==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              February 16, 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. The Honolulu MTT-S Revisited                               2. Agilent and Freescale Collaborate On ZigBee                               3. QUALCOMM Selects ANADIGICS' PAs for MSM Reference Design                               4. Powerwave Launches Current Injectors At 3GSM                               5. Ansoft Shows Solid Growth In Third Quarter                               6. SiGe and Shanghai Simcom Team on First E-GPS/GSM Handset                               7. Hittite's Latest LNA Fits Microwave Radios                              8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                Free Signal Source Analyzer (SSA) Video Demo & Application CD                               This CD-ROM contains video demonstrations and literature on a                               high-performance Signal Source Analyzer (SSA). Topics include                               frequency, power, phase noise, and transient measurements. The SSA                               is a single-instrument evaluation tool for nearly all types of RF                               and microwave signal sources, including PLLs, VCOs, DROs, SAWs,                               local oscillators (LOs), and more. Order yours today.                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210FF:49027F                              *******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              The Honolulu MTT-S Revisited                               Last issue, a report on the first annual IEEE Radio & Wireless                               Symposium and Exhibition (San Diego, CA, January 17-19, 2006)                               mentioned the plethora of side discussions on the 2007 IEEE                               Microwave Theory & Techniques Symposium (MTT-S). The site location                               of Honolulu, Hawaii had many at the San Diego show weighing the                               benefits of a Hawaii beach versus the expense of having a technical                               conference/exhibition in such an obvious vacation spot. Over 50                               readers wrote us with their comments and, as promised, here is a                               brief summary of those thoughts.                               As expected, many with fiscal responsibility (in upper management)                               thought that Hawaii was a poor site, especially those from companies                               on the US East Coast. Many from US West Coast companies felt that                               Hawaii was no worse a location than some of the other MTT-S sites                               selected by the IEEE in recent years. Most technical presenters were                               in favor of Hawaii, noting that they would use the opportunity to                               plan a vacation for themselves and their family. Many respondents                               agreed that the Hawaii location might offer an excellent opportunity                               to make connections with potential customers from the Fast East.                               It's an interesting debate that will only be decided by the results                               of the show itself. For those with more opinions to offer, don't                               miss Microwaves & RF Editor Nancy Friedrich's Editorial in the March                               issue of the magazine.                              JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Agilent and Freescale Collaborate On ZigBee                              Leading test solutions house Agilent Technologies and semiconductor                               supplier Freescale Semiconductor announced results from a                               collaborative effort to expedite the development of ZigBee (IEEE                               802.15.4) wireless connectivity solutions. Agilent has enhanced the                               user-friendliness of its N4010A Wireless Connectivity Test Set,                               while Freescale has successfully streamlined the development and                               qualification of its newest ZigBee chipsets. According to Brett                               Black, commercial wireless manager with Freescale, "The N4010A test                               set allowed us to efficiently test our chipset platform to the                               standards set by the ZigBee Alliance. We obtained accurate,                               repeatable measurements that allowed us to quickly ensure the                               device's performance and finalize the chipset design in time to meet                               market demand." Agilent's Earl Thompson, vice president and general                               manager with the company's Wireless Division, adds "Freescale is a                               global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded                               semiconductors for many markets, including ZigBee. We're proud that                               our N4010A has contributed to its chipset platform development."                              Agilent Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210EA:49027F                              Freescale Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210F3:49027F                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              QUALCOMM Selects ANADIGICS' PAs for MSM Reference Design                              ANADIGICS announced this week that QUALCOMM had adopted the models                               AWT6272, AWT6276 and AWT6277 WCDMA (UMTS) power amplifiers as well                               as the model AND0041 polar EDGE power amplifier for QUALCOMM's                               Mobile Station Modem (MSM) reference design. On the growing use of                               WCDMA in third-generation (3G) wireless networks worldwide,                               ANADIGICS' Senior Vice President and General Manager of Wireless                               Products, Dr. Ali Khatibzadeh, noted "With four ANADIGICS power                               amplifiers supporting different bands as part of QUALCOMM's                               industry-leading MSM6275 reference design, we are proud to have been                               selected as a primary power amplifier vendor for their 3G solutions                               and look forward to continued collaboration on the next generation                               of broadband wireless systems." The InGaP PAs are designed for high                               efficiency in order to minimize battery power drain in mobile                               applications.                              ANADIGICS ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210F4:49027F                              QUALCOMM ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210F6:49027F                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              Powerwave Launches Current Injectors At 3GSM                              Wireless equipment supplier Powerwave Technologies introduced                               families of indoor and outdoor broadband current injectors at the                               2006 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Spain earlier this week. The                               low-loss current injectors are designed to deliver DC to a                               tower-mounted amplifier (TMA) while also providing a communications                               link for status and alarm conditions for the TMA. The firm's                               LGP233nn (indoor) and LGP213nn (outdoor) broadband current injectors                               feature advanced lightning protection circuits that operate as surge                               protection, eliminating the need for traditional lightning arrestors                               in the base station unit. The units are compatible with the                               requirements of the Antenna Interface Standards Group (AISG) and                               Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). According to Ron                               Buschur, president and CEO of Powerwave Technologies, "We are                               pleased to provide our customers with indoor and outdoor broadband                               current injectors that enable them to efficiently, and                               cost-effectively power and monitor their tower-mounted equipment."                               