==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              November 17, 2005                              ==============================                              Greetings and welcome to your personal copy of Microwaves                               and RF UPDATE e-newsletter. Please see below for address-change or                               subscribe/unsubscribe instructions.                              Today's Table of Contents:                              1. Of Collaboration and Consolidation                              2. Microsemi to Acquire Advanced Power Technology                               3. RF SoC Supports Implantable Glucose Monitor                               4. CST Now Shipping CST MICROWAVE STUDIO Software                               5. Keithley Contest Winner Rewards Cal Lutheran University                               6. VXI Technology Selects Agilent's I/O Library Suite                               7. Meca Launches Microwave Isolators/Circulators                               8. EPX Microwave Releases First Switch Catalog                              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. Some of the key                               features include: 8.4-inch TFT color LCD display, 100 ps timebase                               resolution, automatic peak-to-peak, delay-by-time and                               delay-by-events triggering, and many more.                               Visit our site for more information:                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CB3:49027F                              *******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              Of Collaboration and Consolidation                              Yet another pair of companies has announced their plan to merge                               resources, as the high-frequency industry continues its trend of                               consolidation. Certainly, the acquisition of Advanced Power                               Technology (APT) by Microsemi should result in a single entity that                               is financially stronger than either of the former companies and, for                               customers, a single source for a wider array of analog,                               mixed-signal, and high-power semiconductors.                               The trend has been most visible this year in the                               computer-aided-engineering (CAE) side of the business, notably with                               Eagleware's acquisition of Elanix, Agilent's followup acquisition of                               the combined Eagleware-Elanix, and Computer Simulation Technology's                               addition of APLAC. Don't forget the many acquisitions that have                               helped to build Ansoft, such as McNeil-Schwendler and Compact                               Software. Consolidation generally results in a stronger remaining                               company, but less competition. Is it a good thing for this industry?                               Share your thoughts with me at mailto:jbrowne@penton.com.                              JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Microsemi to Acquire Advanced Power Technology                              Microsemi Corporation announced the signing of a definitive                               agreement to acquire Advanced Power Technology (APT), expanding its                               portfolio of analog and mixed signal devices in the RF marketplace                               for defense, aerospace, and medical applications. Under the terms of                               the agreement, APT shareholders will receive $2.00 US per share in                               cash and 0.435 shares of Microsemi common stock for each share of                               APT common stock. According to Patrick Sireta, Chairman and CEO of                               APT, "We are very pleased to join Microsemi's team. This business                               combination will result in a very powerful value proposition to                               customers, investors, and employees." The transaction, which has                               been unanimously approved by the boards of directors of both                               companies, is subject to regulatory approval and an APT shareholder                               vote. It is expected to close at the beginning of the second quarter                               of Microsemi's fiscal 2006 business year.                               Advanced Power Technology ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CAB:49027F                              Microsemi Corporation ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CAE:49027F                                                             *********                              3. News                              *********                              RF SoC Supports Implantable Glucose Monitor                              Integrated-circuit (IC) supplier AMI Semiconductor (AMIS, Pocatello,                               ID) has developed a low-power system-on-chip (SoC) solution for a                               new implantable glucose monitoring system developed by DexCom. The                               application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC) transmits information                               from the implanted sensor over the 402-to-405-MHz medical implant                               communications service (MICS) band reserved for implantable devices.                               According to Kirk Peterson, AMIS wireless product manager, "Our                               ASTRIC technology with its quick start oscillator proved crucial to                               reach the very low power consumption allowed for the RF                               communication." The specifications for the AMIS solution were                               developed in close collaboration between the engineering teams at                               DexCom and AMIS and required extremely low power consumption due to                               implant longevity and size restrictions. The total average current                               drain from the battery is less than 3 microamperes.  The AMIS SoC                               includes a 32-kHz oscillator, current and voltage references,                               high-precision analog-to-digital converter (ADC), digital filtering,                               and sensor bias running at 100-percent duty cycle, and a low-duty RF                               section. Andy Rasdal, president and CEO of DexCom, notes "The                               performance of the AMIS solution is very impressive, considering the                               ultra-low power consumption requirements and other unique features                               of the device."                              AMI Semiconductor ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CB7:49027F                              DexCom ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CB5:49027F                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              CST Now Shipping CST MICROWAVE STUDIO Software                              Computer Simultation Technology (CST) has announced the latest                               version of its three-dimensional (3D) time-domain electromagnetic                               (EM) simulator, version 2006 of the CST MICROWAVE STUDIO. The new                               version features a major redesign in the architecture and new                               functionality. The software uses the CST DESIGN ENVIRONMENT as a                               common access point to the company's solver technology, and                               simplifies the comparison of models and cosimulations through a new                               multi-document interface. According to Jonathan Oakley,                               vice-president of sales and support for CST of America, the new                               version is the culmination of many years of research and development                               into the most efficient and accurate computational solutions to 3D                               electromagnetic problems." He added that the new software version                               offers "an unrivalled time domain solver, a state-of-the-art                               frequency-domain solver, and an even more powerful CAD interface"                               help design engineers to increase their design throughput. The new                               version supports easy coupling of EM simulation with circuit and                               thermal analysis, a complete tetrahedral frequency-domain solver, an                               improved interface with Cadence Allegro, automated cosimulation with                               the Advanced Design System (ADS) software suite from Agilent                               Technologies, a new distributed computing scheme to minimize data                               transfer time, and JEDEC-compliant automated bond wire creation.                               