==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              PlanetEE - www.planetee.com/                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com/                              April 7, 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. Software To Shine At MTT-S                               2. Bidirectional Adaptive Optics System Reaches 800 Gb/s                               3. SiGe Semiconductor Launches WiMAX Transceiver Solution                               4. Thunderline-Z Adds Two Tools to Website                               5. IEEE's 802.11 Handbook Guides WLAN Developers                               6. RFID Transponder Hits Ski Slopes                               7. AR's Products Offer Internet Remote Control                               8. CAN Transceiver Powers Vehicle Applications                               9. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                Digital Gage Kits from Maury Microwave Corporation                              Maury has a new digital gage kit, replacing the previous analog                               design.                              Our new gage has a large easy to read digital read out in both US                               standard and/or Metric display.  Verifying the critical dimensions                               of each connector before mating ensures measurement accuracy.  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This year's event is scheduled for June 12-17, 2005 at the Long                               Beach Convention Center (Long Beach, CA), and promises five days                               packed with panel sessions, workshops, tutorials, and technical                               sessions. And for aficionados of the latest in test equipment and                               measurement practice, the Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG)                               breakfast, awards lunch, and general meeting offers those with a                               measurement bent to share ideas with their peers.                              Of course, the continuing-education benefits of the MTT-S are                               certainly important. But perhaps even more invaluable is the chance                               to catch up with old friends on the exhibition floor, and to hear                               and pass along the latest gossip. One of the most-asked questions on                               the show floor is invariably "What are the hottest products?" I                               suspect that this year's answer will be simply "software." Many of                               the leaders, including Agilent Technologies, Ansoft, Applied Wave                               Research, Cadence Design Systems, Eagleware, Sonnet Software, and                               Zeland Software have been busy this winter in anticipation of major                               announcements at the show. Sonnet's recent launch of Release 10 of                               its Sonnet Suites of software tools, for example, features a host of                               new features, including broadband SPICE model extraction and Linux                               support. Earlier this year, Ansoft announced a design library for                               developers of ultrawideband (UWB)                               orthogonal-frequency-division-multiplex (OFDM) systems. And Agilent                               Technologies' EEsof group has been touring with a series of seminars                               on RF printed-circuit-board (PCB) design, power-amplifier design,                               and signal-integrity topics.                               If this activity among software suppliers is a harbinger of                               show-floor announcements, then this year's MTT-S should be ripe with                               new code and new software tools. And this is good news, since these                               tools have become much more accurate over the years and are indeed                               engineering productivity enhancers.                               JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              Please share your thoughts by contacting me at: mailto:jbrowne@penton.com                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Bidirectional Adaptive Optics System Reaches 800 Gb/s                              AOptix Technologies, an emerging supplier of electro-optical systems                               and technologies for next-generation laser communications, imaging,                               and directed energy systems, announced its first product, the GT1.0                               Communicator. The system provides a range of more than 20 km with                               virtually zero probability of intercept or detection and 800-Gb/s                               bandwidth with a fiber-optic source. The portable system measures                               just 9 by 13 by 13 inches and weighs just 1 kg, running for more                               than 8 hours on battery power. For ground applications, the patented                               DWDM-capable optical system enables building-to-building (in room)                               line-of-sight links directly through windows with no performance                               degradation.                              AOptix Technologies -----> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=70EE:FFCBF                                                             *********                              3. News                              *********                              SiGe Semiconductor Launches WiMAX Transceiver Solution                              Fabless semiconductor supplier SiGe Semiconductor announced a                               high-performance transceiver chipset aimed at WiMAX systems,                               broadband wireless access (BWA) applications, and                               wireless-local-loop (WLL) equipment. The new transceiver chipset                               consists of four devices: the SE7051 IF transceiver, the 3.5-GHz                               model SE7351L RF transceiver, the 2.5-GHz model SE725iL RF                               transceiver, and the SE7380L GaAs PHEMT single-pole, double-throw                               (SPDT) switch. The four-chip solution provides system designers with                               the full transmit and receive paths, and requires minimal external                               components. The transceiver is equipped with multiple baseband                               interfaces and can support HD-FDD BPS-IF, HD-FDD IQ, and TDD IQ                               baseband controllers. The transceivers' wide bandwidths of 2.3 to                               2.7 GHz and 3.3 to 3.8 GHz allow designers to address all worldwide                               systems, speeding time to market. According to Andrew Parolin,                               director of wireless data products for SiGe Semiconductor, "Our new                               WiMAX transceiver leverages SiGe's RF design and process technology                               expertise to offer customers an optimized solution relative to                               overall performance and flexibility. We are also providing our                               customers with design and layout support to help them to take WiMAX                               products based on our devices through the certification process."                              SiGe Semiconductor ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=70F3:FFCBF                                                             *********                              4. News                              *********                              Thunderline-Z Adds Two Tools to Website                              Thunderline-Z, designer and manufacturer of hermetic packaging as                               well as RF, DC, and capacitive feedthroughs, announced two new                               engineering tools on their website. The first tool supports                               advanced searches through their database of designed and available                               feedthroughs, with over 2000 models listed. Users can enter complete                               or partial requirements on their feedthroughs to obtain a broad                               choice of options, or use the search function to narrow their                               selection to a handful of choices. The second software tool is an                               impedance reference calculator. It can be used to calculate the                               opposing dimension of glass to pin, or pin to glass, that will                               achieve optimal impedance for a given package. Users first enter                               their desired impedance, choose a dielectric constant of 4.1, 4.9,                               or 6.65, and watch as the tool instantly displays the optimal glass                               or pin diameter for that impedance.                               