==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              September 7, 2006                              ==============================                              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. No Escaping This Wireless Future                               2. Study Shows Short-Range-Wireless Growing Via Cellular                               3. RFID Consortium Picks Via Licensing For Patent Program                               4. Times Microwave Offers Free Updated CD-ROM                               5. M/A-COM Announces 8-GHz RoHS-Compliant Switch                               6. TriQuint Launches K-Band Amps At EuMW                               7. Book Review                               8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                  Networking With The World Of Wireless Communications                              Learn more about innovative components, software, systems, and                               applications for future progress. Take advantage of your visit to                               electronica 2006 to enter into a direct dialog with key industry                               suppliers from around the world. Be sure to visit:                               22nd International Trade Fair for Components,                               Systems & Applications                              New Munich Trade Fair Centre                              November 14-17, 2006                              For more information, visit the electronica 2006 site at:                                                             http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=37956:49027F                                                                           ******************************************************************                              ***************                              1.  Viewpoint                               ***************                              No Escaping This Wireless Future                              In the early 1990's, when wireless technology was well understood but                               its applications were in their infancy, visitors to those early                               Wireless Symposium & Exhibition events would ponder the differ ways in                               which wireless technology might be used. Visitors from Australia, for                               example, were interested in counting their sheep (sleepless in                               Australia?) through radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology.                               Some attendees even suggested using millimeter-wave pulses to probe                               the earth for underground oil deposits.                              Still, cellular telephones generated the most interest and the largest                               crowds, and that market awareness among wireless professionals, even                               back then, has come to fruition in a world that now communications                               without wires.                               But cellular phones are just one of many different ways to use                               wireless technology. As more "add-on" technologies (such as                               modulation, error correction, etc.) and standards are developed, there                               will no doubt be the race to see which manufacturer can pack more                               wireless functions into a single product. The challenge for the                               readers of this page will lie in making sure all those wireless                               functions work when they are all turned on.                               JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              Study Shows Short-Range-Wireless Growing Via Cellular                              Short-range wireless sensor networking (WSN) technologies such as                               ZigBee and cellular machine-to-machine (M2M) technologies are                               increasing being bundled with other technologies, such as cellular                               systems, according to a new study from ABI Research. ABI Senior                               Analyst Sam Lucero notes: "The addition of short-range wireless to                               cellular M2M extends its reach into the local deployment area."                               Short-range wireless technologies are expected to have a significant                               impact on market growth for certain types of cellular                               machine-to-machine modules. By 2011, shipments of cellular M2M modules                               in sectors affected by short-range wireless are expected to reach more                               than 45 million pieces. Applications will be in the home, in                               commercial buildings, in industrial facilities, and in wide-area                               venues such as trucking, vehicle management, and passenger vehicle                               telematic systems.                               ABI Research ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3795B:49027F                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              RFID Consortium Picks Via Licensing For Patent Program                              The RFID Consortium has announced that Via Licensing Corp., a wholly                               owned subsidiary of Dolby Laboratories, will administer the                               ultrahigh-frequency (UHF) radio-frequency-identification (RFID) patent                               licensing program. According to VP of Marketing for ThingMagic and a                               spokesperson for the RFID Consortium, "Working with Via Licensing                               promises to accelerate our efforts to solicit essential patents                               holders and ultimately create a patent pool that benefits the RFID                               industry and patent holders alike. During our discussions with Via                               Licensing, it quickly became apparent that we share a common vision to                               bring together essential RFID patent holders with a view to                               accelerating market acceptance of the RFID standard." The RFID                               Consortium and Via Licensing signed a non-binding term sheet, which                               provides that Via Licensing will manage the RFID licensing program and                               work with essential patent holders, as well as conduct further calls                               for additional essential patents.                                Tony McQuinn, Director of Licensing Programs and Business Development                               for Via Licensing, will manage the program.                              Via Licensing Corp. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3795A:49027F                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              Times Microwave Offers Free Updated CD-ROM                              Times Microwave Systems has released the 12th edition of its popular                               CD-ROM with new brochures and catalog and some useful engineering                               tools. The CD-ROM features the latest version of the LMR Wireless                               Products Catalog, brochures on HeliFoil cables and connectors, and                               information on PhaseTrack phase-stable cable assemblies. It also                               contains "how-to" videos on using LMR low-loss cables, a calculator                               for determining coaxial cable attenuation, and a calculator for                               converting VSWR to return loss and vice versa. Copies are free upon                               request from Times Microwave Systems.                              