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Microwaves & RF UPDATE
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December 7, 2006
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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


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1.  Viewpoint
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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


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2. News
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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


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3. News
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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


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4. News
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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


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5. News
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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."
LeCroy Corp. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=42B18:49027F


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6. News
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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


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7. News
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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


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8.  Happenings - Conferences
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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


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