Thunderline-Z ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=70EB:FFCBF                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              IEEE's 802.11 Handbook Guides WLAN Developers                              Designers of wireless local area networks (WLAN) now have an                               authoritative information source with the publication of the IEEE's                               "IEEE 802.11 Handbook: A Designer's Companion." Written by Bob                               O'Hara and Al Petrick, this second edition provides new information                               on the IEEE 802.11 standard and its amendments. IEEE 802.11                               standards are sponsored by IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee of                               the IEEE Computer Society. The handbook features the underlying                               technology that makes wireless mobility a reality, as IEEE 802.11                               equipment moves into its second stage. It includes information on                               WLAN medium access control (MAC), security, quality of service, and                               key specifications and attributes for the five physical layers.                               Copies of the handbook are available for $49.95 for non-IEEE members                               and $39.95 for IEEE members. In addition, free copies of WLAN                               standards are available at the IEEE site link listed below.                              IEEE ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=70F4:FFCBF                              IEEE 802.11 ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=70ED:FFCBF                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              RFID Transponder Hits Ski Slopes                              Radio-frequency-identification (RFIC) chip supplier EM                               Microelectronic has developed the model EM4026 RFID transponder chip                               to facilitate handling and identification of rented skis or                               snowboards at ski resorts. Working with partners Skidata and                               EC-Passage, EM Microelectronic has created the device for use with                               contactless readers operating at 125 kHz. The transponder works                               without batteries, requiring only a small antenna for use at                               temperatures as low as minus 40 degrees Centigrade. When integrated                               into a ski, the chip and antenna are invisible and tamper protected.                               Each chip has a factory-programmed 64-b identification number. The                               Tag Talk First protocol enables a cost effective chip implementation                               and avoids interferences with existing contactless access control                               systems near ski lifts. In ski rental shops, tagged items can easily                               be identified and attributed to customers, to speed the delivery and                               return of rented equipment.                              EM Microelectronic ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=70E9:FFCBF                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              AR's Products Offer Internet Remote Control                              AR Worldwide's new model IA232ET Ethernet Interface allows any of                               the company's products with an RS-232 interface to be remotely                               controlled on IP-based Ethernet networks. By means of serial                               tunneling, the interface encapsulates serial data into packets and                               transports it over the Ethernet. By using the IA232ET with an                               appropriately equipped power amplifier or other instrument from AR                               Worldwide, operators can remotely monitor, manage, and control these                               instruments over both 10Base-T and 100Base-TX networks, eliminating                               limited distance point-to-point connections.                              AR Worldwide ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=70EC:FFCBF                                                             *********                              8. News                              *********                              CAN Transceiver Powers Vehicle Applications                              AMI Semiconductor announced a single-chip transceiver for                               next-generation in-vehicle-networking (IVN) controller-area-network                               (CAN) systems. The firm's model                               AMIS-42665 is suitable for both 12- and 24-V automotive applications                               and is fully compatible with both the ISO 11898-2 and ISO 11898-5                               standards. The SOIC 150-8 device offers all the functionality needed                               to provide the interface between a CAN controller and the physical                               bus. Specifically, the device provides differential signaling                               capability to the CAN bus via the transmit and receive pins of the                               CAN controller. It is ideal for vehicle body and comfort control                               functions ranging from electric windows to climate control.                              AMI Semiconductor -----> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=70F2:FFCBF                                                             *******************************                              9.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              ARMMS RF & Microwave Society Conference                              April 18-19, 2005                              Milton Hill House Hotel, Milton Hill, Oxfordshire, UK                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=70F0:FFCBF                              2005 International Reliability Physics Symposium                              April 17-21, 2005                              San Jose Marriott Hotel, San Jose, CA                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=70F1:FFCBF                              Broadband Wireless World 2005                              April 21-22, 2005                              Caesar's Place                              Las Vegas, NV                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=70E7:FFCBF                              Lead-Free QuickStart Seminar                              Sponsored by Indium Corporation of America                              May 17-18, 2005                              Libertyville, IL                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=70E8: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=70EF:FFCBF                              Read past issues of Microwaves and RF (MWRF) UPDATE e-Newsletter:                               http://www.mwrf.com/                              MICROWAVES AND RF (MWRF) UPDATE e-NEWSLETTER CONTACTS                              ====================================================                              Technical Director: Jack Browne                              mailto:jbrowne@penton.com                              Associate Editor: Laurie Collins                              mailto:lcollins@penton.com                              Advertising/Sponsorship Opportunities:                              Jim Theriault at 1-925-736-5051 or                              send email to mailto:jtheriault@penton.com                              ====================================================                              To subscribe click here:  http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=70EA:FFCBF                              To unsubscribe click here:  http://nls.planetee.com/u?id=92976FF2A879FA46AC456861C53C43DF                              Penton's e-Newsletter homepage:  http://www.planetee.com/                              ====================================                              Copyright 2005 Penton Media Inc. 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