==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              October 7, 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. Broadband At Any Cost?                              2. Manassas Deploys Full-Scale BPL Network                              3. 360 Names "Caregiver" Cox Executive VP                              4. Nitronex Launches GaN Transistors for WiMAX                              5. Aeroflex Extends Range Of Phase Noise Tests                              6. Samsung Shows Aggressive Growth in Consumer ICs                              7. Gore's Online Guide Helps Configure Cables                              8. Happenings - Conferences                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                              Frequency Sources, Low Noise, Microsecond-Switching                              Programmed Test Sources offers various models of frequency                              synthesizers from 0.1-6400 MHz; excellent specs for phase                              noise,switching speed & spurious outputs. With thousands sold PTS                              gives priority to quality & reliability, reflected in a 3-yr.                              warranty. Best performance-to-price ratio for microsecond                              switching/low noise generators. Demos available. 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The excitement in Manassas earlier this week                              (see the next News item) over full-scale deployment of a                              broadband-over-powerline (BPL) network is certainly good news for                              those waiting for that file to download over the telephone line. But                              much is still unknown about the interference effects of BPL on                              radio-based systems, most notably equipment operating in the                              amateur-radio bands.                              The importance and contributions of amateur operators should not be                              dismissed in favor of broadband convenience. Late last month, Harold                              Kramer, COO of the ARRL, addressed a US congressional hearing on                              safety communications, pointing out that amateur operators are still                              vital to public safety communications. During Hurricane Katrina,                              when all other forms of communications failed, amateur radio                              operators provided critical communications.                              JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Manassas Deploys Full-Scale BPL Network                              The Washington, DC suburb of Manassas, VA made history this week                              with the first city-wide commercial deployment of                              broadband-over-powerline (BPL) technology in the United States.                              According to Communication Technologies, Inc. (COMTek), the company                              that owns and operates the city's BPL network, roughly 12,500                              households in Manassas now are within the reach of its BPL network                              and that commercial services are available throughout the city to                              2,500 businesses on an on-demand basis. BPL technology uses the                              electricity grid in a city and the wiring in individual homes to                              provide broadband access through electricity sockets, rather than                              over telephone or cable-television (CATV) lines. According to Joseph                              Fergus, CEO and Founder of COMTek, "The major national technology                              milestone that we are announcing today with the City of Manassas is                              the most eloquent possible expression of our commitment to grow the                              BPL category of broadband access. The Manassas experiment is a good                              thing for every American who lives in any city or town with little                              or no access to affordable broadband."                              COMTek ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=15AF5:49027F                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              360 Names "Caregiver" Cox Executive VP                              Video specialist 360 Systems (Westlake Village) has appointed Phil                              Cox as Executive Vice President. The company, which supplies                              cost-effective electronic products for video professionals,                              including high-performance video servers, hopes to leverage Mr.                              Cox's more than 30 years of experience in the development of                              international markets for such notable companies as California                              Amplifier (CalAmp), Signal Technology (ST), and M/A-COM. Prior to                              joining 360 Systems, Mr. Cox had arranged for a donated 18-wheel                              tractor trailer truck to transport much needed food and clothing for                              the victims of Hurricane Katrina. The charitable effort, coordinated                              by Mr. Cox, included truck, driver, and gas donated by Comscope,                              funding from Chuck Swift (of C. W. Swift & Associates), and generous                              support from local citizens in the Westlake Village area.                              360 Systems ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=15AF8:49027F                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              Nitronex Launches GaN Transistors for WiMAX                              Eyeing huge potential growth in the emerging broadband WiMAX                              infrastructure market, semiconductor supplier Nitronex Corp. has                              announced a series of RF power transistors based on its unique                              SIGANTIC gallium nitride (GaN) on silicon process technology. The                              initial products included 10- and 50-W transistors supporting both                              the 2.5- and 3.5-GHz segments of the WiMAX market. The power                              transistors are designed for broadband use, over ranges of 2.3 to                              2.7 GHz and 3.3 to 3.8 GHz, respectively. According to Chris Rauh,                              vice present of sales and marketing for Nitronex, "it is the first                              commercial introduction of a GaN based device grown on silicon for                              the wireless infrastructure market, and we are extremely proud of                              this first-of-its-kind accomplishment." The firm hopes to announce                              devices for 5.8-GHz applications next year.                              Nitronex Corp. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=15AF9:49027F                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              Aeroflex Extends Range Of Phase Noise Tests                              By boosting the frequency range of their model PN9278 frequency                              downconverter to 50 GHz, Aeroflex has effectively increased the                              range of their phase-noise test sets (PN9000 series) to that same                              upper-frequency limit. The downconverter now operates from 1 to 50                              GHz and plugs into any of the company's phase-noise or jitter                              testers. When combined with a PN9500 phase-noise test system, the                              downconverter supports phase-noise measurements at offsets to 200                              MHz. The downconverter features a noise floor as low as -168 dBc/Hz                              at 2 GHz and phase noise of -95 dBc/Hz offset 100 Hz from a 9-GHz                              carrier.                              Aeroflex ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=15AFA:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                         For the most complete directory of microwave                                                 companies and products, visit:                              		  http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=15B00:49027F                              *******************************************************************                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              Samsung Shows Aggressive Growth in Consumer ICs                              Samsung Electronics nearly doubled sales of consumer-oriented                              semiconductors in 2004. According to market specialist iSuppli                              Corp., Samsung's consumer semiconductor sales jumped from $1.1                              billion in 2003 to $2.1 billion in 2004, a spurt of more than 84                              percent. Still holding the top spot, according to the study                              "Consumer Electronics Semiconductor Market Share 2005," is Toshiba                              with $5.1 billion in sales (up 16.6 percent over 2003), followed by                              Sony with $3.7 billion in sales (up 22.6 percent over 2003),                              Matsushita with $2.7 billion (up almost 20 percent), and Samsung.                              iSuppli Corp. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=15AFB:49027F                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Gore's Online Guide Helps Configure Cables                              WL Gore has developed an online design guide to help engineers                              configure the firm's High Flex Flat Cable or Trackless Cable from                              standard components with five-day lead times. The new High Flex Flat                              Cable and Trackless Cable Configurator generates a three-dimensional                              computer-aided-design (CAD) model via a quick, streamlined                              step-by-step procedure. The High Flex Flat Cables and Trackless                              Cables, suitable for machine control, are designed and tested to                              achieve 10 million cycles on a 2-in. (50 mm) bend radius.                              WL Gore (design guide) ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=15AF4:49027F                              *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              42nd Annual Association of Old Crows (AOC)                              October 23-26, 2005                              Virginia Beach, VA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=15AFE: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=15AFC:49027F                              ARMMS RF & Microwave Conference                              November 7-8, 2005                              Harben House Hotel, Newport Pagnell, England                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=15AFD:49027F                              Wireless Congress 2005: Systems and Applications                              November 9-10, 2005                              Munich, Germany                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=15AF3:49027F                              Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG)                              66th Microwave Measurements Conference                              December 1-2, 2005                              Marriot Hotel, Washington, DC                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=15AFF:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                         For the most complete directory of microwave                                                 companies and products, visit:                              		  http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=15B00:49027F                              *******************************************************************                              Read past issues of Microwaves and RF (MWRF) UPDATE e-Newsletter:                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=15B01:49027F                              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=15AF6:49027F                              To unsubscribe click here:                              http://news.mwrf.com/u?id=A16E8FA232AD0B5BB69A27B189A9932B                              ====================================                              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=15AF2:49027F                              ====================================                              Copyright 2005 Penton Media Inc. 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