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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.

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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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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