged past Sprint, with 58.9 million. WSJ article.

Markets and Technology

Marine Commandant General Joseph Dunford declared the first 10-fighter squadron of the F-35 fighter ready for combat. However that belies the challenges facing the $134 million aircraft, some stemming from the initial design decisions. Listen to an informative, albeit sobering, summary on the War College podcast.

Reflecting shifting viewing habits, cord cutting is alarming investors while the cable channels try to regroup. WSJ article.

The first legal briefs have been filed in the suit against the FCC's net neutrality rules.

Pew Research finds that 15 percent of Americans don't use the Internet; 34 percent of those don't find it relevant. Read the Pew summary.

The FCC has identified potential spectrum for 5G: 27.5 to 29.5, 37 to 40.5, 47.2 to 50.2, 50.4 to 52.6, and 59.3 to 71 GHz. Tom Wheeler, chairman, says "We intend to build our 5G policies on the bedrock of flexible use."

The New York Times visits a farm to see how technology is changing the family farm.

SpaceX founder Elon Musk envisions 50,000 earthlings living on Mars by 2050. Crazy? Musk and others are intent on making that happen.

Have you heard of #ilooklikeanengineer, a campaign to spotlight gender issues in tech? Read the genesis.

The ad that prompted the #ilooklikeanengineer campaign.
The ad that prompted the #ilooklikeanengineer campaign.

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