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5G – What is Needed to Break the Hype Cycle?

The notion of the “hype cycle” has haunted countless technologies in the past. First, new technologies and their infant products and solutions are lauded to the skies. Then, disillusionment sets in when delivery is delayed. And finally, cool appraisal wins the day. Perhaps no other technology has been so bound to the notion of a hype cycle than 5G. Sometimes, though, when people see the true potential of a new technology, excitement sets in that bit more readily, that bit more quickly, and it’s understandable that some impatience may creep in. And it’s no wonder. As 5G rides out an interim period where ongoing support for 3G/4G/LTE is still required and COVID stands as a significant delay tactic, the market is inevitably keen for 5G to be fully implemented, and now. The market needs it, it seems.

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Mike Deppe is the Vice President & General Manager for Molex RF & Printed Circuit Solutions Business Units. He has over 18 years of experience in printed electronics and automated assembly and leads Molex’s global efforts to be the preferred partner for components, interconnect and assemblies that enable innovation and commercialization of RF technologies.

He has held various progressive roles in Engineering, Project Management and Operations overseeing facilities in Taiwan, China, Canada and the US. He led product development responsibilities for Human Machine Interface (HMI) assemblies, copperflex products, printed electronics and sensor systems, where he managed and steered the development efforts in advancing manufacturing, processing and capabilities of hybrid electronics.

Mr. Deppe earned a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering and Minor in Economics from Purdue University, USA.