Pat Hindle, MWJ Editor
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Pat Hindle is responsible for editorial content, article review and special industry reporting for Microwave Journal magazine and its web site in addition to social media and special digital projects. Prior to joining the Journal, Mr. Hindle held various technical and marketing positions throughout New England, including Marketing Communications Manager at M/A-COM (Tyco Electronics), Product/QA Manager at Alpha Industries (Skyworks), Program Manager at Raytheon and Project Manager/Quality Engineer at MIT. Mr. Hindle graduated from Northeastern University - Graduate School of Business Administration and holds a BS degree from Cornell University in Materials Science Engineering.

Satellite 2021 Flat Panel Array Technology Review

One of the biggest innovations being deployed for satellite communications systems is flat panel beamsteering arrays that will replace mechanically steered dish type systems. These beam steering arrays are low profile and lighter that previous systems. The main problem has been getting the cost down. We saw many companies at Satellite 2021 that are battling for this market using several different approaches.

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Autonomous Car

New 4D Automotive Radars Hitting the Market

Promising near LiDAR resolution, enabling fully autonomous vehicles and other sensing applications

There has been a lot of activity recently around next generation radar sensors for automotive applications. These newer “4D radar” units determine an object's location in range, azimuth, elevation, and relative speed to provide detailed information about the driving environment as earlier automotive radar systems only captured speed and azimuth. These new radar sensors provide better resolution than previous versions which is where Lidar excels. Here are some of the latest developments in this area.

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The First IMS Hybrid Event

The IEEE MTT-S International Microwave Symposium (IMS) took place in-person in Atlanta, Georgia from 6-9 June followed by a virtual version two weeks later. The in-person technical program and exhibition were shortened due to the limited number of attendees, with the total attendance near 1500 with about 200 exhibiting companies.

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Hybrid Events Take Main Stage in 2021

While last year was the year of virtual events, this year is the year of hybrid events as we work our way out of COVID-19 quarantines and back into in-person events. See what is in store for the rest of the year.

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Qorvo Biotechnologies Omnia

Qorvo Enters BioTech Diagnostic Industry Using BAW Technology

Qorvo Omnia™ platform is designed to deliver rapid results for SARS-CoV-2

Qorvo® announced last week that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has granted emergency use authorization for the Qorvo Omnia™ SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test and that it was awarded a $24.4 million contract with the National Institutes of Health (NIH) through the Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics initiative. Learn about this new technology.

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MWC Shanghai 2021 Goes Hybrid

First In-person event for our industry this year

MWC Shanghai 2021 took place this week using a Hybrid event format so was the first in-person trade show for the industry this year. They expected about 200 exhibitors and about 20,000 visitors, about a third or the normal amount, so it will be interesting to see the actual counts when they are reported.

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GSA 5G Ecosystem December 2020 Report

More Than 300 5G Devices Released to Date

The Global Mobile Suppliers Association (GSA) announced the the number of 5G devices has surpassed 500 for the first time, accompanied by rapid increase in the number of commercially available 5G devices.

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iPhone 12/12 Pro Teardown for RF

Qualcomm and Skyworks are the big winners

As soon as the iPhone 12/12 Pro were released, IFIXIT did a live video of the teardown to see which chips and components made it into the US version phone. Find out which RF modules that were identified in the teardown.

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Standards Movement Underway in the RF Markets

Open RAN, OpenRF and SOSA bringing changes to the market

There is a big drive in the market to establish industry standard parts that make products plug and play, or whitebox, to achieve and an open architecture network or system. Here are a few of the main ones affecting the RF market.

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