==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              December 9, 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.  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                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                                    Want to check out the latest                                                    developments in RF test?                                               Read Microwaves & RF's RF Test Blog                                           only at http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B954:49027F                              *******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              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                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              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                                                             *********                              3. News                              *********                              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                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              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                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              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                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                  		 		                                                 The search for happiness...                                                                                   Are you a company looking for a good engineer?                                            Or an engineer looking for a good company?                                   Find the right match, at http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B952:49027F                              *******************************************************************                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              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                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              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                              *********                              8. News                              *********                              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                              *********                              9. News                              *********                              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.                              *******************************                              10.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              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                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B948:49027F                              International Microwave Theory & Techniques                               Symposium (MTT-S)                              June 11-16, 2006                              Moscone Convention Center                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B955:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                             For the most complete directory of microwave                                                  companies and products, visit:                                            http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B95A:49027F                              *******************************************************************                              Read past issues of Microwaves and RF (MWRF) UPDATE e-Newsletter:                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B959:49027F                              =====================================================                              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                              =====================================================                              SUBSCRIBER INFO                              =====================================================                              To subscribe click here:                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B94A:49027F                              To unsubscribe click here:                              http://news.mwrf.com/u?id=A16E8FA232AD0B5BA8509254793D7B94                              ====================================                              If you need assistance in updating the information you have provided                              to Penton or if you have questions or comments about our privacy                              policies, please click on the link below.                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1B949:49027F                              ====================================                              Copyright 2005 Penton Media Inc. 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