==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              PlanetEE - http://www.planetee.com/                              MWRF - http://www.mwrf.com/                              March 22, 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. SDR Technology Has Much To Offer Public Safety                               2. Skyworks Switch Sets High Isolation Marks                               3. Agilent Gains Principal Member Status in WiMAX Forum                               4. Microlab/FXR Unleashes Hybrid Combiner For Wireless                               5. Podcast Ponders Ethernet, RapidIO Differences                               6. AWR and Flomerics Team On European Seminars                               7. SDR Forum Supports FCC On Public Safety Radios                               8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                               Enter the PNA-X Attenuator Giveaway                               Discover PNA-X, the new standard for microwave network analysis,                               and win a free set of fixed attenuators. Specifically designed                               for active device test, this premier-performance network analyzer                               features an integrated second source and signal combining network                               to simplify testing and reduce costs. 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Well, the time to                               vacate (December 31, 2006) has passed and the FCC is now considering radio                               solutions for this newly freed spectrum. The Commission (www.fcc.gov) has                               already adopted the technical and operational standards for the bands, but                               radios must be implemented.                               The issues facing users of the public safety communications band are not unlike                               those before the military in joint services operations. The military solution                               has taken the form of the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) spearheaded by                               Boeing Company (www.boeing.com) and Rockwell-Collins (www.rockwellcollins.com).                               Based on software-defined-radio (SDR) technology, the JTRS concept allows radios                               to be reprogrammed in the field for use in different theatres and by difference                               branches of the military. With ever-advancing semiconductor processes and                               lower-power processors, the JTRS approach is not only possible but also                               practical, and perhaps the best solution of cross-department public-safety                               radios.                               JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Skyworks Switch Sets High Isolation Marks                              Skyworks Solutions has introduced the model SKY13286-359LF high-isolation switch                               for cellular infrastructure applications. The switch, which includes a CMOS                               driver, leverages GaAs PHEMT technology to achieve as much as 60 dB isolation                               and better than 42 dB isolation between ports from 100 MHz to 6 GHz. The                               insertion loss ranges from 0.8 to 1.8 dB over that range, while the third-order                               intercept point is +49 dBm at 500 MHz. The RoHS-compliant switch, which operates                               with a single positive supply voltage, is supplied in a 4 x 4 mm QFN 16-lead                               package.                              Skyworks Solutions ---> http://www.skyworksinc.com/                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              Agilent Gains Principal Member Status in WiMAX Forum                              Agilent Technologies has received principal member status with the WiMAX Forum.                               The global leader in test equipment has been actively involved in the Forum                               since 2004. The firm was first to provide standard-compliant 802.16 design and                               test tools and solutions for fixed and mobile 802.16 applications, and first to                               enable RF and baseband engineers working at the 802.16-2004 PHY layer to create,                               analyze, and troubleshoot WiMAX signals. The enhanced status strengthens the                               company's ability to deliver standards-based WiMAX test solutions, contributing                               to the delivery of cost-effective, high-quality products into the marketplace.                               According to Ron Nersesian, vice president of Agilent's Wireless Business Unit,                               "Inclusion in the WiMAX Forum as a principal member is yet another opportunity                               for Agilent to continue to demonstrate leadership and ongoing commitment to                               enabling the emergence of WiMAX as a truly global technology."                               Agilent Technologies ---> http://www.agilent.com/find/wimax/                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              Microlab/FXR Unleashes Hybrid Combiner For Wireless                              Microlab/FXR, a wholly owned subsidiary of Wireless Telecom Group, Inc., has                               introduced a broadband 4:2 hybrid combiner for wireless applications from 700 to                               2700 MHz. It is designed to combine as many as four signals, as from different                               antennas, with high isolation and minimum interference between signals. The high                               isolation alleviates the need for additional filters. The hybrid combiner, which                              is ideal for neutral host distributed antenna systems or indoor wireless                               repeater systems based on leaky coaxial cables, offers better than 25 dB                               isolation across the band with passive intermodulation (PIM) of at least -130                               dBm. Each input port is rated for 80 W average power and 3 kW peak power. The                               hybrid combiner is available with Type N or 7/16 EIA type connectors.                               Microlab/FXR ---> http://www.microlab.fxr.com/                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              Podcast Ponders Ethernet, RapidIO Differences                              The latest episode of RadioIO(R) Radio delves into the technical differences                               between Ethernet and RapidIO communications interfaces. The episode, "A                               Technical Comparison of Ethernet and RapidIO," is available for immediate                               download from RapidIO and/or iTunes.com. It builds on an early podcast in                               January which covered the white paper "System Interconnect Fabrics; Ethernet                               Versus RapidIO Technology." The new episode is hosted by Tom Cox, white paper                               author, and Greg Shippen, system architect for Freescale Semiconductor's                               Digital Systems Division, NCSG and a member of the RapidIO Trade Association's                               Technical Working Group.                                iTunes ---> http://www.iTunes.com/                              RapidIO ---> http://www.RapidIO.org/                              ************************ 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. Sneak a peak, at:                                                   www.EngineeringTV.com                               ******************************************************************                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              AWR and Flomerics Team On European Seminars                              Two leaders in design software, AWR and Flomerics, have combined forces on a                               European seminar series that highlights the integration between AWR's Microwave                               Office suite and Flomerics MicroStripes full-wave three-dimensional (3D)                               electromagnetic (EM) simulator. The seminar explores different techniques for                               circuit and system simulations using the two tools in tandem. Application areas                               include wireless antenna design, system-in-package (SiP) design, RF module                               design, and wireless system design. The dates and locations include:                               24th April 07 Utrecht, Netherlands                              25th April 07 Paris, France                              26th April 07 Bracknell, UK                              3rd May 07 Stuttgart, Germany                              9th May 07 Gothenburg, Sweden                              10th May 07 Helsinki, Finland                              15th May 07 Milan, Italy                              Registration ---> http://www.flomerics.com/microstripes/events/                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              SDR Forum Supports FCC On Public Safety Radios                              The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC's) recent call for advanced                               software-defined-radio and cognitive radio technologies to address the needs of                               improved public safety radios was enthusiastically supported by the SDR Forum.                               The nonprofit industry group responded to the FCC's Ninth Notice of Proposed                               Rulemaking (NPRM)for a broadband public safety radio network in the 700-MHz band                               by urging the FCC to complete a detailed scientific study to determine the                               actual amount of broadband spectrum required to support public safety users                               through the year 2020. The SDR Forum also offered to assist in such a study.                              SDR Forum ---> http://www.sdrforum.org/                              *******************************                              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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