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MWC 2019 Recap: 5G is here!

Every year at the end February, we make our annual pilgrimage to Barcelona, Spain for the world’s largest wireless conference, the Mobile World Congress.  The shear scale of the conference can be overwhelming with all wireless companies demonstrating the latest technologies, outlining future directions, and of course showcasing the latest wireless products.  I just returned from Barcelona and MWC 2019, and here are some thoughts.

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Who is leading the RF GaN IP landscape?

Detailed report from Yole Développement and partner Knowmade

According to Yole Développement, the RF GaN industry is showing high growth with a 23% CAGR between 2017 and 2023 driven mostly by telecom and defense applications. By the end of 2017, the total RF GaN market was close to US$380 million and 2023 should reach more than US$1.3 billion with an evolving industrial landscape. 

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Calculator Predicts PCB Performance

The characteristics of circuit materials have a great deal to do with how well a printed circuit board (PCB) performs, especially at RF/microwave frequencies. Circuit material parameters such as dielectric constant (Dk), dissipation factor (Df), even material thickness can affect the way that different transmission lines, such as microstrip, stripline, and coplanar waveguide, perform in high-frequency circuits. Fortunately, there is a simple and pain-free way to predict how different high-frequency transmission lines will behave when fabricated on different circuit materials: the Microwave Impedance (MWI) Calculator software.

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The Blurring Lines of 5G

With the implementation of 4G, many companies took liberties in saying they had 4G networks even though they did not meet the performance specifications of the 3GPP standard just so they could be first to market (or at least an early provider). This is already happening now with 5G.

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A Look Ahead at Articles for the First Quarter of 2019

Commercial 5G service has been formally launched in the US and Korea with the first smartphones expected before June in 2019 in both countries. 5G has certainly happened faster than expected a few years ago and should enable a year with increased activity in the IoT market. The US Defense budget is healthy in response to an increase in sophistication of the Chinese and Russian defense capabilities with solid-state technology and flexible, software driven platforms being emphasized. So we expect 2019 to be an exciting year on the editorial front with many new innovations given solid financial support in these areas and others.

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