==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              PlanetEE - www.planetee.com/                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com/                              March 24, 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. Taking A Step Back                               2. Vista RF Launches RF/Microwave Cable Assemblies                               3. Report Predicts Rapid Growth For BPL-Access                               4. Labtech Purchases Assets of Filtronics' Milton Keynes Facility                               5. HRL Labs To Sell CalTech MM-Wave MMICs                               6. Conexant Launches Embedded Wireless Solution                               7. Inphi Tackles Data Sampling at 25 GHz                               8. Agilent Accelerates EDA Simulation Software                               9. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                Searching for True Gaussian White Noise?                              Noise Com has a full range of high quality Gaussian White Noise                               generators. The UFX-EbNo carrier-to-noise generators deliver true                               Gaussian noise with a crest (peak to average) factor larger than 18                               dB (8:1) for cable, radio and SATCOM. The PNG Series provides true                               Gaussian White Noise for Baseband Digital Communications Testing.                               Download a free datasheet at: http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=5E15:FFCBF                              *******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              Taking A Step Back                              Time is often hard to come by. Our modern lifestyles often demand                               much of our time, with pressures to meet deadlines and develop new                               products. Time to think is certainly important and, in the immortal                               words of the bard, Bob Dylan, "no time to think" leaves us with very                               few options.                               Sometimes, there is something one can do about the lack of time, and                               I have chosen to take action. For those readers who have read my                               columns over the years, this will be the last time you see the title                               of "Publisher/Editor" beneath my name. But I am not going away. I                               will stay with the magazine as Technical Director, a rather                               distinguished title for a man of my years. I will be working with a                               new Editor for Microwaves & RF, Nancy Friedrich, who comes over from                               Wireless Systems Design magazine. The new position allows me to                               continue to produce the best microwave magazine I know how to                               produce, but takes me away from the sales side of the business. In                               the process, it gives me time for different activities, side                               projects, and even time to think.                               I urge each reader, especially those with a few years under their                               belts, to consider how their own time is being spent. Step back for                               a moment and decide if personal and professional goals are being                               met, and if there is satisfaction in how your time is being spent.                               If not, it may be time to likewise consider a change.                              JACK BROWNE                              Publisher/Editor                              Please share your thoughts by contacting me at: mailto:jbrowne@penton.com                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Vista RF Launches RF/Microwave Cable Assemblies                              Vista RF announced the launch of the company's new line of low-loss,                               high-performance RF/microwave cable assemblies designed for                               broadband applications in commercial and defense frequency bands.                               Designed for applications through 6 GHz, these cable assemblies are                               supplied in standard lengths of 6 and 12 in. Custom lengths are also                               available. The company's VCA-4000 series cables are constructed with                               RG-174 cable and either straight male SMA-M straight or right-angle                               male SMA gold-plated brass connectors. The VCA-4000 series cables,                               which can handl temperatures from -40 to +75 degrees Centrigrade,                               are priced starting at $16.95 each for quantities of nine or less.                               For higher-temperature applications, the firm's VCA-6000 series are                               constructed with RG-316 cable and SMA straight or right-angle                               connectors, and can handle temperatures from -70 to +200 degrees                               Centrigrade. They are prices from $17.15 each in quantities of nine                               or less.                               Vista RF, Inc. ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=5E14:FFCBF                                                             *********                              3. News                              *********                              Report Predicts Rapid Growth For BPL-Access                              Market research specialist Telecom Trends International is heralding                               the fast growth of broadband powerline communicaitons as an access                               technology. The firm's newley released report, "Broadband Powerline                               Communications: Ready for Take-Off," states that Broadband Powerline                               Communications for access applications (BPL-Access) is well                               positioned to compete head-on with DSL and cable modem technologies                               for a share of the broadband access market. BPL-Access uses the                               electricity power grid to bring broadband signals into buildings.                               The report estimates that the BPL-Access services market generated                               $57.1 million in revenue worldwide in 2004, and projects that by                               2011, BPL-Access will generate $4.4 billion in revenue worldwide.                               According to Naqi Jaffery, President, of Telecom Trends                               International, "there are no longer any serious technical                               limitations to the deployment of BPL for high-speed Internet                               access." The report adds that there is no global standard for                               BPL-Access, but theuseof the existing infrastructure translates into                               low cost of deployment and low cost for customers. Details on the                               report are available by e-mail at mailto:sales@telecomtrends.net.                              Telecom Trends International ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=5E0F:FFCBF                                                             *********                              4. News                              *********                              Labtech Purchases Assets of Filtronics' Milton Keynes Facility                              Labtech Limited has purchased the assets of Filtronics' microwave                               components design manufacturing facility in Milton Keynes, United                               Kingdom for one-half million pounds sterling. As part of the                               transaction, Labtech has also entered into a three-year supply                               agreement with Filtronic Components Ltd. Labtech will operate the                               Milton Keynes facility as Labtech Microwave, developing custom and                               standard microwave components for military and                               satellite-communications applications. Labtech will rename its                               existing facility in Presteigne, Wales as Labtech Circuits with main                               emphasis on microwave printed-circuit boards (PCBs),                               monolithic-microwave-integrated-circuit (MMIC) packaging solutions,                               and machining for RF assemblies.                              