==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              December 21, 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. Ham Radio Reaches End Of An Era                              2. No More Morse Code In Ham Radio Tests                               3. Focus Enhancements Receives FCC Approval For DS-OFDM UWB                               4. Silicon/Crystal Timing Market To Expand                               5. MEMS To Move In 2008                              6. InGaP LNA Boosts Satellite Radio Receivers                               7. Maury Hosts Load-Pull Seminar                              8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                                                     You take WiMAX forward.  See how Agilent clears the way.                                                               Agilent cleared the way for fixed/mobile WiMAX and WiBro with the                               industry's first design tools like our Advanced Design System (ADS)                               suite of software tools, ESG signal generator with Signal Studio                               software, and VSA modulation analysis software.  Now you can                               anticipate potential roadblocks with fast and efficient test using                               Agilent WiMAX MXG signal generation and MXA signal analysis - see how                               at http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=44714:49027F . It's WiMAX testing at the                               edge of possibility.                               For more information, click on the link below:                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=44724:49027F                               ******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              Ham Radio Reaches End Of An Era                              Amateur radio operators hold an important and noble place in this                               country. Not only are they people dedicated to maintaining skills in                               radio communications, they represent this country's "safety net" for                               emergency communications should some disaster or terrorist activity                               render all normal communications networks useless. Those who                               remember the movie classic On The Beach may recall the main                               characters' hope of finding survivors following a nuclear holocaust                               after receiving a Morse Code message on a ham radio.                              That scene has suddenly become severely dated, with the FCC's                               willingness to grant higher-level Amateur Radio operator's licenses                               without knowledge of Morse Code. Obviously, this has opened the door                               to many more people becoming ham operators, who may have hesitated                               previously when considering the Morse Code requirement. But this                               relaxation of the requirements also "cheapens" the license somewhat,                               in the manner of granting a driver's license in a large city without                               requiring the skill of parallel parking.                               With newer radios and communications technologies available, the                               FCC's move away from Morse Code is understandable. But, as that                               scene in On The Beach showed, that Morse Code may come in handy                               one day.                               JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              No More Morse Code In Ham Radio Tests                              Morse code will no longer be a requirement for earning any Amateur                               Radio (ham) license in the US. The United States Federal                               Communications Commission announced last week that it had eliminated                               testing for proficiency in Morse code for all Amateur Radio license                               classes. Although many ham operators are well versed in Morse Code,                               it will no longer be required for a license as per FCC Report &                               Order in WT Docket 05-235. Since 1991 it has been possible to earn a                               "Technician" class Amateur Radio license without passing a Morse                               examination. The higher class licenses, "General" and "Amateur                               Extra," required at least five words per minute code proficiency.                               The Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL) reported that requests for                               study materials for new licenses had doubled within 72 hours of the                               FCC announcement that Morse Code had been dropped from the testing.                               For more information, contact the ARRL.                              ARRL ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=44722:49027F                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              Focus Enhancements Receives FCC Approval For DS-OFDM UWB                              Focus Enhancements, a pioneer of sending wireless video with                               ultrawideband (UWB) technology, has received US Federal                               Communications Commission (FCC) approval for its direct-sequence,                               orthogonal-frequency-division-multiplex  modulation                               technique. The approval allows full use of the UWB spectrum without                               waiver, providing 880-Mb/s rates to UWB product designers and users.                               Focus is also the only wireless chip manufacturer to receive                               approval without waiver. As a result, DS-OFDM UWB radios will be                               able to use all or any part of the bandwidth allocated by the FCC                               for UWB applications (3.1 to 16.6 GHz). According to Tom Hamilton,                               executive vice president and general manger of Focus Enhancements'                               semiconductor group, "While several WiMedia companies have received                               FCC approval for UWB technology, none have done so without waiver -                               until now." The firm's flavor of UWB technology allows wireless                               high-definition (HD) and standard-definition (SD) video transmission                               at data rates from 37 to 880 Mb/s with distances sufficient for                               whole house wireless video coverage.                              