==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              PlanetEE - www.planetee.com                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              July 21, 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. Service Before The Sale                               2. Sonnet Software Teams With AWR On New Models                               3. HTC Enters Contract Engineering Field                               4. BAW Filters Screen 850 To 6000 MHz                              5. Log Detector Measures Power To 10 GHz                               6. Wideband Seeks To Expand Sales Force                               7. Hittite Eyes Military and Space for New Phase Shifters                               8. SkyeTek Usurps Traditional RFID Models                               9. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                               Taking Performance To a New Peak - 4500B                              Boonton introduces the new 4500B Peak Power Analyzer which has been                               totally redesigned from the inside out. This meter is changing the                               way the industry views and analyzes RF data. Some of the key                               features include: 8.4" TFT color LCD display, 100 ps timebase                               resolution, automatic peak-to-peak, delay-by-time and                               delay-by-events triggering, and many more.                               Visit our site for more information: http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF84:FFCBF                              *******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              Service Before The Sale                               Few engineers would not think of a multimeter if a co-worker had                               called out for a "Fluke." The company that is synonymous with                               voltmeters has recently taken a step in the right direction by                               developing a new extension to its web site devoted to predictive                               maintenance. A portion of the new site extension ( which can be found                               at http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF80:FFCBF ) of particular interest to RF/microwave                               engineers will be the "Logging Multimeters With Software" section.                               It provides a brief overview of the basic concept of predictive                               maintenance, and provides focused application notes and helpful                               links.                              The main predictive maintenance page includes a unique                               return-on-investment (ROI) calculator that can be applied to the                               company's multimeters and power-quality measurement tools to                               estimate the value of a new piece of test gear. Such tools are                               invaluable when considering the purchase of new equipment, and                               should be a part of any site that promotes capital expenditures,                               such as test equipment.                              American businesses tend to get too caught up in making a sale,                               without first remembering the importance of the customer. But at                               Fluke, at least one company has remembered their customer, and                               invested strongly and wisely to keep that customer.                               JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Sonnet Software Teams With AWR On New Models                              Taking advantage of open access to the Xmodels from software                               supplier Applied Wave Research (AWR, El Segundo, CA), Sonnet                               Software (North Syracuse, NY) has announced its support for the                               models and intention to provide integrated solutions with its host                               of electromagnetic (EM) modeling tools. The Xmodels are                               discontinuity models that use the results of full-wave EM simulators                               to estimate the electrical performance of a discontinuity for                               tuning, optimization, and yield analysis. With AWR's EM Socket open                               standard interface and the first set of Xmodels available within                               AWR's Microwave Office suite of circuit-design tools, a design                               engineer can perform EM analysis with the models and SONNET Suites                               Professional collection of programs.                               Sonnet Software ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF7C:FFCBF                              Applied Wave Research ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF82:FFCBF                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              HTC Enters Contract Engineering Field                              HTC Engineering has entered the field of contract engineering                               services with extensive expertise in analog, mixed-signal, and                               digital IC design. Led by an experienced management team that                               includes President and CEO Guy Rabbat (formerly with Solectron),                               Vice-President of Sales Bruce Utter (formerly with Fujitsu and                               Filtronic Compound Semiconductor), and Vice-President of Technology                               and Marketing Alex Skuratov (formerly with Watkins-Johnson and                               Mini-Circuits), the new company boasts design and manufacturing                               capabilities in wide range of areas, including RF/microwave,                               wireless, networking, test and measurement, optoelectronics,                               electromechanical control and automation, robotics, and industrial                               design. Relying on over 50 affiliated design centers with more than                               1000 engineers, primarily in Eastern Europe and Russia, HTC                               Engineering offers world-class engineering and design capacity for                               firms needing to meet high-quality, low-cost, and stringent                               time-to-market objectives. Contracted engineers can be located in a                               customer's facility, in an offshore site, or in both locations for                               optimum efficiency and cost-effectiveness. In other contract                               engineering news, AntennEM Communications is seeking licensing and                               partnership for a patent-pending, fully agile phased-array antenna                               system that is ideal for mobile video applications.                               HTC Engineering ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF88:FFCBF                              AntennEM Communications ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF7F:FFCBF                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              BAW Filters Screen 850 To 6000 MHz                                                             Noteworthy at the recent Microwave Theory & Techniques Symposium                               (MTT-S) and exhibition in Long Beach, CA was the availability of                               bulk-acoustic-wave (BAW) filters from Infineon Technologies (Morgan                               Hill, CA). Once a technology targeted at more costly military                               applications, these BAW devices aim at cellular and Personal                               Communications Services (PCS) applications as well as general                               microwave systems from 850 to 6000 MHz. An example filter operates                               in the PCS transmit band from 1850 to 1910 MHz with 2.3-dB typical                               insertion loss and 1.5-dB typical ripple. The filter provides                               typical stopband attenuation of better than 24 dB below 1850 MHz and                               more than 30 dB from 1930 to 2500 MHz.                               