==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com/                              November 10, 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. Dual-Use Technology Coming Full Circle                               2. Driver amplifier spans 2 to 35 GHz                              3. Keithley Teams With Mesatronic Group                              4. Software Tools Add Constructively                               5. G. T. Microwave Launches I/Q Modulator                               6. CSR Shows Strong Third Quarter Results                               7. US Army Reaches For Nokia Phones                               8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                  Agilent PSA Series Spectrum Analyzers - All The Right Stuff!                                                               Climb to a new level of what's possible. Only the Agilent PSA Series                               high-performance spectrum analyzers provide the bandwidth, accuracy,                               and dynamic range you need.  To see how the PSA Series spectrum                               analyzers deliver this leading combination, click on the link below.                               It's spectrum analysis at the edge of possibilities.                                                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3F855:49027F                               ******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              Dual-Use Technology Coming Full Circle                              Consumers often don't realize it, but many of their electronic                               conveniences started life somewhere in a military research laboratory.                               Years back, that arm of the US Department of Defense (DoD) tasked with                               coordinating research on future technologies, the Defense Advanced                               Research Projects Agency (DARPA, www.darpa.mil), felt that in fairness                               to taxpayers, some of this research on military technologies should                               also provide some commercial benefits. The concept of "dual-use"                               technology was born, resulting in many of the tools taken for granted                               by consumers, including Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers,                               cell phones, and even spread-spectrum cordless phones.                              With Nokia now working with the US Army on wireless networking                               protocols (see story below), dual-use technology takes on another                               meaning. This represents a version of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS)                               thinking, on how to apply proven commercial technologies, such as                               WCDMA, WiMAX, and GSM, to military applications. The five-year                               arrangement will have Nokia studying commercial devices and                               communications technologies to see what fits for the Army. In the end,                               both commercial and military users of the technologies can only                               benefit from the improvements that result.                              JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Driver amplifier spans 2 to 35 GHz                              Broadband enough for most communications and military applications,                               model HMC-C038 is a distributed driver amplifier with 12 dB gain from                               2 to 35 GHz. Supplied in a hermetic package with replaceable 2.92-mm                               coaxial connectors, the GaAs amplifier features +18 dBm output power                               at 1-dB compression with third-order intercept point of +29 dBm. The                               gain flatness is within 1 dB from 2 to 16 GHz and the midband noise                               figure is a mere 4 dB. The amplifier has integrated voltage regulation                               and internal bias sequencing circuitry to ensure proper powering up of                               the negative and positive voltage supplies. The compact amplifier is                               specified for operating from -55 to +85C.                               Hittite Microwave ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3F851:49027F                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              Keithley Teams With Mesatronic Group                               Keithley Instruments has partnered with the French Mesatronic Group to                               develop probe cards for semiconductor parametric testing at RF and for                               low-current DC applications. The new probe cards will work with                               Keithley parametric testers for simultaneous on-wafer RF and low-level                               DC testing on any combination of probe pins. The new probe card design                               will allow higher test throughput since both RF and DC tests can be                               made with a single wafer insertion. A key to the new probe card is a                               spatial transformer that interfaces the probe card with a flexible                               membrane circuit structure in the center of the wafer prober where the                               probe contact needles are attached.                               Keithley Instruments ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3F84E:49027F                              Mesatronic Group ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3F84B:49027F                                                             *********                              4. News                              *********                              Software Tools Add Constructively                              Version 7.5 of the MicroStripes three-dimensional (3D) electromagnetic                               (EM) simulation software from Flomerics is designed to integrate                               seamlessly with Microwave Office(R) circuit design software from                               Applied Wave Research. It operates as a plug-in to Microwave Office,                               adding full-wave EM simulation to the circuit simulator. The latest                               version of MicroStripes can import any excitation waveform during the                               modeling process, run the simulation, and evaluate the results without                               additional post-processing. The new version also allows ground planes                               to be used for models without meshing all of the space between the                               system and ground plane.                              Applied Wave Research ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3F850:49027F                              Flomerics ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3F84D:49027F                                                             **********                              5. News                              **********                              G. T. Microwave Launches I/Q Modulator                              Designed for applications from 18.0 to 21.5 GHz, model M2V-82N-5JX is                               a high-dynamic-range in-phase/quadrature (I/Q) vector modulator with                               360-deg. control for generating complex digital modulation in                               communications systems. Based on PIN diodes, the compact unit boasts                               switching speed o 350 ns. It has a 50-dB dynamic range and achieves                               simultaneous phase and amplitude control. The phase is accurate to                               +/-10 deg. while the amplitude is flat within +/-0.75 dB. It can                               handle input levels to +15 dBm CW, and 1 W maximum on peaks. VSWR is                               better than 1.80:1. The modulator is designed for +/- 15-VDC supplies                               and measures 3.25 x 3.00 x 1.00 inches.                              G. T. 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The firm continued to grow its share of the Bluetooth                               market, with one-half of all GSM cellular handset design wins and 94                               percent of all hands-free headset design wins. The company also                               launched its UniVox VoWiFi phone reference design, demonstrating a                               broadening of its non-Bluetooth portfolio and supporting its UniFi                               single-chip Wi-Fi offering. The firm earned wins in the automotive                               market with GPS systems from TomTom and Garmin and handsfree kits for                               customers like Sony Ericsson, Nokia and Continental.                              CSR ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3F854:49027F                                                             *********                              7. News                              *********                              US Army Reaches For Nokia Phones                              Cellular telephone specialist Nokia has entered into a Cooperative                               Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Army to                               evaluate Nokia technology in the areas of PCS, WCDMA 3G, GSM, WiMAX,                               and advanced wireless networking protocols for potential military and                               defense applications. The CRADA is with the Army's Research,                               Development, and Engineering Command, Communications-Electronics                               Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC). The project                               will include testing, demonstrations, experiments, and information                               exchange beginning in the fourth quarter of 2006 and lasting for five                               years. According to Bob Fennelly, Nokia's Director of Government                               Systems and Networks, "This arrangement will help the Army's efforts                               to evaluate commercial technology for government applications and will                               greatly increase Nokia's capabilities to provide its advanced                               technologies to large U.S. government communications projects."                              Nokia ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3F853:49027F                              *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              Microwave Measurements for Emerging Technologies                              November 28-29, 2006                              NIST                              Broomfield, CO                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3F852:49027F                              International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM)                              December 11-13, 2006                              Hilton San Francisco and Towers                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3F845:49027F                              2007 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium (RWS)                              January 7-12, 2007                              Lon Beach Convention Center                              Long Beach, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3F849:49027F                              2007 IEEE/MTT-S International Microwave Symposium                              June 3-8, 2007                              Hawaii Convention Center                              Honolulu, HI                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3F84F:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                                                                                The Latest News On Components                              To learn about new components and component techniques, pay a visit to                               Microwaves & RF's latest blog, the RF Components Blog.                               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