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.

Wolfspeed Achieves Record Q2 Revenue

Wolfspeed, the strategic growth engine for Cree, set a quarterly revenue record in fiscal Q2, presaging the growth of electric vehicles (EV) and adoption of SiC as the preferred technology for the power electronics in the EV.

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FCC Concludes 5G 28 GHz Spectrum Auction

After 176 rounds, the first U.S. millimeter wave spectrum auction for 5G, for two bands at 28 GHz, concluded Friday (January 24), raising $702.6 million for 2,965 licenses. The FCC will now auction spectrum at 24 GHz.

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Skyworks Reduces Q1 Revenue Guidance

Following Apple and Samsung, Skyworks has reduced its revenue guidance for the December quarter to $970 million, 4 percent below the midpoint of the prior guidance. The revenue shortfall will impact earnings, with revised EPS projected between $1.81 and $1.84, compared to the prior guidance of $1.91 (at the revenue midpoint).

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5G, The New Arms Race

5G has become an arms race, with the U.S. and China the protagonists. The core issue is a longstanding concern about Huawei and ZTE enabling the Chinese government’s espionage, concern the two companies’ infrastructure equipment has, or could have, back doors to China.

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Keysight Closes Another Successful Year

Keysight Technologies concluded its best year as an independent company, reporting $3.9 billion in GAAP revenue for fiscal 2018, 22 percent above fiscal 2017’s revenue. In Q4, all segments except Ixia achieved strong revenue growth.

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MACOM and Infineon Settle GaN on Si Lawsuit

MACOM and Infineon have settled their legal fight over ownership of GaN on Si intellectual property (IP). In an unexpected conclusion, MACOM now owns the IP and has licensed it back to Infineon — although Infineon can't sell production quantities of RF GaN on Si base station products until 2021.

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