==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              April 26, 2006                              ==============================                              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. WiMAX Edges Closer To Real Market                              2. Fujitsu Furthers WiMAX at BWW 2006                              3. Voltronics Launches Ceramic Chip Trimmers                               4. National Adds PXI/SCXI Microwave Switch Modules                              5. BPL Company Ships HDTVs To Customers                               6. Test Set Checks Vehicle-Based Systems                               7. Book Review: Sensor Network Operations                              8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                     FREE:  Agilent RF & Microwave Test Accessories Catalog                               Quickly and conveniently identify RF and MW test accessories such                               as switches, attenuators, adapters and more. The catalog features                               new product highlights and easy-to-read comparison tables to help                               you find the information you need to meet your specific design and                               test requirements. Orders yours today.                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=28257:49027F                                                                 *******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              WiMAX Edges Closer To Real Market                              Broadband wireless applications under the WiMAX umbrella may be just                               around the corner, or they may never come, but most market-research                               specialists are calling this the "next cellular" portion of the                               wireless marketplace. For some applications, such as broadband                               wireless Internet access or wireless connectivity throughout the                               home or small office, WiMAX offers many practical benefits,                               including ease of installation and generous bandwidth.                              If Fujitsu has anything to say about it, WiMAX markets will grow in                               leaps and bounds. The company has been fiercely devoted to the                               growth of WiMAX markets and has done as much as any device supplier                               to establish itself as a major player in a WiMAX future. Fujitsu                               ( http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2824E:49027F ) offers a system-on-a-chip (SoC)                               with all WiMAX baseband processing on board as well as a reference                               design to help customers speed their own products. And, as the news                               item below notes, Fujitsu presented a united front at this week's                               Broadband Wireless World 2006 show in Las Vegas.                                                                                                  JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Fujitsu Furthers WiMAX at BWW 2006                              Fujitsu Microelectronics America and five customer partners have                               combined for a strong WiMAX front at this week's Broadband Wireless                               World 2006 (April 26-27, 2006, Las Vegas, NV). Fujitsu is exhibiting                               its WiMAX reference design for WiMAX base station and subscriber                               stations based on the company's model MB87M3400 system-on-a-chip                               (SoC) design. Customer partners, including Air Broadband, Aperto                               Networks, and MiTAC, will show a variety of base-station and                               subscribre station solutions based on the Fujitsu SoC. Fujitsu's                               Makoto ("Mac") Awaga and Keith Horn also planned to make a keynote                               presentation at BWW of a talk entitled "Communications On-The-Go:                               New Business Opportunities in the Broadband Wireless Era."                               Fujitsu Microelectronics America --->                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=28248:49027F                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              Voltronics Launches Ceramic Chip Trimmers                              Voltronics International Corp. (Denville, NJ) now offers a                               high-performance line of variable (trimmer) capacitors in chip-sized                               packaging. The company's J Series ceramic chip trimmer capacitors,                               which are available in tape-and-reel format for use with automated                               assembly equipment, are usable at frequencies beyond 1 GHz. They                               feature a wide range of package styles and capacitance tuning                               ranges, including 1.5 to 3.0 pF, 2 to 6 pF, 5.5 to 30 pF, 8 to 40                               pF, 7 to 50 pF, 9 to 90 pF, and 10 to 120 pF in single devices. The                               high-Q trimmers exhibit DC working voltages as high as 100 V and DC                               withstanding voltages as high as 220 V.                               Voltronics International Corp. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2824B:49027F                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              National Adds PXI/SCXI Microwave Switch Modules                              National Instruments has added several PXI and SCXI microwave                               multiplexing switch modules to its portfolio of modular PXI                               instruments. The firm's PXI-2595 and SCXI-1195 5-GHz switches and                               the PXI-2594 and SCXI-1194 2.5-GHz switches are ideal for accurate                               RF signal routing in telecommunications, military/aerospace and                               automated test applications. When combined with the company's                               Universal Serial Bus (USB) Switch Mainframes, these PXI and SCXI                               switches form a cost-effective, plug-and-play solution that easily                               integrates with external RF equipment and takes advantage of the                               flexibility and ease of use of USB.                              National Instruments ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=28256:49027F                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              BPL Company Ships HDTVs To Customers                              Advanced Powerline Technologies has begin shipping high-definition                               televisions (HDTVs) to its prepaid customers this past weekend.                               Visitors to the company's website are invited to register for a                               chance to win one of the 32-inch, liquid-crystal-display (LCD) HDTVs                               as part of a content ending August 5th. The firm is devoted to                               creating and developing broadband over power line (BPL) and power                               line communications (PLC) products and services.                              Advanced Powerline Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2824F:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                		      		                                               Looking for Products or Suppliers?                                       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It performs a wide variety of AM/FM transmitter and                               receiver tests including RF power, RF frequency error, AM                               modulation, FM deviation, Receive Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI),                               distortion and SINAD/sensitivity, and can even find faults in                               antenna connections. According to Rob Barden, Director of Product                               Marketing for Aeroflex, the "3500 is the most comprehensive                               vehicular test system available and meets the needs of a variety of                               radio vehicle tests and commercial radio applications." The test set                               is priced starting at $14,995 USD.                               Aeroflex ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=28250:49027F                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Book Review: Sensor Network Operations                              Edited by Shashi Phoba, Thomas LaPorta, and Christopher Griffin,                               Sensor Network Operations is a multipart text devoted to sensor                               technology, particularly as part of mission-critical networks. The                               721-page book, which serves as both reference source and                               applications guideline, provides an overview of sensor technologies,                               the design of sensors and their network algorithms, and practical                               applications for sensor networks in its three sections. Applications                               include robotic systems, video surveillance, and vehicle tracking                               systems. The hard-cover book is priced at $125 per copy from its                               publisher, Wiley-Interscience.                               Wiley Interscience ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=28253:49027F                              *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              IMAPS International Conference on                               High-Temperature Electronics (HiTEC 2006)                              May 15-18, 2006                              Hilton of Santa Fe                              Santa Fe, NM                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2824A:49027F                              Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG)                              67th Microwave Measurements Conference                              June 16, 2006                              Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=28252:49027F                              International Microwave Theory & Techniques                               Symposium (MTT-S)                              June 11-16, 2006                              Moscone Convention Center                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=28251:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                               Nominate Your Microwave Legends!                              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