==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com/                              October 19, 2006                              ==============================                              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. Trying To Eliminate The RF                               2. Study Sees Smart Antennas Poised For Growth                               3. Boonton Adds Pair of Power Sensors                               4. Rockwell Collins Delivers 10,000 GPS Engine                               5. Palomar Receives ISO 9001:2000 Recertification                               6. Modelithics Expands Active Device Libraries                               7. Xilinx Showcases SDR Kit at MILCOM                               8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                             Taking Performance To a New Peak - 4500B                               Boonton introduces the new 4500B Peak Power Analyzer, totally                               redesigned from the inside out. This peak power 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 much more.                               For more information, visit the Boonton web site at:                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3CE7A:49027F                              ******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              Trying To Eliminate The RF                              An expansive report on wireless markets from research specialist Frost                               & Sullivan (www.frost.com, see story below) recently pointed to                               tremendous opportunities for certain components in wireless systems,                               including smart antennas. One of the points of emphasis in the report                               detailed the need for increased digital content in wireless systems,                               nominally to overcome the shortcomings of the RF components.                               For years, military contractors have envisioned the ultimate digital                               receiver, essentially an antenna connected to an analog-to-digital                               converter (ADC) for the receiver and digital-to-analog converter (DAC)                               for the transmitter. The Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) program                               supported the design of this type of radio design, in the form of a                               software-defined radio (SDR) with behavior that could be readily                               programmed according to the needs of a situation or available                               frequency.                               As a story in the last newsletter indicated, DACs (in the form of                               arbitrary waveform generators) are getting faster and can now handle                               many of the waveforms needed for an SDR. But the ADCs still have room                               to grow. Even so, even with extremely fast ADCs, wireless systems and                               even SDRs still must work with wideband RF components for a system to                               be viable. As good as the digital gets, the RF will not be replaced,                               at least for now.                                JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Study Sees Smart Antennas Poised For Growth                              Smart antenna technologies are emerging as an innovative way to meet                               the growing demand for more powerful, cost-effective and highly                               efficient wireless systems. With the potential to tremendously impact                               the performance of wireless systems in terms of data rates, coverage                               and range, smart antennas are poised for growth. A key to this growth                               is increased use of digital signal processors (DSPs) in smart antennas                               to support and enhance performance. Smart antennas are one of the many                               wireless technologies covered in a new market study by Frost &                               Sullivan. According to Frost & Sullivan  Research  Analyst  Ashwini                                Meena, "While  techniques  such  as lower noise amplifiers and wider                               bandwidths can  enhance  the  performance  of wireless systems to some                               extent, they cannot  match the huge benefits offered by smart                               antennas. They offer specific benefits such as  greater  coverage  and                               range,  improved building penetration, higher  data  rates  and                                capacity,  as  well  as  reduced multipath and co-channel                               interference."                              Frost & Sullivan ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3CE7D:49027F                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              Boonton Adds Pair of Power Sensors                              Boonton Electronics has announced two high-speed peak power sensors                               for use with its 4500B line of precision power meters. The type 56006                               power sensor has a rise time exceeding 7 ns and an 80-dB dynamic range                               extending from -60 to +20 dBm. It is usable at frequencies to 6 GHz.                               The type 58318 power sensor, with a rise time of 10 ns, is usable to                               18 GHz.                               Boonton Electronics ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3CE7A:49027F                                                             *********                              4. News                              *********                              Rockwell Collins Delivers 10,000 GPS Engine                              Rockwell Collins has delivered the 10,000th Global Positioning System                               (GPS) engine for the US Army's  GPS receiver application module                               (GB-GRAM) program. Under the GB-GRAM contract, which began in 2003,                               Rockwell Collins is providing its low cost 12-channel Miniature                               Precision Lightweight GPS Receiver (PLGR) Engine Selective                               Availability Anti-Spoofing Module (SAASM) (MPE-S), a small,                               lightweight, third generation GPS receiver. The MPE-S offers                               geolocation and precise positioning capabilities for military                               navigation, tactical communications, battlefield computing and other                               C4I (Command, Control, Computers, Communication and Information)                               equipment. GB-GRAM is a NAVSTAR GPS Wing initiative to migrate towards                               an open system architecture for ground-based embedded military                               applications and is in communications and weapons platforms across the                               military.                              Rockwell Collins ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3CE7E:49027F                                                             **********                              5. News                              **********                              Palomar Receives ISO 9001:2000 Recertification                              Palomar Technologies has been recertified as meeting the requirements                               of ISO 9001/ANSI-ASQ Q9001:2000 and is registered by SGS. Palomar was                               assessed and certified as meeting the requirements of ISO 9001:2000                               for design, manufacturing, sales, servicing, and marketing of                               automated assembly equipment serving the communications, microwave and                               RF, semiconductor, optoelectronic, wireless, disk drive, automotive,                               aerospace and defense, and medical industries. According to Michelle                               Taylor, the company's Marketing Services Manager and ISO management                               representative, "Following the principles of ISO 9001:2000 system                               implementation has given us an even better knowledge and understanding                               of our customers' needs and expectations."                              Palomar Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3CE73:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                     Keithley's Powerful New RF Vector Signal Generator                              Keithley's Model 2910 RF Vector Signal Generator features exceptional                               signal generation capability at an economical price and fast signal                               tuning for faster test execution. Software adapts as test requirements                               change, reducing test time with fast amplitude settling and waveform                               switching. Units are ideal for production testing of mobile communications                               equipment.                                 For more information go to http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3CE76:49027F                               		 		                               ******************************************************************                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              Modelithics Expands Active Device Libraries                              Software model specialist Modelithics has released major enhancements                               to its nonlinear diode (NLD) and nonlinear transistor (NLT) model                               libraries. The libraries include several updates, such as models for                               devices from Advanced Power Technology, Avago, Freescale,                               Micrometrics, Philips, and Sirenza. The models are ideal for users of                               computer-aided-engineering (CAE) tools working on high-power and                               low-noise amplifiers as well as diode-based circuits such as limiters.                               Modelithics is offering a free trial of the NLD or NLT libraries                               available at the company's website.                              Modelithics ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3CE78:49027F                               *********                              7. News                              *********                              Xilinx Showcases SDR Kit at MILCOM                              Programmable logic device (PLD) specialist Xilinx will be unveiling a                               design kit for the Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) software-defined                               radio (SDR) at next week's Military Communications (MILCOM) 2006                               conference (October 23-25, 2006, Washington, DC). The kit is based on                               the company's Virtex-4 FX60 field-programmable-gate-array (FPGA)                               technology and was jointly developed by Xilinx and ISR Technologies.                               The firm will also be showing the Nova Stingray, one of the smallest                               SDR radios available today, running on a Xilinx Virtex-4 LX60 FPGA and                               operating from 200 MHz to 2 GHz.                               Xilinx ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3CE7B:49027F                                                             *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              ARMMS RF and Microwave Society                              November 6-7, 2006                              Harben House                              Buckinghamshire, England                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3CE7C:49027F                              International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM)                              December 11-13, 2006                              Hilton San Francisco and Towers                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3CE72:49027F                              2007 IEEE/MTT-S International Microwave Symposium                              June 3-8, 2007                              Hawaii Convention Center                              Honolulu, HI                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3CE79:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                  Tektronix DesignInsight Serial Data & RF Seminars                              Looking for expert tips on high-speed serial bus testing? 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