==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              PlanetEE - http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=33FF:F3175                              MWRF - http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=340B:F3175                              February 24, 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.  Dealing With The Expansion of UWB                               2.  M/A-COM Introduces RFID Line                               3.  TriQuint Throws Support To WiMAX Forum                               4.  Agilent Launches 1-GHz Portable Scope                               5.  AIA Tasks US Government To Support Aerospace Job Training                               6.  Linear Technology Embraces Lead-Free Initiative                               7.  Global Information Technologies Sponsors 33rd Iditarod                               8.  RF Micro Devices Unveils Tiny WCDMA PA Module                               9.  Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                  Watch and Enter to Win!                              Watch the Advanced Design System 2004A video from Agilent EEsof EDA,                               and enter to win a free combination USB Storage Device/MP3                               Player/Digital Voice Recorder. This brief video will show you how                               Agilent Technology's industry-leading software can help you with                               your designs. Click here.                                                             http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=340C:F3175                              *******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              Dealing With The Expansion of UWB                              Ultrawideband technology (UWB) is typically associated with short-range,                               low-power, high-data-rate communications. By sending and receiving a                               stream of time-sequenced pulses, low-power transmitters and receivers                               can process data rates in excess of 100 MB/s over short ranges. It is                               this combination of characteristics and capabilities that make                               "carrier-free" UWB technology so attractive to product developers for                               the "wireless home." Designers working with video products, such as                               high-definition-television (HDTV) monitors and peripherals (DVD players                               and recorders), can envision complete home-office and home-entertainment                               centers in communication without wires.                               But what about UWB technology for radio-frequency-identification (RFID)                               tags? Late last year, Multispectral Solutions                               ( http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=33FC:F3175 ) proposed UWB as an optimum technology                               for RFID tags, based on the company's MSSI PAL650 tagging system, which                               was approved for unlicensed use in the summer of 2003. The system                               provides a range of 600 ft. under line-of-sight (LOS) conditions, with                               real-time tracking capability within 1 ft. Compare this performance to a                               typical range of 300 ft. for conventional active RFID tags/readers and                               less than 30 ft. for traditional passive RFID tags.                               Of course, the proliferation of UWB technology in the home and for                               industrial applications as RFID tags depends upon reliable measurement                               solutions. For now, oscilloscope manufacturers are pushing their                               products towards 100-GHz bandwidths in order to handle the test                               requirements of tracking UWB signals and their higher-order harmonics.                               But frequency-domain UWB testing is not trivial and may require a total                               new approach to microwave measurements.                               JACK BROWNE                              Publisher/Editor                              Please share your thoughts by contacting me at: mailto:jbrowne@penton.com                              For the story on the Top 25 Microwave Web Sites,                               visit Microwaves & RF ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=340B:F3175                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              M/A-COM Introduces RFID Line                              Microwave and millimeter-wave component and subsystem supplier M/A-COM                               announced its "RFID by M/A-COM" Series, a line of specially designed                               RFID components including circulators, IQ modulators/demodulators,                               antennas, and amplifiers for use in RFID applications. The initial                               product line in the series is a new range of ferrite circulators                               specifically designed for the RFID reader market. The new ferrite                               circulator series offers typical insertion loss performance of 0.21 dB,                               isolation of 29 dB, and return loss of 28 dB, over frequency ranges of                               860 to 872 MHz (Japan), 950 to 956 MHz (US), and 902 to 928 MHz (Europe)                               for the various RFID markets. According to Joe Thomas, vice president of                               M/A-COM's Integrated Products Group, "our broad development experience                               in microwave and millimeter wave components meets the critical                               requirements of the rapidly growing RFID market."                                M/A-COM ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=3407:F3175                                                                        *********                              3. News                              *********                              TriQuint Throws Support To WiMAX Forum                              TriQuint Semiconductor, a leading chip and IC supplier for wireless                               products, announced its support for the WiMAX Forum, an industry-led                               organization that promotes the interoperability and certification of                               these products based on the IEEE 802.16 standard. The WiMAX Forum                               attempts to create economies of scale made possible by standards-based,                               interoperable products that drive price and performance levels not                               achievable by proprietary approaches. WiMAX technology is designed to                               help service providers across global markets deliver economical                               broadband data, voice and video services to both residential and                               business customers. According to TriQuint Vice President Mike Sanna,                               "the WiMAX Forum is one of the best ways to support open standards that                               benefit the marketplace while stimulating the development of new                               products based on the IEEE 802.16 standard."                              TriQuint Semiconductor ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=3401:F3175                              WiMAX Forum ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=33FE:F3175                                                             *********                              4. News                              *********                              Agilent Launches 1-GHz Portable Scope                              As part of a line of new digital-storage/mixed-signal oscilloscopes                               (DSOs/MSOs), Agilent Technologies has introduced a portable instrument                               with 1-GHz bandwidth. Known as the 6000 series, the 12 portable scopes                               include models with bandwidths of 300 MHz, 500 MHz, and 1 GHz,                               high-resolution XGA screens and the company's patented MegaZoom III                               display technology (with 256 levels of color-intensity grades), as much                               as 8 million points of waveform memory (as an option), and sampling                               rates to 4 GSamples/s. Versions are available with two or four DSO                               channels and as many as 16 MSO channels for evaluating multichannel                               embedded systems. The 6000 Series portable oscilloscopes come standard                               with LAN, GP-IB and USB interfaces as well as an additional front-panel                               USB port.                              