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5G, and Interference, Coming in 2020

by Sam Benzacar, President – Anatech Electronics If you’ve been following 5G in the media you’ve no doubt noticed a dramatic increase in coverage that began just before Mobile World Cup Congress in February. It’s almost like 5G was just around the corner rather than five years away, but if you dig into the details, it’s not hard […]

The Incredibly Ambitious Goals of 5G

by Barry Manz, President – Manz Communications, Inc. Even if you aren’t an ardent follower of trends in wireless communications, the coming fifth generation is hard to miss. 5G (along with the inevitable presence of IoT) was by any measure the Big News at Mobile World Congress, and the same promises to be true for IMS next […]

The Monopoly of Quartz

by Ramon M. Cerda, VP of Engineering Crystek Corporation Quartz-based oscillators (crystal oscillators) have a virtual monopoly in the electronic industry as the premier frequency-control source of choice. This monopoly goes back nearly 100 years. Today, there is still no other frequency-control technology that comes close in terms of volumes produced each year. The quartz crystal oscillator […]

LDMOS Stakes Its Ground in L-band Radar Upgrades

by David Lewicki, Military Products Manager, RF Power NXP Semiconductors News stories about military radar systems today focus on their use of gallium nitride (GaN) as their source of RF power, which isn’t surprising as virtually all next-generation military radars operating at S- and X-bands will be based on the Active Electronically-Steered Array (AESA) architecture, for which […]

The Opportunities and Challenges of LTE Unlicensed in 5 GHz

by David Witkowski, Executive Director Wireless Communications Initiative n 1998, the Federal Communications Commission established the Unlicensed National Information Infrastructure or U-NII 5 GHz bands. These are used primarily for Wi-Fi networks in homes, offices, hotels, airports, and other public spaces and also consumer devices. U-NII is also used by wireless Internet Service Providers, linking public safety […]

Innovation: The Answer to a Flat Market

by Harvey Kaylie, Founder and CEO Mini-Circuits ome might say business seems flat lately.  The financial crisis in Greece has led to economic turmoil in the EU.  Opportunities in China have slowed, and when China sneezes, the whole world feels it.  Telecom companies have reduced purchasing.  Defense programs are stagnant due to sequestration.  In conditions like these, you […]

Evolving at the Speed of Software

Sherry Hess, VP of Marketing, AWR Group, NI Thank you, Dr. Joe Salvo of GE Global Research and the founder and director of the Industrial Internet Consortium for sharing this tagline with me. At NIWeek 2014, Dr. Salvo took the keynote stage to comment on the Industrial Internet in the “systems age,” which has superseded […]