==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              May 18, 2006                              ==============================                              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. Serving Something Special For The Military                               2. NoiseWave Develops Amplified DIP Noise Source                               3. Quad Modulator Simplifies GSM/CDMA2000 Design                               4. Aeroflex and Etherstack Team On P25 Testing                               5. IEDM's Paper Abstract Deadline Looms Near                               6. Northrop Grumman Board Names Bush President                               7. Book Review: RFID and Contactless Smart Card Applications                               8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                    Free:  Agilent RF & Microwave Test Accessories Catalog                               Quickly and conveniently identify RF and MW test accessories such                               as switches, attenuators, adapters and more. The catalog features                               new product highlights and easy-to-read comparison tables to help                               you find the information you need to meet your specific design and                               test requirements. Orders yours today with the link below!                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2B1A5:49027F                                                                 *******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              Serving Something Special For The Military                              Much like its parent magazine, Microwaves & RF, this newsletter is a                               blend of commercial and military applications and technologies, with                               the occasional touch of automotive, medical, and industrial topics.                               From time to time, the newsletter covers major news of interest to                               the military, such as the Wesley Bush promotion at Northrop Grumman.                               For those interested only in military, however, this is not the best                               place for news.                              As I right this (with one hand), I am also working on that optimum                               source for military electronics news, a digital magazine known                               simply as Penton's Military Electronics. It also covers the Bush                               story, but in greater detail. And it covers stories on synthesizers,                               robotics, FPGAs, and all things electronics that might be of                               interest to specifiers and design engineers working for military                               customers. If you are in that market, and haven't seen a copy, I                               invite you to sign up for a copy on the magazine web site, at                               www.mwrf.com. You'll thank me for it. Happy reading.                              JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              NoiseWave Develops Amplified DIP Noise Source                              Noise specialist NoiseWave has announced the immediate availability                               of the new NoiseWave NW3G-D-14 dual-ln-line-packaged (DIP) amplified                               noise source. Ideal for wireless PCD-mounted applications, the                               amplified noise source covers 10 MHz to 3 GHz with -10-dBm output                               power and noise flatness of +/- 2.5 dB or better. Standard operation                               is from +15 VDC with maximum current draw of 100 mA. Applications                               for the NW3G-D-14 include wireless test equipment, dithering for                               increased dynamic range of analog-to-digital converters (ADCs),                               jamming, and as an economical built-in source of broadband power.                               The NoiseWave NW3G-D-14 is housed in an industry-standard 14-pin DIP                               package.                              NoiseWave ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2B19D:49027F                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              Quad Modulator Simplifies GSM/CDMA2000 Design                              Linear Technology has announced the availability of their model                               LT5558 quadrature modulator, optimized for direct conversion from                               baseband to the 850-to-965-MHz band. It is suitable for GSM, EDGE,                               CDMA2000 basestations and 900-MHz RFID readers. The LT5558's                               in-phase (I) and quadrature (Q) baseband inputs offer high impedance                               and a common-mode voltage of 2.1 V, allowing high input signal drive                               levels and convenient baseband coupling to active filters. It has an                               output third-order intercept point of +22.4 dBm and output                               second-order intercept point of +65 dBm at 900 MHz with a noise                               floor of -158 dBm/Hz for outstanding linearity with                               wide-dynamic-range signals. The LT5558 is offered in a 16-pin 4 x 4                               mm surface-mount QFN package. Pricing starts at $5.35 each in                               1,000-piece quantities and is available immediately from stock.                              Linear Technology ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2B1A1:49027F                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              Aeroflex and Etherstack Team On P25 Testing                              Test-equipment supplier Aeroflex and Etherstack, a firm associated                               with their development of software-defined-radio (SDR) waveforms,                               have agreed to jointly develop and market a suite of products to                               support Project 25 (P25) protocol conformance testing. The new                               products will help ensure mobile stations and base stations conform                               to the APCO Project 25 family of standards and bulletins published                               by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). The suite,                               which will consist of applications software developed by Etherstack                               to run on a personal computer and the Aeroflex 3900 radio test set,                               will have the capability of performing base station emulation for                               protocol testing mobile stations, mobile station emulation for the                               protocol testing of base stations and synchronized inbound and                               outbound off-air protocol analyzers.                               Aeroflex ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2B19F:49027F                              Etherstack ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2B19C:49027F                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              IEDM's Paper Abstract Deadline Looms Near                              One of the premiere technical conferences, the IEEE International                               Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), held annually in December, has put                               out its annual Call For Papers for the December event. The abstract                               deadline is June 23rd for the upcoming 52nd Annual IEDM. The                               conference presents more leading work in more areas of the field                               than any other technical conference, encompassing silicon and                               non-silicon device technology, optoelectronics, MEMS                               (MicroElectroMechanical Systems), displays and nanotechnology for                               electronics applications. It is scheduled this year for December                               11-13, 2006 at the Hilton San Francisco and Towers (San Francisco, CA).                               IEDM ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2B195:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                                   Browse The Latest Test News                                             For news on instruments, test standards,                                           and more on RF and microwave measurement news,                                         visit the RF Test Weblog (sponsored by Keithley).                                          You'll find it at the Microwaves & RF website,                                              at http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2B19E:49027F                                    		 		                               *******************************************************************                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              Northrop Grumman Board Names Bush President                              Another Bush has become President. This time it is Wesley G. Bush,                               previously corporate vice president and chief financial officer of                               Northrop Grumman Corp., who was named today by that company's Board                               of Directors to President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He will                               continue to report to Ronald D. Sugar, the Chairman of the Board and                               chief executive officer (CEO). Bush will retain his responsibilities                               as CFO until a search for his successor in that post is completed                               later this year. In his new role as President, Bush will assist the                               CEO in overseeing the company's operations and will also play a key                               role in its future strategic development. Current responsibilities                               of Northrop Grumman's sector presidents and corporate staff officers                               remain unchanged.                               Northrop Grumman Corp. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2B199:49027F                                                                                            *********                              7. News                              *********                              Book Review: RFID and Contactless Smart Card Applications                              Radio-frequency identification (RFID) devices are now a mature                               portion of the wireless landscape, but hardly a mature market.                               Healthy growth for RFID tags and readers is predicted for a wide                               range of areas, including chemical and pharmaceutical research,                               retail, and even military equipment tracking and inventory. For                               those interested in RFID, the text RFID and Contactless Smart Card                               Applications by Dominique Paret provides a very readable                               introduction to the design and development of RFID tags, including                               their use as smart cards. The author, who works as Technical Support                               Manager for Philips Semiconductors France, has worked on RFID                               technologies from 125 kHz through 5.8 GHz for both commercial and                               government applications. The 2005 hardcover book (ISBN: 13                               978-0-470-01194-9) sells for $99.00 USD and is not for everyone. But                               for readers interested in or currently planning an application for                               RFID, this text will prove to be invaluable reading.                              John Wiley & Sons ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2B1A3:49027F                              *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG)                              67th Microwave Measurements Conference                              June 16, 2006                              Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2B1A2:49027F                              International Microwave Theory & Techniques                               Symposium (MTT-S)                              June 11-16, 2006                              Moscone Convention Center                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2B1A0:49027F                              Signal Integrity From The Ground Up                              August 14-16, 2006                              San Jose, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2B197:49027F                              International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM)                              December 11-13, 2006                              Hilton San Francisco and Towers                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2B195:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                                Vote Now On Microwave Legends!                              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