==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              January 5, 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. WiMAX: Bigger Than Cellular?                              2. QUALCOMM Acquires Berkana Wireless                               3. Rogers Launches "Green" Materials Site                              4. VCOs Boast Broadband Tuning                               5. GaAs FETs Drop To New Noise Lows                               6. Adapter Kit Supports 40-GHz Connections                               7. Combiner Handles 750 W CW at 1 GHz                               8. New Company Makes Noise                              9. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                                  Want to check out the latest                                                   developments in RF test?                                              Read Microwaves & RF's RF Test Blog                                            only at http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1D2CC:49027F                              *******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              WiMAX: Bigger Than Cellular?                              Commercial wireless equipment suppliers have slouched through                               several lean years of flat orders and uncertain opportunities after                               the boom years of the mid-to-late 1990's. But WiMAX threatens to                               change all that. Viewed by many as a wireless solution to the                               broadband "last mile" to the home and small office, WiMAX networks                               (IEEE 802.16 for fixed and portable and IEEE 802.20 for mobile)                               promise data rates over 100 Mb/s, opening wireless pipelines for                               dense data, video, and other "bit-intensive" applications.                              This and future columns will examine the role of high-frequency                               engineering companies to bring WiMAX to the masses. Altera                               ( http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1D2CB:49027F ), for example, has already                               developed over a dozen wireless reference designs using their                               field-programmable-gate-array (FPGA) devices. Altera's Arun Iyengar,                               senior director of the company's wireless business unit, reinforced                               the company's interest particularly in the WiMAX infrastructure, as                               well as in WLAN and cellular systems. The firm's approach is simple:                               keep cost low, meet customers' performance requirements, and help                               speed the time to market with reference designs and partnerships                               that bring in supporting hardware and software around their                               solutions.                               JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              QUALCOMM Acquires Berkana Wireless                              QUALCOMM (San Diego, CA), perhaps best known for their 3G CDMA                               telephones, has added fabless semiconductor company Berkana Wireless                               (Campbell, CA) to their stockpile of technology. Berkana Wireless,                               perhaps best known for their BKW9000 single-chip quad-band                               (GSM/GPRS/DCS/PCS) RF CMOS cellular transceivers, brings a wealth of                               expertise on multimode transceiver design to a company already                               strong in wireless analog and digital circuit design. Berkana                               Wireless was acquired for approximately $56 million in cash.                              Berkana Wireless ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1D2BF:49027F                              QUALCOMM ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1D2C9:49027F                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              Rogers Launches "Green" Materials Site                              Materials specialist Rogers Corp. (Rogers, CT) will be highlighting                               its new "Green Leader" web site at the upcoming IPC Printed Circuits                               Expo (February 8-10, 2006, Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, CA).                               The site contains details on the company's environmentally friendly                               product offerings, including RO4000 thermoset laminate materials,                               R/flex CRYSTAL flexible circuit materials, and the company's                               signature RT/duroid microwave laminate materials for applications                               past 90 GHz.                               Rogers Corp. ("Green") ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1D2BE:49027F                              IPC Printed Circuits Expo ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1D2C6:49027F                              		                               *********                              4. News                              *********                              VCOs Boast Broadband Tuning                              Synergy Microwave (Paterson, NJ) has developed a line of extremely                               broadband voltage-controlled oscillators in surface-mount packages.                               The oscillator line includes model DCFO35105-5 that tunes from 350                               to 1050 MHz and model DCMO100230-12 that tunes from 1000 to 2300                               MHz. The former exhibits typical phase noise of -112 dBc/Hz offset                               10 kHz from the carrier, while the latter has typical phase noise of                               -101 dBc/Hz offset 10 kHz from the carrier. Well suited for wireless                               applications such as cellular radios and wireless local area                               networks (WLANs), the oscillators feature patent-pending REL-PRO                               packaging technology for high-yield, reliable electrical contacts.                                Synergy Microwave Corp. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1D2C3:49027F                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              GaAs FETs Drop To New Noise Lows                              Device supplier California Eastern Laboratories (Santa Clara, CA)                               has announced the availability of two new GaAs heterojunction                               field-effect transistors (HJ-FETs) with among the lowest device                               noise figures in the industry. Model NE3509M04 features a 0.35-dB                               noise figure with 16.3 dB associated gain at 2.4 GHz (running on 10                               mA and +2 VDC). Model NE3508M04 provides a 0.41-dB noise figure and                               14-dB associated gain at 2.4 GHz. Both transistors are supplied in                               lead-free four-pin, flat-lead packages.                               California Eastern Laboratories ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1D2CE: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=1D2C8:49027F                              *******************************************************************                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              Adapter Kit Supports 40-GHz Connections                              A coaxial adapter kit has been developed by Electronika                               International (Cleveland, OH) with standard and reverse-polarity                               components to make quick inter-connections between many different                               connector types, including BNC, TNC, SMA, Type N, MMCX, UHF, and                               even RCA audio connectors. Made of brass and stainless steel with                               gold-plated electrical contacts, the kit is supplied with a total of                               40 adapters. The firm offers high-precision adapters usable at                               frequencies through 40 GHz.                              Electronika International, Inc. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1D2C1:49027F                                                             *********                              7. News                              *********                              Combiner Handles 750 W CW at 1 GHz                              Innovative Power Products has introduced their model IPP-1000                               four-way power combiner, capable of 750 W CW total output power from                               400 to 1000 MHz. Supplied with TNC female input connectors and a                               female SC output connector, the combiner measures 8.52 by 3.27 by                               1.37 in. with less than 0.4 dB insertion loss and better than 1.30:1                               VSWR.                                Innovative Power Products ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1D2C2:49027F                              ******************                              8. News                              ******************                              New Company Makes Noise                              NoiseWave Corp. (East Hanover, NJ) has surfaced as a new supplier of                               precision noise-based instruments and noise sources. The firm                               recently announced their model NW301 surface-mount noise diode for                               applications from 10 MHz to 3.5 GHz. The device provides typical                               effective noise ratio (ENR) of at least 32 dB and typically 35 dB                               for test and communications applications.                               NoiseWave Corp. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1D2C7:49027F                              *******************************                              9.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium                              January 17-19, 2006                              San Diego Convention Center                              San Diego, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1D2C4:49027F                              IEC DesignCon 2006                              February 6-9, 2006                              Santa Clara Convention Center                              Santa Clara, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1D2CF:49027F                              RF & Hyper                              March 21-23, 2006                              CNIT                              La Defense, Paris, France                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1D2C5:49027F                              Del Mar Electronics Show                               April 26-27, 2006                              Del Mar Fairgrounds                              Del Mar, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1D2D0:49027F                              CALL FOR PAPERS                              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=1D2BC:49027F                              International Microwave Theory & Techniques                               Symposium (MTT-S)                              June 11-16, 2006                              Moscone Convention Center                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1D2CA:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                            For the most complete directory of microwave                                                companies and products, visit:                                             http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1D2CD:49027F                              *******************************************************************                              Read past issues of Microwaves and RF (MWRF) UPDATE e-Newsletter:                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1D2CC: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=1D2C0:49027F                              To unsubscribe click here:                              http://news.mwrf.com/u?id=A16E8FA232AD0B5B60797DAB7E1B210B                              ====================================                              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=1D2BD:49027F                              ====================================                              Copyright 2006 Penton Media Inc. 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