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.

Huawei Export Ban Hits Wolfspeed

Up to $15M revenue from Huawei was expected in fiscal Q4
Cree updated its financial guidance for the current quarter to reflect the impact of the Huawei export ban, as well as softness in the LED market. Cree said Huawei revenue could have been as high as $15 million this quarter.

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FCC Announces Winners of 24 and 28 GHz Auctions

The FCC announced the winners of the 28 and 24 GHz Spectrum Frontiers auctions, (known as auctions 101 and 102) on Monday, June 3. Not surprisingly, Verizon took most of the 28 GHz licenses. At 24 GHz, AT&T and T-Mobile fought for the best position.

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FCC Completes 24 and 28 GHz Auctions

Bids for both auctions exceeded $2.7B

The FCC announced the conclusion of the 24 GHz “Spectrum Frontiers” auction, which raised $2.0 billion for 2,904 of the 2,909 licenses offered. This follows a similar auction of 28 GHz spectrum, which concluded on January 24 (2019) and raised $702 million for 2,965 of the 3,072 licenses offered. The winners of both auctions will be announced within a few days.

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Interview with Matt Desch, Iridium CEO

Named 2018 Satellite Executive of the Year

At the SATELLITE 2019 conference in Washington, D.C., I recorded this interview with Matt Desch, CEO of Iridium Communications. Desch was named the 2018 Satellite Executive of the Year, recognizing the $3 billion Iridium satellite upgrade.

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Commerce Move to Allow Limited Exports to Huawei Not Much Help for Suppliers

The U.S. Commerce Department is granting limited exceptions to the export ban imposed on Huawei. Aimed at mobile operators using Huawei equipment and owners of Huawei phones, the 90-day reprieve is not a lifeline for U.S. component suppliers. Most interesting, the exception allows Huawei to continue to engage in 5G standards development through recognized standards bodies.

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