==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              PlanetEE - www.planetee.com/                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com/                              April 21, 2005                              ==============================                              Greetings and welcome to your personal copy of PlanetEE's Microwaves                               and RF UPDATE e-newsletter. Please see below for address-change or                               subscribe/unsubscribe instructions.                              Today's Table of Contents:                              1. A Few More Words on Software                               2. Fujitsu Microelectronics Debuts WiMAX SoC                               3. Aeroflex Acquires JcAIR Test Systems                               4. StratEdge Recertified To ISO 9001:2000                               5. Modelithics and Johanson Team on LC Models                               6. Harmonic Receivers Pull In 94 GHz                               7. Peregrine Unleashes GSM Antenna Switch                               8. Book Review                               9. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                Solutions for Today's Military Challenges                              Providing Trusted Performance in High-Reliability                               Timing & Frequency Control. Symmetricom designs,                               develops, and manufactures cesium, rubidium and                               quartz timing and frequency control solutions for the                               space, defense and avionics (SDA) marketplace.                               Our 30- year track record makes us one of the most                               experienced & trusted market providers.                              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But what it                               failed to mention is the emergence of new kinds of CAE software                               tools for high-frequency engineers.                              At least one supplier will be offering functionality that hasn't                               been seen before in microwave modeling software, and several                               suppliers will be pushing capability that has been used in the                               digital realm but is fairly new for microwave designers:                               signal-integrity analysis.                              It is inevitable that digital signal waveforms would achieve                               microwave speeds and is subject to microwave design rules. At these                               higher clock/data speeds, digital signals are also affected by                               parasitic circuit elements that are traditionally ignored at lower                               clock/data rates. But at microwave speeds, the modeling tools must                               also account for all higher-order effects, and it will be                               interesting to see how signal-integrity tools fare at these smaller                               wavelengths.                              JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              Please share your thoughts by contacting me at: mailto:jbrowne@penton.com                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Fujitsu Microelectronics Debuts WiMAX SoC                              Fujitsu Microelectronics America (FMA), Inc. has launched the most                               complete WiMAX system-on-chip (SOC) solution to date, its model                               MS87M3400. The SoC complies with the IEEE802.16-2004 standard and                               supports designers of base station and subscriber units for                               broadband wireless access (BWA) applications. The SoC incorporates                               dual processors (RISC and RISC/DSP), DMA, memory, and Ethernet                               controllers, orthogonal frequency division multiple (OFDM) PHY,                               automatic gain control (ACG), radio control, and peripheral control                               circuits. It provides a complete PHY-to-MAC wireless metropolitan                               area network (MAN) solution. Keith Horn, senior vice president of                               sales and marketing for FMA, notes, "This new WiMAX-compliant SoC is                               the industry's most integrated, modular, scalable, and                               cost-efficient solution." The SoC can operate in                               time-division-duplex (TDD) or frequency-division-duplex (FDD) modes                               and supports channels from 1.75 to 20 MHz and raw data speeds to 100                               Mb/s on licensed or unlicensed bands from 2 to 11 GHz. The SoC is                               priced at $45 each in 1000 quantities. A complete reference design,                               including all required software and hardware for a cost-effective                               system solution, is also available.                              Fujitsu Microelectronics America --->                               http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=81A9:FFCBF                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              Aeroflex Acquires JcAIR Test Systems                              Test-equipment supplier Aeroflex, Inc. (Plainview, NY) has acquired                               JcAIR Test Systems from Fortune 500 Company Goodrich Corp. for $35                               million in cash. JcAIR Test Systems, which provides custom manual                               and automatic avionics test solutions, had 2004 revenues of                               approximately $24 million. According to Len Borow, Vice-Chairman and                               Chief Operating Officer of Aeroflex, "The addition of JcAIR Test                               Systems will enhance Aeroflex's Avionics product portfolio and will                               provide more complete testing solutions for the avionics system test                               market."                               Aeroflex ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=81B2:FFCBF                              Goodrich Corp. ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=81B3:FFCBF                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              StratEdge Recertified To ISO 9001:2000                              High-frequency packaging specialist StratEdge (San Diego, CA) has                               been recertified to ISO 9001:2000 by Det Norske Veritas (DNV) with                               no nonconformance. This latest ISO 9000 standard, as defined by the                               International Standards Organization (ISO), outlines specific                               requirements for a quality management system. In addition to                               stripline filters, StratEdge offers ceramic, low-cost hermetic SMT,                               and metal packages, which are all lead-free and meet RoHS and WEEE                               standards.                              