==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              PlanetEE - www.planetee.com                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              June 9, 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. UWB Communications Is Coming                               2. FOCUS Enhancements Tapes Out 880-Mb/s UWB Chip                               3. Smallest Transistor Package Debuts                               4. NI Teams With SeaSolve Software For Wireless Solutions                               5. Software Test Bench Targets cdma2000                              6. Modelithics To Develop AVX 0201 Cap Models                               7. Alcatel and Freescale Join Forces on Gigabit PON                               8. Book Review                              9. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                               OMG's Software Based Communications Workshop                                                             Focused on software application portability and interoperability for                               software-defined radios and areas of application including                               government, defense, automotive, public safety, global tracking,                               consumer electronics and cellular network infrastructure. 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With the announcement by video-specialist FOCUS                               Enhancements (see below), however, it appears that a two-chip                               hardware solution is on its way. Following the partitioning of other                               wireless standards, of RF/analog circuitry on one chip and baseband                               and medium-access-control (MAC) circuitry on the other, the chip set                               should at least simplify the ability of engineers to evaluate UWB                               technology for short-range applications (to about 10 m or more).                              It is expected that this announcement should uncover work being                               performed at other leading semiconductor houses (FOCUS Enhancements                               is a "fabless" semiconductor house that relies on outside foundries                               for its device fabrication) during next week's Microwave Theory &                               Techniques Symposium (MTT-S) in Long Beach, CA. And when the devices                               are available, the advantages and disadvantages (interference?) of                               UWB technology will become more clear. As for what is unveiled at                               the MTT-S, don't miss the next edition of this newsletter.                                JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              FOCUS Enhancements Tapes Out 880-Mb/s UWB Chip                              FOCUS Enhancements has announced the taping-out of the first                               ultrawideband (UWB) radio chip capable of 880-Mb/s performance at 8                               m. The analog/RF chip is designed to be one member of a two-chip                               set, with the second device, a baseband/medium-access controller                               (MAC), expected to tape out in September. According to Brett Moyer,                               FOCUS Enhancements' president and CEO, "Taping out the first of our                               two UWB chips is an important milestone in our strategy to bring                               wireless video to the home." The FOCUS Enhancements' UWB chipset                               will contain a fully compliant and interoperable WiMedia-MBOA UWB                               radio, plus an extended mode that will produce much higher data                               rates. Cadence Design Systems is performing design services for the                               FOCUS Enhancements' UWB chipset, while Jazz Semiconductor is                               supplying RF device fabrication. Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing                               Corp. (TSMC) will supply the baseband/MAC chips.                               FOCUS Enhancements ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=BC6A:FFCBF                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              Smallest Transistor Package Debuts                              Engineers seeking to shrink their voltage-controlled-oscillator                               (VCO) designs can now benefit from the industry's smallest                               transistor package. Developed by NEC and measuring just 0.64 by 0.84                               by 0.40 mm including the leads, the low-profile M33 package is                               available with a line of silicon and silicon germanium (SiGe)                               transistors aimed at VCO applications. The models NE685M33 and                               NE851M33 silicon bipolar transistors and the model NESG2107M33 SiGe                               device are suitable for wireless handsets and wireless                               infrastructure equipment operating from 0.8 to 6.0 GHz. In addition,                               two VCO buffer devices, silicon-bipolar model NE687M33                              and SiGe model NESG2046M33, are also available in the new package.                               Visit the California Eastern Laboratories web site for more                               information on the NEC devices.                              California Eastern Laboratories ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=BC74:FFCBF                                                             *********                              4. News                              *********                              NI Teams With SeaSolve Software For Wireless Solutions                              By working with SeaSolve Software, test and software developer                               National Instruments has created RF/communications test and analysis                               solutions based on modular hardware and software. SeaSolve's                               software, integrated with NI's PXI-based RF hardware results in                               compliance test systems for various wireless standards, including                               IEEE 802.15.4 WPAN (ZigBee) and IEEE 802.11 (Wi-Fi). According to                               Joe Kovacs, NI RF product marketing manager, "With the addition of                               SeaSolve's software solutions based on NI LabVIEW, engineers can                               perform RF physical layer compliance tests while taking advantage of                               the flexibility and speed that the NI PXI-based RF hardware offers."                               SeaSolve recently developed a compliance test software solution for                               the ZigBee and Wi-Fi standards that integrates with the NI PXI-5660                               vector signal analyzer, the NI PXI-5670 and PXI-5671 vector signal                               generators as well as the NI Modulation Toolkit for LabVIEW.                              "SeaSolve chose to develop this solution on the proven National                               Instruments LabVIEW and PXI-based RF platform because of the PXI                               platform's inherent speed advantage as well as the short time to                               market that the solution offers as a whole," said Nadeem Sayed,                               SeaSolve business development manager.                              