==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              PlanetEE - http://www.planetee.com/                              MWRF - http://www.mwrf.com/                              May 26, 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. A Few More Words About BPL Pollution                              2. Report Predicts Rapid Broadband Wireless Growth                               3. Record Volume Seen for WiFi in 2005                              4. ARRL Sees Hope For BPL In New System                               5. Terabeam Selects Fujitsu SoC for WiMAX System                              6. FOCUS Enhancements Targets UWB Market                               7. Chirp Chosen for IEEE 802.15.4a Wireless Standard                               8. DIN 7/16 Connectors Curb PIM                               9. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                  Taking Performance To a New Peak - 4500B                              Boonton introduces the new 4500B Peak Power Analyzer which has been                               totally redesigned from the inside out. This meter is changing the way                               the industry views and analyzes RF data. 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Viewpoint                               ***************                              A Few More Words About BPL Pollution                              Earlier this month, the Microwaves & RF UPDATE addressed an issue that                               is of obvious concern and importance to many RF engineers, notably                               amateur-radio operators: broadband powerline (BPL) communications.                               Proposed by industry as a viable solution for broadband communications                               services, and so far blessed (conditionally) by the Federal                               Communications Commission (FCC), BPL makes use of existing power-line                               infrastructure to transmit signals carrying high-data-rate information.                               The response to that newsletter item has been so overwhelming (and                               almost 100-percent against BPL), that I apologize to all those                               readers/writers who I may not have been able to respond to personally                               with a return note. Your interest as readers has made it clear that a                               larger, more-comprehensive report on BPL is in order, and will be                               presented in either the July or August issue of the parent publication                               Microwaves & RF. Plans are being made to visit with the ARRL as part of                               this report, and the story will highlight the negative aspects of BPL as                               well as some encouraging details from a recent Motorola launch (see the                               news below). Watch your mailbox!                              JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Report Predicts Rapid Broadband Wireless Growth                              WiMAX is the primary driver for future broadband wireless growth                               according to the latest report from Sky Light Research (Scottsdale, AZ).                               Predicting generous growth for at least five years, the 102-page report                               "Wireless Broadband Point-to-Multipoint State of the Market Analysis                               Report 2004 - 2009" notes that the market for broadband wireless grew 54                               percent in 2004 over 2003, driven mainly by OFDM radios. According to                               Emmy Johnson, Principal Analyst and Founder of Sky Light Research, "In                               2004, OFDM CPEs and base station equipment generated more than three                               times as much revenue as the previous four years combined." Although                               there are no certified WiMAX radios shipping, almost every wireless                               broadband vendor has announced a WiMAX platform or its intentions for                               one. Each of these products or plans is in various stages, with a                               handful of radios already shipping in commercial and trial deployments.                                                              Sky Light Research ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=AF43:FFCBF                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              Record Volume Seen for WiFi in 2005                              Worldwide wireless local area network (WLAN) revenue rose 20 percent                               between the fourth quarter of 2004 and the first quarter of 2005,                               according to Infonetics Research's quarterly market share service,                               Wireless LAN Equipment. Revenues rose to $767.6 million with 12.2                               million WLAN units being shipped worldwide. Revenue is expected to rise                               another 2 percent to $779.6 million by the first quarter of 2006, and is                               projected to reach $3.6 billion by 2008. WLAN switch ports rose in sales                               44 percent to 112,000, while revenue for switch ports grew 13 percent to                               %52.2 million and is expected to jump to $699.2 million by 2008. The                               main reason for the expected continued growth in the interest in                               broadband communications.                              Infonetics Research ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=AF44:FFCBF                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              ARRL Sees Hope For BPL In New System                              One of the more vocal critics of broadband over power line (BPL)                               communications, the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), has announced                               that Motorola may have overcome some of the traditional problems with                               the technology. In a release issued this week, the ARRL announced that                               it is "pleased to hear Motorola's announcement of its Powerline LV                               System. This is the first Access Broadband over Power Line (BPL) system                               that has been designed from the start with radio interference concerns                               in mind." The Motorola solution avoids using medium-voltage (MV) power                               lines, transmitting broadband signals only on the low-voltage (LV) side                               of the power transformer. The approach reduces the potential for                               interference to and from radio users. According to ARRL Chief Executive                               Officer David Sumner, "We know that medium-voltage (MV) power lines are                               no place for broadband energy, since there is overwhelming technical                               evidence that radio interference from BPL is unavoidable if MV lines are                               used. By confining their Access BPL system to LV lines and by adding                               hardware notch filters for additional protection to amateur radio                               frequency allocations, Motorola has addressed our interference                               concerns." He added that "we look forward to seeing the first Powerline                               LV system in operation, and to continuing to work with Motorola to                               ensure that their new product is indeed the first BPL system that is a                               solution, not a problem."                              