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Microwaves & RF UPDATE
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August 24, 2006
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Today's Table of Contents:

1. When Legends Are Born
2. FreeWave Launches Spread-Spectrum Radio Modules
3. LXI PlugFest Features Real-World Testing
4. TensorComm Files 75th Interference Cancellation Patent
5. DAC Synthesizes 1-GHz Bandwidth
6. Instruments Add Data Streaming To RF Measurements
7. Keithley Offers Remote-Testing Training Course
8. Happenings - Conferences


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1.  Viewpoint
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When Legends Are Born

The August issue of parent magazine Microwaves & RF carried the first
installment of the Microwave Legends, listing 45 people, places, and
things that have had an impact on the RF/microwave industry. First
off, apologies to anyone who felt slighted by the list, thinking they
should have been included. It was not meant as a popularity contest.
The list was nominated by readers, and final voting was performed by
readers. We editors did some "compiling," but little "steering."

As with other "hall of fame" type endeavors, this one will have its
"add ons" each year, as we seek to increase the initial list of 45 by
another 5 noteworthy people, places, or things each year. One of the
original nominees, for example, was the Anzac catalog. It was a
classic in its time, and a true reference source in this industry for
any engineer needing high-frequency components.

So, don't feel slighted. Instead, get a head start on your nominations
for 2007 by sending me your suggestions, to mailto:jbrowne@penton.com

JACK BROWNE
Technical Director

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2. News
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FreeWave Launches Spread-Spectrum Radio Modules

FreeWave Technologies has developed a series of board-level
spread-spectrum radios that operate in the 2.372 to 2.400 GHz range.
Well suited for NATO and European allies, the secure frequency-hopping
radio modules are ideal for original-equipment-manufacturer (OEM)
applications. They feature a 32-b CRC for error-free communications, a
20-mile line-of-sight range, and 115.2-kb/s true data rate. The
versatile radio modules can operate with voltages from 9.5 to 30 VDC.
FreeWave Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361C2:49027F

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3. News
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LXI PlugFest Features Real-World Testing

Held this past July 25-27 in Cleveland, OH, the LXI Consortium's
latest PlugFest featured more than 50 attendees and included
real-world testing of products meeting Class A and Class B LXI
requirements. Products for Class A include time synchronization via
the IEEE 1588 precision time protocol as well as a hardware trigger
bus. Sponsored by LXI member Keithley Instruments, all of the tested
products are expected to receive certification shortly, bringing the
total number of LXI-certified products to more than 150. The testing
process also included interface bridges that enable integrators to
create "hybrid" systems that utilize non-LXI equipment alongside
LXI-compliant devices. This capability will help system creators
leverage their existing investments - and expertise - in other
architectures such as GPIB, VXI, and PXI. The next PlugFest, to be
hosted by LXI member The MathWorks, is scheduled for October 17-19,
2006, in Boston, MA.
Keithley Instruments ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361C1:49027F
LXI Consortium ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361BE:49027F
The MathWorks ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361C0:49027F

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TensorComm Files 75th Interference Cancellation Patent

Spectral-efficiency specialist TensorComm announced the filing of
their 75th patent related to interference cancellation, specifically
for the application of their Interference Cancellation Technology
(ICT) to networks deploying MIMO. The firm's ICT is designed to
improve the performance and data throughput of 3G networks
(CDMA2000/1xEV-DO and WCDMA/HSDPA) and is now positioned to apply the
same types of benefits to emerging 4G networks. The receiver
technology, which cancels interference from all traffic channels and
interfering sources, operates with both base stations and mobile
devices, and is suitable for single- and multiple-antenna receivers.
TensorComm, Inc. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361BF:49027F
 
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5. News
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DAC Synthesizes 1-GHz Bandwidth

Maxim Integrated Products has developed a digital-to-analog converter
(DAC) capable of 2.3-GSamples/s, 12-b performance. Model MAX19692 can
directly synthesize signals with as much as 1 GHz bandwidth at
frequencies from DC to 2 GHz. The DAC features a -68 dBc spurious-free
dynamic range (SFDR) at 1.2 GHz. The device operates from 3.3 and 1.8
V supplies while consuming only 950 mW power. It is supplied in a 11 x
11 mm 169-CSBGA package.
Maxim Integrated Products ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361C4:49027F

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Instruments Add Data Streaming To RF Measurements

National Instruments has introduced a new RF vector signal analyzer
and two intermediate-frequency (IF) digitizers that support continuous
streaming of high-bandwidth RF test data across high-speed buses, such
as PCI and PXI, directly to a personal computer (PC). The model
PXI-5661 2.7-GHz vector signal analyzer offers a 20-MHz instantaneous
modulation bandwidth and built-in burst trigger. The NI 5142 IF
digitizers are available in PXI or PCI format, each with two 14-b,
100-MSamples/s channels. According to Tim Dehne, NI senior vice
president of engineering, "These new RF and IF products represent a
shift in the way communications systems are designed and tested," said
"By streaming RF or IF data across high-speed buses directly to a PC
for processing, the challenge of developing a communications system
now falls on software." The company also supplies LabVIEW software for
analysis.
National Instruments ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361C6:49027F

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7. News
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Keithley Offers Remote-Testing Training Course

Keithley Instruments is offering a two-day course on September 14 and
15, 2006 in Cleveland, OH on the use of National Instruments' LabVIEW
software for remote control of multiple-vendor test instruments,
"Optimizing Remote Control of Instruments in a LabVIEW(R)
Environment." Attendees will learn how to assemble and configure
instruments from a variety of vendors into an efficient test setup and
control all of them from a single software interface. The course,
which is not intended for production testing, consists predominantly
of practical exercises in a lab setting, plus short lectures on a
variety of related topics.
Course-->http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361C9:49027F
Keithley ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361C1:49027F
National Instruments ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361C7:49027F

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8.  Happenings - Conferences
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International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM)
December 11-13, 2006
Hilton San Francisco and Towers
San Francisco, CA
http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=361B9:49027F

2007 IEEE/MTT-S International Microwave Symposium
June 3-8, 2007
Hawaii Convention Center
Honolulu, HI
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