National Instruments ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=BC65:FFCBF                              SeaSolve Software ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=BC6D:FFCBF                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              Software Test Bench Targets cdma2000                              Applied Wave Research (AWR) announced the release of its cdma2000                               test bench for the company's Visual System Simulator (VSS) design                               suite. The new test bench helps users evaluate the impact of RF link                               impairments on frame error rate (FER), bit error rate (BER), symbol                               error rate (SER), and other metrics. The VSS test bench consists of                               transmit and receive blocks and supports variable frame sizes, data                               rates, and multiple channels including fundamental and supplemental                               traffic, pilot, and an orthogonal channel noise simulator (OCNS).                               The code includes all of the bit-level functions, framing, cyclical                               redundancy code (CRC), forward-error correction (FEC), interleaving,                               Walsh and quadrature spreading, and modulation for forward and                               reverse link operation.                              Applied Wave Research ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=BC6F:FFCBF                                                             *********                              6. News                              *********                              Modelithics To Develop AVX 0201 Cap Models                              Capacitor supplier AVX Corp. has contracted Modelithics to create                               new equivalent-circuit models for three of its 0201 families of                               capacitors. Modelithics will apply its Global Model technology to                               fashion models for use with leading RF/microwave simulation tools,                               such as the Advanced Design System (ADS) from Agilent EEsof.                               According to AVX Marketing Manager Tim Hollander, "We're confident                               that, by making Modelithics models for AVX parts available to                               RF/microwave design engineers, our components will see their way                               into more designs, and that those designs will reach the production                               stage much sooner. It's a clear win for everyone."                              AVX Corp. ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=BC6E:FFCBF                              Modelithics ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=BC68:FFCBF                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Alcatel and Freescale Join Forces on Gigabit PON                              Passive optical networking (PON) technology offers the wide                               bandwidth needed for the "big three" services: voice, video, and                               data. In pursuit of achieving higher performance with the                               technology, Alcatel and Freescale Semiconductor have collaborated on                               an advanced Gigabit PON (GPON) standards-compliant silicon solution                               for broadband access services. The cost-effective, low-power GPON                               System-on-a-Chip (SoC) solution leverages Freescale's                               industry-leading PowerQUICC communications processor architecture                               based on PowerPC cores and digital signal processors (DSPs) based on                               StarCore technology, along with Alcatel's implementation of the                               standard GPON medium access control (MAC). Alcatel's implementation                               of the GPON MAC offers full compliance to ITU-T G.984 with data                               rates of 2.5 Gb/s downstream and 1.25 Gb/s upstream at a 1:128 split                               ratio. The MAC also integrates advanced encryption standard, forward                               error correction in both upstream and downstream directions, and                               dynamic bandwidth assignment.                              Alcatel ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=BC70:FFCBF                              Freescale Semiconductor ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=BC6C:FFCBF                                                             ***************                              8. Book Review                              ***************                              The Design of Modern Microwave Oscillators for Wireless Applications                              Written by Ulrich Rohde and Ajay Kumar Poddar of Synergy Microwave                               (Paterson, NJ) along with Professor Georg Boch of the German                               Technische Universitat Berlin, The Design of Modern Microwave                               Oscillators for Wireless Applications serves as an excellent text on                               microwave oscillator design. It provides several basic design                               approaches, methods for analyzing phase noise, a variety of noise                               and oscillator nonlinear models, and several fine examples of                               oscillator circuits, including coupled-mode oscillators, push-pull                               oscillators, and a parallel resonator oscillator. Just for the                               examples , this is a text worth having.                              John Wiley & Sons (201-748-6395) ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=BC72:FFCBF                              *******************************                              9.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              Microwave Theory & Techniques Symposium (MTT-S)                              June 12-17, 2005                              Long Beach Convention Center                              Long Beach, CA                               http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=BC73:FFCBF                              Bipolar Circuits and Technology Meeting (BCTM)                              October 10-11, 2005                              Santa Barbara, CA                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=BC6B: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=BC71:FFCBF                              Wireless Congress 2005: Systems and Applications                              November 9-10, 2005                              Munich, Germany                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=BC66: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:                              Mike McCaffery at 1-201-845-2414 or                              mailto:mmccaffery@penton.com                              ====================================================                              To subscribe click here:  http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=BC67:FFCBF                              To unsubscribe click here:  http://nls.planetee.com/u?id=92976FF2A879FA46728D7910753CBEEE                              Penton's e-Newsletter homepage:  http://www.planetee.com/                              ====================================                              Copyright 2005 Penton Media Inc. 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