==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              PlanetEE - www.planetee.com                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              February 15, 2007                              ==============================                              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. Hard To Argue With WiMAX Forum                               2. Research Shows Rapid Growth In RFID                               3. Skyworks Shows WCDMA Modules At 3GSM                               4. ANADIGICS Adds To WiMAX PAs At 3GSM                               5. Mobile WiMAX Forum PlugFest Explores Interoperability                               6. G. T. Microwave Hatches Up 100-W Phase Shifter                               7. SMA Adapter Helps Protect Connectors                               8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                  Keithley's 2007 Test and Measurement Product Catalog                               Keithley's Test and Measurement Product Catalog contains 400 pages                               detailing the company's source and measurement products, DC switching,                               RF switching hardware, RF signal generation and analysis instruments,                               data acquisition, semiconductor test systems, and optoelectronics test                               hardware. 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Generally, when                               a entire industry gets behind a particular standard, as was the case                               with IEEE 802.11, products are sold. The WiMAX Forum                               (www.wimaxforum.org) is that industry spark for WiMAX, bringing                               companies together with a common goal of driving the market through                               products that work seamlessly together. The nonprofit organization                               promises that WiMAX Forum certified products will be fully                               interoperable and support wireless metropolitan area networks (MANs)                               for broadband services.                              By organizing its interoperability PlugFests (see News item #5), the                               WiMAX Forum provides equipment suppliers and test equipment developers                               an open environment to test compatibility. In doing so, the WiMAX                               Forum helps speed products to market, and helps customers feel                               confident that those products will interoperate properly. Admittedly,                               the mobile portion of WiMAX may find more difficult market penetration                               than the fixed version of WiMAX (that "last mile" for broadband                               services). Still, the list of players involved in the WiMAX Forum's                               second mobile PlugFest is impressive. Hard to argue that these                               companies won't make WiMAX a success, based on their past histories.                               JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Research Shows Rapid Growth In RFID                              Research firm IDTechEx predicts that 1.71 billion                               radio-frequency-identification (RFID) tags will be sold in 2007, with                               a total RFID market size (including software and integration) of $4.96                               billion. The largest part of the market will be in RFID cards, with                               the non-card segment projected to be $1.97 billion globally. Excluding                               cards, 58.4 percent of the market in 2007 will be in the US and 33                               percent in Europe. The report, "RFID Forecasts, Players and                               Opportunities 2007-2017," authored by IDTechEX Chief Executive Officer                               (CEO) Raghu Das, projects that the RFID market will rise to more than                               $27 billion by 2017.                               IDTechEx ---> http://www.idtechex.com/                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              Skyworks Shows WCDMA Modules At 3GSM                              Skyworks Solutions announced new additions to its Intera(TM) line of                               front-end modules at this week's 3GSM World Congress 2007 in                               Barcelona, Spain. Developed for wideband-code-division-multiple-access                               (WCDMA) applications in PCS bands I, II, IV, V, and VI, the compact                               modules are designed to extend battery life and simplify integration                               with virtually any baseband architecture. The WCDMA FEMs support high                               speed uplink packet access (HSUPA), high speed downlink packet access                               (HSDPA), and feature a built-in power coupler and detector. They also                               include the company's patent-pending bulk-acoustic-wave (BAW) filter                               technology. Model SKY77433 for Band I is a fully matched 16-pin,                               full-duplex FEM in a small and efficient 4 x 7 mm package for                               universal mobile telecommunications systems (UMTS) in Europe and Asia.                               Model SKY77434 for Band II is a 4 x 7 mm FEM for U.S. PCS                               applications. Model SKY77435 for Band IV is a 4 x 7 mm FEM for                               advanced wideband systems (AWS), otherwise known as the Federal                               Communications Commission (FCC) Auctioned Spectrum. Finally, model                               SKY77436 for Band V is a 4 x 7 mm FEM for the US cellular market with                               Band VI covered for Japan.                               