==============================                              Microwaves & RF UPDATE                              PlanetEE - www.planetee.com                              MWRF - www.mwrf.com                              September 9, 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. In Search Of The All-Digital Receiver                               2. 80-MSamples/s ADC Achieves 80-dB SNR                              3. Study Projects WLAN and WiMAX Opportunities                               4. Taconic Begins Manufacturing Materials in Korea                              5. Free DVD Contains Test Troubleshooting Guide                              6. Report Shows Increase in Cellular CMOS                               7. Hamilton Receives Joseph F. Keithley Award                               8. Happenings - Conferences                               ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                               Frequency Sources, Low Noise, Microsecond-Switching                              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 concept was based on removing the "black-magic" RF                               components from a receiver and performing direct digitization of                               incoming signals from the antenna. Digital processing from that                               point on would reveal the necessary signal information on phase,                               amplitude, time of arrival, and other factors, depending on the type                               of military system.                              With the availability of devices like the MAX19586 ADC, this type of                               receiver is one step closer to reality. Of course, as threat signals                               move far beyond the range of RF, and into the millimeter-wave range                               (Soviet radars), there is still room for RF processing and                               components. And still some ways to go before ADCs can handle every                               signal presented to them.                              JACK BROWNE                              Technical Director                              *************                              2. News                              *************                              80-MSamples/s ADC Achieves 80-dB SNR                               Maxim Integrated Products (Sunnyvale, CA) announced their MAX19586,                               a 16-b, 80-MSamples/s analog-to-digital converter (ADC) capable of a                               signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 80 dB. The converter features a noise                               floor of -82 dB at full scale and spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR)                               of -96 dBc with a 10-MHz input signal. The ADC can handle input                               signals to beyond 170 MHz and pushes the limits on noise performance                               for a high-speed data converter.                              Maxim Integrated Products ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=1320E:FFCBF                              *********                              3. News                              *********                              Study Projects WLAN and WiMAX Opportunities                              Research firm Forward Concepts recently announced their latest study                               on WLAN and WiMAX equipment and chip markets. The report, "Beyond                               Wi-Fi: 802.11n, VoWi-Fi & WiMAX," provides an analysis of worldwide                               equipment and chip markets. It provides detailed forecasts through                               2009 of all market segments, including Access Points (APs) and base                               stations (WiMAX), Network Interface Cards (NICs), Wireless Router                               Gateways (WRGs), and the chipsets enabling the entire WLAN and WiMAX                               networks. The report projects an increase in WLAN equipment                               shipments in 2005 by 6 percent, in spite of a drop in averaqe                               equipment selling price of 23 percent. For a copy of the 392-page                               resport, visit the Forward Concepts web site.                              Forward Concepts ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=13205:FFCBF                              *********                              4. News                              *********                              Taconic Begins Manufacturing Materials in Korea                              Taconic (Petersburgh, NY) has announced the start of manufaturing                               their copper-clad base materials for RF and microwave                               printed-circuit boards (PCBs) in Cheonan, Korea. The move helps the                               company respond more quickly to growing demand in Asia for the                               high-frequency mateirals. By shifting some production from American                               and Irish facilities to this new Korean facility, the company holds                               to increase capacity and offer customs reduced lead times.                              Taconic ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=1320B:FFCBF                              **********                              5. News                              **********                              Free CD Contains Test Troubleshooting Guide                              A tutorial CD titled "Interactive Test & Measurement Troubleshooting                               Guide: How to Avoid Common Measurement Errors," teaches users how to                               explore the symptoms and causes of common errors associated with                               measuring low-level signals. Users clock on any of five common                               measurements, including low voltage, low resistance, and low current                               measurements, and are presented with typical applications, error                               symptoms, likely causes, and tips for avoiding errors. The CD is                               free upon request from Keithley Instruments. To request a free copy,                               call (800) 688-9951 or visit the company's web site.                              Keithley Instruments ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=1320D:FFCBF                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                Navigate the WiMAX, HSDPA and Convergence Technology Waves                               Agilent hosts three NEW eSeminars that discuss mobile WiMAX,                               evolving HSDPA specs and Converging Cellular Technologies.  Our                               experts explore the challenges and solutions required to win the                               race to create new smaller, cheaper, faster communications devices                               in a rapidly changing environment. 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For more information on the                               report, visit the iSuppli web site.                              iSuppli ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=1320F:FFCBF                              *********                              7. News                              *********                              Hamilton Receives Joseph F. Keithley Award                              The IEEE hasnamed Dr. Clark A. Hamilton as the recipient of the 2005                               IEEE Joseph F. Keithley Award in Instrumentation and Measurement.                               Hamilton, who is President and CEO of VNetrix (Boulder, CO), has                               received the award for his work on making the DC Josephson junction                               array voltage standard a practical reality. The award is named in                               memory of the founder of Keithley Instruments.                               Keithley Instruments ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=1320D:FFCBF                              IEEE ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=13214:FFCBF                              *******************************                              8.  Happenings - Conferences                              *******************************                              European Microwave Week 2005                              October 3-7, 2005                              Paris, France                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=13215:FFCBF                              Bipolar Circuits and Technology Meeting (BCTM)                              October 10-11, 2005                              Santa Barbara, CA                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=1320C: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=13210:FFCBF                              ARMMS RF & Microwave Conference                              November 7-8, 2005                              Harben House Hotel, Newport Pagnell, England                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=13212:FFCBF                              Wireless Congress 2005: Systems and Applications                              November 9-10, 2005                              Munich, Germany                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=13207:FFCBF                              Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG)                              66th Microwave Measurements Conference                              December 1-2, 2005                              Marriot Hotel, Washington, DC                              http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=13211:FFCBF                              ************************ ADVERTISEMENT ****************************                                                                           For the most complete directory of microwave                                                  companies and products, visit:                                         http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=13213: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=13208:FFCBF                              To unsubscribe click here:                                http://nls.planetee.com/u?id=92976FF2A879FA46CDAC82F9835502C7                              To subscribe to similar publications:  http://www.planetee.com/                              ====================================                              Copyright 2005 Penton Media Inc. 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