StratEdge ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=81B0:FFCBF                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              Modelithics and Johanson Team on LC Models                              Modelithics (Tampa, FL) and Johanson Technology (Camarillo, CA) have                               developed new computer models for Johanson's L-series 0201-packaged                               capacitors (Cs) and inductors (Ls). The new models will be included                               in the new release of the Modelithics CLR Library of scalable Global                               Models for RF/microwave surface-mount components. The component                               library is available for a long list of leading Electronic Design                               Automation (EDA) software tools, including Agilent EEsof ADS,                               Applied Wave Research Microwave Office, Eagleware-Elanix GENESYS,                               and Ansoft Designer. Demonstration models are available at the first                               link below:                              Modelithics ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=81AA:FFCBF                              Johanson Technology ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=81AB:FFCBF                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                Keithley's Library of Tutorial On-line Seminars                                                             Keithley's Making Measurements with Confidence CD, which is                               available free of charge, is a collection of on-line seminars on                               measurement methods. This CD offers practical and helpful techniques                               for obtaining the most accurate and precise measurements possible.                                To receive your free copy or for additional information on Keithley                               and its products, go to http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=81B1:FFCBF or call                               1-888-KEITHLEY.                              *******************************************************************                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              Harmonic Receivers Pull In 94 GHz                              Helping to bring millimeter-wave technology to the masses, WiseWave                               Technologies has developed a line of W-band harmonic receivers.                               Operating at 94 GHz, these receivers operate with a local oscillator                               (LO) that is only one-sixth the frequency of the RF input signal                               (15.7 GHz, +7 dBm), helping to reduce system costs. The company's                               model SCD-94016000-01 harmonic receiver consists of a 23-dBi                               standard gain horn, 30-dB low-noise amplifier (LNA), and                               sixth-harmonic mixer. The receiver has a 3-dB beamwidth of 9                               degrees, 6-dB noise figure, and 0-dB conversion gain/loss.                               WiseWave Technologies, Inc. ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=81AF:FFCBF                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Peregrine Unleashes GSM Antenna Switch                              Leveraging its unique UltraCMOS technology, Peregrine Semiconductor                               (San Diego, CA) has launched its model PE4269 single-pole, six-throw                               (SP6T) RF antenna switch die for use in quad-band GSM antenna switch                               modules. The chip is based o the company's earlier model PE4263                               antenna switch. The new device includes a control logic decoder and                               driver. According to Jussi Salminen, wireless sector marketing and                               business development director at Peregrine Semiconductor, "The                               PE4269 offers board layout flexibility for RF designers, eliminating                               any need to re-route and thus ensuring peak performance." The RF                               switch chip operates from 100 to 3000 MHz with 45-dB isolation and                               0.55 dB insertion loss at 915 MHz. It measures 1.24 by 1.20 mm and                               is priced at $0.60 each in 10,000 quantities.                               Peregrine Semiconductor ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=81B5:FFCBF                              *********                              8. Book Review                              *********                              Next Generation Wireless Applications                              Wireless applications continue to expand well beyond the realm of                               the cellular telephone, and Next Generation Wireless Applications by                               Paul Golding hints at the awesome possibilities of growth for                               wireless applications. Although written at a marketing rather than                               an engineering level, the text nonetheless covers a great deal of                               ground on next-generation wireless technologies and services. It                               addresses methods for mobile service delivery (such as wireless                               e-mail, what technologies are needed for efficient delivery,                               content-sharing protocols, types of devices that will be used, the                               anticipated network architectures to serve the masses. Published by                               John Wiley & Sons, the book covers both hardware and software, such                               as the Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) as a platform for building                               mobile applications, and is an important source of information for                               marketing professionals seeking an edge in selling next-generation                               wireless hardware and software.                               Wiley ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=81B6:FFCBF                              *******************************                              9.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              Microwave Theory & Techniques Symposium (MTT-S)                              June 12-17, 2005                              Long Beach Convention Center                              Long Beach, CA                               http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=81B7:FFCBF                              Lead-Free QuickStart Seminar                              Sponsored by Indium Corporation of America                              May 17-18, 2005                              Libertyville, IL                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=81AC:FFCBF                              IEEE Compound Semiconductor IC Symposium (formerly the GaAs IC                               Symposium)                              October 30 - November 2, 2005                              Palm Springs, CA                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=81B4:FFCBF                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                Learn the Fundamentals of Real-Time Spectrum Analysis                              With a new Tektronix Primer, comparing traditional tools like Swept                               Spectrum and Vector Signal Analyzers with Real-Time Spectrum                               Analyzers. 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