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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, […]

Setting Higher Standards in the Race to Next Generation Wireless

by Ted Heil, President – Mini-Circuits At  Mini-Circuits, Setting Higher Standards is part of our motto, and it’s never been more relevant. The recent proliferation and evolution of wireless standards like 802.xx, 4G and 5G are pushing wireless technologies to higher frequencies, greater levels of complexity, smaller size, and greater efficiency at an unprecedented pace. Early 5G trials […]

Windows PC’s Remain the Workhorses of RF Testing, For Now…

by Ben Maxson, Engineering Manager – Copper Mountain Technologies For decades now, RF and Microwave test instrument manufacturers and test engineers have been designing their lab test equipment and systems around Windows PCs. Lately Linux has emerged as a plausible alternative. So are Windows-centric instruments on their way out? The advantages of using Windows PCs are numerous. For […]

To De-embed or Not?

by Alan Ake Vice President of Applications Engineering/Technical Marketing Guerrilla RF As applications engineers frequently supporting ultra-low noise amplifiers (LNAs), questions often arise regarding the presentation of noise figure (NF) data to customers. Clearly, de-embedding NF to the input and output pins of the amplifier results in the most impressive numbers being put forth into the […]

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 […]