==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              PlanetEE - www.planetee.com/                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com/                              May 5, 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. What About BPL Pollution?                              2. Rogers To Unveil New Material at MTT-S                               3. Active Models Support Nonlinear Simulation                               4. Salerno University Upgrades Antenna Test Lab                               5. Report Puts Bluetooth In Driver's Seat                               6. Spectrum Control Diversifies Web Sites                               7. Wireless Access Chips May Save Millions                               8. Book Review                               9. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                               Keithley's On-line Seminars CD                              Keithley's Making Measurements with Confidence CD, which is                               available free of charge, is a collection of on-line seminars on                               measurement methods. This CD offers practical and helpful techniques                               for obtaining the most accurate and precise measurements possible.                                For additional information on Keithley call 1-800-935-5595 or to                               request your Free CD go to:  http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=927D:FFCBF                              *******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              What About BPL Pollution?                              Broadband communications represents a potentially high-growth market                               for years to come. The infrastructure solutions for broadband                               services are many, including wireless access and fiber optics, with                               no clear winners. One of the more intriguing competing technologies,                               broadband powerline (BPL) communications, takes advantage of the                               existing powerline infrastructure to send high-speed data from point                               to point and into subscribers' homes.                               On the surface, it appears to be an almost ideal solution, provided                               that BPL can deliver the data rates needed for true broadband                               communications services. But there is concern, especially among                               users of the HP and VHF spectra, including amateur radio                               aficionados, from BPL radio pollution. Although not resolved, the                               Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has noted in its adoption of                               BPL rules last year that BPL is a source of interference for                               existing HF and VHF operators. If you have concerns, please share                               your thoughts by contacting me at: mailto:jbrowne@penton.com.                              JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Rogers To Unveil New Material at MTT-S                              New and improved, thinner RO4350B will be on display at the Rogers                               Corp. (Rogers, CT) booth at the upcoming Microwave Theory and                               Techniques Symposium (MTT-S) next month in Long Beach, CA. Designed                               for high-speed digital and test applications, the new material                               features dielectric loss of only 0.004, good plated through-hole                               reliability, and consistent dielectric constant at various data                               rates.                               Rogers Corp. ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=9280:FFCBF                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              Active Models Support Nonlinear Simulation                              Computer-aided-engineering (CAE) model developers Modelithics have                               created a new nonlinear transistor library to complement their                               library of capacitor, inductor, and resistor models. The new                               library, which is now available for use with the Advanced Design                               System (ADS) suite of CAE tools from Agilent Technologies (Santa                               Rosa, CA), includes small-signal models for low-noise amplifiers                               (LNAs) as well as LDMOS power transistor models for high-power                               amplifiers (HPAs). The library contains models for a wide variety of                               industry-leading BJT, JFET, MOSFET, MESFET, and pHEMT transistors                               from major vendors, including: Cree, Agilent, Excelics, Infineon, ON                               Semi, Mitsubishi, Motorola, NEC, Philips, and Rohm, with more to be                               added continuously.                              Modelthics ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=9284:FFCBF                              Agilent Technologies ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=9289:FFCBF                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              Salerno University Upgrades Antenna Test Lab                              MI Technologies (Suwannee, GA) announced that is has been selected                               by the University of Salerno (Fisciano, Italy) to supply and                               commission a state-of-the-art antenna measurement, acquisition, and                               analysis system for an existing anechoic chamber located on the                               University campus. Under terms of the contract, MI Technologies will                               install a cylindrical near-field test facility that will feature the                               MI-3000 Acquisition and Analysis Software. The system will be used                               to validate existing transform algorithms for optimizing the amount                               of time taken to acquire near-field data using spiral techniques.                               According to Dr. Carlo Rizzo, European Operations Manager for MI                               Technologies, "We have just recently signed a formal agreement with                               the Department of Electronics, University of Salerno, which will                               allow us to share new algorithms intended to drastically reduce                               acquisition time for near-field data in all three geometries                               (planar, cylindrical and spherical). The University of Salerno has                               an impeccable track record concerning the development of new                               near-field techniques for antenna measurement applications." MI                               Technologies will install the system and perform the acceptance                               test.                              