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Microwaves & RF UPDATE
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February 16, 2006
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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


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1.  Viewpoint
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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


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2. News
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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


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3. News
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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

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4. News
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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


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5. News
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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


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6. News
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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


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7. News
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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


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8.  Happenings - Conferences
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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
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