==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              November 3, 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. Just What Do We Do?                              2. ISL Receives SBIR Contract for Collision Avoidance                               3. Modelithics Forges New DLI Cap Models                               4. Keithley Offers Free I-V Testing Guide                               5. Honeywell and Rockwell Team on Guided Weapons                               6. EPX Launches Miniature Satcom Amplifiers                               7. Cambridge Silicon Radio Sets Record Quarter                               8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                Agilent EEsof EDA, the leader in high-frequency EDA, is excited to                               welcome Eagleware-Elanix users!  This addition to our product family                               will provide our customers with more choices than ever before to fit                               technical or budgetary needs.                              To learn more about our range of EDA solutions, click here:                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1872A:49027F                              *******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              Just What Do We Do?                              Dinner the other night with a friend, who just happens to run a                               microwave components and waveguide company, included a conversation on                               the large-scale outsourcing taking place in consumer electronics. Few                               consumer-level goods are NOT being manufactured in places like China                               and Indonesia, and even commercial and professional-level electronic                               equipment is being outsourced by US-based companies. My friend added                               that even some service calls now, such as a call for technical                               assistance from Dell Computer, is answered by a contractor in India.                              Because of their strong ties to military markets, many US-based                               microwave companies still rely on in-house design and manufacturing,                               although firms dealing with high-volume commercial markets must                               outsource their production to remain competitive. With so much of                               electronics moving offshore, the inevitable question becomes "just                               what do we do?" When many of the essential functions of a company have                               been contracted, what remains to differentiate that company? An image?                               Peronalities? Intellectual property? It is a question that begs                               discussion and I invite readers to send their comments to                               mailto:jbrowne@penton.com.                              JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              ISL Receives SBIR Contract for Collision Avoidance                              Information Systems Laboratories (ISL) has been awarded a Phase 2                               Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract to develop and test                               Electric (E) field sensors and signal processing algorithms for                               submarine collision-avoidance systems. The period of performance for                               the ECAS contracts is four years with a total value, including                               options, of over $1 million US. Under the contract, ISL will install a                               set of Hydrodynamic E-field Sensors (HES) on a submarine and conduct                               testing and data collection to validate the performance                               characteristics of these sensors in an at sea environment and then                               develop workable noise-reduction algorithms to detect and track                               potential collision threats. According to Tom Teters, ISL's Vice                               President of Corporate Development, "Our in-house experience in                               Electric Field sensor and processing technology will enable us to                               produce superior results for the Navy and keep our submarine crews                               safe by reducing the risk of colliding with other vessels in                               acoustically unfriendly environments."                              Information Systems Laboratories ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=18723:49027F                                                             *********                              3. News                              *********                              Modelithics Forges New DLI Cap Models                              Modelithics has announced completion of the first phase of                               substrate-scalable models for the Opti-cap, Milli-cap, Ultra High-Q,                               and other surface-mounted capacitors from Dielectric Laboratories,                               Inc. (DLI). Modelithics is now distributing free S-parameters for the                               components from its Web site. According to DLI President Brian DuPell,                               the new models are a boon to designers: "For new microwave product                               designs to include our growing stable of unique products, engineers                               increasingly are demanding models that accurately predict how our                               components will perform in their circuits. Modelithics has unique                               technology that allows designs to be as accurate and predictable as                               possible, so that designers know exactly what they will get when they                               choose DLI components." Larry Dunleavy, President of Modelithics, adds                               that "We're pleased to see that DLI recognizes the growing trend that                               RF engineers are learning to rely more and more upon simulations to                               shorten their design cycles."                              Dielectric Laboratories ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=18728:49027F                              Modelithics ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=18720:49027F                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              Keithley Offers Free I-V Testing Guide                              Test-equipment supplier Keithley Instruments is offering a free                               applications guide "I-V Testing for Components and Semiconductor                               Devices" to aid engineers with critical current and voltage                               measurements. The applications guide contains 11 application notes on                               topics ranging from multipin integrated-circuit (IC) testing to DC                               characterization of RF transistors. For a free copy of the application                               guide, call Keithley at (800) 492-1955 or visit the link below.                              Keithley Instruments ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1871D:49027F                               **********                              5. News                              **********                              Honeywell and Rockwell Team on Guided Weapons                              Rockwell Collins and Honeywell have announced a 50/50 joint venture to                               develop a new series of integrated solutions for precision guided                               weapons. The limited liability company (LLC), which will be known as                               Integrated Guidance Systems LLC, will incorporate                               microelectromechanical-systems (MEMS) and Global Position System (GPS)                               technologies into their systems to achieve high levels of positioning                               accuracy. While offering a new integrated series of guidance products,                               both Honeywell and Rockwell Collins will continue to offer their                               existing MEMS and GPS products that are used on current precision                               weapons. "Rockwell Collins' GPS receivers and Honeywell's MEMS                               Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) are complementary technologies that                               will deliver very small, low-cost, highly precise guided weapons                               systems," said Ron Hornish, Vice President and General Manager of                               Sensor Systems for Rockwell Collins.  "Each company is applying                               research and development efforts to integrate these two technologies                               in order to produce a superior total solution." New guidance offerings                               will be made possible through the combination of Rockwell Collins'                               military GPS receiver technology and Honeywell's MEMS IMU and                               navigation processing technologies using an advanced coupling process                               called Deep Integration that increases navigation accuracy in GPS                               jammed or denied environments.                                Honeywell ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=18721:49027F                              Rockwell Collins ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1871B:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                  		 		                                               The search for happiness...                                                                               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Model C1502 achieves                               at least 20 dB gain from 11 to 15 GHz with +20 dBm output power and 4                               dB noise figure. Both of the 50-ohm amplifiers operate from +5 VDC.                               EPX Microwave ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1871F:49027F                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Cambridge Silicon Radio Sets Record Quarter                              Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) reported record results for its                               third-quarter 2005 earnings. The outstanding results reflect the                               company's strengthened leadership in the Bluetooth silicon market,                               with design wins in Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Philips, Samsung,                               Siemens, and Sony. The firm enjoyed a 109-percent increase in revenue                               to $1.62 million US and an increase in operating profit of 150 percent                               to $44.7 million US. CSR's CEO, John Hodgson, commented, "We are                               delighted to have delivered record revenue, operating profit and                               operating cash flow, all of which have more than doubled compared to                               the same quarter last year."                              Cambridge Silicon Radio ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=18729:49027F                              *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              ARMMS RF & Microwave Conference                              November 7-8, 2005                              Harben House Hotel, Newport Pagnell, England                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=18725:49027F                              Wireless Congress 2005: Systems and Applications                              November 9-10, 2005                              Munich, Germany                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1871A:49027F                              Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG)                              66th Microwave Measurements Conference                              December 1-2, 2005                              Marriot Hotel, Washington, DC                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=18724:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                          For the most complete directory of microwave                                                companies and products, visit:                                        http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=18727:49027F                              *******************************************************************                              Read past issues of Microwaves and RF (MWRF) UPDATE e-Newsletter:                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=18726:49027F                              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=1871C:49027F                              To unsubscribe click here:                              http://news.mwrf.com/u?id=A16E8FA232AD0B5B29371A4BB0F81C1F                              ====================================                              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=18719:49027F                              ====================================                              Copyright 2005 Penton Media Inc. 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