==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              October 21, 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. Bringing UWB To The Masses                              2. Digital Fountain Licenses FEC Technology To Nokia                               3. ARRL Asks FCC To Shut Down Manassas BPL System                               4. Keithley Expands Presence in Southeast Asia                               5. FOCUS Enhancements Launches UWB Evaluation System                               6. Holley Communications Selects ADI for 3G TD-SCDMA Phone                               7. Aeroflex/Metelics Delivers Diode Catalog                               8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                           For the most complete directory of microwave                                                companies and products, visit:                                            http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172D8:49027F                              *******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              Bringing UWB To The Masses                              Ultrawideband (UWB) technology is yet another military                               communications technique that is working its way to commercial                               applications. Based on time-sequenced pulsed signals at low power                               levels, UWB promises to provide many times the bandwidth of even the                               highest-frequency wireless local area networks (WLANs) over similar                               distances. For that reason, some companies have eyed the technology                               as a viable candidate for wireless home networking involving video                               signals.                              One of these video-UWB pioneers is FOCUS Enhancements (Campbell,                               CA). And the company has done more than just tout its radio                               solutions. It has assembled a full evaluation kit (see the story                               below) to help commercial and consumer-electronics designers to test                               their UWB radios in typical home and office environments. As Brett                               Moyer, the firm's President and CEO relates, FOCUS wants                               manufacturers to test and confirm that their UWB radios work in a                               wide range of environments. The evaluation kit is a boon to                               companies considering UWB for their products and a tremendous push                               for this fledgling technology.                                                             JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Digital Fountain Licenses FEC Technology To Nokia                              Digital Fountain (Fremont, CA) has licensed its patented DF Raptor                               forward-error-correction (FEC) technology to Nokia for the                               cell-phone maker's next-generation cellular handsets. The DF Raptor                               technology supports efficient delivery of multimedia data streams or                               large data files over wireless networks even with the occurrence of                               high packet loss. The technology minimizes processing requirements                               and transmission bandwidth while providing tremendous flexibility in                               the face of lost packets. A version of DF Raptor was recently                               selected by the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) for 3G                               high-speed wireless networks, and is part of the first release of                               the Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service (MBMS) standards.                               Digital Fountain ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172C9:49027F                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              ARRL Asks FCC To Shut Down Manassas BPL System                              Last issue, it was reported that Manassas, VA had gone to a                               full-scale broadband over powerline (BPL) communications system for                               high-speed internet access over power lines. In response to the                               full-scale deployment of the system, and the effects of its                               interference on other radio systems, the Amateur Radio Relay League                               (ARRL) has asked the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to                               instruct the city to shut down the system. Communications                               Technologies (COMTek) operates the system for the city over the                               municipally owned electric power grid. ARRL cites the system as a                               source of harmful interference for amateur radio operators and "is                               not compliant with applicable FCC Part 15 regulations" according to                               the ARRL's 16-page filing with the FCC. A copy of the ARRL's filing                               with the FCC is available on the ARRL web site at                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172C4:49027F                              ARRL ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172D6:49027F                              COMTek ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172C8:49027F                              FCC ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172D9:49027F                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              Keithley Expands Presence in Southeast Asia                              Test and measurement specialist Keithley Instruments has announced                               significant expansions in Southeast Asia with an office expansionin                               Singapore and the opening of two new offices in Malaysia for direct                               sales and support of its electrical test and measurement solutions.                               Of the expansion, the company's Chairman, President, and CEO, Joseph                               Keithley noted "It will allow us to provide our customers in these                               emerging markets with even faster, more effective sales applications                               assistance." More than 50 percent of the firm's sales come from                               outside the United States. The company maintains branch sales                               offices in 15 countries and also has sales representatives in more                               than 76 countries around the world.                              