==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              July 20, 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. Finding A Place For Technology                                                                                                           2. AWR and Peregrine Team On Process Design Kit                               3. Jacket Micro Devices Awarded Patent                               4. Microwave Circuits' Filters Aid Commercial, Military Systems                               5. Report Sees Steady Growth For UWB In Mobile Phones                               6. Linear Launches Low-Power 14-b, 125-MSamples/s ADC                               7. Rogers Launches Advanced Flex Circuit Material                               8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                         Four Steps For Making Better Power Measurements                               Before you select a power meter and its associated sensors, it's                               important to understand the factors that can influence the quality of                               your power measurements.  These factors affect the accuracy, economy                               and technical match to your application.  Click on the link below to                               learn more:                                                             http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3239D:49027F                                                                      ******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              Finding A Place For Technology                              When so many companies flocked to making GaAs integrated circuits                               (ICs) in the early 1980's, most thought that the advantages of the                               technology over silicon bipolars in terms of speed and frequency were                               enough to ensure healthy sales and unbridled success. Unfortunately,                               few technologies will sell themselves unless the price tag is also                               reasonable. One of those technologies apparently looking for a home is                               ultrawideband (UWB), a marvelous concept with the capability of huge                               data rates at low transmit and power-consumption levels.                               As promising as UWB technology appears "on paper," however, it is                               competing with hordes of other wireless technologies, including                               Bluetooth and WiMAX. A report from IMS Research reviewed in this                               week's newsletter cites mobile telephones as the place for UWB. And                               UWB may yet prove to be a multimedia cable replacement for big-screen                               televisions and their peripherals. But for all its magic, it must be                               produced cheaply enough to make sense, and only then will it be widely                               adopted.                              JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              AWR and Peregrine Team On Process Design Kit                              Software specialist Applied Wave Research (AWR) and device supplier                               Peregrine Semiconductor have announced the availability of a process                               design kit (PDK) for Peregrine's UltraCMOS complementary metal oxide                               semiconductor (CMOS) silicon-on-sapphire (SOS) process in AWR's Analog                               Office(R) suite of high-frequency software design tools. The PDK is                               the first step in a long-term collaboration between the two companies                               to deliver complete radio-frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) design                               solutions. The PDK will help shorten IC development cycles, accelerate                               tape-out to the Peregrine process, and speed wireless products to                               market. According to John Sung, Peregrine's director of CAD                               engineering, "After using Analog Office during the PDK development                               process, our designers were impressed with the tight electrical and                               physical integration, ease-of-use, and the environment tailored for                              high-frequency RF designers. The PDK includes a complete set of                               validated schematic symbols, simulation models, and fully                               parameterized layout cells that are characterized to match the                               UltraCMOS process performance."                              Applied Wave Research ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3239B:49027F                              Peregrine Semiconductor ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3239C:49027F                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              Jacket Micro Devices Awarded Patent                              Jacket Micro Devices has been granted United States Patent No.                               7,068,124 for their passive multilayer circuit technology. Issued for                               the publication of "Integrated Passive Devices Fabricated Utilizing                               Multi-layer Organic Laminates," the patent was awarded to Jacket Micro                               Devices' founders for their invention of a key technology used in the                               company's multilayer organic packaging technology and module                               production process. According Dr. George White, the company's founder                               and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), "This invention embodies for the                               first time an organic device that is realized through the design and                               fabrication of the highest quality 'Q' factor passive components which                               can be integrated in a multilayer organic printed circuit board. We                               are excited to see the fruits of years of research into advanced                               packaging technology we began at Georgia Tech." Dr. White added                               "Integrated passive devices using these techniques are able to meet                               the specifications of cavity and LTCC filters with equivalent or                               better performance in smaller footprints."                              Jacket Micro Devices ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=32396:49027F                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              Microwave Circuits' Filters Aid Commercial, Military Systems                              Microwave Circuits, Inc. (Lynchburg, VA) has developed an extensive                               line of miniature and high-power bandpass, lowpass, and high-pass                               filters for commercial and military applications. For example, model                               B6830004 is a miniature bandpass filter with maximum insertion loss of                               1.3 dB at its 3-GHz center frequency. Peak-to-peak passband ripple is                               within 0.5 dB. Rejection of unwanted signals is more than 60 dB from                               DC to 1.5 GHz and more than 60 dB from 4.5 to 18.0 GHz. The bandpass                               filter measures just 0.45 x 1.00 x 2.75 in excluding connectors. The                               company has also developed patent-pending ceramic-loaded tunable                               cavity filters that are a fraction of the size of standard                               quarter-wave cavity filters.                               Microwave Circuits --- http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=32398:49027F                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              Report Sees Steady Growth For UWB In Mobile Phones                              A new research report from IMS Research, "Worldwide Market for                               Ultra-WIdeband," projects that ultrawideband (UWB) devices will                               achieve low-volume penetration into the mobile telephone market in                               2007, rising to a penetration rate of around 20 percent by 2011. The                               mobile phone market is likely to be an important market for UWB for a                               number of reasons. The sheer size of the available market means that                               even if relatively low penetration rates are achieved, there is a huge                               potential market for UWB. The potentially negative effect of cellular                               terminals on markets such as PDAs, MP3 players, and digital cameras                               only heightens the importance of the cellular market to the future of                               UWB. According to Fiona Thomson, Market Analyst for IMS Research, "The                               sharp rise in the number of feature phones and smart phones has meant                               that the demand for extra connectivity is becoming an extremely                               crucial factor. We see smart phones adopting UWB first with feature                               phones following around 12 months later."                              IMS Research ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=32397:49027F                                                             ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                    Free Software Speeds Signal Troubleshooting and Evaluation                                                               Order this demo CD from Agilent and simplify your measurements of                               RF/microwave, IF, or wide-bandwidth baseband signals.  Click on the                               link below to learn more:                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3239E:49027F                                  		 		                               ******************************************************************                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              Linear Launches Low-Power 14-b, 125-MSamples/s ADC                              Linear Technology Corp. has unleashed the LTC2285, a 14-b, 125                               MSamples/s dual high-speed analog-to-digital converter (ADC) that                               dissipates just 395 mW power per channel. With signal-to-noise ratio                               of 71.3 dB and spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR) of 78 dB at 140 MHz,                               the ADC is ideal for digitizing the intermediate-frequency (IF) stage                               of wireless receivers, including in WiMAX systems. The high sampling                               rate allows designers to capture wider bandwidths and increase the                               capacity of existing systems that are currently sampling at 65                               MSamples/s.                               Linear Technology Corp. ---> http//www.linear.com/                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Rogers Launches Advanced Flex Circuit Material                              Materials specialist Rogers Corp. has announced the availability of                               its R/flex JADE(TM) series of flexible circuit materials, the next                               generation of the firm's R/flex CRYSTAL(R) epoxy adhesive system. They                               are lead-free solder capable, for RoHS-compliant designs, and they                               meet flammability requirements without the use of halogen. They                               feature a high glass transition temperature making them suitable for                               high-yield, multilayer circuits. The transparent adhesive system                               simplifies visual inspection.                               Rogers Corp. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=32392:49027F                              *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              Signal Integrity From The Ground Up                              August 14-16, 2006                              San Jose, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=32393:49027F                              International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM)                              December 11-13, 2006                              Hilton San Francisco and Towers                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=32390:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                    		               For The Best In Test                              Visit Microwaves & RF's RF Test Weblog, sponsored by Keithley                               Instruments http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3239A:49027F                               for the latest news on test instruments, test literature, and measurement techniques.                               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