Skyworks Solutions, Inc. ---> http://www.skyworksinc.com/                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              ANADIGICS Adds To WiMAX PAs At 3GSM                              Another company making news at the 3GSM World Congress 2007 in                               Barcelona was ANADIGICS, announcing that it had expanded its line of                               WiMAX power amplifiers (PAs) with the introduction of the AWN6423 for                               mobile WiMAX. In support of the IEEE 802.16e-2005 standards, the new                               PA operates in the 2.5 to 2.7 band allocated for broadband mobile                               wireless services housed in a compact 4.5 x 4.5 mm module. It                               integrates a step attenuator and output power detector. According to                               Ron Michels, Senior Vice President and General Manager of Broadband                               Products at ANADIGICS, "Our WiMAX power amplifiers provide high                               linearity and advanced functional integration to support high                               performance solutions for the world's emerging broadband wireless                               systems, and superior efficiency to increase battery life for a more                               satisfying mobile experience." The PA module achieves 20-percent                               efficiency from a +3.3-VDC supply with EVM of 2.5 percent with 16QAM                               signals and +23.5-dBm output power.                               ANADIGICS ---> http://www.anadigics.com/                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              Mobile WiMAX Forum PlugFest Explores Interoperability                              The Second public Mobile WiMAX Forum PlugFest convened this week in                               Malaga, Spain, with 35 WiMAX test equipment and product manufacturers                               gathering to investigate the interoperability of their devices. Hosted                               by AT4 Wireless Labs, the PlugFest attracted chipset and system                               developers, including Accton Technology Corp., Adaptix, Airspan                               Networks, Alcatel-Lucent, Alvarion, Aperto Networks, Beceem, GCT                               Semiconductor, Huawei Technologies, Intel, LG Electronics, Motorola,                               Navini, Nokia, PicoChip, POSDATA, Redline Communications, Redpine                               Signals, Runcom Technologies Ltd., Samsung, SEQUANS Communications,                               SOMA Networks, Telsima, Wavesat Wireless Inc., and ZTE Corp. Test                               equipment suppliers included Aeroflex, Agilent, Anritsu, Rohde &                               Schwarz, and Tektronix. According to WiMAX Forum President and                               Chairman Ron Resnick, "The fact we have 35 companies participating in                               this week's PlugFest underscores the significant interest and strong                               momentum leading up to mobile WiMAX Forum Certification in mid 2007."                              WiMAX Forum ---> http://www.wimaxforum.org/                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                  Don't Miss The Latest Episode of Engineering TV                              Engineering TV is an exciting new concept in engineering education.                              Each 5-to-8-minute episode shows advanced technology in action and                              investigates how today's engineers shape tomorrow's breakthrough.                              Two episodes will air each week. 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The switching speed to change phase                               states is an impressive 3 microseconds. The phase shifter, which                               measures 5 x 2 x 0.56 inches, requires power supplies of +5 VDC and                               600 mA and -9.6 VDC and 100 mA. Proper heat sinking must be applied at                               a 100-W CW power level.                               G. T. Microwave ---> http://www.gtmicrowave.com/                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              SMA Adapter Helps Protect Connectors                              Delta Electronics Manufacturing Corp. has introduced a "Connector                               Saver" adapter to prevent damage to SMA connectors on components and                               cable assemblies for testing. The adapter features an SMA jack on one                               end and an SMA plug modified for "Slide-on" mating on the other end.                               When the jack end is fitted to an SMA plug on a cable assembly under                               test, the slide-on interface saves time when connecting the assembly                               to an analyzer's test port. Conversely, when testing devices fitted                               with SMA jack inputs or outputs, the adapter allows the test cable to                               be mated to the device with a straight push, saving the time need to                               thread and torque a standard SMA plug. The adapter requires 10 lbs                               maximum engagement force and 6 ounces minimum disengagement force. The                               adapter exhibits maximum VSWR of 1.03:1 from DC to 18 GHz.                               Delta Electronics Manufacturing Corp. ---> http://www.deltarf.com/                              *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              International Conference and Exhibition on Device Packaging                              March 19-22, 2007                              Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort                              Scottsdale, AZ                              http://www.imaps.org/devicepackaging/                              RFID World 2007                              March 26-28, 2007                              Grapevine, TX                              http://www.rfid-world.com/                              ARMMS RF And Microwave Society Conference                              April 16-17, 2007                              Milton Hill House                              Steventon, Abington, Oxfordshire, England                              http://www.armms.org/                              IEEE Sarnoff Symposium 2007                              April 30-May 2, 2007                              Sarnoff Labs                              Princeton, NJ                              http://www.sarnoffsymposium.org                              2007 IEEE/MTT-S International Microwave Symposium                              June 3-8, 2007                              Hawaii Convention Center                              Honolulu, HI                              http://www.ims2007.org/                              ************************ 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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