CST --- http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CBA:49027F                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              Keithley Contest Winner Rewards Cal Lutheran University                              Giving is better than receiving, according to Dr. Ira Goldberg of                               California Lutheran University (CLU). After winning a test system as                               part of a promotion sponsored by test-equipment supplier Keithley                               Instruments (Cleveland, OH), Dr. Goldberg (Professor of Chemistry                               and Physics at CLU) turned around and donated the test system to his                               favorite university. The Keithley equipment included a model 2015                               total harmonic distortion digital multimeter, model 2701                               Ethernet-based data acquisition system, model 2700 data acquisition                               system, and two model 7700 switch modules, is now being used in                               CLU's Chemistry and Physics labs to help shorten the time it takes                               to collect and analyze data. Researchers can collect experimental                               data and send it to a computer for immediate analysis and then gain                               online access to data at their desks for review and reporting. As                               Dr. Goldberg noted, "Keithley equipment is particularly well-suited                               for these applications because of its easy set-up for computer                               networking. This is especially important in our new                               physics-bioengineering research program, which is multidisciplinary                               and requires several different laboratories to address a particular                               problem." Eventually, this equipment will be interfaced with                               Keithley instruments in other CLU labs, including those in the new                               physics-bioengineering building.                              Keithley Instruments ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CB0:49027F                                                             ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                               		 		                                                    The search for happiness...                                                                                   Are you a company looking for a good engineer?                                             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It                               supports automatic detection of instruments connected to a personal                               computer, automatic interface configuration, and verification of                               connected instruments that mix Ethernet/LAN, VXI instruments, GPIB,                               RS-232 and USB, as well as a variety of software environments from                               multiple vendors. According to Jon Semancik, business development                               manager for VXI Technology, "By developing around Agilent's open I/O                               libraries, we are able to provide our customers with an                               industry-standard VISA layer, ensuring a forward-looking platform                               for application-software developments." He added "our LXI products                               and Agilent's I/O libraries also allow our customer base to develop                               complete test solutions in virtually any programming language." LXI                               combines built-in measurement science and PC-standard I/O                               connectivity of rack-and-stack instruments with the modularity and                               size reduction of cardcage-based systems. The LXI standard provides                               a basis for long life-cycle instrumentation implementations that are                               not limited by bandwidth, software or computer-dependent                               architectures.                              Agilent Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CB1:49027F                              LXI Consortium ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CAD:49027F                              VXI Technology ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CB2:49027F                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Meca Launches Microwave Isolators/Circulators                              Meca Electronics (Denville, NJ) has announces a series of                               RF/microwave isolators and circulators with coaxial connectors.                               Available with both Type N and SMA connectors, the components                               operate at frequencies from 0.8 to 8.0 GHz. Insertion loss ranges                               from 0.4 dB at the lowest frequencies to 0.6 dB at the highest                               frequencies, with maximum VSWR of 1.35:1 for all models. Isolation                               ranges from 20 dB at the lowest frequencies to no less than 17 dB                               from 2 to 4 GHz. For more information on the isolators and                               circulators, visit the company's web site.                              Meca Electronics ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CB4:49027F                              *********                              8. News                              *********                              EPX Microwave Releases First Switch Catalog                              EPX Microwave has announced a new catalog with details on a complete                               line of electromechanical switches for applications from DC to 26.5                               GHz. The components include single-pole, double-throw (SPDT)                               switches; single-pole, multithrow switches; double-pole,                               three-throw switches; and transfer switches. The switches are                               available with a variety of different connector types and actuator                               voltages, as well as a long list of options that include status                               indicators, TTL drive, and internal terminations. For a copy of the                               free catalog, visit the company's web site.                              EPX Microwave ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CAC:49027F                              *******************************                              9.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG)                              66th Microwave Measurements Conference                              December 1-2, 2005                              Marriot Hotel, Washington, DC                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CB6:49027F                              International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM)                              December 5-7, 2005                              Hilton Washington Hotel                              Washington, DC                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CA7:49027F                              IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium                              January 17-19, 2006                              San Diego Convention Center                              San Diego, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CBB:49027F                              RF & Hyper                              March 21-23, 2006                              CNIT                              La Defense, Paris, France                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CA6:49027F                              CALL FOR PAPERS                              IMAPS International Conference on                               High-Temperature Electronics (HiTEC 2006)                              May 15-18, 2006                              Hilton of Santa Fe                              Santa Fe, NM                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CA9:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                          For the most complete directory of microwave                                                companies and products, visit:                                          http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CB9:49027F                              *******************************************************************                              Read past issues of Microwaves and RF (MWRF) UPDATE e-Newsletter:                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CB8:49027F                              MICROWAVES AND RF (MWRF) UPDATE e-NEWSLETTER CONTACTS                              ====================================================                              Technical Director: Jack Browne                              mailto:jbrowne@penton.com                              Associate Editor: Laurie Collins                              mailto:lcollins@penton.com                              Advertising/Sponsorship Opportunities:                              Paul Barkman at 1-908-704-2460 or                              mailto:pbarkman@penton.com                              ====================================================                              SUBSCRIBER INFO                              ====================================================                              To subscribe click here:                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CAA:49027F                              To unsubscribe click here:                              http://news.mwrf.com/u?id=A16E8FA232AD0B5BBD26D1D0D982C863                              ====================================                              If you need assistance in updating the information you have provided                              to Penton or if you have questions or comments about our privacy                              policies, please click on the link below.                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=19CA8:49027F                              ====================================                              Copyright 2005 Penton Media Inc. 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