==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com/                              December 7, 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. Because They Said It Couldn't Be Done                               2. Laird Technologies Pulls Off Double Acquisition                               3. Tampa Microwave Adds RF Assets of Morrow Technologies                               4. Vector Fields Launches Latest Version of EM Simulator                               5. Software Emulates Logic Analyzer                               6. Handbook Covers LXI Version 1.1                              7. Report Forecasts Rapid Telematics Growth                               8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                             New High Accuracy USB Power Meters                              Boonton's new 52000 series USB power sensors are complete miniature                               RF & Microwave power meters. They contain a CPU that controls the                               sensor, processes the measurement results, and operates the interface.                               All measurement data and settings can be transmitted via a USB                               interface to and from a personal computer (PC). This gives the concept                               of using a PC as the user interface in classic microwave power                               measurement. Visit our site for more information:                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=42B09:49027F                              ******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              Because They Said It Couldn't Be Done                              Some years back, more than a few instrument makers became interested                               in card-type products based on the use of a personal computer as                               controller and display. Many card formats have emerged from this                               interest, including PCI and VXI, along with a wide variety of                               instruments. Early instruments that leveraged the power of a personal                               computer (PC) included digitizers and signal sources. But many critics                               of the form factor offered that there would never be a spectrum                               analyzer in card form, because of the difficulty in achieving the                               required sensitivity and dynamic range in a card format.                              A great deal of credit is due to John Morrow, who never listened to                               those critics. He achieved much in the way of compact RF instrument                               designs at his company, Morrow Technology (St. Petersburg, FL),                               including some of the first microwave spectrum analyzers on a card.                               His analyzers and satellite carrier monitoring systems have been                               reviewed in Microwaves & RF over the years, and the performance levels                               of his designs have always been found most impressive.                               Morrow Technology's recent divestiture of its RF instruments to Tampa                               Microwave (see story below) allows the company to focus on its                               profitable display business, and begins a new chapter in                               high-performance RF/microwave instrumentation for Tampa Microwave.                               Fortunately, the industry has not seen the last of John Morrow's                               engineering excellence, as he will remain involved as a senior                               consultant to Tampa Microwave for the acquired product lines. All the                               best to both companies in their changing endeavors.                               JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Laird Technologies Pulls Off Double Acquisition                              Antenna and shielding-materials specialist Laird Technologies has                               added a pair of companies that build upon its already strong                               capabilities. The firm acquired Stewart, Inc. and its subsidiaries for                               %52.5 million. Stewart provides ferrite-based                               electromagnetic-interference (EMI) suppressors and filters. Laird also                               acquired the Swedish (Gothenburg) firm Coollab AB ("Supercool"), a                               leading provider of custom designed thermoelectric-based assemblies                               used in thermal management applications. Their products, which are                               used in a diverse range of applications in the telecommunications,                               medical, food and beverage, electronics, and automotive industries,                               integrate thermoelectric modules, temperature control systems, heat                               exchangers, external packaging and, in some cases, fans or pumps to                               provide a complete thermal management system.                               Laird Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=42B14:49027F                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              Tampa Microwave Adds RF Assets of Morrow Technologies                              Late last month, Tampa Microwave (Tampa, FL) completed its acquisition                               of the spectrum analyzer, carrier monitoring, and signal intelligence                               (SIGINT) receiver assets of Morrow Technologies Corp. (St. Petersburg,                               FL). Morrow will remain in business with its digital displays product                               lines under the direction of company president Sharon Morrow. The                               intellectual property, trademarks, and capital equipment associated                               with the SIGINT and spectrum analysis/monitoring products have become                               the property of Tampa Microwave, and the former Morrow engineering                               personnel involved with these product lines have relocated to Tampa.                               John Morrow, co-founder of Morrow Technologies, will continue to                               provide his expertise to the acquired business as a senior engineering                               consultant.                              Morrow Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=42B13:49027F                              Tampa Microwave ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=42B0E:49027F                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              Vector Fields Launches Latest Version of EM Simulator                              Computer-aided-engineering (CAE) software developer Vector Fields has                               announced the latest version of its high-frequency electromagnetic                               (EM) simulation tool, Concerto (series 6). The latest package features                               new solves, advanced model parameterization, and an enhanced scripting                               capability to rapidly create and optimize the most complex radio and                               microwave designs. Concerto series 6 offers a comprehensive suite of                               EM design capabilities, using powerful geometric modeling to provide                               two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) simulation and design                               optimization. Component or system models