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Microwaves & RF UPDATE
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December 9, 2005
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Today's Table of Contents:
1.  Taking A Gamble On UWB
2.  WiSpry and Jazz Partner For Cellular MEMS
3.  Powerwave Provides DFW Coms System
4.  Tech-Etch Tries Fuel Cells
5.  CST Calls User Group Meeting
6.  Agilent Semiconductor Is Now Avago Technologies
7.  ATC Expands Online Shopping Site
8.  WiQuest Launches 1-Gb/s UWB Chips
9.  All The Best To Laurie Collins
10. Happenings - Conferences

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1.  Viewpoint
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Taking A Gamble On UWB

Ultrawideband (UWB) technology promises tremendous data rates for
almost negligible transmitter power in short-range applications.
Some companies, including Focus Enhancements (http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B951:49027F ),
have already proclaimed it to be the technology of choice for in-home
wireless video connections. And some large communications companies,
including Intel (http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B958:49027F ), are showing strong interest
in the future of the technology.

But that future is very dependent upon standardization. All the more
acknowledge the efforts of a pioneering firm like WiQuest
Communications (see news story below) for their two-chip UWB
solution. The firm is hedging their bets on UWB as much as possible
by contributing to the Certified Wireless USB specification,
developing the new chips to the WiMedia specifications, and as a
member of the UWSB Implementers Forum. But any production
introduction based on an emerging technology represents a risk, and
courage that should be applauded.


JACK BROWNE
Technical Director


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2. News
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WiSpry and Jazz Partner For Cellular MEMS

Microelectromechanical-systems (MEMS) developer WiSpry and wafer
foundry Jazz Semiconductor have formed a partnership to create RF
CMOS-based MEMS products. The partnership will blend WiSpry's
digitally tunable capacitor devices and Jazz's advanced
semiconductor processes, with cellular communications applications
in mind. WiSpry president and CEO, Jeff Hilbert, notes "RF-MEMS
devices will be a disruptive element in the design of future RF
systems." He explains the importance of working with Jazz: "Our
success in bringing this exciting technology to market depends on
our ability to leverage existing semiconductor processes." The
companies are co-developing techniques for commercial wafer level
sealing of RF-MEMS devices in order to provide low-cost, high-volume
devices.  
WiSpry, Inc. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B957:49027F
Jazz Semiconductor ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B953:49027F

 
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3. News
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Powerwave Provides DFW Coms System

Mission-critical communications at Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Airport
is routine thanks to an in-building wireless infrastructure system
designed and installed by Powerwave Technologies. The wireless
equipment provides fire, police, medical, security, and other
emergency service personnel secure, interference-free RF
communications throughout the terminal. The airport serves 37,000
passengers each day and 12.8 million passengers each year. The
installation includes Powerwave's remote fiber-fed repeaters and
bi-directional amplifiers in the VHF and 800-MHz bands for extended
coverage.
Powerwave Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B94E:49027F


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4. News
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Tech-Etch Tries Fuel Cells

Perhaps best known for their EMI/RFI shielding products, Tech-Etch
has developed photo-etched flow field plates for fuel cells. The
firm's corrosion-resistant stainless-steel and titanium plates offer
advantages over nonmetallic plates, such as graphite, including
improved thermal and electrical conductivity, more rugged
construction, and thinner design. Channels can be etched on both
sides of a plate with depth and width tolerance to 0.003 in. in 316
stainless steel and titanium.
Tech-Etch, Inc. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B94F:49027F


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5. News
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CST Calls User Group Meeting

Computer Simulation Technology (CST) has announced a European user
group meeting for March 9-10, 2006 in Boppard, Germany. The meeting
offers uses of the CST STUDIO software to compare notes and learn
about future developments from CST staff. The event is designed to
showcase the very latest developments in CST STUDIO software and to
encourage feedback and user participation. Presentations are invited
from customers who may wish to present their latest work using
STUDIO tools to a wider audience of design engineers. Scheduled
Keynote speakers include Dr. Peter Thoma, CST's head of research and
development, and Professor Thomas Weiland from Darmstadt's
University of Technology and founder of CST. The event is scheduled
for the Bellevue Rhein hotel in the historic village of Boppard,
Germany. For more information, visit the company's web site.
CST ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B95B:49027F


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6. News
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Agilent Semiconductor Is Now Avago Technologies

On the first of this month, Avago Technologies started operations as
the world's largest privately held semiconductor company. With the
acquisition of Agilent Technologies' Semiconductor Products Group by
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and Silver Lake Partners in a
$2.66 billion transaction, Avago Technologies was born. The firm
numbers 6500 people worldwide. Co-headquartered in Singapore and San
Jose, CA, Avago Technologies has an extensive portfolio of more than
5,500 products, which are sold into a broad set of applications and
end markets, including wireless and wired communications,
industrial, automotive, consumer electronics and storage and
computing. Dick Chang, president and CEO of Avago Technologies,
noted "We'll continue to provide the innovative products that enable
our customers and that have established our market leadership
positions."
Avago Technoogies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B950:49027F

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7. News
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ATC Expands Online Shopping Site

Capacitor supplier American Technical Ceramics (ATC) has expanded
product offerings for the ATC QUIKBuy portion of its website.
Visitors to the site can place orders online for small quantities,
including newly available 600L series (0402 size) capacitors as well
as 100A (0505 size) and 100B series (1111 size) capacitors. The firm
had already offered its 600F (0805 size) and 600S (0603 size) series
capacitors on the site. The ATC QUIKBuy Product Selector allows
visitors to the site to select specific capacitance values and case
sizes. It also allows a visitor to create a customer profile to
simplify repeat orders.
American Technical Ceramics ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B94C:49027F

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8. News
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WiQuest Launches 1-Gb/s UWB Chips

Fabless semiconductor supplier WiQuest Communications has announced
the WQST110 and WQST101 CMOS integrated circuits
(ICs) an ultrawideband (UWB) chipset promising
wireless data rates to 1 Gb/s. Based on the
WiMedia UWB physical layer (PHY) and media access
controller (MAC) specifications, the WQST110
controller/processor works with the companion
WQST101 RF transceiver to serve a variety of
short-range, low-power, high-date-rate
applications. According to Dr. Matthew Shoemake,
WiQuest founder, CEO and president, "We are
extremely pleased with the strong customer and
industry response to our first UWB product
design."
WiQuest Communications ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B956:49027F

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9. News
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All The Best To Laurie Collins

This issue marks the departure of our Associate Editor, Laurie
Collins, who captivated our staff with her intelligence, charm,
beauty, and above all, her writing and editing skills. Laurie has
left our world of electronics to report on shipping news, as part of
Commonwealth Business Media (Newark, NJ). Her spot will be filled by
long-time Microwaves & RF Managing Editor John Curley. Please join
us in wishing Laurie all the best in her new job.


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10.  Happenings - Conferences
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International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM)
December 5-7, 2005
Hilton Washington Hotel
Washington, DC
http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B947:49027F

IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium
January 17-19, 2006
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA
http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B94B:49027F

IEC DesignCon 2006
February 6-9, 2006
Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, CA
http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B95C:49027F

RF & Hyper
March 21-23, 2006
CNIT
La Defense, Paris, France
http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B94D:49027F

CALL FOR PAPERS
IMAPS International Conference on
High-Temperature Electronics (HiTEC 2006)
May 15-18, 2006
Hilton of Santa Fe
Santa Fe, NM
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International Microwave Theory & Techniques
Symposium (MTT-S)
June 11-16, 2006
Moscone Convention Center
San Francisco, CA
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