ARRL ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=AF4C:FFCBF                              Motorola Powerline LV --->                               http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=AF4F:FFCBF                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              Terabeam Selects Fujitsu SoC for WiMAX System                              Terabeam Wireless (Falls Church, VA) has selected the model MB87M3400                               WiMAX system on a chip (SoC) mixed-signal chip for its TeraMax 3.0                               next-generation WiMAX point-to-point and point-to-multipoint systems.                               The systems will incorporate Terabeam's new wireless network management                               operating system, code-named "Logan," and are planned for general                               availability in the fourth quarter of 2005. The Fujitsu SoC is fully                               compliant with the IEEE 802.16-2004 WiMAX standard and can be configured                               to be used in both base station and subscriber station applications. It                               is designed to support frequencies ranging from 2 to 11 GHz in both                               licensed and license-exempt bands. Terabeam's "Logan" has been under                               development for over three years and was a significant driver of                               Terabeam's acquisition in 2004 of KarlNet, Inc. Logan is a                               processor-agnostic operating system that can support multiple wireless                               modes (including 802.11). Logan's agility and versatility allow for a                               major streamlining of Terabeam's software portfolio, and it enables                               support for quality of service (QoS), voice-over-IP (VoIP),                               state-of-the-art security and IPv6.                              Terabam Wireless ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=AF47:FFCBF                              Fujitsu Microelectronics ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=AF42:FFCBF                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                  Learn the Fundamentals of Real-Time Spectrum Analysis                              With a new Tektronix Primer, comparing traditional tools like Swept                               Spectrum and Vector Signal Analyzers with Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers.                               It also explains how Real-Time Spectrum Analyzers enable you to describe                               with greater confidence the dynamic RF signal produced by the device.                               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According to Brett Moyer,                               the company's President and Chief Executive Officer, the hiring                               signifies the firm's strong interest in ultrawideband (UWB) technology:                               "Mark's arrival at FOCUS Enhancements is aptly timed, as the                              industry progresses with UWB standards and we expect to move our UWB                               technology into silicon in the second half 2005.  This addition to the                               team better positions us to capitalize on the market potential of UWB in                               what will be a dynamic and exciting time for the company."                              FOCUS Enhancements, Inc. ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=AF46:FFCBF                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Chirp Chosen for IEEE 802.15.4a Wireless Standard                              Chirp modulation is the winner of the latest popularity contest for a                               wireless standard, the IEEE's 802.15.4a for personal area networks                               (PANs). Developed by Nanotron Technologies (Berlin, Germany), the                               approach offers long range and low power consumption at moderate data                               rates for personal communications devices as well as for industrial                               controls, sensor networking, home automation, and medical devices.                               According to Nanotron's Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Zbigniew Ianelli,                               "this decision by the world-renowned experts at IEEE confirms the                               outstanding features of our technology: high robustness, long range, low                               power consumption and the ability of precise localization." The chirp                               approach is expected to yield maximum data rates of 2 Mb/s and a maximum                               range of 900 m (outdoors) and typically 60 m (indoors) at 10 mW output                               power. The first chips and network software based on the new standard                               will be offered by Nanotron Technologies at the end of 2006.                              IEEE ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=AF4D:FFCBF                              Nanotron Technologies ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=AF48:FFCBF                                                             *********                              8. News                              *********                              DIN 7/16 Connectors Curb PIM                               Passive intermodulation distortion (PIM) can limit the performance of                               the most carefully designed cellular or PCS system. For that reason,                               Santron has developed the 1906-30 series of DIN 7/16 connectors                               according to 169-4 IEC-3, Class 1 specifications. Designed with                               single-body construction and a solid outer contact, the high-power                               connectors achieve 31-dB return loss through 7.5 GHz with PIM                               performance of -173 dBc. The connectors are ideal for curbing PIM in PCS                               filters, splitters, duplexers, amplifiers, and terminations for less                               than $5 each in large volume.                               San-tron, Inc. ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=AF49:FFCBF                              *******************************                              9.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              Microwave Theory & Techniques Symposium (MTT-S)                              June 12-17, 2005                              Long Beach Convention Center                              Long Beach, CA                               http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=AF4D: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=AF4B:FFCBF                              Wireless Congress 2005: Systems and Applications                              November 9-10, 2005                              Munich, Germany                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=AF41:FFCBF                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                  CHECK HIRING TRENDS: FREE Copy of The Oxford Index                              Log on now for this quarterly survey of demand trends for high-end                               consultants in your industry. 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