Infineon Technologies ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF7E:FFCBF                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              Log Detector Measures Power To 10 GHz                              Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) also made news at the recent MTT-S with                               information on their new AD8317 RF logarithmic detector/controller                               with power-measurement capability from 1 MHz to 10 GHz. Based on a                               high-frequency silicon-germanium (SiGe) process, the AD8317 provides                               a temperature-compensated proportional output voltage over a 50-dB                               dynamic range with better than 2-dB accuracy. The device has a rise                               time of 4 ns and fall time of 6 ns and draws just 20 mA current from                               a single voltage supply of +3 to +5 VDC. The wide-ranging                               power-measurement IC is supplied in a 2 mm by 3 mm eight-lead                               package.                              Analog Devices ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF85:FFCBF                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              Wideband Seeks To Expand Sales Force                              They are looking for a few good men. In this case, not the US                               Marines, but Wideband Systems of Rockaway, NJ. Well known for                               electronic-warfare (EW) subsystems such as receivers and                               instantaneous-frequency-measurement (IFM) systems, the firm recently                               entered the frequency synthesizer market with a 7-to-18-GHz modular                               unit and seeks to expand its support staff for the synthesizer line                               with the addition of an International Sales Manager. Interested                               candidates can contact Bob Fuller at the e-mail address below.                              International Sales Manager ---> e-mail: mailto:rhfadv@baybroadband.net                              Wideband Systems ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF7A:FFCBF                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Hittite Eyes Military and Space for New Phase Shifters                              Hittite Microwave Corp. (Chelmsford, MA) has introduced a line of                               microwave phase shifters based on GaAs                               monolithic-microwave-integrated-circuit (MMIC) technology. The tiny                               shifters include the model HMC237, a 5-to-18-GHz analog unit with                               variable phase shift of 0 to 450 deg. at 5 GHz and as much as 100                               deg. at 18 GHz, as well as the model HMC538LP4, a surface-mount                               6-to-15-GHz analog unit with phase-shift range of 0 to 750 deg. at 6                               GHz and 0 to 450 deg. at 15 GHz. Both shifters are controlled by a                               single positive voltage.                               Hittite Microwave Corp. ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF83:FFCBF                              ***************                              8. News                              ***************                              SkyeTek Usurps Traditional RFID Models                              SkyeTek (Boulder, CO) hopes to vanquish the traditional "black-box"                               nature of RFID reader hardware with its ReaderWare open-architecture                               software suite. Developed for both HF and UHF reader designs, the                               software has been written to simplify RFID reader development                               through a comprehensive approach to tag protocols, baseband                               processing, host communications, security options, and reader                               configuration parameters. According to Sean Loving, the firm's                               founder and CTO, "As a data defined reader technology, ReaderWare                               disaggregates the hardware and software components of the reader,                               allowing OEMs to treat hardware as a commodity and focus on what                               they want the application to actually do." ReaderWare Version 1.0 is                               now available as a licensed development platform for new and                               existing OEM reader designs as well as with SkyeTek's Tagnostic                               reader reference designs.                               SkyeTek ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF81:FFCBF                              *******************************                              9.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              Bipolar Circuits and Technology Meeting (BCTM)                              October 10-11, 2005                              Santa Barbara, CA                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF7D:FFCBF                              IEEE Compound Semiconductor IC Symposium (formerly the GaAs IC Symposium)                              October 30 - November 2, 2005                              Palm Springs, CA                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF86:FFCBF                              Wireless Congress 2005: Systems and Applications                              November 9-10, 2005                              Munich, Germany                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF79:FFCBF                              Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG)                              66th Microwave Measurements Conference                              December 1-2, 2005                              Marriot Hotel, Washington, DC                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF87:FFCBF                              Read past issues of Microwaves and RF (MWRF) UPDATE e-Newsletter:                               http://www.mwrf.com/                              MICROWAVES AND RF (MWRF) UPDATE e-NEWSLETTER CONTACTS                              ====================================================                              Technical Director: Jack Browne                              mailto:jbrowne@penton.com                              Associate Editor: Laurie Collins                              mailto:lcollins@penton.com                              Advertising/Sponsorship Opportunities:                              Paul Barkman at 1-908-704-2460 or                              mailto:pbarkman@penton.com                              ====================================================                              To subscribe click here:  http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF7B:FFCBF                              To unsubscribe click here:  http://nls.planetee.com/u?id=92976FF2A879FA469D4AD2A6F512DA59                              Penton's e-Newsletter homepage:  http://www.planetee.com/                              ====================================                              Copyright 2005 Penton Media Inc. 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