Agilent Technologies ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=33F8:F3175                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              AIA Tasks US Government To Support Aerospace Job Training                              The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) announced this week that it                               is endorsing legislation that would task the federal government with                               addressing a looming shortage of qualified workers in the sector. The                               bill, sponsored by Rep. Vern Ehlers (R-Michigan) directs 11 federal                               agencies, led by the Department of Labor, to form a task force for the                               purpose of developing strategies to expand public and private aerospace                               job training programs. The Ehlers bill (HR 758) specifically requires                               the task force to report to Congress each year on the status of federal                               policies and partnerships designed to advance training programs in the                               areas of science, engineering, technology, mathematics, and skilled                               vocational trades. According to AIA President and CEO John W. Douglass,                                "this legislation would bring together the most talented minds in the                               federal government to produce a national plan for increasing the number                               of students who choose aerospace-related scientific or engineering                               careers."                               Aerospace Industries Association ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=33FA:F3175                                                             ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                  1.85-mm VNA Calibration Kits from Maury Microwave Corporation                              Maury 1.85-mm calibration kits are designed for making error-corrected                               measurements (on a wide range of vector network analyzers) on 1.85-mm                               devices from DC to 70 GHz.  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News                              *********                              Linear Technology Embraces Lead-Free Initiative                               Integrated-circuit (IC) supplier Linear Technology announced that all of                               the company's products are now available in lead-free versions as an                               ordering option. Part of the company's commitment to meeting the                               European Community's Reduction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS)                               guidelines, the firm adopted Matte Tin as the optimal plating for                               lead-free products. The company's engineers believe this provides the                               best drop-in replacement since it has the lowest reflow temperature of                               the lead-free alternatives, has excellent solderability performance, and                               provides excellent quality and reliability. Linear Technology will                               continue to offer solder plated products as well, with unique part                               numbers for both the lead-free and solder plated versions.                              Linear Technology ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=3405:F3175                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Global Information Technologies Sponsors 33rd Iditarod                              The 33rd annual running of Alaska's Iditarod dog-sled race is being                               sponsored by Global Information Technologies. The firm has donated a                               complete complement of Iridium Satellite equipment and airtime,                               including handheld satellite telephones and pagers, for the 1000-mile,                               cross-Alaskan race that begins on March 5th. The satellite-based                               communications equipment provides race officials and the volunteer                               community communications to contact air, headquarters, or field command                               posts from anywhere on the trail in areas where no other form of contact                               is possible. According to Stan Hooley, Executive Director for the                               Iditarod, "The Iridium satellite communication ability greatly increases                               the safety and security for both the mushers and our team of volunteers.                               Global Information Technologies has definitely filled a critical need                               which allows us to provide the best communication solution available for                               remote locations."                                Global Information Technologies ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=3404:F3175                              Iridium Satellite LLC ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=3403:F3175                              Iditarod ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=3400:F3175                              *********                              8. News                              *********                              RF Micro Devices Unveils Tiny WCDMA PA Module                              Chip supplier RF Micro Devices announced their model RF5198 high-power,                               high-efficiency linear power amplifier (PA) module for WCDMA handset                               applications. Said to be the world's smallest linear PA module to                               include an on-chip power detector, the RF5198 measures 3 mm by 3 mm and                               0.9 mm high in a QFN package. By incorporating the power detector                               technology on-chip, the RF5198 significantly reduces design complexity                               and streamlines the handset design process, thereby enabling handset                               manufacturers to quickly bring their advanced products to market. The                               RF5198 GaAs HBT module, which provides +28 dBm linear output power with                               43 percent linear efficiency from 1920 to 1980 MHz, is designed for use                               as the final RF amplifier in WCDMA handheld equipment.                               RF Micro Devices ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=340A:F3175                              *******************************                              9.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              ARMMS RF & Microwave Society Conference                              April 18-19, 2005                              Milton Hill House Hotel, Milton Hill, Oxfordshire, UK                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=3408:F3175                              RF & Hyper Europe 2005                              March 22-24, 2005                              CNIT, La Defense, Paris, France                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=33FD:F3175                              2005 International Reliability Physics Symposium                              April 17-21, 2005                              San Jose Marriott Hotel, San Jose, CA                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=3409:F3175                              IEEE Compound Semiconductor IC Symposium (formerly the GaAs IC                               Symposium)                              October 30 - November 2, 2005                              Palm Springs, CA                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=3406:F3175                              2005 Asia-Pacific Microwave Conference                              December 4-7, 2005                              Suzhou, China                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=3402:F3175                              Read past issues of Microwaves and RF (MWRF) UPDATE e-Newsletter:                               http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=340B:F3175                              MICROWAVES AND RF (MWRF) UPDATE e-NEWSLETTER CONTACTS                              ====================================================                              Publisher and Executive Editor: Jack Browne                              mailto:jbrowne@penton.com                              Advertising/Sponsorship Opportunities:                              Jim Theriault at 1-925-736-5051 or                              send email to mailto:jtheriault@penton.com                              ====================================================                              To subscribe click here:  http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=33F9:F3175                              To unsubscribe click here:  http://nls.planetee.com/u?id=C6AF5C26FFF8A33106BB1C78519CD70B                              Penton's e-Newsletter homepage:  http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=33FF:F3175                              ====================================                              Copyright 2005 Penton Media Inc. 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