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.

Altum RF Announces Management Team

Catching up on the recent announcements from fabless RFIC start-up Altum RF: Joining Greg Baker, CEO, are cofounders Niels Kramer and Tony Fattorini. Based in Eindhoven, Kramer is the managing director for Europe and VP of marketing; Fattorini, based in Sydney, is VP of Engineering.

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Steve Daly Replaces John Croteau as MACOM President and CEO

Former Hittite CEO takes the reins

In an unexpected move, MACOM announced this morning that Stephen Daly has replaced John Croteau as president and CEO. Daly is a member of MACOM’s board and previously served as president, CEO and chairman of Hittite. MACOM did not disclose what prompted the change, saying only that Croteau resigned May 15 and will serve in an advisory role for the next two months, to assist with the leadership transition.

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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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