==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              PlanetEE - www.planetee.com                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              September 22, 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. How Much Wireless Is Enough?                              2. Fujitsu Introduces 65-nm ASIC Processes                              3. AWR Teams With Nuhertz For Filter Synthesis                              4. Alvarion Selects Freescale Processors For WiMAX BS                              5. New Connector Goes On Easy                              6. CEL Offers Optocoupler Guidelines                              7. National Expands PXI Switch Line To 26.5 GHz                              8. 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" 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://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=14403:FFCBF                              *******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                              ***************                              How Much Wireless Is Enough?                              Most people, engineers or not, have experienced the frustration of a                              cellular phone call gone bad: a dropped call because of poor cell                              coverage, excessive distortion due to multipath or interference, and                              so on. Regular cellular users chalk it up as "part of the                              experience." The promise of 3G (and then 4G), of course, is better                              performance. That is all well and good, except for one thing: the                              growth of wireless implies the steady increase of interferers and                              "wireless weak links" in a communications network.                              As an example, a friend called the other day from his car using a                              mobile phone. Military vets would have been proud of the scrambling                              code that this call represented, with about one of every four words                              getting through. Unfortunately, it wasn't meant to be a coded call.                              When my friend finally got through clearly, I asked what                              modifications he had made. His answer was to disconnect the                              Bluetooth headset and go directly to the phone. So, here was a case                              where two wireless devices didn't necessarily add up to better                              performance. And, in the future, we only have to look forward to                              more and more wireless devices interacting: a failure anywhere along                              a signal chain breaks the chain. How much wireless is enough? I                              invite your comments at mailto:jbrowne@penton.com.                              JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Fujitsu Introduces 65-nm ASIC Processes                              Fujitsu Microelectronics America (Sunnyvale, CA) unveiled its                              world-class 65-nm (gate-length) CS200 and CS200A processes this week                              for ASIC customers. The former process is aimed at microprocessor                              design while the latter is geared for mobile communications                              applications. These advanced processes promise longer battery life                              and lower power consumption than the firm's earlier 90-nm processes,                              due to the smaller size of the transistors (only 30 nm long). Both                              are core 1-V processes designed to maximize battery life in fixed                              and mobile applications.                              Fujitsu Microelectronics America ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=143FE:FFCBF                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              AWR Teams With Nuhertz For Filter Synthesis                              Software supplier Applied Wave Research (AWR, El Segundo, CA)                              announced a new integrated filter synthesis solution using Nuhertz                              Technologies' (Phoenix, AZ) filter synthesis technology. The                              software solution is now available in AWR's Microwave Office and                              Analog Office design suites. High-frequency circuit designers can                              now perform accurate filter synthesis quickly and easily from within                              the unified AWR design platform. According to James Spoto, President                              and CEO of AWR, "Nuhertz offers exceptional technology in the area                              of filter synthesis and has demonstrated the same commitment to                              quality and feature enhancement that has been an AWR tradition." The                              AWR/Nuhertz filter synthesis solution offers complete synthesis                              capability for passive, transmission line, active, switched                              capacitor, and digital filters. The solution offers two graphical                              user interfaces (GUIs), one for the power user who requires advanced                              options and capabilities, and one for the mainstream user who needs                              ease of use.                              Applied Wave Research ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=14401:FFCBF                              Nuhertz Technologies ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=14402:FFCBF                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              Alvarion Selects Freescale Processors For WiMAX BS                              Broadband wireless access (BWA) equipment supplier Alvarion (Tel                              Aviv, Israel) has selected the most powerful of Freescale                              Semiconductor's PowerQUICC III baseband processors for its WiMAX                              base-station (BS) design for both fixed and mobile broadband                              wireless connectivity. According to David Perkins, senior vice                              president and general manager of Freescale's Networking and                              Computing Systems Group, "WiMAX technology provides a compelling                              platform for fixed systems and seamless mobility in the broadband                              wireless access market, and we applaud Alvarion's innovation and                              leadership in this emerging market." WiMAX technology, which is                              based on the IEEE 802.16 air interface standard and the ETSI                              HiperMAN wireless metropolitan area network (MAN) standard, has been                              developed to provide high-bandwidth wireless services such as voice,                              data, and multimedia.                              Alvarion ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=14400:FFCBF                              Freescale Semiconductor ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=143FF:FFCBF                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              New Connector Goes On Easy                              Times Microwave Systems (Wallingford, CT), a division of Smiths                              Group, has developed a solderless two-piece clamp-style connector                              for its LMR-600 low-loss cables. The connector has a combination                              hex/knurl coupling nut that allows tightening by hand or with a                              wrench. The EZ-600-NMC02 connector is suitable for applications                              through 5.8 GHz and is designed specifically for the LMR flexible                              cables, which are used for standard interconnects, antenna feeders,                              and system jumpers.                              Times Microwave Systems ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=143FC:FFCBF                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                         For the most complete directory of microwave                                                 companies and products, visit:                                            http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=14407:FFCBF                              *******************************************************************                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              CEL Offers Optocoupler Guidelines                              California Eastern Laboratories (CEL) has completed a new brochure                              for designers who employ high-speed digital and analog optocouplers                              as isolation devices. The brochure characterizes the isolation                              requirements for a variety of applications including RS422, RS485,                              CAN and USB interfaces, motor drive control and power supply                              isolation, as well as isolation for 802.3af Power over Ethernet. The                              literature includes key specifications for all of CEL/NEC's                              high-speed optocouplers.                              CEL---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=143F8:FFCBF                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              National Expands PXI Switch Line To 26.5 GHz                              National Instruments (Austin, TX) had added four microwave switch                              modules based on the PXI format. The new units include multiplexers,                              single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) relays, and transfer switch modules                              for routing signals through 26.5 GHz in automated-test-equipment                              (ATE) systems. Based on relays from Radiall, the modules feature                              less than 1 dB insertion loss through 26.5 GHz. The company has also                              announced the latest version of its NI Switch Executive switch                              management software for remote control of and ease of configuring                              the new modules.                              National Instruments ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=14409:FFCBF                              *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              European Microwave Week 2005                              October 3-7, 2005                              Paris, France                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=14408:FFCBF                              Bipolar Circuits and Technology Meeting (BCTM)                              October 10-11, 2005                              Santa Barbara, CA                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=143F9:FFCBF                              IEEE Compound Semiconductor IC Symposium (formerly the GaAs IC                              Symposium)                              October 30 - November 2, 2005                              Palm Springs, CA                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=14404:FFCBF                              ARMMS RF & Microwave Conference                              November 7-8, 2005                              Harben House Hotel, Newport Pagnell, England                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=14406:FFCBF                              Wireless Congress 2005: Systems and Applications                              November 9-10, 2005                              Munich, Germany                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=143FB:FFCBF                              Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG)                              66th Microwave Measurements Conference                              December 1-2, 2005                              Marriot Hotel, Washington, DC                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=14405:FFCBF                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                         For the most complete directory of microwave                                                 companies and products, visit:                                           http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=14407:FFCBF                              *******************************************************************                              Read past issues of Microwaves and RF (MWRF) UPDATE e-Newsletter:                              http://www.mwrf.com/                              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://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=143FD:FFCBF                              To unsubscribe click here:                              http://nls.planetee.com/u?id=92976FF2A879FA465BD7BC999647098E                              To subscribe to similar publications:  http://www.planetee.com/                              ====================================                              Copyright 2005 Penton Media Inc. 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