==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com/                              June 22, 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. What Did You Hear At MTT-S?                                                                                                       2. Micro-Mode Launches Online Connector Store                               3. SWTW Honors Cascade's Strid and Gleason                               4. RFMD Introduces GaN HEMT Devices                              5. Smaller TWTAs Deliver 1 kW Power                              6. Freescale Packs Power in 2-GHz Plastic                               7. Rogers Unveils New Bondply Material At MTT-S                               8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                             Taking Performance To a New Peak - 4500B                              Boonton has introduced the new 4500B Peak Power Analyzer, which has                               been totally redesigned from the inside out. This new instrument is                               changing the way the industry views and analyzes RF data. Some of the                               key features include: 8.4-inch TFT color LCD display, 100-ps timebase                               resolution, automatic peak-to-peak, delay-by-time, and delay-by-events                               triggering, and much more.                                      Visit our site for more information:                                      http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2F768:49027F                                                                     *******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              What Did You Hear At MTT-S?                              Last week marked the annual social gathering for the RF/microwave                               industry known as the Microwave Theory & Techniques Symposium (MTT-S),                               held in San Francisco's Moscone Center. The week-long series of                               technical presentations, workshops, and exhibition-booth displays gave                               more than 10,000 members of this industry a chance to fill holes in                               their professional educations, meet new people, and catch up with old                               acquaintances.                               The show, also known as the International Microwave Symposium (IMS),                               serves as a "launching pad" for companies with new product lines. For                               a member of the press, there is the inevitable question concerning                               "what is new and exciting at this year's MTT-S?" During down economic                               times, new product introductions are usually sparse and lackluster.                               But, when times are good, product introductions are plentiful. In                               terms of exciting new products, this show was a "blockbuster,"                               especially in those areas that require considerable capital                               investments: semiconductors and test equipment.                              A few of the new products related to power (as a way of tweaking                               interest for the high-power special report in the upcoming July issue                               of Microwaves & RF) are mentioned here, with more exciting new                               products to appear in this newsletter as well as in the parent                               magazine. And if you feel we have missed yours, please let us know.                              JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Micro-Mode Launches Online Connector Store                              Connector specialist Micro-Mode has launched an online store for its                               extensive lines of blind-mate and threaded connectors. The company                               features SMP, SMPM, and MSSS blind-mate connectors as well as                               traditional threaded connectors, such as SMA, SSMA, and TNC                               connectors. The company's SMPM connectors are usable from DC to 65 GHz                               while the firm's MSSS connectors are suitable for applications from DC                               to 75 GHz. Blind-mate connectors can be ordered in a wide range of                               configurations, including as cable connectors, printed-circuit-board                               (PCB) mount connectors, edge-mount types, bullets, hermetic shrouds,                               and surface-mount connectors. Adapters, terminations, and cable                               assemblies are also available.                              Micro-Mode ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2F764:49027F                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              SWTW Honors Cascade's Strid and Gleason                              The co-founders of microwave wafer probe supplier Cascade Microtech                               have received the prestigious Southwest Test Workshop (SWTW) Lifetime                               Achievement Award for more than 25 years of technical contributions to                               RF wafer measurements. Eric Strid and Reed Gleason were recognized at                               the recent SWTW 2006 (June 11-14, 2006, San Diego, CA), a research                               forum sponsored by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics                               Engineers (IEEE) Computer Society that focuses on all the aspects                               associated with microelectronic wafer and die level testing. Strid,                               the company's CEO, said "I'm honored that we have been selected for                               this lifetime achievement award, though I feel like we still have                               another lifetime worth of ideas to implement." Gleason noted, "Eric                               and I will often brainstorm and build on each other's ideas, testing and                               challenging each other until we come up with a winner." Strid and                               Gleason invented the first 18-GHz wafer probe in 1984. The partners                               also created the Pyramid probe card technology, a high-performance                               on-wafer solution for testing high-speed, high-density integrated circuits.                               