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Microwaves & RF UPDATE
MWRF - www.mwrf.com
August 10, 2006
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Today's Table of Contents:

1. New Test Gear An Economic Indicator?                              
2. Boonton Extends Product Line To Spectrum Analyzers
3. LabVIEW Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Version 8.20
4. Intersil Introduces RF Gain Blocks
5. Study Predicts $4 Billion for New Service Delivery Platforms
6. Times Microwave Bundles Cables For Smart Antennas
7. Modelithics Announces Vendor Partner Program
8. Happenings - Conferences

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1.  Viewpoint
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New Test Gear An Economic Indicator?

Test equipment represents an investment. Unless it's a voltmeter, most
measurement gear can be expensive, but it is essential. It is
important to remember that developing a new instrument also requires
massive resources on the part of the test equipment supplier, and new
instruments usually signify optimism on the part of the suppliers in
the markets they serve.

The microwave industry has seen a recent surge in new instruments from
a variety of suppliers, including Keithley Instruments
(www.keithley.com), National Instruments (www.ni.com), Agilent
Technologies (www.agilent.com), and Anritsu (www.us.anritsu.com).  
Anritsu, for example, recently unveiled an Economy Spectrum Analyzer
(model MS2717A) with outstanding performance and features through 7.1
GHz. Rohde & Schwarz (www.rohdeschwarz.com) announced the FSUP, a
spectrum analyzer and phase-noise tester usable through 50 GHz. And
Boonton (www.boontonelectronics.com) unveiled a line of 4-GHz spectrum
analyzers (see below).

These companies invest when their customers report a need. The cycle,
of researching markets and developing test gear to serve those
markets, speeds when business improves. And the sudden rush of new
equipment seems to indicate that things are on the upswing.


JACK BROWNE
Technical Director

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2. News
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Boonton Extends Product Line To Spectrum Analyzers

Boonton Electronics, a Wireless Telecom Group Company, has added
spectrum analyzers to its venerable instrument lines. The new 9100
Series features frequency coverage from 10 kHz to 4 GHz with a
displayed average noise level (DANL) of -135 dBm and
resolution-bandwidth filters from 100 Hz to 1 MHz. The analyzers offer
extensive automatic power-measurement capabilities, including channel
power, occupied bandwidth (OBW), and adjacent-channel power ratio
(ACPR) measurements.
Boonton Electronics ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=34AAB:49027F

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3. News
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LabVIEW Celebrates 20th Anniversary With Version 8.20

National Instruments has announced the 20th Anniversary issue of its
famed LabVIEW software. The graphical design and test tool, which is
favored by a wide range of measurements engineers, is used for a
variety of applications, from audio to microwave. Version 8.20 of the
software features open connectivity with MATLAB software from The
MathWorks, a new modulation toolkit, the FPGA Wizard for creating
custom data acquisition devices, and improved algorithm execution
speeds.
National Instruments ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=34AAD:49027F
The MathWorks ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=34AA8:49027F

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4. News
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Intersil Introduces RF Gain Blocks

Intersil Corporation has introduces six new RF amplifiers in its
ISL550xx family for Industrial-Scientific-Medical (ISM) and
satellite-communications applications. Model ISL55005, for example, is
a 3.3-V gain block that operates from 0.9 to 2.5 GHz with 17-dB gain
and +18 dBm output power at 1-dB compression. Available for both 50-
and 75-ohm applications, the amplifiers are supplied in
surface-mountable SC70 housings. Noise figures range from 3.6 to 3.9
dB, while gain levels range from 14 to 17 dB. According to Sameer
Vuyyuru, director of Intersil's Standard Analog products group, "Most
RF gain blocks on the market do not specify an ESD rating. Intersil's
ISL550xx family is tested and guaranteed to 3 kV." The rating makes
the amplifiers ideal for satellite receivers and low-noise block
downconverters (LNBs).
Intersil Corporation ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=34AAA:49027F

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5. News
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Study Predicts $4 Billion for New Service Delivery Platforms

A new study from ABI Research, "Next Generation Service Delivery
Platforms," forecasts that fixed and mobile network operators will
invest a total of $4 billion in service delivery platform (SDP)
capital infrastructure over the next five years. The equipment will
result in many new Internet-based services, including voice over
Internet Protocol (VoIP) with instant messaging functionality. The
study is part of three services researched by the group: mobile
operators, IP networking, and wireless infrastructure.
ABI Research ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=34AA6:49027F

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6. News
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Times Microwave Bundles Cables For Smart Antennas

Times Microwave Systems now offers LMR(R) Bundled Cable with as many
as nine component cables under a common jacket. This arrangement is
ideal for smart antennas and other applications requiring large
numbers of antenna feeder cables. The low-loss, 50-ohm flexible cables
are available in standard bundles with 4, 7, and 9 runs of cables.
Times Microwave Systems ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=34AA3:49027F
 
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7. News
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Modelithics Announces Vendor Partner Program

Device model specialist Modelithics has initiated a vendor partner
program for component and device suppliers. Companies choosing to
become a Modelithics Vendor Partner (MVP) can select their level of
involvement (and reward) from the program, including Cooperative,
Supporting, and Strategic. The program includes increased Internet
visibility and coordinated marketing initiatives with Modelithics, as
well as the benefits of working with highly accurate software models
of their components and devices.
Modelithics ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=34AA7:49027F

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8.  Happenings - Conferences
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Signal Integrity From The Ground Up
August 14-16, 2006
San Jose, CA
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International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM)
December 11-13, 2006
Hilton San Francisco and Towers
San Francisco, CA
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