IN MY OPINION

Evaluating Our Industry’s Health Requires a Broad Perspective
By John Farley, Director of Marketing, Pasternack Enterprises

As most RF and microwave companies are privately held and industry analysts rarely track sales of microwave components other than semiconductors and interconnects, determining the health of an industry as diverse as ours is extremely difficult.
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December 2013

VIEW FROM THE TOP
By James Doyle, President & CEO
East Coast Microwave

 

Q: Is there a particular emerging application or technology that intrigues you?

A: There are two applications that stand out and seem to be evolving beyond the traditional segments that we are all accustom to.

We are witnessing advances in the medical field for devices that locate and target specific cells and tumors within the human body, new approaches and methods that improve techniques for blood transfusion, all using Microwave and RF technology.

My second observation is the evolution, or should I say revolution in the robotics industry. The advancements being made for remote interactions between machine to machine and machine to humans in robotics are truly remarkable.

Q: Are you experiencing any effects of the reduction in defense spending or are you anticipating any impact on your business?

A: The Military market has historically been a strong market for us at ECM. Like many in the industry we have experienced some reduction in program spending as a result of sequestration and the government shutdown. These market conditions have fortunately been offset by strong market demand in telecom for LTE and the next generation bandwidth projects as well as new designs for medical devices and expansion into less developed countries.

Q: Deployment of small cells and distributed antenna systems is increasing rapidly as wireless carriers attempt to provide “broadband wireless data everywhere.” If your company is involved in any portion of the “HetNet” market, please tell us how you feel this market will develop.

A: Our components distribution business sees many products that are part and parcel of larger system deployments. These systems can be utilized in multiple market segments. Our observation is that the distributed antenna market is doing well. The utilization and appetite for more content on varying device platforms is helping to drive demand for higher bandwidth components. This market is expanding and is a highlight for 2013 and beyond.

Q: China has long been considered the greatest potential global market for many companies in the RF and microwave industry. Do you feel this is still true? Are there other emerging markets that you believe will be lucrative in the next few years?

A: There are many attractive markets for our products in the world today. To build on our earlier comment, the desire for greater content through improved bandwidth on varying device platforms is not just a US market trend. We see opportunities in the commercial space for Brazil, Russia, India and others.

As China’s economy changes and they move from an export driven model to consumption based economy there will be less available market for non-continent suppliers.  Establishing a presence there early, building relationships and understanding the changing needs will help US firms succeed.  

Q: What do you believe will be the greatest challenge for the RF and microwave industry?

A: During the economic challenges of the last several years there was a noticeable decline in research and development funding. Many companies took productivity gains over investment and this could hurt the innovation engine of the future.

There are more immediate challenges to the market, like the increase in foreign competition and the continuing effects of sequestration on government spending. Given my comments above on the decreases in R&D, I am hopeful the new utilization of our technologies in adjacent markets like medical devices will give rise to our industries ability to outperform the past several years.


 

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