Cascade Microtech ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2F761:49027F                              Southwest Test Workshop (SWTW) ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2F767:49027F                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              RFMD Introduces GaN HEMT Devices                               RF Micro Devices (RFMD), a company synonymous with semiconductors for                               cellular and other wireless applications, announced a line of gallium                               nitride (GaN) high-electron-mobility-transistor (HEMT) power                               transistors at last week's MTT-S in San Francisco, CA. Suitable for                               both UMTS and WiMAX base stations, the lineup includes models RF3916                               with 50 W output power at 2.5 GHz, RF3917 with 75 W output power at                               2.5 GHz, RF3918 with 100 W output power at 2.5 GHz, RF3919 with 8 W                               output power at 3.5 GHz, and RF3921 with 50 W output power at 3.5 GHz.                               According to RFMD co-founder and Chief Technical Officer Bill Pratt,                               "For cellular infrastructure and WiMAX base station OEMs dependent on                               maximizing power and efficiency, RFMD's GaN transistors provide higher                               at-package matching impedance, higher power density, and wide                               bandwidth performance when compared with silicon LDMOS devices." The                               devices exhibit peak drain efficiencies as high as 67 percent at UMTS                               frequencies and 60 percent at WiMAX frequencies.                              RF Micro Devices ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2F769:49027F                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              Smaller TWTAs Deliver 1 kW Power                               AR Worldwide RF/Microwave Instrumentation has made a strong statement                               that electron tubes are not dead. The firm's latest line of 19-in.                               rack-mount traveling-wave-tube amplifiers (TWTAs) are smaller than                               standard TWTAs, yet deliver as much as 1000 W output power. The new                               line includes the model 511 with 1000 W output power from 2.5 to 7.5                               GHz, model 512 with 500 W output power from 7.5 to 18.0 GHz, and model                               513 with 1000 W output power from 1.0 to 2.5 GHz.                               AR Worldwide ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2F766:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                         Keithley's Powerful New RF Vector Signal Generator                              Keithley's Model 2910 RF Vector Signal Generator features exceptional                               signal generation capability at an economical price and fast signal                               tuning for faster test execution. Software adapts as test requirements                               change, reducing test time with fast amplitude settling and waveform                               switching. Units are ideal for production testing of mobile                               communications equipment.                                 For more information, go to http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2F762:49027F                               		      		         		 		                               *******************************************************************                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              Freescale Packs Power in 2-GHz Plastic                              Freescale Semiconductor introduced 2-GHz high-power RF transistors in                               over-molded plastic packages at last week's MTT-S in San Francisco,                               CA. Based on the company's seventh-generation LDMOS technology, the                               flagship transistor of the new line is the model MRF7S19120N, which is                               supplied in a TO-270 WBL-4 package. It provides 120 W peak output                               power at 1-dB compression with 36 W average output power at 2.1 GHz.                               Typical single-carrier WCDMA performance includes 18 dB gain, 32                               percent efficiency, and -37.5 dBc linearity. According to Gavin Woods,                               Vice-President and General Manager of Freescale's RF Division,                               "Freescale is committed to complementing our air-cavity packaged                               devices with cost-effective over-molded plastic models that deliver                               exceptional performance." The firm has supplied plastic-packaged power                               devices to 1 GHz for several years, now pushing the performance                               envelope beyond 2 GHz.                               Freescale Semiconductor ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2F765:49027F                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Rogers Unveils New Bondply Material At MTT-S                              Material supplier Rogers Corporation introduced its new RO4450B-dx                               Bondply high-frequency circuit material at last week's MTT-S in San                               Francisco, CA. The high-fill/flow version of its successful RO4450B                               circuit material is a glass-reinforced hydrocarbon/ceramic thermoset                               bondply material designed for multilayer high-frequency circuits. It                               is well suited for high-density circuits with thin dielectric spacing.                               Rogers Corporation ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2F75F:49027F                              *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              Signal Integrity From The Ground Up                              August 14-16, 2006                              San Jose, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2F760:49027F                              International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM)                              December 11-13, 2006                              Hilton San Francisco and Towers                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2F75D:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                        Overcoming The Challenges Of Electro-Mechanical Design                              Next Wednesday (June 28th) at 2:00 PM Eastern Time (11:00 AM PT), an                               exclusive webcast "Overcoming the Top Five Challenges in                               Electro-Mechanical Product Development," explains how to simplify the                               process of electro-mechanical product development. 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