Times Microwave Systems ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=37958:49027F                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              M/A-COM Announces 8-GHz RoHS-Compliant Switch                              In response to increased demands for RoHS-compliant components,                               M/A-COM (a business unit of Tyco Electronics) has developed a                               RoHs-compliant, single-pole, double-throw (SPDT) switch that operates                               from DC to 8 GHz. Model MASW-007107, which handles power levels to +27                               dBm (0.5 W), is fabricated with a half-micron GaAs process. The switch                               settles to within 10 percent of a new amplitude in less than 10                               microseconds. It features insertion loss of less than 0.5 dB to 6 GHz                               and less than 0.7 dB to 8 GHz with better than 30 dB isolation. It is                               priced at only $0.31 in quantities of 10,000 and supplied in a 2 x 2                               mm power-quad flat leadless (PQFN) package.                               M/A-COM ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3795D:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                  Networking With The World Of Wireless Communications                              Learn more about innovative components, software, systems, and                               applications for future progress. Take advantage of your visit to                               electronica 2006 to enter into a direct dialog with key industry                               suppliers from around the world. Be sure to visit:                               22nd International Trade Fair for Components,                               Systems & Applications                              New Munich Trade Fair Centre                              November 14-17, 2006                              For more information, visit the electronica 2006 site at:                                                             http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=37956:49027F                              		 		                               ******************************************************************                              *********                              6. News                              *********                              TriQuint Launches K-Band Amps At EuMW                              TriQuint Semiconductor will be announcing a pair of new                               wide-dynamic-range GaAs amplifiers at the European Microwave Week                               (EuMW) in Manchester, England next week. The firm's linear amplifier                               models TGA4530 (chip) and TGA4530-SM (packaged version) are designed                               for point-to-point radios and K-band satellite communications (satcom)                               systems operating from 17 to 21 GHz. Over that range, the GaAs MMIC                               amplifiers provide +30 dBm output power at 1-dB compression with an                               output third-order intercept point of +42 dBm. The gain is 20 dB at +7                               VDC and 825 mA. Data sheets for the two products are available at the                               links below:                               Chip amplifier --->                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=37954:49027F                              Packaged amplifier --->                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=37953:49027F                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Book Review                              For those interested in designing electrically small antennas,                               especially for emerging wireless applications, "Electrically Small,                               Superdirective, and Superconducting Antennas" by Robert C. Hansen                               explores how to overcome the traditional limitations and similar                               antennas, such as superdirective and superconducting antennas. These                               limitations include low radiation resistance, high reactance, low                               efficiency, narrow bandwidth, and high loss in the matching networks.                               The contents are presented in three parts, divided among the three                               different antenna types. Dr. Hansen provides not only design                               solutions, but a historical perspective on the different antenna                               types. Suitable for a graduate course in engineering, the 168-page                               text offers a balanced mix of design equations, performance plots, and                               clear explanations.                               John Wiley & Sons ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3795E:49027F                              *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM)                              December 11-13, 2006                              Hilton San Francisco and Towers                              San Francisco, CA                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=37955:49027F                              2007 IEEE/MTT-S International Microwave Symposium                              June 3-8, 2007                              Hawaii Convention Center                              Honolulu, HI                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3795C:49027F                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT****************************                                  Networking With The World Of Wireless Communications                              Learn more about innovative components, software, systems, and                               applications for future progress. Take advantage of your visit to                               electronica 2006 to enter into a direct dialog with key industry                               suppliers from around the world. Be sure to visit:                               22nd International Trade Fair for Components,                               Systems & Applications                              New Munich Trade Fair Centre                              November 14-17, 2006                              For more information, visit the electronica 2006 site at:                                                             http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=37956:49027F  		                                             ******************************************************************                              ======================================================                              MICROWAVES AND RF (MWRF) UPDATE e-NEWSLETTER CONTACTS                              ======================================================                              Technical Director: Jack Browne                              mailto:jbrowne@penton.com                              Managing Editor: John Curley                              mailto:jcurley@penton.com                              Advertising/Sponsorship Opportunities:                              Paul Barkman at 1-908-704-2460 or                              mailto:pbarkman@penton.com                              =====================================================                              SUBSCRIBER INFO                              =====================================================                              To subscribe to our online newsletters click here:                               http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=37959:49027F                              ====================================                              To view Penton Media's privacy policy click here:                              http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=37957:49027F                              ====================================                              Copyright 2006 Penton Media Inc. 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