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 Posts 46% Y/Y Growth, Hurt By ZTE Ban

Wolfspeed’s Q3 FY18 revenue grew 16 percent sequentially to $81.9 million, which was 46 percent above the prior year’s quarter. The power RF business acquired from Infineon on 6 March is hurt by the export ban to ZTE; ZTE contributed approximately 20 percent of the revenue in the RF power business in Q3.


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Will 5G Improve Communication?

While 5G promises data rates of 10 Gbps and latencies down to 1 ms, will it improve communication? You know, communication that leads to human understanding. Perhaps we also need to invest in user protocols.


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Apple Captures Q4 Smartphone Market

Apple generated 3x more revenue than Samsung, 7x more than Huawei

Market research firm Strategy Analytics estimates that Apple captured 51 percent of the smartphone market in the fourth quarter of 2017 — more than the rest of the industry combined.


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MACOM Faces Second Quarter of Chinese Headwinds

For the first quarter of fiscal 2018, MACOM reported revenue of $130.9 million, which was down 21 percent sequentially and down 14 percent from the prior year’s quarter. MACOM’s CEO John Croteau attributed the decline in revenue to “the geopolitical downturn in China,” the second quarter softness in China has dampened revenue.


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Skyworks Tops $1B in Quarterly Revenue

Reflecting strong demand from cellular phone, Wi-Fi and IoT applications, Skyworks exceeded $1 billion in quarterly revenue for the first time, generating $361 million in cash from operations to end the quarter with $1.7 billion in cash and no debt.


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