The broadband designs support 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz                               GSM/EDGE, and 2100-MHz WCDMA bands.                              Powerwave Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210F2:49027F                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              Ansoft Shows Solid Growth In Third Quarter                              Software supplier Ansoft Corp. announced positive financial results                               for its third quarter of fiscal 2006 ended January 31, 2006. Revenue                               for the third quarter totaled $19.7 million, an increase of 13                               percent compared to $17.4 million reported in the previous fiscal                               year's third quarter. On a non-generally accepted accounting                               principles (GAAP) basis (excluding the impact of acquisition-related                               amortization), net income for the third quarter was $4.5 million, or                               $0.35 per diluted share, representing a 52 percent increase when                               compared to non-GAAP net income of $3.0 million, or $0.23 per                               diluted share in the previous fiscal year's third quarter. On a GAAP                               basis, net income for the third quarter was $4.3 million, or $0.33                               per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $2.8 million, or                               $0.21 per diluted share in the previous fiscal year's third quarter.                               According to Nicholas Csendes, Ansoft's President and CEO, "For the                               fourth quarter, we expect record revenues and record earnings."                              Ansoft Corp. --> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210F9:49027F                              ************************ 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=210F5:49027F                              *******************************************************************                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              SiGe and Shanghai Simcom Team on First E-GPS/GSM Handset                              This week's 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Spain was full of                               news, including an announcement of the world's first enhanced Global                               Positioning System (E-GPS) multimedia handset for GSM. The S788                               handset, designed by Shanghai Simcom with a GPS receiver integrated                               circuit (IC) from SiGe Semiconductor, is a palm-sized cellular                               telephone with high accuracy location based services (LBS). The                               handset                               offers an MP3/MPEG4 player, touchscreen, and two-megapixel camera in                               a slim, lightweight case. The handset's E-GPS location capability is                               enabled by SiGe Semiconductor's SE8088L GPS receiver and software,                               and E-GPS software from Cambridge Positioning Systems Limited (CPS).                               "We evaluated location technologies, and found E-GPS to be the best                               option for fast, accurate location fixes in all environments," said                               Gong Zhenjun, senior vice president and general manager of Shanghai                               Simcom.                              Cambridge Positioning Systems ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210F1:49027F                              Shanghai Simcom ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210FD:49027F                              SiGe Semiconductor ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210FA:49027F                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Hittite's Latest LNA Fits Microwave Radios                              Microwave integrated-circuit (IC) supplier Hittite Microwave has                               unveiled their latest low-noise amplifier (LNA) geared for microwave                               radios, military systems, and industrial sensor applications. The                               model HMC341LC3B is a GaAs PHEMT monolithic microwave integrated                               circuit (MMIC) LNA housed in a RoHS-compliant 3 by 3 mm leadless                               surface-mount-technology (SMT) package. It operates from 21 to 29                               GHz with 13 dB gain and 2.5 dB noise figure. The IC required no                               external components, and draws only 35 mA from a single +3-VDC                               supply. It is also available in die form as model HMC341LC3B.                               Hittite Microwave Corp. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210F8:49027F                              *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              RF & Hyper                              March 21-23, 2006                              CNIT                              La Defense, Paris, France                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210F0:49027F                              2006 IEEE Sarnoff Symposium                              March 27-28, 2006                              Nassau Inn, Princeton, NJ                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210ED:49027F                              Del Mar Electronics Show                               April 26-27, 2006                              Del Mar Fairgrounds                              Del Mar, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210FE:49027F                              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=210EC:49027F                              International Microwave Theory & Techniques                               Symposium (MTT-S)                              June 11-16, 2006                              Moscone Convention Center                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210F7:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                           For the most complete directory of microwave                                                 companies and products, visit                                           http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210FC:49027F                              *******************************************************************                              Read past issues of Microwaves and RF (MWRF) UPDATE e-Newsletter:                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210FB:49027F                              MICROWAVES AND RF (MWRF) UPDATE e-NEWSLETTER CONTACTS                              ====================================================                              Technical Director: Jack Browne                              mailto:jbrowne@penton.com                              Managing Editor: John Curley                              mailto:jcurley@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=210EE:49027F                              To unsubscribe click here:                              http://news.mwrf.com/u?id=A16E8FA232AD0B5B90FC0D475E3EB6E5                              ====================================                              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=210EB:49027F                              ====================================                              Copyright 2006 Penton Media Inc. 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