Focus Enhancements ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=4471C:49027F                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              Silicon/Crystal Timing Market To Expand                              The market for silicon-based and crystal-based timing devices will                               grow from $4.2 billion in 2006 to exceed $5.7 billion in 2011                               according to a new study from ABI Research. While silicon-based                               timing devices are still not as capable of sophisticated tasks as                               crystal oscillators, they are getting better, and will eventually                               replace crystals in many contexts. The report, "The Timing Solution                               Market: Quartz Crystal, Crystal and SAW Oscillators, and Silicon                               Timing Devices," notes that the strongest growth will occur in the                               Asia-Pacific region.                               ABI Research ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=4471A:49027F                                                             **********                              5. News                              **********                              MEMS To Move In 2008                              The latest ABI Research study on microelectromechanical systems                               (MEMS) technology projects that 2008 will be a banner year for the                               MEMS in mobile phones. The report, "Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems                               (MEMS) in Mobile Phones," predicts five major application areas for                              MEMS in the mobile phone: in RF filters, adaptive tuning circuits,                              resonators and oscillators, audio microphones, accelerometers, and                               motion sensors. Cost is still a concern, although it should drop                               with the expected volumes for mobile phones.                               ABI Research ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=4471B:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                                                     You take WiMAX forward.  See how Agilent clears the way.                                                               Agilent cleared the way for fixed/mobile WiMAX and WiBro with the                               industry's first design tools like our Advanced Design System (ADS)                               suite of software tools, ESG signal generator with Signal Studio                               software, and VSA modulation analysis software.  Now you can                               anticipate potential roadblocks with fast and efficient test using                               Agilent WiMAX MXG signal generation and MXA signal analysis - see how                               at http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=44714:49027F . It's WiMAX testing at the                               edge of possibility.                               For more information, click on the link below:                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=44724:49027F                               		 		                               ******************************************************************                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              InGaP LNA Boosts Satellite Radio Receivers                              Model UPG2310TK is a low-noise amplifier (LNA) fabricated with an                               InGaP monlithic-microwave-integrated-circuit (MMIC) process. Ideal                               for Industrial-Scientific-Medical (ISM) applications in the                               2.3-to-2.5-GHz band as well as for SDARS satellite radio receivers,                               the LNA features 27 dB gain and 1.8 dB noise figure at 2.3 GHz. The                               third-order intercept point is +28.5 dBm at that frequency. The LNA                               is supplied in a compact TK package measuring 1.5 x 1.3 x 0.55 mm.                               California Eastern Labs ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=44723:49027F                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Maury Hosts Load-Pull Seminar                               Maury Microwave is hosting a three-hour seminar on load-pull testing                               using the company's high-reflection impedance tuner with a                               commercial vector network analyzer. The seminar, which is scheduled                               from 1 to 4 PM on January 10, 2007 at the 2007 IEEE Radio and                               Wireless Symposium in the Long Beach Convention Center (Long Beach,                               CA), uses the optimization of a GSM/EDGE power-amplifier (PA) module                               as an example. Attendees can register to win a 4-GB iPOD nano. For                               more information, contact John Sevic at e-mail: jsevic@maurymw.com                               or visit the company's web site.                              Maury Microwave Corp. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=44720:49027F                              *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              2007 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium (RWS)                              January 7-12, 2007                              Long Beach Convention Center                              Long Beach, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=44719:49027F                              Software Defined Radio (SDR) Forum Meeting                              January 15-18, 2007                              Sheraton San Diego Hotel, Mission Valley                              San Diego, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=4471E:49027F                              2007 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC)                              February 11-15, 2007                              San Francisco Marriot Hotel                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=44721:49027F                              IEEE Sarnoff Symposium 2007                              April 30-May 2, 2007                              Sarnoff Labs                              Princeton, NJ                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=44716:49027F                              2007 IEEE/MTT-S International Microwave Symposium                              June 3-8, 2007                              Hawaii Convention Center                              Honolulu, HI                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=4471F:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                                                                                 For The Best In Test and Components                              Visit Microwaves & RF's RF Test Blog to learn about the latest                               developments in RF and microwave test equipment and measurement                               techniques. 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