Keithley Instruments ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172CF:49027F                                                             **********                              5. News                              **********                              FOCUS Enhancements Launches UWB Evaluation System                              Video specialist FOCUS Enhancements (Campbell, CA) has introduced                               the Talaria Ultrawideband (UWB) Evaluation System for computer,                               mobile communications and consumer electronics companies designing                               next generation UWB-based wireless audio/video products. The system                               includes all elements needed to test UWB radio performance in                               typical home and office user environments, and can be used to                               validate the performance of FOCUS Enhancements' UWB radio modules in                               real-world environments. Talaria is expected to provide transmission                               rates to 880 Mb/s at ranges to 8 m and 37 Mb/s at a range of 40 m.                               "For UWB to become a viable technology in commercial markets, it                               must prove that it can work in a variety of commonly encountered                               environments," said Brett Moyer, FOCUS Enhancements' president and                               chief executive officer. The evaluation system contains two PCI                               slots, which house a mini-PCI Talaria UWB radio module and a FOCUS                               Enhancements Gemini MPEG decoder card. It provides IEEE-1394,                               component video, composite video, VGA and DVI video outputs and                               S/PDIF digital audio outputs.                              FOCUS Enhancements ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172C7:49027F                                                             ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                                   The search for happiness...                                                                       		 Are you a company looking for a good engineer?                               		   Or an engineer looking for a good company?                                      Find the right match, at http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172CE:49027F                              *******************************************************************                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              Holley Communications Selects ADI for 3G TD-SCDMA Phone                              Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) has announced that it will supply                               third-generation (3G) cellular chipsets to Holley Communications                               (Hangzhou, China) for handsets based on the emerging TD-SCDMA                               low-chip-rate (LCR) air interface. Holley will use the SoftFone(R)-LCR                               chipset, which provides all the critical functions necessary to build                               a TD-SCDMA handset, including the baseband signal processing and control,                               analog-interface functions and radio as well as Datang Mobile's TD-SCDMA                               software solution and applications suite.                               Analog Devices ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172D1:49027F                              Datang Mobile ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172CB:49027F                              Holley Communications ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172CC:49027F                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Aeroflex/Metelics Delivers Diode Catalog                              Designers in need of a high-frequency diode will more than likely                               find it in the new 48-page catalog from Aeroflex/Metelics                               (Sunnyvale, CA). The firm is a long-time supplier of microwave                               diodes for the aerospace, defense and wireless industries. The                               short-form catalog provides extensive performance specifications for                               a wide range of diodes, including PIN, Schottky, step recovery,                               tunnel, and varactor types. The catalog also offers information on                               MIS and MOS capacitors. It includes several pages of outline                               drawings covering the many package options available for these                               high-performance devices. The 48-page catalog is available for free                               download from the company's web site at http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172CD:49027F                              Aeroflex/Metelics ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172D0:49027F                              *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              42nd Annual Association of Old Crows (AOC)                              October 23-26, 2005                              Virginia Beach, VA                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172D5:49027F                              IEEE Compound Semiconductor IC Symposium (formerly the GaAs IC Symposium)                              October 30 - November 2, 2005                              Palm Springs, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172D2:49027F                              ARMMS RF & Microwave Conference                              November 7-8, 2005                              Harben House Hotel, Newport Pagnell, England                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172D4:49027F                              Wireless Congress 2005: Systems and Applications                              November 9-10, 2005                              Munich, Germany                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172C6:49027F                              Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG)                              66th Microwave Measurements Conference                              December 1-2, 2005                              Marriot Hotel, Washington, DC                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172D3:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                           For the most complete directory of microwave                                              companies and products, visit:                                           http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172D8:49027F                              *******************************************************************                              Read past issues of Microwaves and RF (MWRF) UPDATE e-Newsletter:                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=172D7:49027F                              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=172CA:49027F                              To unsubscribe click here: http://news.mwrf.com/u?id=A16E8FA232AD0B5B9B8B340BC4433F63                              ====================================                              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=172C5:49027F                              ====================================                              Copyright 2005 Penton Media Inc. 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