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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.

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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New Features for RF Engineers in Comsol 5.6

COMSOL offered a preview of the upcoming release of COMSOL Multiphysics® version 5.6 at the COMSOL Conference 2020 North America, October 7–8. It is planned to be released in fall 2020 and brings faster and more memory-efficient solvers, better CAD assembly handling, application layout templates and a range of new graphics features including clip planes, realistic material rendering, and partial transparency. See what is new for RF engineers.

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5G Standalone Networks Have Arrived

When we started 5G network deployments, it was planned to first implement 5G non-standalone (NSA) networks that used 4G infrastructure followed by standalone (SA) 5G networks that are separate, complete 5G networks. This year marks the first release of 5G SA networks as GSA has identified 47 operators in 24 countries worldwide that have been investing in public 5G SA networks (in the form of trials, planned or actual deployments). In addition, a number of these are testing or deploying 5G standalone technologies for private networks.

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5G Tools

GSA August 2020 5G Report

Tracking the roll out of 5G, the August 2020 GSA report said the number of announced 5G devices has continued to climb quickly. In January 2020, the number of announced 5G devices exceeded 200 for the first time; by end-July 364 devices had been announced, of which 162 were understood to be commercially available (up from 135 at the end of June).

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IMS2020 Highlights

I attended the virtual IMS2020 event this week and wanted to highlight some of the significant product announcements I saw in the news plus review the 5G Summit and closing ceremony.

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Protect Your Brand's Reputation

In the past, brand safety has not been a big concern for most companies. Recently though, the major digital platforms have allowed posting of hate speech and false statements (especially relating to political posts) and have disseminated content globally without any review or monitoring of the content. While Twitter was relatively quick to label some of the political statements as possibly false, Facebook refused to take any action for months. As a result, in July more than 1000 companies boycotted Facebook, including the likes of Verizon, Starbucks, Coke-a-Cola, North Face, Ford, Honda, Volkswagen, Unilever, Levi Strauss and Ben & Jerry’s.

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