==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              PlanetEE - www.planetee.com/                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com/                              August 25, 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. Bridging the Academic-Professional Gap                               2. Free DVD Offers Tour of Microtech                               3. Rockwell Collins Names ATC Cap Supplier Of Year                               4. GaAs IC Suppliers To Benefit From Optical Growth                              5. Power Amp Drives 25-31-GHz Satcom Systems                               6. GE, Rolls-Royce Win $2.4B JSF Contract                               7. Antenna Design Course Is Free                               8. Book Review: The Mobile Multimedia Business                               9. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                Agilent EEsof is the leading supplier of EDA software for                               high-frequency system, circuit, and modeling applications. Products                               include Advanced Design System, RF Design Environment, and IC-CAP.                               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Perhaps a larger issue for high-frequency firms has to do with the                               search for good engineering talent, and the gap between what the                               engineering graduate knows, and what a high-frequency or other                               engineering firm needs. And this educational gap seems to widen each                               year as companies cut intern programs and as communications decrease                               between industry and academia. In better times, leading engineering                               companies would often "loan" an employee to a university to serve as                               a part-time professor.                               Clearly, there is a need in this country to forge a stronger link                               between engineering schools and engineering companies, but it takes                               willingness on both sides to make it work. When it does, both sides                               benefit.                              JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Free DVD Offers Tour of Microtech                              A free Capabilities DVD from Microtech (Cheshire, CT) features a                               brief tour of the firm's world-class in-house manufacturing                               facilities. Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, Microtech                               is a leader in waveguide products and boasts a long list of in-house                               capabilities, including CNC machining, plating, soldering, brazing,                               and rubber molding. For a free copy of the DVD, contact Don Effgen                               at (203) 272-3234 or by e-mail at mailto:Don@microtech-inc.com.                              Microtech ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D62:FFCBF                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              Rockwell Collins Names ATC Cap Supplier Of Year                              Rockwell Collins (Cedar Rapids, IA) recently named American                               Technical Ceramics Capacitor Supplier of the Year. The award was                               made for several factors, including outstanding sales support,                               excellent engineering support, reduced lead times, and flexibility                               to work with Rockwell Collins. Victor Insetta, President and CEO of                               ATC, stated that "we are very honored to receive this recognition.                               This honor from a truly world-class company demonstrates ATC's                               commitment to being the 'Engineer's Choice' and a partner in working                               with our customers." ATC supplies a wide range of high-performance                               RF/microwave capacitors and thin-film circuits, while Rockwell                               Collins is a leader in communications and avionics systems for                               commercial and military customers.                               American Technical Ceramics ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D67:FFCBF                              Rockwell Collins ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D5E:FFCBF                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              GaAs IC Suppliers To Benefit From Optical Growth                              Growth of 27 percent is projected for the high-speed fiber-optic IC                               market in 2005. This optimism stems from the report "Fiber-optic                               Analog IC Market and Technology Dynamics," by the Gallium Arsenide &                               Compound Semiconductor Service at research specialist Strategy                               Analytics (Boston, MA). The market for high-speed fiber-optic ICs is                               expected to expand from a base level of $280 million in 2004. OC-48                               and OC-192 links will be at the center of this growth, and the                               deployment of high capacity routers will also begin to stimulate                               OC-768 purchases. Overall, the market will grow at a CAAGR of 24                               percent through to 2009. GaAs IC vendors will benefit, especially                               for laser drivers. The report also examines the market potential for                               other IC technologies, including silicon (Si), silicon germanium                               (SiGe), and indium phosphide (InP).                              Strategy Analytics ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D5D:FFCBF                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              Power Amp Drives 25-31-GHz Satcom Systems                              Ideal for commercial and military airborne and mobile satellite                               communications (satcom) systems operating from 25 to 31 GHz, the                               MPC4-2531 is an outdoor unit (ODU) from Sophia Wireless that                               delivers 20 W output power. It consists of a power amplifier,                               monitor and control processor, and protection circuitry in a compact                               enclosure for outdoor use. The amplifier provides better than 45 dB                               gain with less than 3-dB variation across the frequency range.                              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The contract, which runs through                               2013, includes research, development, and test equipment, with                               delivery of production F-136 engines scheduled for 2012. The                               original JSF engine contract (for about $4 billion) was awarded in                               2001 to United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney unit (East Hartford,                               CT), but General Electric and Rolls-Royce convinced the Department                               of Defense (DoD) of the need for a second engine source as backup.                               Lockheed-Martin Corp. (Bethesda, MD) is the prime contractor for the                               JSF program, with the JSF scheduled for a first flight next year.                                 General Electric ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D6D:FFCBF                              Rolls-Royce ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D66:FFCBF                              Pratt & Whitney ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D63:FFCBF                              Lockheed Martin ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D64:FFCBF                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Antenna Design Course Is Free                              Antenna specialist Radio Waves (North Billerica, MA) is offering a                               free Radio Waves Technical Institute (RWTI), the firm's short course                               on antenna design. Normally priced at $950 per person, the RWTI is                               scheduled for September 12th in Columbus, OH. The course covers                               microwave antenna system basics from design, to application, to                               installation of microwave antennas for licensed and unlicensed                               networks. To learn more about this free RWTI and reserve a space                               please contact Radio Waves at mailto:sales@radiowavesinc.com or                               978-459-8800.                              Radio Waves ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D65:FFCBF                              ***************                              8. Book Review                              ***************                              The Mobile Multimedia Business                              Written by Bernd Eylert, The Mobile Multimedia Business ($99.95,                               ISBN: 047001234X) examines mobile communications markets and trends,                               and explores the types of services and applications that will drive                               the growth of third- and fourth-generation cellular systems for                               years to come. Application areas include telematics, entertainment,                               remote monitoring, and mobile shopping. This strictly nontechnical                               text is aimed at marketing professionals working to supply hardware                               and software for mobile communications systems; it is rich with                               statistics and projections.                              John Wiley & Sons ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D6E:FFCBF                              *******************************                              9.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              European Microwave Week 2005                              October 3-7, 2005                              Paris, France                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D6C:FFCBF                              Bipolar Circuits and Technology Meeting (BCTM)                              October 10-11, 2005                              Santa Barbara, CA                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D68: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=11D69:FFCBF                              Wireless Congress 2005: Systems and Applications                              November 9-10, 2005                              Munich, Germany                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D5C:FFCBF                              Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG)                              66th Microwave Measurements Conference                              December 1-2, 2005                              Marriot Hotel, Washington, DC                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D6A:FFCBF                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                For the Latest in Test and Measurement                              Read "Browne's Blog" only at http://www.mwrf.com/                              *******************************************************************                              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:                              Paul Barkman at 1-908-704-2460 or                              mailto:pbarkman@penton.com                              ====================================================                              To subscribe click here:  http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D5F:FFCBF                              To unsubscribe click here:  http://nls.planetee.com/u?id=92976FF2A879FA46B017108BCBB805E8                              Penton's e-Newsletter homepage:  http://www.planetee.com/                              ====================================                              Copyright 2005 Penton Media Inc. 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