==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              PlanetEE - www.planetee.com/                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com/                              January 31, 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. Education Is Everywhere Online                              2. Teal Group To Forecast Aerospace Markets                               3. Flomerics In Running For IEC Design Award                               4. Nujira Closes Funding For Efficient Amplifiers                               5. Terahertz Communications Lab Aims For 300 GHz                              6. Rockwell Collins Roll Out Microwave Tuner                               7. Broadband Switch Handles 50 W Power                               8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                            Wireless Webcast Series Begins February 22nd                              Tackle the greatest design and test challenges currently facing                              the wireless design world. Through online attendance at the new                              Wireless Webcast Series, you can learn about the measurement                              issues facing engineers in the development and production of                               wireless products for WiMAX, Wi-Fi, UWB, Zigbee, and Bluetooth.                              Each webcast will review design challenges and tips for a given                              standard, then offer practical test solutions. The first webcast                              covers WiMAX and begins on February 22nd. To register, go to                              http://www.mwrf.com/dfw                              ******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              Education Is Everywhere Online                              Opponents of the Internet have often pointed to the steamy stories of                               sex and kidnapping found on the evening news that started as seemingly                               innocent conversations in online chat rooms. Unfortunately, these                               sordid incidents paint a gloomy picture for a networking tool that has                               much to offer in the way of education.                               In the world of professional audio, learning new software or                               hard-disk-based tools can be daunting in terms of selecting the right                               plug-ins, the right outboard processing, and other tools of the trade.                               But online chat rooms and user-group sites can make learning these new                               tools a bit less painful.                              In the RF/microwave/wireless world, the sites are many for free                               information in the forms of white papers, application notes, and                               technical guidance. Recently, Microwaves & RF has teamed on several                               other educational sites, such as the RF Components Blog on the main                               site and the new Engineering TV site at www.engineeringtv.com that                               offers practical videos on engineering issues. For all the bad parts,                               there is much to like about the educational potential of the Internet                               for engineers.                               JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Teal Group To Forecast Aerospace Markets                              Future trends in aerospace and defense spending will be the topics of                               a Teal Group forum presented by the American Institute of Aeronautics                               and Astronautics (AIAA) on March 6, 2007, at the Renaissance                               Washington Hotel, Washington, DC. The presentation, "Aerospace Markets                               - The Decade Ahead," will include trends in technologies, services,                               and spending based on unbiased views from experts at the                               Teal Group, an independent aerospace and defense consulting firm based                               in Fairfax, VA. The program offers a complete look at aerospace                               business with analysis covering future trends in civil and military                               aircraft production, the aerospace power turbine market, UAV markets,                               and airborne military electronics. Production of 42,499 aircraft worth                               $1.253 trillion is forecast between 2007 and 2016. The military                               component of this market is worth $342.7 billion, while the civil                               sector is worth $910.1 billion.                              AIAA ---> http://www.aiaa.org/events/aeromarkets/                              Teal Group ---> http://www.tealgroup.com/                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              Flomerics In Running For IEC Design Award                              The International Engineering Consortium (IEC) has announced that the                               FLO/PCB thermal design software from Flomerics is one of only three                               finalists in the PCB Design Tools category of their 2007 DesignVision                               Awards. Finalists were chosen from among a record number of competing                               products by a panel of judges selected from DesignCon's Technical                               Program Committee. According to Mike Reynell, Director of Marketing                               for Flomerics, "We are delighted that the IEC has recognized FLO/PCB                               software as one of the top three PCB design tools in 2007." A key                               advantage of FLO/PCB is its interface to Cadence(R) Allegro(R) PCB                               Editor software. The FLO/PCB/Allegro interface transfers information                               about the PCB's geometry and components needed to perform thermal                               analysis. It can quickly analyze the design from a thermal standpoint                               and identify problems at a stage in the design process when they can                               be quickly and inexpensively corrected.                              Flomerics ---> http://www.flomerics.com/                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              Nujira Closes Funding For Efficient Amplifiers                              Nujira has closed a $9.8 million Series B funding round to continue                               support of its high-efficiency amplifier development for wireless 3G                               networks. The firm's high accuracy tracking (HAT) technology is the                               key to future success. According to Mike McTighe, Nujira's                               non-executive chairman, "Nujira's innovative HAT(TM) technology                               provides a dramatic improvement in the efficiency of RF power                               amplifiers enabling the design of smaller, cheaper and significantly                               more power-efficient 3G/WiMAX base stations and DVB systems." Tim                               Haynes, CEO of Nujira, adds "We have made significant progress in the                               past two years, both commercially and technically, and we are very                               pleased to have the continuing support of our investors.  The new                               investment will allow us to ramp up the manufacture of our HAT                               modulators to meet customer demand and further commercialize the                               technology."                              Nujira ---> http://www.nujira.com/                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              Terahertz Communications Lab Aims For 300 GHz                              Four research groups from the Institute for High-frequency Technology,                               the Institute for Communications Technology (both part of the                               Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany), and the                               Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (National Metrology Institute of                               Germany) have jointly launched the Terahertz Communications Lab to                               explore and develop multigigabit communications in the gigahertz and                               terahertz frequency ranges. Three projects are already underway for                               indoor communications: channel characterization at terahertz                               frequencies, transceiver and component development, and development of                               a 300-GHz demonstration unit. The lab's initiator is Professor Dr.                               Martin Koch from the Institute for High-Frequency Technology.                              Terahertz Communications Lab ---> http://www.tcl.tu-bs.de                              ************************ 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. To check it out, go to                              http://www.engineeringtv.com                              		                              ******************************************************************                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              Rockwell Collins Roll Out Microwave Tuner                              Rockwell Collins has introduced its model CS-6040 Microwave Tuner for                               applications in signal intelligence (SIGINT) and electronic warfare                               (EW) systems. The tuner ranges from 0.1 to 20.0 GHz with an optional                               extension to millimeter-wave frequencies. According to Bruce King,                               Vice-President and General Manager of Communications Systems for                               Rockwell Collins, "The outstanding phase noise, tuning speed, dynamic                               range and group delay performance make this the tuner of choice for                               the search and collection of communication and radar signals." The                               embedded display capabilities enhance situational awareness for the                               warfighter by offering full-spectrum, channelized and pan displays.                              Rockwell Collins ---> http://www.rockwellcollins.com/                                                             *********                              7. News                              *********                              Broadband Switch Handles 50 W Power                              Model 50S-1530 is a single-pole, double-throw switch developed by JFW                               Industries for broadband applications from 20 to 2500 MHz. It handles                               50 W CW power over that range and is designed for systems where                               reliability is critical. The maximum VSWR is 1.40:1 while the                               insertion loss is held to a maximum of 1.5 dB and typically only 1 dB                               across the frequency range. A variety of connector options are                               available, including SMA, TNC, and Type N connectors. In addition,                               custom configurations are also available.                              JFW Industries ---> http://www.jfwindustries.com/                              *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              2007 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC)                              February 11-15, 2007                              San Francisco Marriot Hotel                              San Francisco, CA                              http://www.isscc.org/                              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/                              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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