MI Technologies ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=9281:FFCBF                               **********                              5. News                              **********                              Report Puts Bluetooth In Driver's Seat                              Bluetooth technology is replacing wire harnesses in automotive                               applications, according to findings from research firm ABI Research                               (Oyster Bay, NY). The company's latest study, "Dedicated Short Range                               Communications (DSRC), notes that many telematics and navigation                               systems over the past year have moved towards using Bluetooth. As                               ABI Research senior analyst Dan Benjamin comments, "The automotive                               industry regards Bluetooth as an acceptable compromise because users                               get their network connectivity, while automakers do not have to deal                               with installing costly cellular radios, or the hassles of managing                               customer accounts or dealing with wireless carriers." But the report                               states that next-generation collision avoidance systems and even                               intelligent traffic systems will make use of DSRC in the form of                               alternative technologies to Bluetooth.                              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News                              *********                              Spectrum Control Diversifies Web Sites                              Spectrum Control (Fairview, PA) has launched three new product                               websites under its umbrella corporate site. The three new sites                               address electromagnetic interference (EMI) and surge products, RF                               and microwave components, and power control products.                               Spectrum Control ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=9282:FFCBF                              Spectrum Control, EMI/surge products ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=928C:FFCBF                              Spectrum Control, RF/microwave products ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=9288:FFCBF                              Spectrum Control, Power Distribution ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=9287:FFCBF                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Wireless Access Chips May Save Millions                              TrueAdvantage (trademarked) Wireless Access Solutions from Agere                               Systems (Allentown, PA) are networking chips that Agere claims can                               potentially save wireless service providers worldwide up to $300                               million per year in T1/E1, Synchronous Optical Network/Synchronous                               Digital Hierarchy (SONET/SDH), and Ethernet leased line backhaul                               costs. The solutions include APP network processors, a link layer                               processor (LLP), and framing and mapping devices, as well as                               reference designs, software, and hardware development systems. The                               products enable the convergence of 2G, 2.5G, and 3G network                               applications into a single solution by integrating the various                               protocols. Among the first customers, 3G wireless equipment supplier                               NEC has selected the Agere APP500 network processor for its wireless                               access equipment.                               Agere Systems ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=927C:FFCBF                              *********                              8. Book Review                              *********                              Passive RF and Microwave Integrated Circuits                              Written by erstwhile Microwaves & RF contributor Leo G. Maloratsky,                               Passive RF and Microwave Integrated Circuits (ISBN: 0-7506-7699-X)                               focuses on passive and control components, with coverage on more                               than 20 novel transmission lines. Aimed at designers of integrated                               circuits (ICs) and microwave integrated circuits (MICs), the text                               provides details on designing couplers, power dividers, filters,                               diode switches and attenuators, limiters, phase shifters, ferrite                               devices, isolators, circulators, and more complex subassemblies.                               Copies are $69.99.                              Newnes, an imprint of Elseview ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=9286:FFCBF                              *******************************                              9.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              Lead-Free QuickStart Seminar                              Sponsored by Indium Corporation of America                              May 17-18, 2005                              Libertyville, IL                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=927E:FFCBF                              How To Write Grants and Understand The Evaluation Process                              May 31, 2005                              Washington DC Convention Center                              Washington, DC                              Call Kim Hovda at (703) 894-1096 for information                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=927B:FFCBF                              Microwave Theory & Techniques Symposium (MTT-S)                              June 12-17, 2005                              Long Beach Convention Center                              Long Beach, CA                               http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=928B: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=928A:FFCBF                              Wireless Congress 2005: Systems and Applications                              November 9-10, 2005                              Munich, Germany                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=927F: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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