==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              PlanetEE - www.planetee.com/                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com/                              March 3, 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. Future For Broadband Appears Promising                              2. Rockwell Collins Links Military and Local Law Enforcement                               3. Report Projects Slower Semiconductor Growth                               4. AVX's Capacitors Make Trip to Saturn's Moon                               5. ABI Sees Changes In Wireless Infrastructure                               6. Northrop Grumman Snares High-Energy-Laser Contract                               7. Keithley Hits 40 GHz For On-Wafer Testing                               8. Agilent Ships Real-Time Scopes To 13 GHz                               9. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                  Watch and Enter to Win!                               Watch the Advanced Design System 2004A video from Agilent EEsof EDA, and                               enter to win a free combination USB Storage Device / MP3 Player /                               Digital Voice Recorder. This brief video will show you how Agilent                               Technology's industry-leading software can help you with your designs.                               Click here.                                                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=437C:FFCBF                              *******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              Future For Broadband Appears Promising                               Broadband communications supports a wide range of customer services,                               including high-speed data and streaming video. Whether the                               communications is handled by wire or through wireless systems, it would                               appear that customer demand is growing. According to the latest report                               by IMS Research (http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=4374:FFCBF , Austin, TX) on the                               subject, "Broadband Access Database," the number of subscribers                               receiving broadband communications services just passed 150 million                               worldwide. This is an increase of 51 million since the beginning of                               2004, and there are no signs that the rate of growth is slowing.                               Of course, most of this is based on digital-subscriber-line (DSL)                               technology over wire, with more than 100 million subscribers, and                               broadband cable lines in second place. Asia represents the                               fastest-growing geographic segment, with about 43% of the worldwide                               subscribers.                              Where is wireless in this broadband mix? According to Melissa Yocum,                               broadband analyst with IMS Research, "although most of the attention for                               future broadband development is focused on the DSL and cable sectors, we                               should not forget the niche broadband technologies, such as fiber-to-the                               premises, broadband powerline (BPL), WiMAX, and even satellite." For a                               market with as much growth potential as broadband communications, even                               these niche segments for wireless technologies can represent markets in                               the billions of dollars.                               JACK BROWNE                              Publisher/Editor                              Please share your thoughts by contacting me at: mailto:jbrowne@penton.com                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Rockwell Collins Links Military and Local Law Enforcement                              Rockwell Collins recently demonstrated that its multiband, multimode                               ARC-210 radio system can enable military aircraft and ground units to                               have voice communications with local law enforcement and first                               responders. In a demonstration with the Marion, IA police department,                               representatives of Lockheed Martin, and members of the US Army and Navy,                               the 400-to-512-MHz AN/ARC-210 radio system was used for voice                               communications between police officers and the military, performing                               transmit (in compliance with FCC regulations) and receive operations                               with channel spacings of 12.5 to 25 kHz. Also demonstrated was the                               interoperability between U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force Special Operations                               Forces radios, along with Motorola and Thales handheld radios. According                               to Bruce King, vice president and general manager of Communications                               Systems at Rockwell Collins, "this capability enables the U.S. military                               to communicate with local authorities during emergency operations and                               enhances public safety by allowing for quick reaction to developing                               events."                               Rockwell Collins ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=436F:FFCBF                                                             *********                              3. News                              *********                              Report Projects Slower Semiconductor Growth                              A semiannual report on the semiconductor industry issued by Standard &                               Poor's Equity Research Services projects more moderate, single-digit                               growth in 2005 compared to 2004. The report notes that excess inventory                               and slower growth for the economy and the major end-markets will account                               for the slower growth, compared to semiconductor sales growth of 18% in                               2003 and 28% in 2004. According to Amrit Tewary, Semiconductor Analyst                               with Standard & Poor's Equity Research Services, "Early in 2004, when                               the semiconductor industry was in the midst of expanding, chip companies                               had built up large inventories based on expectations of strong demand in                               the second half of the year -- expectations that turned out to be too                               optimistic." Historically, the semiconductor business moves in four- or                               five-year cycles, with an off year being followed by a stabilization                               year and then by two or three growth years. The current boom period                               began in mid-2003, following a 32% decline in chip sales in 2001 and                               stabilization in 2002, when sales grew 1.3%.                              Standard and Poors ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=4376:FFCBF                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              AVX's Capacitors Make Trip to Saturn's Moon                              Passive-components supplier AVX Corp. has announced that its CYR10 and                               CYR15 multilayer glass dielectric capacitors have been employed aboard                               the Cassini-Huygens spacecraft, currently studying Saturn and its moons.                               The stable glass capacitors were utilized in communication and control                               of the Cassini spacecraft, as well as deployment and wake-up circuitry                               for the Huygens probe that recently landed on Saturn's moon, Titan. AVX,                               a long-time supplier to NASA, has supplied                               passive components for many missions over the past 50 years.                              AVX Corp. ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=4378:FFCBF                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              ABI Sees Changes In Wireless Infrastructure                              Research firm ABI Research reports that the wireless infrastructure                               industry is in a period of metamorphosis. It is characterized by a shift                               from hardware-based base station manufacturing industry to one based on                               software and services. As noted in the collection of studies, "Wireless                               Infrastructure Research Service," all base stations are becoming                               software configurable and less dependent upon fixed-hardware                               configurations. According to Ray Jodoin, principal analyst of wireless                               infrastructure research at ABI Research, "the base station hardware                               isn't the 'big thing' any more. Those are all becoming                               software-reconfigurable." Jodoin notes that this is the reason that                               Alcatel bought WaterCove Networks over a year ago: they had the kinds of                               technology that the coming wave of infrastructure would require.                              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News                              *********                              Northrop Grumman Snares High-Energy-Laser Contract                              The U.S. Army Space and Missile Defense Command has awarded Northrop                               Grumman Corp. a follow-on contract for operations and maintenance of                               lasers and                              facility-support systems used to test the effects of lasers against                              physical threats. Northrop Grumman's Information Technology (IT) sector                               will                              provide engineering and technical support for the High Energy Laser                              Systems Test Facility at the White Sands Missile Range, N.M., and                              equipment including the mid-infrared advanced chemical laser (MIRACL),                              the Sea-Lite beam director and the vacuum test system. The MIRACL is the                               free world's first megawatt-class, continuous-wave, deuterium fluoride                               chemical laser. The Sea-Lite beam director is a stabilized, 1.8-meter                               diameter, megawatt-class, high-power, laser-beam-expanding telescope                               capable of handling close-in tactical targeting scenarios. The contract                               is valued at $46.9 million to the IT sector over two years, with three                               one-year options.                               Northrop Grumman Corp. ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=4370:FFCBF                               *********                              7. News                              *********                              Keithley Hits 40 GHz For On-Wafer Testing                              Test-equipment supplier Keithley Instruments announced the third                               generation of its Model S680 and Model S470 on-wafer measurement                               systems, with RF Option test capability to 40 GHz. Designed for both                               parametric and RF on-wafer testing, the system offers unique features to                               improve accuracy and increase reliability, including automatic                               verification of probe-tip quality, detection of need for recalibration,                               and triggering of unattended recalibration with change of probe card.                               The system allows RF parameters to be extracted and de-embedded now for                               the first time in real time from measured s-parameters using the                               industry's largest RF parametric extraction library without the need for                               post processing, saving time and increasing throughput. The system has a                               direct-dock capability for making measurements at 40GHz. Competitive                               products require a manual probe card change by an RF specialist using a                               torque wrench followed by manual recalibration. Keithley's RF Option                               solution completes an automated RF probe card change in a fraction of                               the time it takes for a manual change, increasing overall throughput.                               The RF Option works with existing automated DC probers.                              Keithley Instruments ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=4377:FFCBF                              *********                              8. News                              *********                              Agilent Ships Real-Time Scopes To 13 GHz                              Agilent Technologies has announced customer shipments of its Infiniium                               80000 series 10, 12 and 13 GHz oscilloscopes, the industry's fastest                               real-time oscilloscope and highest bandwidth active probing system. With                               sampling rates to 40 GSamples/s and full bandwidth performance at the                               high-impedance probe tips, the combination of measurement tools                               simplifies the measurement of high-speed devices and data buses. For                               example, proprietary high-speed serial buses and serial bus standards                               such as Fibre Channel, fully buffered DIMM (FBD), serial ATA (SATA),                               serial attached SCSI (SAS) and PCI Express will have performance points                               that reach into the 4 to 8 Gb/s range along with edge speeds that have                               rise-times faster than 50 ps (20 to 80 percent). The new scopes work                               with software packages designed for specific measurement needs,                               including software for second-generation jitter analysis, serial data                               analysis with 8b/10b decoding and a growing list of compliance test                               packages for standards such as PCI Express, Ethernet, DVI, HDMI, Fibre                               Channel, FBD and SATA. for                               Agilent Technologies ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=436E:FFCBF                              *******************************                              9.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              ARMMS RF & Microwave Society Conference                              April 18-19, 2005                              Milton Hill House Hotel, Milton Hill, Oxfordshire, UK                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=437A:FFCBF                              RF & Hyper Europe 2005                              March 22-24, 2005                              CNIT, La Defense, Paris, France                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=4375:FFCBF                              2005 International Reliability Physics Symposium                              April 17-21, 2005                              San Jose Marriott Hotel, San Jose, CA                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=437B: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=4379:FFCBF                              Read past issues of Microwaves and RF (MWRF) UPDATE e-Newsletter:                               http://www.mwrf.com/                              MICROWAVES AND RF (MWRF) UPDATE e-NEWSLETTER CONTACTS                              ====================================================                              Publisher and Executive Editor: Jack Browne                              mailto:jbrowne@penton.com                              Advertising/Sponsorship Opportunities:                              Jim Theriault at 1-925-736-5051 or                              send email to mailto:jtheriault@penton.com                              ====================================================                              To subscribe click here:  http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=4371:FFCBF                              To unsubscribe click here:  http://nls.planetee.com/u?id=92976FF2A879FA46DDF826A177FE99CC                              Penton's e-Newsletter homepage:  http://www.planetee.com/                              ====================================                              Copyright 2005 Penton Media Inc. 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