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The Looming Problem of IoT Interference

Sam Benzacar, President – Anatech Electronics Although manufacturers, analysts, and the media have proclaimed for years that there soon would be “billions and billions” of IoT devices in operation, it seemed hard to believe. Other than Nest thermostats, LED lighting, and a few other products there was little tangible evidence of IoT anywhere. That’s not true anymore, […]

The Millimeter-wave Frontier: 5G Changes Everything

by Tim Galla, Product Manager – Fairview Microwave Optimists in the microwave industry have long proclaimed that applications at 50 GHz and above were “just around the corner.” For a variety of reasons that’s where they’ve remained in the ensuing 30 years, with a few exceptions such as vehicle collision warning, battlefield radios, fire control radars, and some […]

For the Microwave Industry, 2017 Should Be a Good Year

by Barry Manz, President – Manz Communications, Inc. very year as the microwave community troops to the International Microwave Symposium, questions remain unanswered about how the current year will treat the industry. Fortunately, you don’t need to be an eternal optimist to be bullish for 2017, as there are multiple opportunities in many markets, some of which are […]

5G…The Communications Game Changer

by Michael Brewster, Director, Global Business Development – Times Microwave Systems The introduction of 5G cellular technology will change the game in the telecom industry for many years to come. It utilizes the millimeter wave frequency spectrum to increase data for all users. It will significantly reduce the latency issues when compared to LTE technology. The overall coverage […]

For GaN, the Future is Diamond

by Kevin Loutfy, President – Nano Materials International Corporation (NMIC) It was sink or swim when gallium nitride was thrust into service by the U.S. Army to power the jammers it desperately needed to keep warfighters safer from roadside IEDs. It served to rapidly propel the fledgling technology forward, matched only by gallium arsenide after the $1 billion […]

Is 5G on a Train to Nowhere?

by Robin Kent, Director of European Operations – Adax Just this week, I was on a train from Frankfurt to Nuremburg in Germany, attempting in vain to get some work done. The issue I had is that as there was no Wi-Fi available onboard, I was having to rely on the mobile phone network to remain connected. My […]

Finding a Win-Win: The Dilemma of Consolidation

by Harvey Kaylie, Founder and CEO – Mini-Circuits The past few years have seen unprecedented levels of consolidation in the RF and microwave industry.  The recession of 2007 set an economic ripple effect in motion that’s had delayed consequences for suppliers and customers. The succession of high profile mergers and acquisitions was primarily driven by financial conditions. Low […]

Cables, Connectors, and 5G: A Rosy Future

by Steve Ellis, Engineer – Pasternack Enterprises Like many of you I’ve been closely following the rising wave of media coverage about 5G and other emerging markets such as the Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network, and IoT, as they will ultimately affect our business and the RF and microwave industry in general. The question of course is how, […]