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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.

Wolfspeed Scrambling to Add GaN RF Capacity to Support 5G Demand

“We anticipate demand exceeding supply for the next few quarters”

Wolfspeed's revenue grew 72 percent year-over-year in Q3, accompanied by improved gross margin. However, 5G demand for the company's GaN transistors has exceeded capacity, and Cree CEO Gregg Lowe says it will take a few quarters to add the needed capacity to catch up.


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Apple Reports Fiscal Q2 Results, Sees iPhone Demand in China Improving

Strong demand for Apple’s services, iPad, wearables and Mac computers wasn’t sufficient to offset weakness in iPhone sales, leading to a net 5 percent year-over-year (Y/Y) decline in revenue in the company’s second fiscal quarter (Q2). However, CEO Tim Cook expressed a positive outlook for iPhone sales in China, the world’s biggest cellular market.


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MACOM: Yin and Yang

Warns investors of earnings miss, intrigues with China JV
Always interesting, MACOM last week warned the company missed the revenue and earnings guidance for the March quarter and is forming a JV to pursue the 5G infrastructure power amplifier market in China.


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FCC Opens Spectrum Above 95 GHz, Encourages Experimentation

On March 15, the FCC adopted rules to encourage research and development in the spectrum between 95 GHz and 3 THz, creating a new category of license called the Spectrum Horizons License. In addition to offering experimental licenses, the FCC designated 21.2 GHz of spectrum as unlicensed, from 116 to 123, 174.8 to 182, 185 to 190 and 244 to 246 GHz.


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A Humorous Look at Business Travel

A conversation with Tim Jenkins, author of the Missions Accomplished series

Tim Jenkins, a former colleague from my TriQuint days, has written two books chronicling his travel adventures working in sales and marketing for various high-tech companies. Each book contains a series of short and humorous stories, likely to stir memories of your own experiences. I called Tim to learn the backstory of the books and a few of his travel hacks, recording our conversation for fellow travelers to listen to.


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Industry Chat: Mapping Verizon's 5G Base Stations in Sacramento

Earl Lum on Verizon's deployment, small cell siting and Huawei

Industry analyst Earl Lum recently mapped Verizon's 5G sites in Sacramento. In our latest chat about the wireless industry, he talks about his findings, the FCC's regulations streamlining small cell siting, Huawei's troubles and the broader implications for national security.


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AT&T’s Project AirGig Seeks Equipment Suppliers

AT&T said it has initiated discussions with technology suppliers to start testing and building commercial equipment for Project AirGig, its concept to distribute high speed data by propagating millimeter wave signals along the surface of power lines. AT&T is also planning another field trial.


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