Filtronic Components Ltd. ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=5E12:FFCBF                              Labtech Ltd. ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=5E0D:FFCBF                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              HRL Labs To Sell CalTech MM-Wave MMICs                              HRL Laboratories, LLC (Malibu, CA) has obtained a license from                               California Institute of Technology (CalTech) to sell millimeter-wave                               low noise and power monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMICs)                               designed by Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) personnel. Using HRL's                               indium-phosphide (InP) high-electron-mobility-transistor (HEMT) MMIC                               process, the firm will offer 15 unique designs ranging from Ka-band                               frequencies to D-band frequencies. A sampling of the designs                               includes the models LSPA1, LSPA2, and LSPA165 power amplifiers, with                               as much as +12 dBm output power over selected bands from 70 to 170                               GHz, and three low-noise amplifiers (LNAs), models 40LN5, 118LN3,                               and 200LN2, with noise figures as low as 3 dB at 90 GHz and covering                               a frequency range from 25 to 205 GHz.                               HRL Laboratories ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=5E19:FFCBF                                                             ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                Digital Gage Kits from Maury Microwave Corporation                              Maury has a new digital gage kit, replacing the previous analog                               design.  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News                              *********                              Conexant Launches Embedded Wireless Solution                              Conexant Systems has teamed with Internet protocol/security                               specialist Interpeak to develop a wireless solution for embedded                               developers. The solution integrates Conexant's PRISM GT IEEE 802.11g                              and PRISM WorldRadio IEEE 802.11a/g wireless local area network (WLAN)                              chipsets and Interpeak's IPNET and IPLITE dual-mode IPv4/IPv6 TCP/IP                              networking protocol stacks. It allows commercial and consumer                               electronics manufacturers to add wireless capability to a wide range                               of products, including cellular phones, printers, and digital cameras.                              According to Urban Lindegren, vice-president of sales for Interpeak,                              "There is a growing need for embedded systems to wirelessly access                              the Internet or a wireless LAN." The flexible platform is interoperable                              with many major real-time operating systems including INTEGRITY, OSE, and Linux.                              Conexant Systems ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=5E13:FFCBF                              Interpeak ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=5E11:FFCBF                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Inphi Tackles Data Sampling at 25 GHz                              Inphi Corporation (Westlake Village, CA) announced the availability                               of two 25-GHz latched comparators for data sampling at 25 GHz. The                               firm's models 25706CP and 25707CP enable broadband and                               high-frequency sampling of analog signals, notably for ultrawideband                               (UWB) communications. Already employed in the BertScope high-speed                               communications test equipment from SyntheSys Research, the                               comparators feature less than 4 mV hysteresis. According to Tom                               Waschura, Chief Technology Officer of SyntheSys Research,                               "partnering with Inphi to incorporate their technology gives us                               direct access to phenomenal jitter and noise-reducing performance                               that directly impacts our key performance specifications." The                               comparators have 3-dB analog input bandwidth of 18 GHz and low                               offset of 1.5 mV. They support clock rates to 25 GHz and exhibit                               propagation delays of only 100 ps from input to output. The                               comparators achieve rise/fall times of 15 ps and support                               single-ended and differential operation. Random jitter is a mere 0.2                               ps root mean square (RMS).                               Inphi Corp. ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=5E10:FFCBF                              SyntheSys Research ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=5E1A:FFCBF		                               		                                                               *********                              8. News                              *********                              Agilent Accelerates EDA Simulation Software                              Agilent Technologies has announced a dramatic breakthrough in                               simulation speed for the core electronic design automation (EDA)                               frequency-domain simulation technologies found in its Advanced                               Design System (ADS) and RF Design Environment (RFDE) suites of                               software tools. As much as 50 times improvements in simulation speed                               have been achieved for large circuits for wireless communications                               and defense applications. These advanced simulation technologies                               will be included in the next releases of ADS and the RFDE software                               packages. ADS is a collection of circuit- and system-level                               simulation tools and RF/microwave instrument links while RFDE                               supports integration of the company's RF simulation tools into the                               Cadence Design System industry-standard analog and mixed-signal                               design flow. The new simulators are expected to be available                               beginning in June 2005. More information on beta code evaluation is                               available at the link below.                              Agilent Technologies ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=5E0A:FFCBF                                                             *******************************                              9.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              E-Seminar on Jitter Analysis                              "What Works, What Doesn't, and Why"                              March 30, 2005, 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM Pacific Time                              Register at: http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=5E08:FFCBF                              ARMMS RF & Microwave Society Conference                              April 18-19, 2005                              Milton Hill House Hotel, Milton Hill, Oxfordshire, UK                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=5E17:FFCBF                              2005 International Reliability Physics Symposium                              April 17-21, 2005                              San Jose Marriott Hotel, San Jose, CA                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=5E18: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=5E16:FFCBF                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                Tektronix Timing Error Challenge                              Put your EE skills to the test in the Tektronix Timing Error                               Challenge!  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