==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              August 24, 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. When Legends Are Born                               2. FreeWave Launches Spread-Spectrum Radio Modules                               3. LXI PlugFest Features Real-World Testing                               4. TensorComm Files 75th Interference Cancellation Patent                               5. DAC Synthesizes 1-GHz Bandwidth                               6. Instruments Add Data Streaming To RF Measurements                               7. Keithley Offers Remote-Testing Training Course                               8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                         Four Steps for Making Better Power Measurements                               Before selecting a power meter and its associated sensors, it's                               important to understand the factors that can influence the quality of                               your power measurements.  These factors affect the accuracy, economy,                               and technical match to your application.  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The list was nominated by readers, and final voting was performed by                               readers. We editors did some "compiling," but little "steering."                              As with other "hall of fame" type endeavors, this one will have its                               "add ons" each year, as we seek to increase the initial list of 45 by                               another 5 noteworthy people, places, or things each year. One of the                               original nominees, for example, was the Anzac catalog. It was a                               classic in its time, and a true reference source in this industry for                               any engineer needing high-frequency components.                               So, don't feel slighted. Instead, get a head start on your nominations                               for 2007 by sending me your suggestions, to mailto:jbrowne@penton.com                               JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              FreeWave Launches Spread-Spectrum Radio Modules                              FreeWave Technologies has developed a series of board-level                               spread-spectrum radios that operate in the 2.372 to 2.400 GHz range.                               Well suited for NATO and European allies, the secure frequency-hopping                               radio modules are ideal for original-equipment-manufacturer (OEM)                               applications. They feature a 32-b CRC for error-free communications, a                               20-mile line-of-sight range, and 115.2-kb/s true data rate. The                               versatile radio modules can operate with voltages from 9.5 to 30 VDC.                               FreeWave Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361C2:49027F                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              LXI PlugFest Features Real-World Testing                              Held this past July 25-27 in Cleveland, OH, the LXI Consortium's                               latest PlugFest featured more than 50 attendees and included                               real-world testing of products meeting Class A and Class B LXI                               requirements. Products for Class A include time synchronization via                               the IEEE 1588 precision time protocol as well as a hardware trigger                               bus. Sponsored by LXI member Keithley Instruments, all of the tested                               products are expected to receive certification shortly, bringing the                               total number of LXI-certified products to more than 150. The testing                               process also included interface bridges that enable integrators to                               create "hybrid" systems that utilize non-LXI equipment alongside                               LXI-compliant devices. This capability will help system creators                               leverage their existing investments - and expertise - in other                               architectures such as GPIB, VXI, and PXI. The next PlugFest, to be                               hosted by LXI member The MathWorks, is scheduled for October 17-19,                               2006, in Boston, MA.                              Keithley Instruments ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361C1:49027F                              LXI Consortium ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361BE:49027F                              The MathWorks ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361C0:49027F                               *********                              4. News                              *********                              TensorComm Files 75th Interference Cancellation Patent                              Spectral-efficiency specialist TensorComm announced the filing of                               their 75th patent related to interference cancellation, specifically                               for the application of their Interference Cancellation Technology                               (ICT) to networks deploying MIMO. The firm's ICT is designed to                               improve the performance and data throughput of 3G networks                               (CDMA2000/1xEV-DO and WCDMA/HSDPA) and is now positioned to apply the                               same types of benefits to emerging 4G networks. The receiver                               technology, which cancels interference from all traffic channels and                               interfering sources, operates with both base stations and mobile                               devices, and is suitable for single- and multiple-antenna receivers.                               TensorComm, Inc. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361BF:49027F                                                             **********                              5. News                              **********                              DAC Synthesizes 1-GHz Bandwidth                              Maxim Integrated Products has developed a digital-to-analog converter                               (DAC) capable of 2.3-GSamples/s, 12-b performance. Model MAX19692 can                               directly synthesize signals with as much as 1 GHz bandwidth at                               frequencies from DC to 2 GHz. The DAC features a -68 dBc spurious-free                               dynamic range (SFDR) at 1.2 GHz. The device operates from 3.3 and 1.8                               V supplies while consuming only 950 mW power. It is supplied in a 11 x                               11 mm 169-CSBGA package.                               Maxim Integrated Products ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361C4:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                        Networking with the World of Wireless Communications                               Innovative components, software, systems, and applications for future                               progress. Take advantage of your visit to Electronica 2006 to enter                               into a direct dialog with key industry suppliers from around the                               world:                               22nd International Trade Fair for Components, Systems & Applications                               New Munich Trade Fair Centre                               November 14-17, 2006                                                             For more information, click on                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361BA:49027F                               		 		                               ******************************************************************                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              Instruments Add Data Streaming To RF Measurements                              National Instruments has introduced a new RF vector signal analyzer                               and two intermediate-frequency (IF) digitizers that support continuous                               streaming of high-bandwidth RF test data across high-speed buses, such                               as PCI and PXI, directly to a personal computer (PC). The model                               PXI-5661 2.7-GHz vector signal analyzer offers a 20-MHz instantaneous                               modulation bandwidth and built-in burst trigger. The NI 5142 IF                               digitizers are available in PXI or PCI format, each with two 14-b,                               100-MSamples/s channels. According to Tim Dehne, NI senior vice                               president of engineering, "These new RF and IF products represent a                               shift in the way communications systems are designed and tested," said                               "By streaming RF or IF data across high-speed buses directly to a PC                               for processing, the challenge of developing a communications system                               now falls on software." The company also supplies LabVIEW software for                               analysis.                              National Instruments ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361C6:49027F                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Keithley Offers Remote-Testing Training Course                              Keithley Instruments is offering a two-day course on September 14 and                               15, 2006 in Cleveland, OH on the use of National Instruments' LabVIEW                               software for remote control of multiple-vendor test instruments,                               "Optimizing Remote Control of Instruments in a LabVIEW(R)                               Environment." Attendees will learn how to assemble and configure                               instruments from a variety of vendors into an efficient test setup and                               control all of them from a single software interface. The course,                               which is not intended for production testing, consists predominantly                               of practical exercises in a lab setting, plus short lectures on a                               variety of related topics.                              Course-->http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361C9:49027F                              Keithley ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361C1:49027F                              National Instruments ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361C7:49027F                              *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM)                              December 11-13, 2006                              Hilton San Francisco and Towers                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361B9:49027F                              2007 IEEE/MTT-S International Microwave Symposium                              June 3-8, 2007                              Hawaii Convention Center                              Honolulu, HI                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361C5:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                    		               For The Best In Test                              Visit Microwaves & RF's RF Test Weblog, sponsored by Keithley                               Instruments (www.keithley.com), for the latest news on test                               instruments, test literature, and measurement techniques. 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