==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              June 8, 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. Choosing When To Build In China                               2. Sonnet Remembers Maxwell At MTT-S                               3. Elcom Extends Range of SIGINT Receivers                               4. AR Addresses Changes In EMC Testing                               5. Conexant Expands WLAN Connectivity For Portables                               6. RFMD Assembles 100 Millionth Module in China                               7. Semflex Names Hardin Senior Applications Engineer                               8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                          Free Agilent RF and Microwave Network Analysis CD                               This CD-Rom contains a portable library of RF and microwave                               technical papers, product video demos and links to complimentary                               eSeminars to help solve your component test needs. Learn about                               amplifier, CATV, multiport, mixers, pulsed RF, balanced                               measurements, and more. 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For                               price-sensitive markets involving large-volume manufacturing, the                               competitive pricing of assembly facilities in China, Indonesia, and                               other Far East locations have priced many Mexican operations out of                               the market, not to mention assembly in the United States or Europe.                               Of course, assembly in the Far East only goes so far. During a visit                               for another publication, Penton's Military Electronics ( available at                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2DD5D:49027F ), a local designer                               and manufacturer of powerline filters for military and commercial                               applications, Zero Surge ( http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2DD57:49027F )                               and Chief Engineer Rudy Harford noted that their products were                               manufactured entirely in the United States and built to military                               standards. In examining the workmanship, the care and precision of                               the assembly was obvious: these were surge removal filters that                               were guaranteed for 10 years and would probably last much longer.                              The assembly quality from the Far East has improved dramatically                               over the last few years, but has a long way to reach products such                               as the Zero Surge filters. For consumer electronics, which tend to                               be "disposable" products, the Far East workmanship is good enough.                               But for critical products, look elsewhere for your assembly                               facilities.                              JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Sonnet Remembers Maxwell At MTT-S                              Next Tuesday, June 13th, marks the 175th anniversary of the birth of                               James Clerk Maxwell, perhaps best known for the equations that are                               the basis for electromagnetic (EM) theory. In celebration of the                               event, and recognition of what Maxwell's accomplishments have meant                               for the microwave industry, Sonnet Software is throwing a party at                               the annual Microwave Theory & Techniques Symposium (MTT-S) in San                               Francisco. Scheduled for 7 PM at the San Francisco Marriott Hotel,                               the event is co-hosted by Computer Systems Technology (CST) and the                               2006 International Microwave Symposium (IMS) Committee. It will                               feature free refreshments and a presentation by Dr. James Rautio,                               president and founder of Sonnet Software and MTT-S Distinguished                               Microwave Lecturer, on the life of James Clerk Maxwell. What                               profound event affected Maxwell when he was just eight years old?                               And what does he have to do with the rings of Saturn? For answers,                               don't miss Jim Rautio's entertaining and informative talk, as well                               as free drinks and cake.                              Sonnet Software ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2DD55:49027F                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              Elcom Extends Range of SIGINT Receivers                              Suitable for use with a wide range of receivers, notably for signal                               intelligence (SIGINT) applications, the ELFE frequency extender from                               Elcom Technologies allows an 18-GHz receiver to cover frequency                               bands from 18 to 40 GHz. By adding these bands, it extends a                               broadband receiver's standard operating range above and beyond the                               traditional 0.5 to 18.0 GHz. The ELFE offers one input port for                               signals from 0.5 to 18.0 GHz, which can be passed cleanly through                               the ELFE and connected to a receiver. A second RF input port accepts                               signals from 18 to 40 GHz, which are downconverted to the                               2-to-18-GHz range and then connected to the receiver or tuner.                               Elcom Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2DD54:49027F                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              AR Addresses Changes In EMC Testing                              Testing for radiated electromagnetic (EM) field immunity testing has                               long been performed according to the IEC 61000-4-3 standard in order                               to satisfy many European Union requirements for the CE mark. But                               Edition 3.0 of that standard has introduced many changes, including                               a new harmonic distortion requirement, new linearity check, an                               extended frequency range, and new test table material requirements.                               These modifications have some electromagnetic compatibility (EMC)                               labs pondering how to meet the new requirements, what type of                               equipment to add. Fortunately, AR Worldwide has addressed the                               changes to the standard and how to meet the new requirements in new                               literature, Application Note #41. It offers a number of helpful tips                               that labs should try before purchasing new amplifiers for an EMC                               test lab. Copies are free for download from the company's website.                              AR Worldwide ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2DD53:49027F                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              Conexant Expands WLAN Connectivity For Portables                              Conexant Systems, Inc. has added to its low-power Wi-Fi wireless                               local area network (WLAN) product line with the introduction of the                               model CX53121 radio chip. The third-generation IEEE 802.11b/g device                               integrates a WLAN transceiver, power management, and supporting                               components into a single 68-square-millimeter chip. The CX53121                               features a high-performance transceiver that delivers transmit power                               as high as +19.5 dBm and sensitivity below -90 dBm. It includes                               secure digital input-output (SDIO) interface, serial peripheral                               interface (SPI), and support for coexistence with Bluetooth devices.                               It is targeted at battery-powered handheld products with embedded                               wireless networking capabilities such as cell phones, smartphones,                               voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) handsets, cameras, MP3 players,                               gaming consoles and global positioning system (GPS) devices.                              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According to company                               president and CEO Bob Bruggeworth, "we are committed to increasing                               our manufacturing capabilities in Asia as the region continues to                               evolve as the handset industry's manufacturing center." The firm's                               amplifiers can be found in about half of the world's cellular                               telephones. Due to increasing demand, RFMD is increasing its                               assembly capacity in Beijing by about 100 percent.                               RF Micro Devices ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2DD5E:49027F                                                             *********                              7. News                              *********                              Semflex Names Hardin Senior Applications Engineer                              In his new position as Senior Applications Engineer, Stan Hardin                               will help to define and develop new application-specific products                               for Semflex. He will report directly to the firm's president, Joe                               Norwood. Hardin, who previously served as Semflex's business unit                               director responsible for design engineering and manufacturing                               operations, will target markets in military, commercial/industrial,                               wireless/telecom, and test & measurement areas. According to                               Norwood, "Stan's experience and expertise will give us the senior                               technical field presence needed to develop new business and create                               state-of-the-art microwave cable, connectors and cable assembly                               solutions for our customers."                              Semflex ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2DD59:49027F                              *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              International Microwave Theory & Techniques                               Symposium (MTT-S)                              June 11-16, 2006                              Moscone Convention Center                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2DD5A:49027F                              Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG)                              67th Microwave Measurements Conference                              June 16, 2006                              Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2DD5B:49027F                              Signal Integrity From The Ground Up                              August 14-16, 2006                              San Jose, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2DD4F:49027F                              International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM)                              December 11-13, 2006                              Hilton San Francisco and Towers                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2DD4D:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                     Keithley Model 2910 RF Vector Signal Generator                              Keithley's Model 2910 RF Vector Signal Generator features a                               Software-Defined Radio (SDR) Architecture, patent-pending                               synthesizer technology, and unique power leveling techniques.                               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