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Microwaves & RF UPDATE
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January 20, 2005
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Today's Table of Contents:
1. Designing for Changing Markets
2. Agilent Names Sullivan New President/CEO
3. Markets for MM-Wave MMICs Poised For Growth
4. IC Holds Trio of MIMO Transceivers
5. FOCUS Enhancements Readies for UWB Video
6. Integrated Passive Technology Shrinks WLANs
7. SiGe Reports Fivefold Revenue Growth
8. FCI Grants High-Speed Connector License to Gore
9. AWR Teams With Rohde & Schwarz
10. Happenings - Conferences

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1.  Viewpoint
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Designing for Changing Markets

Design engineers are accustomed to dealing with variables. Over time,
however, the number of variables in the design process has increased.
Designers once concerned only with a set of circuit-element values must
now take into consideration such factors as the bill of materials (BOM)
and the time to market. In some markets, such as when selling to
automotive-electronics customers, even the cost becomes a variable. Most
automotive customers require a cost scheme that decreases over time
(based on their own projected product lifetimes for a given model
vehicle). This forces suppliers of integrated circuits (ICs), for
example, to arrive at an initial price for their products that is
considerably higher than their projected price 10 years hence. Assuming
that the IC supplier maintains suitably profitable margins for their
products, part of a design plan for automotive ICs must include
strategies for improving product yield and manufacturing efficiency
while reducing final product cost throughout the lifetime of the design.

Not every high-frequency company will be able to gear itself to sales in
markets like automotive electronics. Some firms, such as IC houses, can
take advantage of process improvements and higher levels of integration
to create more function (per dollar) per chip.

But for traditional microwave component suppliers, where package and
connector costs often exceed the cost of the circuitry, the road to
consumer markets may not be as smooth. Still, even traditional military
customers now evaluate cost more than ever, placing greater pressures on
high-frequency designers to create cost-effective solutions. In any
case, designing for such markets requires a long-term strategy that
includes process improvements, BOM reductions, and increased use of
automation on manufacturing and testing.

JACK BROWNE
Publisher/Editor

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2. News
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Agilent Names Sullivan New President/CEO

The board of directors of Agilent Technologies has elected William P.
(Bill) Sullivan as the company's next president and chief executive
officer(CEO), effective March 1, 2005. Sullivan, 55, currently Agilent's
executive vice president and chief operating officer (COO), succeeds the
retiring Ned Barnholt as CEO. Barnholt notes that "I leave Agilent with
a great sense of pride in terms of what we have accomplished. We are
financially sound, we have a leaner, more flexible organization, and we
have extended our market leadership through continued innovation. It's
the right time for me to step down, and Bill Sullivan is clearly the
right person to lead the company forward." James G. Cullen, 62, who has
served on Agilent's board of directors since 2000, will assume the
position of non-executive chairman upon Barnholt's retirement in March.
At that time, Sullivan will join the board. Barnholt will stay on as
chairman emeritus as long as needed to ensure a smooth transition.
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3. News
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Markets for MM-Wave MMICs Poised For Growth

Millimeter-wave monolithic microwave integrated circuits
(MMICs)represent a strong growth opportunity according to research firm
Engalco. In the firm's latest report, "Millimeter-wave MMIC's - the
Worldwide industry & Market Opportunities to 2012," mm-wave MMICs are
expected to see expanding use in business segments such as Ka-band
satellite systems and automotive radars. The report notes that the total
available market (TAM) for mm-wave MMICs will grow steadily from $384.9
million in 2004 to more than $1.7 billion by the end of 2012, which is
an average annual compound growth rate of just over 20 percent. Although
defense electronics is still the mainstay of mm-wave MMICs, commercial
opportunities will be increasingly important in satellite
communications, automotive electronics, and secure access links for
enterprise applications. The study provides detailed market and data on
applications in the industrial, scientific, and medical (ISM) area,
wireless infrastructure, and 40G/80G fiber-optic segment. The report
includes in-depth studies on the types of fabrication plants, typical
product offerings, types of modules into which these MMICs are
implemented, and the increasingly significant roles of fabless players.
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4. News
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IC Holds Trio of MIMO Transceivers

Athena Semiconductors, Inc. and Samsung Electronics' Digital Media R&D
Center have developed a single integrated-circuit (IC) solution for the
emerging wireless Multiple Input Multiple Output (MIMO) standard (IEEE
802.11n). The IC, called TRINI, contains three RF CMOS OptimRF
transceivers based on Athena's patent-pending, modified direct
conversion architecture. The device is designed to provide a data rate
that is far higher than existing IEEE 802.11a/g WLAN-standards-based
equipment, increasing from 54 Mb/s to more than 200 Mb/s. First
demonstrated at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, NV
(January 6-9, 2005), the chip was used to transmit and receive two
simultaneous High Definition Television (HDTV) video streams and a
single Standard Definition Television video stream with link throughputs
in excess of 50 Mb/s.
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5. News
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FOCUS Enhancements Readies for UWB Video

