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Microwaves & RF UPDATE
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MWRF - www.mwrf.com/
August 25, 2005
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Today's Table of Contents:
1. Bridging the Academic-Professional Gap
2. Free DVD Offers Tour of Microtech
3. Rockwell Collins Names ATC Cap Supplier Of Year
4. GaAs IC Suppliers To Benefit From Optical Growth
5. Power Amp Drives 25-31-GHz Satcom Systems
6. GE, Rolls-Royce Win $2.4B JSF Contract
7. Antenna Design Course Is Free
8. Book Review: The Mobile Multimedia Business
9. Happenings - Conferences


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1.  Viewpoint
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Bridging the Academic-Professional Gap

End of summer brings with it the usual host of radio and newspaper
reporting on the state of undergraduate and post-graduate education.
Many of these stories focus on the rising costs of education,
increasing typically more than 47 percent just in the NY State
university system.

Perhaps a larger issue for high-frequency firms has to do with the
search for good engineering talent, and the gap between what the
engineering graduate knows, and what a high-frequency or other
engineering firm needs. And this educational gap seems to widen each
year as companies cut intern programs and as communications decrease
between industry and academia. In better times, leading engineering
companies would often "loan" an employee to a university to serve as
a part-time professor.

Clearly, there is a need in this country to forge a stronger link
between engineering schools and engineering companies, but it takes
willingness on both sides to make it work. When it does, both sides
benefit.

JACK BROWNE
Technical Director


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2. News
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Free DVD Offers Tour of Microtech

A free Capabilities DVD from Microtech (Cheshire, CT) features a
brief tour of the firm's world-class in-house manufacturing
facilities. Celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, Microtech
is a leader in waveguide products and boasts a long list of in-house
capabilities, including CNC machining, plating, soldering, brazing,
and rubber molding. For a free copy of the DVD, contact Don Effgen
at (203) 272-3234 or by e-mail at mailto:Don@microtech-inc.com.
Microtech ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D62:FFCBF


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3. News
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Rockwell Collins Names ATC Cap Supplier Of Year

Rockwell Collins (Cedar Rapids, IA) recently named American
Technical Ceramics Capacitor Supplier of the Year. The award was
made for several factors, including outstanding sales support,
excellent engineering support, reduced lead times, and flexibility
to work with Rockwell Collins. Victor Insetta, President and CEO of
ATC, stated that "we are very honored to receive this recognition.
This honor from a truly world-class company demonstrates ATC's
commitment to being the 'Engineer's Choice' and a partner in working
with our customers." ATC supplies a wide range of high-performance
RF/microwave capacitors and thin-film circuits, while Rockwell
Collins is a leader in communications and avionics systems for
commercial and military customers.
American Technical Ceramics ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D67:FFCBF
Rockwell Collins ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D5E:FFCBF


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4. News
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GaAs IC Suppliers To Benefit From Optical Growth

Growth of 27 percent is projected for the high-speed fiber-optic IC
market in 2005. This optimism stems from the report "Fiber-optic
Analog IC Market and Technology Dynamics," by the Gallium Arsenide &
Compound Semiconductor Service at research specialist Strategy
Analytics (Boston, MA). The market for high-speed fiber-optic ICs is
expected to expand from a base level of $280 million in 2004. OC-48
and OC-192 links will be at the center of this growth, and the
deployment of high capacity routers will also begin to stimulate
OC-768 purchases. Overall, the market will grow at a CAAGR of 24
percent through to 2009. GaAs IC vendors will benefit, especially
for laser drivers. The report also examines the market potential for
other IC technologies, including silicon (Si), silicon germanium
(SiGe), and indium phosphide (InP).
Strategy Analytics ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D5D:FFCBF


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5. News
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Power Amp Drives 25-31-GHz Satcom Systems

Ideal for commercial and military airborne and mobile satellite
communications (satcom) systems operating from 25 to 31 GHz, the
MPC4-2531 is an outdoor unit (ODU) from Sophia Wireless that
delivers 20 W output power. It consists of a power amplifier,
monitor and control processor, and protection circuitry in a compact
enclosure for outdoor use. The amplifier provides better than 45 dB
gain with less than 3-dB variation across the frequency range.
Sophia Wireless ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D60:FFCBF


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6. News
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GE, Rolls-Royce Win $2.4B JSF Contract

General Electric (Fairfield, CT) and Rolls-Royce (Indianapolis, IN)
have won a contract for $2.4 billion to supply engines for the Joint
Strike Fighter (JSF)F-35 aircraft. The contract, which runs through
2013, includes research, development, and test equipment, with
delivery of production F-136 engines scheduled for 2012. The
original JSF engine contract (for about $4 billion) was awarded in
2001 to United Technologies' Pratt & Whitney unit (East Hartford,
CT), but General Electric and Rolls-Royce convinced the Department
of Defense (DoD) of the need for a second engine source as backup.
Lockheed-Martin Corp. (Bethesda, MD) is the prime contractor for the
JSF program, with the JSF scheduled for a first flight next year.  
General Electric ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D6D:FFCBF
Rolls-Royce ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D66:FFCBF
Pratt & Whitney ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D63:FFCBF
Lockheed Martin ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D64:FFCBF


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7. News
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Antenna Design Course Is Free

Antenna specialist Radio Waves (North Billerica, MA) is offering a
free Radio Waves Technical Institute (RWTI), the firm's short course
on antenna design. Normally priced at $950 per person, the RWTI is
scheduled for September 12th in Columbus, OH. The course covers
microwave antenna system basics from design, to application, to
installation of microwave antennas for licensed and unlicensed
networks. To learn more about this free RWTI and reserve a space
please contact Radio Waves at mailto:sales@radiowavesinc.com or
978-459-8800.
Radio Waves ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D65:FFCBF


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8. Book Review
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The Mobile Multimedia Business

Written by Bernd Eylert, The Mobile Multimedia Business ($99.95,
ISBN: 047001234X) examines mobile communications markets and trends,
and explores the types of services and applications that will drive
the growth of third- and fourth-generation cellular systems for
years to come. Application areas include telematics, entertainment,
remote monitoring, and mobile shopping. This strictly nontechnical
text is aimed at marketing professionals working to supply hardware
and software for mobile communications systems; it is rich with
statistics and projections.
John Wiley & Sons ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D6E:FFCBF


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9.  Happenings - Conferences
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European Microwave Week 2005
October 3-7, 2005
Paris, France
http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D6C:FFCBF

Bipolar Circuits and Technology Meeting (BCTM)
October 10-11, 2005
Santa Barbara, CA
http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D68: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=11D69:FFCBF

Wireless Congress 2005: Systems and Applications
November 9-10, 2005
Munich, Germany
http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D5C:FFCBF

Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG)
66th Microwave Measurements Conference
December 1-2, 2005
Marriot Hotel, Washington, DC
http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=11D6A:FFCBF


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