Commercial and Military Innovation at a Crossroads for Radar and Wireless Networking Applications
From the modern battlefield to commercial wireless infrastructure, bandwidth demands are growing exponentially. In the aerospace and defense (A&D) market, these demands are being driven by the need for low-latency communication and enhanced situational awareness and responsiveness among warfighters deployed across ground, sea and air domains, serviced by sophisticated radar systems deployed in manned and unmanned vehicles, operations centers and outposts.
Envisioning Future Growth Plans Helps Macom's CEO
For John Croteau, leadership means more than making sense of everyday events. The real test is looking beyond today's situation to tomorrow's challenges. Envisioning the future — and preparing employees to capitalize on it — enables Croteau to lead more forcefully. He calls his method "thinking time-dimensionally."
As historical voice circuit-switched networks transitioned to today’s packet-switched networks, latency and quality of service were traded for network utilization efficiency and cost. Unfortunately, today’s ultra-time-sensitive applications cannot afford extra network latency.
Q&A: MACOM’s Doug Carlson Discusses GaN’s Market Potential and Trajectory
In terms of mainstream adoption, gallium nitride (GaN) has reached a crossroads of technology innovation and supply-chain transformations. GaN offers significant advantages when it comes to semiconductors. It’s been used in RF and LED applications, and can be effective in solar applications, too.
MACOM Remains Laser-Focused on Semiconductors
The semiconductor industry is undergoing a transformative round of mergers and acquisitions, with major names such as Intel, Avago and NXP all taking part in a consolidation process driven by the search for economies of scale and the pursuit of hot opportunities, such as IoT and connected cars, broadband and data center efficiencies. (See More Chips Fall: NXP Buys Freescale, Intel to Acquire Lantiq and Avago Eyes Enterprise Storage With Emulex Buy.)
GaN Gives Power and Flexibility to L-Band Radar
One sector where sales of radar are on the rise is air traffic control infrastructure. That is partly because in the developed world, a large swath of civilian radar infrastructure is nearing the end of its operational life, and a mix of upgrades and replacements are on the agenda. Developing nations are also having an impact, deploying their first air traffic control radar systems. These countries are actually in an enviable position, as they can take advantage of new technologies that will allow them to leap frog the capabilities of many legacy systems.
Bit Parts: 100G Driving Revenue Growth
Several optical components suppliers have reported quarterly earnings recently, and the big theme across all of them is that 100G demand is providing a major revenue boost and painting bright near-term outlooks. M/A-COM Technology Solutions Inc. reported fiscal first-quarter revenue of $114.9 million. Within that figure, revenue from 100G optical products was up 35%, despite presumed seasonally soft activity throughout the sector.