==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              April 7, 2006                              ==============================                              Greetings and welcome to your personal copy of                               Microwaves and RF UPDATE e-newsletter.                               Please see below for address-change or subscribe/unsubscribe                               instructions.                              =================================================================                              Today's Table of Contents:                              1. It's Your Life In There                                                                                                  2. Panasonic Acquires Tropian's Assets                               3. GPS Timing Receiver Aids Network Synchronization                               4. Seminars Offer Training On Design Tools                               5. Study Shows Strong RFID Growth in Government                               6. Front-End Module Aims At Embedded WLAN                               7. Amplifiers Give Assist to WiMAX Testing                               8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                   Taking Performance To a New Peak - The 4500B Peak Power Analyzer                              Boonton introduces the new 4500B Peak Power Analyzer. It has been                               totally redesigned from the inside out. This meter is changing the way                               the industry views and analyzes RF data. 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Viewpoint                               ***************                                                                                                                       It's Your Life In There                              During the week of the latest Cellular Telephone Industries                               Association (CTIA) annual gathering (CTIA Wireless 2006, Las                               Vegas, NV), it is appropriate to ponder the state of cellular                               communications and how the cellular telephone is shaping our lives.                               The cell phone has become like the car keys-one of those personal                               items that we check pockets or purse for before leaving the home or                               office.                               The cell phone has evolved from the early Motorola suitcase designs to                               the modern, pocket-sized multifunction device. One service provider                               has even taken up the slogan that "it is your life in there" to                               signify the importance of the device to daily life. But how much is                               too much?                              At CTIA Wireless 2006, RF Micro Devices unveiled a module for embedded                               WLAN in cell phones. Many of the devices already have Bluetooth                               wireless capability not to mention cameras, display screens, and                               enough memory for games, audio files, and record of "your life in                               there." And many service providers want to make video an additional                               service charge. Isn't it supposed to be a phone? Where did we go                               wrong? Share your thoughts at mailto:jbrowne@penton.com.                              JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Panasonic Acquires Tropian's Assets                              Panasonic strengthened its position in wireless communications by                               agreeing to acquire the assets of Cupertino, CA-based Tropian, Inc.                               Tropian is perhaps best known for its power-efficient polar modulation                               technology for wireless transmitters. According to the agreement,                               Panasonic Corporation of North America, the principal North American                               subsidiary of Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., will acquire the                               assets of Tropian's business. The arrangement will allow Matsushita                               Electric to acquire Tropian's intellectual property and technologies.                               It will also allow Panasonic Corporation of North America to acquire                               Tropian's core engineering team and integrate this team into Panasonic                               Emerging Advanced RF Laboratory (PEARL), a new unit of Panasonic R&D                               Company of America, a division of Panasonic Corporation of North                               America. This new unit will be established with about 40 employees.                               According to Dr. Susumu Koike, Executive Vice President of Matsushita                               Electric Industrial Co., Ltd., "Tropian's unique Polar modulation                               technologies will be an important driver in the digitization of the                               conventional analog radio-frequency elements within wireless                               communications systems." Earl McCune, Tropian founder and new PEARL                               director, noted "The Tropian management team of Tim Unger, CEO, Adrian                               Woolley, VP Marketing and Sales, and I have been looking to become                               part of an organization with the skills and resources to make a huge                               impact with our technology. With Panasonic we have found and joined                               such an organization, and we look forward to contributing to the                               acceleration of Dr. Koike's vision."                              Panasonic ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2656C:49027F                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              GPS Timing Receiver Aids Network Synchronization                              Trimble announced its latest Global Positioning System (GPS) timing                               receiver at this week's CTIA Wireless 2006 Conference (Las Vegas, NV).                               Dubbed the Acutime Gold system, the timing receiver is slightly larger                               than a baseball and housed in an environmentally sealed enclosure. It                               provides a pulse-per-second (PPS) output synchronized to Coordinated                               Universal Time (UTC) within 15 ns (one sigma). Once power is applied,                               the receiver automatically tracks satellites and surveys its position                               to within meters. It then switches to overdetermined time mode and                               generates a PPS output. Ideal for precise timing and network                               synchronization, the Acutime Gold receiver provides an independent                               timing source, within the firewall, for any application such as                               network fault detection systems and synchronization of wireless                               networks. It enables easy GPS integration for applications including                               cellular and paging networks.                              