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RF DEVICES & TECHNOLOGIES

Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence division has recently demonstrated the TerraStar X, a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) correction technology, which enables instant lane-level accuracy, ideal for autonomous automotive planning programs. In partnership with Ligado Networks, they have demonstrated delivery of TerraStar X technology over both satellite and cellular networks to position vehicles with 5-centimetre (2-inch) accuracy in under a minute. Combining TerraStar X technology with multiple delivery channels is a significant step towards the future of Autonomous X, where cars, UAVs, industrial vehicles, trains, and more will operate safely, securely, reliably, and efficiently.
 
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Skyworks Solutions has announced the acquisition of Avnera Corporation, a leading developer of Analog System on Chips (ASoCs). The acquisition of Avnera, also a private fabless semiconductor supplier, augments Skyworks’ leadership in wireless connectivity by adding ultra-low power analog circuits to enable smart interfaces via acoustic signal processing, sensors and integrated software. Once the transaction is complete, Skyworks will expand its addressable market by over $5 billion. Target applications include AI speakers/microphones, virtual assistants, intelligent gaming controllers and vehicle in-dash systems as well as wired/wireless headsets.
 
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NTT DOCOMO, AGC and Ericsson have teamed up to demonstrate 5G transmissions using unique glass-mounted antennas on vehicles traveling at high speeds. The partners recently achieved a record-setting 8 Gbps data transmission using 5G technology in a vehicle traveling at approx. 100 km/h. The glass-mounted antenna on the vehicle (also referred to as on-glass antennas) used for the demo experiment are 5G antennas supporting the 28 GHz band developed by Japanese glass manufacturer, AGC.
 
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Akoustis Technologies has received its first order from a US based CBRS customer for its RF filters supporting wireless networks and customer premise equipment (CPE). Under the new purchase order, Akoustis will develop and deliver 3.6 GHz BAW RF filters for the CBRS (Citizens Broadband Radio Service) band for testing and qualification. The company plans to deliver the filters in the first quarter of calendar 2019 and expects to receive commercial orders for qualified product later in 2019.
 
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Article writen by Fairview Microwave for Microwave Product Digest - The race to 5G appears to have picked up speed, particularly in the United States where major telecommunications companies such as AT&T and Verizon have made announcements to launch 5G services by the end of 2018. Advanced LTE (LTE-A) is already expanding rapidly with upgrades to current base stations (BS). Field trials for LTE-Pro (aka 4.5G) are in full swing with download speeds already reaching 1 gigabit per second (Gbps). Fixed wireless access (FWA) technology has already been through significant field trials as well, displaying early successful utilizations of the millimeter-wave (mmWave) spectrum.

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An article written by Ian King for Bloomberg - One of the tech industry’s largest ever-deals made it all the way to Beijing, but no further. Qualcomm Inc. has scrapped its $44 billion bid for rival chipmaker NXP Semiconductors NV after China failed to approve the deal. The takeover may be the highest profile victim yet of the trade spat between China and the U.S., with every other jurisdiction in the world clearing the bid months ago.

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