can be imported from CAE                               programs, or created using a powerful, built-in, 3D geometric                               modeller. Concerto offers adaptive meshing, a 3D finite-difference                               time-domain (FDTD) simulator, and a 2D FDTD simulator for axisymmetric                               geometry is available with this release, allowing fast simulation of                               rotationally symmetric structures such as some horn antennas or                               coaxial components. Series 6 adds a new finite-element method (FEM)                               tool which provides an elegant means of performing eigenvalue analysis                               for problems such as characterizing microwave resonator and cavity                               designs. As an option, a method of moments (MoM) simulator is ideal                               for large problems, such as modeling installed antennas. The latest                               software release also operates with system-level EDA. Users of                               Microwave Office from Applied Wave Research can seamlessly call                               Concerto simulation to characterize critical components in the system                               model, all from a single user interface. For more on Concerto series                               6, visit the company's website.                               Vector Fields ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=42B11:49027F                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              Software Emulates Logic Analyzer                              Test equipment supplier LeCroy Corp. has developed BitTracer software                               for its PETracer Gen2 Summit PCI Express Protocol Analyzer. The                               optional tool provides a physical layer view of PCI Express traffic,                               much like what might be seen on a logic analyzer, but using the                               protocol analyzer. This software capability allows developers to view                               bit stream traffic before it is decoded to high-level packets, to                               better understand where signal integrity issues may be causing data                               corruption. The software displays all bits in the bit stream for each                               individual lane. These bits are delineated to the user as they appear                               in the multi-striped bit stream. A separate window shows the                               high-level packet created from the delineated bits.  Both windows                               correlate together as a user moves through the bit stream. According                               to LeCroy product marketing managzer John Wiedemeier, "BitTracer                               bridges the gap between logic analyzer and protocol analyzer                               functionality."                              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To learn more or download application notes, click on the link below:                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=42B1A:49027F                              ******************************************************************                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              Handbook Covers LXI Version 1.1                              VXI Technology, Inc. has announced a handy LXI Capabilities Handbook                               in support of the releasde of Version 1.1 of the LXI standard for                               local-area-network (LAN) remote control and interoperability of test                               instruments. The handbook details key attributes of the Ethernet-based                               standard. The literature also includes information on LXI accessories,                               such as portable tablet personal computers (PCs), high-performance                               Gigabit Ethernet switches, wireless bridges, TriggerBus distribution                               interfaces, and Ethernet cabling. For more information on obtaining a                               copy of the handbook, or for details about the firm's pair of new LXI                               instruments, visit their website.                              VXI Technology, Inc. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=42B17:49027F                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Report Forecasts Rapid Telematics Growth                              Aggregate Japanese commercial telematics markets will reach $267                               million in 2011 according to a new ABI Research study. With a 2006                               level of $120 million, this amounts to a compound annual growth rate                               (CAGR) of 17 percent. During the same period, the South Korean market                               will show a CAGR of 30 to 41 percent in telematics subscribers,                               hardware shipments, and market values. Along with fleet management                               systems for freight trucks and construction vehicles, applications for                               commercial telematics include emergency medical service (EMS), public                               transportation, rental cars and taxis, and fleet management systems                               (FMS). The new ABI Research study, "Fleet Management Systems in Japan                               and South Korea," outlines the leading commercial vehicle telematics                               services, profiles FMS hardware solution providers and operators, and                               analyzes relevant government initiatives that will drive FMS                               development. As Seoul-based ABI Research senior analyst Andy Bae                               notes: "Market drivers in the region are lowered integration and                               implementation costs. With the advent of GPS-enabled mobile phones,                               even small and medium enterprises in Japan and South Korea have                               comfortably adopted commercial vehicle telematics services including                               fleet management."                              ABI Research ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=42B12:49027F                              *******************************                              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=42B0A:49027F                              2007 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium (RWS)                              January 7-12, 2007                              Long Beach Convention Center                              Long Beach, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=42B10:49027F                              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=42B19:49027F                              IEEE Sarnoff Symposium 2007                              April 30-May 2, 2007                              Sarnoff Labs                              Princeton, NJ                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=42B0C:49027F                              2007 IEEE/MTT-S International Microwave Symposium                              June 3-8, 2007                              Hawaii Convention Center                              Honolulu, HI                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=42B16:49027F                              ************************ 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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