==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              PlanetEE - http://www.planetee.com/                              MWRF - http://www.mwrf.com/                              March 15, 2007                              ==============================                              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. Broadband Can Flourish Without Power Lines                               2. Research Firm Applauds RFMD's GaN Strategy                               3. Broadband Over Power Lines To Outpace Cable                               4. Rodelco Develops X-Band Receiver                               5. Motorola Invests in AMIMON's WHDI Technology                               6. Catalog Collects Cable Assemblies to 50 GHz                              7. Compact Antenna Covers Two Bands                               8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                           Don't Miss Your Favorite Show: Engineering TV                              Sponsored by Analog Devices and National Instruments, these                              informative eight-minute video segments show cutting-edge                               technology in action and offer behind-the-scenes looks at the                               latest engineering developments. 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Although at least one study (see news below) points to huge growth for the                               broadband over power line (BPL) approach, it is hardly the most optimum means of                               delivering broadband services.                               While it appears practical, with so much power line infrastructure already in                               place, the approach essentially transforms those power lines into long,                               radiating antennas, creating radio interference for numerous existing                               communications systems, including amateur ("ham") radios. Other approaches, such                               as WiMAX, can provide those broadband services without the interference, and by                               leveraging existing cellular infrastructure such as towers and cell sites. For                               more on the realities and problems of BPL technology, visit the ARRL amateur                               radio site at www.arrl.org.                               JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Research Firm Applauds RFMD's GaN Strategy                              Research and consulting firm Strategy Analytics has concluded that the gallium                               nitride (GaN) device activities of RF Micro Devices represent a coherent                               business strategy for the company. Their report, "RF Micro Devices Adds GaN                               Foundry Strategy To Maintain Leadership in Compound Semiconductor Industry,"                               points to orders from the military sector as helping to offset cyclical sales in                               the commercial sector. The research firm forecasts that the market for GaN                               devices will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 151 percent through 2010,                               with military applications accounting for 50 percent of the GaN device demand.                              RF Micro Devices ---> http://www.rfmd.com/                              Strategy Analytics ---> http://www.strategyanalytics.com                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              Broadband Over Power Lines To Outpace Cable                              Tremendous growth is projected in the number of US households receiving                               broadband communications services by means of broadband over power line (BPL)                               technology, according to a report from Parks Associates. The report, "FTTx and                               BPL: Analysis and Outlook," projects that BPL users in the US will increase from                               400,000 in 2007 to 2.5 million by 2011. According to the report, BPL technology                               will outpace cable and DSL technologies over the next five years.                              Parks Associates ---> http://www.parksassociates.com/                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              Rodelco Develops X-Band Receiver                              Rodelco Electronics has designed and manufactured a custom airborne receiver                               with dual-downconversion superheterodyne architecture for use at X-band                               frequencies. The receiver includes a variety of precision components, including                               an attenuator, low-noise amplifier (LNA), RF bandpass filter, local-oscillator                               (LO) filters, ceramic bandpass filters for the first intermediate frequency                               (IF), and lumped-element bandpass filters for the second IF. The airborne                               receiver achieves better than 70 dB conversion gain with spurious suppression of                               better than -90 dBc.                              Rodelco Electronics Corp. ---> http://www.rodelcocorp.com/                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              Motorola Invests in AMIMON's WHDI Technology                              Motorola, through its Motorola Ventures venture capital arm, has made an equity                               investment in AMIMON, Inc., a developer of semiconductor solutions for wireless                               high-definition (HD) video transmissions. AMIMON's wireless high-definition                               interface  technology enables wireless transmission of uncompressed                               high-definition video streams in the unlicensed 5-GHz band. According to Dr.                               Yoav Nissan-Cohen, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of AMIMON, "The                               investment from Motorola will fund our plan to set WHDI as a new industry                               standard for connecting high-definition video sources to displays wirelessly."                              AMIMON, Inc. ---> http://www.amimon.com/                              Motorola ---> http://www.motorola.com/                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                        Learn More About Ultrawideband (UWB) Technology                              Mark your calendar for March 22nd at 2:00 PM East Coast time to learn                              more about ultrawideband (UWB) technology and how to test UWB devices.                              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News                              *********                              Catalog Collects Cable Assemblies to 50 GHz                               The Tyco Electronics M/A-COM High Performance Coaxial Cables Assemblies catalog                               features cable assemblies for applications from DC to 50 GHz in ground-based,                               shipboard, airborne, and space-based systems. The catalog includes an easy-to-                              use selection guide sorted by cable diameter (from 0.05 to 1.4 inches), product                               listing by market segment, application notes, and ordering information. For a                               free copy, call (800) 366-2266 or visit the website.                              M/A-COM ---> http://www.macom.com/                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Compact Antenna Covers Two Bands                              The model UFDD224580303PT ceiling-mount dual diversity omnidirectional antenna                               is designed to cover the wireless-local-area-network (WLAN) bands at 2.4 to 2.5                               GHz and 4.9 to 5.9 GHz. The flat antenna employs vertical linear polarization to                               achieve 3 dBi nominal gain in both bands with better than 25 dB isolation                               between frequency bands. The horizontal beamwidth is truly omnidirectional, at                               360 deg., while the vertical beamwidth is 55 deg. at 2.4 GHz and 40 deg. at 5                               GHz. The antenna is designed to handle 25 W maximum input power at either                               frequency band.                               PCTEL Antenna Products Group ---> http://www.maxrad.com/                              *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              RFID World 2007                              March 26-28, 2007                              Grapevine, TX                              http://www.rfid-world.com/                              ARMMS RF And Microwave Society Conference                              April 16-17, 2007                              Milton Hill House                              Steventon, Abington, Oxfordshire, England                              http://www.armms.org/                              IEEE Sarnoff Symposium 2007                              April 30-May 2, 2007                              Sarnoff Labs                              Princeton, NJ                              http://www.sarnoffsymposium.org                              2007 IEEE/MTT-S International Microwave Symposium                              June 3-8, 2007                              Hawaii Convention Center                              Honolulu, HI                              http://www.ims2007.org/                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                                                  For The Best In Test and Components                              Visit Microwaves & RF's RF Test Blog to learn about the latest developments in                               RF and microwave test equipment and measurement techniques. 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