Video specialist FOCUS Enhancements recently demonstrated the
effectiveness of wireless high-definition TV (HDTV) transmissions using
low-power ultrawideband (UWB) technology. By means of video
transmissions through a wall in its semiconductor facility in Hillsboro,
OR, FOCUS showed that the technology is suitable for video distribution
throughout the home of the future. The company's UWB technology is
designed to be interoperable with standards set by the Multiband OFDM
Alliance (MBOA), but with extended range and data rates. The firm
expects to sample UWB chipsets towards the end of the first half of 2005
and modules containing UWB chipsets later in the year.  Performance
expectations are anticipated to range from 880 Mb/s at 8 m to 37 Mb/s at
around 40 m. According to Tom Hamilton, executive vice president and
general manager of FOCUS Enhancements' semiconductor group, "We have
essentially doubled the IEEE's UWB targets of 110 Mb/s over 10 m. Other
solutions fall short in delivering sustained high-resolution video, are
hampered by short range, and/or are subject to interference from
microwave ovens and cordless telephones.  We have managed to overcome
these obstacles - even sending an HD stream through a wall - and come up
with something that can actually work in the real world."
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6. News
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Integrated Passive Technology Shrinks WLANs

SyChip has developed Integrated Passive Device (IPD) technology to
miniaturize integrated modules for mobile and WLAN markets. The
technology allows a complete IEEE 802.11g module to be fabricated in an
area of 90 square millimeters and only 0.9 millimeters high. The
technology enables the integration of approximately 50 passive
components, such as capacitors, filters, and inductors, directly into
the IPD substrate, providing enhanced performance along with a large
reduction in discrete components. According to Moses Asom, SyChip
co-founder and senior vice president of marketing and business
development, "SyChip's IPD technology, with its world class size,
electrical performance and plug-and-play capability, is perfectly
positioned to meet the market challenges and help manufacturers reduce
design cycles by six months."
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7. News
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SiGe Reports Fivefold Revenue Growth

SiGe Semiconductor today reported sales revenue of $20.1 million US
($24.6 million Canadian) for 2004, a fivefold increase compared to the
previous year. The company's success was fueled by the growing demand
for its Bluetooth, GPS, and WLAN integrated circuits (ICs). The company
ended the year more than 30 million units sent to customers around the
world, with many of these devices shipped to China. According to SiGe
president and CEO, Jim Derbyshire, "we expanded our product line,
captured significant market share in key wireless arenas, and expanded
our operations as a global company with a greater emphasis
on the Asia-Pacific region."
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8. News
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FCI Grants High-Speed Connector License to Gore

FCI announced that is has granted a license to W. L. Gore & Associates,
Inc. for the use of its AirMax VS (registered) connector technology.
Matched with Gore's capabilities in high-frequency, high-speed cables,
the combination is expected to yield high-performance interconnect
solutions for a wide range of applications, including for
telecommunications systems and IP switches. According to Rob Poort,
Global Communications Market Manager at FCI, "working with Gore will
drive the development of high performance digital cable connectors that
can support very high data rate transmissions." Gore Global Data Comm
Market Segment Leader, David Gioconda, concurs: "We are pleased to bring
together FCI's expertise in high speed connector design with Gore's high
data rate cable technology to offer a data link that can provide an
aggregate bandwidth of 1.0 Terabits per second using only 50 linear
millimeters of backplane space."
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9. News
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AWR Teams With Rohde & Schwarz

Software supplier Applied Wave Research (AWR) has announced that it is
teaming with test-equipment maker Rohde & Schwarz to provide test
solutions backed by AWR's design software. These solutions provide
bidirectional transfer of data between instruments and EDA software, and
the capability to use measured data in place of models when simulating
complex systems. In addition, Rohde & Schwarz will strengthen the AWR
sales channel by providing AWR's Microwave Office and Visual System
Simulator (VSS) design solutions throughout Europe.
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10.  Happenings - Conferences
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ARMMS RF & Microwave Society Conference
April 18-19, 2005
Milton Hill House Hotel, Milton Hill, Oxfordshire, UK
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IEEE Compound Semiconductor IC Symposium (formerly the GaAs IC
Symposium)
October 30 - November 2, 2005
Palm Springs, CA
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