<p>Results of the AI-powered anomaly detection may be seen in a GUI (figure 2).</p>

He stressed, I am not talking about sub-6 GHz, but 5G mmWave.” Since mmWave is a new spectrum that relies on such new technologies as advanced beamforming and massive MiMO, its network architecture will become much denser, demanding many small cells, he explained.

In illustrating ST’s strength, Dardanne pointed out:


Pressed for more details, ST declined to comment, but the announcement appears slated for May.

ST’s place in 5G Observers of ST remain skeptical as to how much expertise, or corporate will,” is left within ST to really get back into the mobile business.

Jim McGregor, principal analysts at Tirias Research, told us, I think you have to qualify ST’s position. ST is a broad company in many markets with a variety of discrete analog and digital components. So I would envision ST being part of the solution for power, RF, and maybe even control through their MCUs or ASICs.” He added, They have long had components in these areas, so extending into the mmWave arena is not a surprise.”


Loring Wirbel, a telecommunications analyst, told EE Times that despite ST’s well-accepted STM32 cores, ST just didn’t have the integration expertise to combine baseband with existing power amp and transceiver discrete to enter the [mobile phone] market — at least so far.”

He added, From afar, I considered ST to be analogous in some ways to Texas Instruments — pruning back the business to strengths like automotive, sensor/MEMS, IoT, and general mixed-signal while phasing out ST-Ericsson wireless, set-top boxes, etc.”


That said, Wirbel pointed out, I would say that the set-top business’s expertise in satcom, combined with ST-Ericsson full-integration chipsets re-purposed for higher frequencies, could give ST a good war chest in theory for entering 5- to 60-GHz and dedicated 60-GHz markets.”

Considering that ST’s base of expertise is mostly IP and patents and the bulk of its former staff is gone, Wirbel wonders how willing ST is to scale up both design engineering and product marketing to compete effectively in the cutthroat handset market.

C4ISR innovations have a lot to do with entities trying to gain an upper hand in the domain of electromagnetic spectrum,” said Saurabh Joshi, head of IHS Markit’s C4ISR team. EM spectrum will play a major role in future conflicts.” Hence, these inventions are aimed at facilitating efficient use of its own spectrum while trying to prevent adversary’s use of their own EM spectrum.” 

Added Joshi: With this constant tussle in EM spectrum, this domain will be highly congested and contested. This is driving majority of innovations in radars and military communications.”  

Meanwhile, short-wave infrared sensors are expected to emerge for military surveillance and reconnaissance missions. 

IHS also is bullish on the emergence of high-power-density semiconductor components fabricated using gallium nitride (GaN). The material is seen by Pentagon planners as a way of increasing the range at which electronics can operate. The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) has been pushing GaN development for applications like the Navy’s Next Generation Jammer and even a Space Fence” that could be used to detect small objects in orbit. 

IHS predicts GaN components will find their way into power electronic applications such as amplifiers used in military radars. This will have a significant impact on the systems in terms of better power density and superior thermal conductivity,” the market watch predicts.

Kokusai grew about 42% in the memory boom of the past three years and logged an estimated $1.8 billion in 2018 revenues. But it is likely to take a significant hit from the current downturn among DRAM and NAND makers who are its major customers.

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