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Renewing Our Founding Values at a 50-Year-Old Startup

by Ted Heil, President, Mini-Circuits The Mini-Circuits story is well known to many in the RF and Microwave industry. Some know us for our advertising, some know us as one of the first companies to transform the pricing structure of RF components, and some know us through the personal relationships they had with Harvey Kaylie, […]

Frequency Banded Solutions for VNA Millimeter-wave Measurement

by Brian Walker, Senior RF Design Engineer, Copper Mountain Technologies As Radio Frequency (RF) technology evolves, frequencies of operation climb to accommodate wider data bandwidths for communications and greater spatial accuracy for radar applications. 5G networks will use millimeter-wave frequencies from 24 to 28 GHz, 37 to 40 GHz, and 64 to 71 GHz. Automotive […]

What’s Going On with GaN in Europe?

by Helen Duncan, Managing Director, MWE Media The United States is without doubt the epicentre of the gallium nitride (GaN) RF industry, being home to the two biggest players, Wolfspeed and Qorvo. However it would be a mistake to think that they have no competition from “across the pond,” or further afield. While in Asia-Pacific […]

At IMS, Focus on the Millimeter-Wave Technology

by Barry Manz, President, Manz Communications, Inc. Boston has proven to be one the best cities for hosting the International Microwave Symposium, so it seems fitting that it will be there again next month as 5G transitions from “coming,” to “here.” This will be my 37th (gulp) MTT/IMS, which covers everything from the emergence of […]

The Mad Rush for Spectrum: No Slice Too Small

by Justin Pollock, PhD, KP Performance Antennas Ever since 4G made video streaming and other data-intensive applications possible there’s been a mad rush by the cellular industry to secure as much spectrum as possible. It’s not alone, as Wi-Fi, Wireless Internet Service Providers (WISPs), and other services are competing for the remaining scraps of spectrum […]

5G Is Coming, 5G is Coming!

by Casey Krawiec, Vice President of Global Sales, StratEdge Corporation Where have we heard that before?  I don’t mean the warnings shouted from horseback in 1775. I think back to the 1990s when the Internet was in its infancy. Technologists, especially those with a vested interest in the technology required to support the Internet, claimed […]

Into the Crystal Ball: The Microwave Industry in 2019

by Sam Benzacar, President, Anatech Electronics So much happens, so fast, in the wireless industry and electronics in general that it’s easy to lose track of how many changes have occurred in a relatively short time. For example, in 2008, the FCC had just given wireless carriers the green light to turn off their analog […]

How Foundries Improve Technology Innovations for the Defense Industry

by Vijay Balakrishna, Senior Director of Research, Infrastructure and Defense, Qorvo U.S. defense superiority is increasingly reliant on rapid innovation in microwave technology for mission-critical applications such as radar, space, electronic warfare (EW) and advanced communications systems.  To meet this challenge, the DoD and its suppliers turn to trusted, U.S.-based foundry services that use a model proven […]