Trimble ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2656E:49027F                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              Seminars Offer Training On Design Tools                               Agilent Technologies is hosting a series of seminars entitled                               "Power-of-Two: ADS and GENESYS. The seminars, which provide details on                               two of company's high-frequency software design tools, are scheduled                               for April 10th through May 31st, from 11 AM through 2 PM. The                               seminars, which include a complementary lunch, cover the new release                               of Agilent Technologies' Advanced Design System (ADS) 2005A. They also                               address the firm's Eagleware GENESYS 2005 for RF System Architecture                               Design, and how ADS and GENESYS can work together. Attendees will                               learn how GENESYS SPECTRASYS, the industry's first and only continuous                               spectrum simulator can be used to speed RF system architecture design                               and pinpoint problems early when they are quick and easy to fix. For                               more information, visit the link below.                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=26562:49027F                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              Study Shows Strong RFID Growth in Government                              Research firm Venture Development Corp. projects strong                               radio-frequency identification (RFID) growth in the government sector                               over the next five years. The firm's recently released Government                               Vertical Market volume of its annual RFID Business Planning Service                               notes that RFID systems in the government vertical reached an                               estimated $269 million in 2005, with hardware accounting for nearly 53                               percent of the market. The study projects a compounded annual growth                               rate (CAGR) of roughly 34 percent through 2010, with revenue shipments                               projected to exceed $1.155 billion within five years. Governments                               throughout the world are increasingly citing the implementation of                               RFID as a top automatic identification and tracking priority, with                               agencies at both the national and local level playing a major role in                               facilitating RFID adoption.                              Venture Development Corp. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2656A:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                 		 		                                                  The search for happiness...                                                                                   Are you a company looking for a good engineer?                                            Or an engineer looking for a good company?                                      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According to Rohan Houlden, Director of RFMD's Network                               Components Product Line, "The RF5924 is the first offering in a                               dedicated line of mobile WLAN components that address all bands and                               standards and continues RFMD's heritage of delivering industry-leading                               technology to emerging, high-growth markets."                              RF Micro Devices ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=26570:49027F                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Amplifiers Give Assist to WiMAX Testing                              WiMAX device testing calls for robust test signals, often requiring                               additional amplification between a signal generator and the device                               under test (DUT). Recent tests involving two S Series amplifiers from                               AR Worldwide and a WiMAX test system from Rohde & Schwarz showed that                               the 50-W model 50S1G4A (0.8 to 4.2 GHz) and the 10-W model 10S4G11 (4                               to 10.6 GHz) amplifiers provided good signal fidelity at the required                               output levels for WiMAX testing. The tests showed that the amplifier's                               output signal was almost indistinguishable from the signal generator's                               output. The amplifier's ability to provide more 1-dB compression power                               and higher third-order intercepts allow the test engineer to get more                               useable power than competitive units. More information is available in                               Application Note 39A from AR Worldwide.                              Rohde & Schwarz ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=26568:49027F                              AR Worldwide--->                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=26563:49027F                              *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              Del Mar Electronics Show                               April 26-27, 2006                              Del Mar Fairgrounds                              Del Mar, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=26571:49027F                              Broadband Wireless World                              April 26-28, 2006                              Caesar's Palace Event Center                              Las Vegas, NV                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=26564:49027F                              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=26565:49027F                              International Microwave Theory & Techniques                               Symposium (MTT-S)                              June 11-16, 2006                              Moscone Convention Center                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2656D:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                            Nominate Your Microwave Legends!                              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