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Microwaves & RF UPDATE
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January 31, 2007
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Today's Table of Contents:

1. Education Is Everywhere Online
2. Teal Group To Forecast Aerospace Markets
3. Flomerics In Running For IEC Design Award
4. Nujira Closes Funding For Efficient Amplifiers
5. Terahertz Communications Lab Aims For 300 GHz
6. Rockwell Collins Roll Out Microwave Tuner
7. Broadband Switch Handles 50 W Power
8. Happenings - Conferences


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1.  Viewpoint
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Education Is Everywhere Online

Opponents of the Internet have often pointed to the steamy stories of
sex and kidnapping found on the evening news that started as seemingly
innocent conversations in online chat rooms. Unfortunately, these
sordid incidents paint a gloomy picture for a networking tool that has
much to offer in the way of education.

In the world of professional audio, learning new software or
hard-disk-based tools can be daunting in terms of selecting the right
plug-ins, the right outboard processing, and other tools of the trade.
But online chat rooms and user-group sites can make learning these new
tools a bit less painful.

In the RF/microwave/wireless world, the sites are many for free
information in the forms of white papers, application notes, and
technical guidance. Recently, Microwaves & RF has teamed on several
other educational sites, such as the RF Components Blog on the main
site and the new Engineering TV site at www.engineeringtv.com that
offers practical videos on engineering issues. For all the bad parts,
there is much to like about the educational potential of the Internet
for engineers.

JACK BROWNE
Technical Director


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2. News
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Teal Group To Forecast Aerospace Markets

Future trends in aerospace and defense spending will be the topics of
a Teal Group forum presented by the American Institute of Aeronautics
and Astronautics (AIAA) on March 6, 2007, at the Renaissance
Washington Hotel, Washington, DC. The presentation, "Aerospace Markets
- The Decade Ahead," will include trends in technologies, services,
and spending based on unbiased views from experts at the
Teal Group, an independent aerospace and defense consulting firm based
in Fairfax, VA. The program offers a complete look at aerospace
business with analysis covering future trends in civil and military
aircraft production, the aerospace power turbine market, UAV markets,
and airborne military electronics. Production of 42,499 aircraft worth
$1.253 trillion is forecast between 2007 and 2016. The military
component of this market is worth $342.7 billion, while the civil
sector is worth $910.1 billion.
AIAA ---> http://www.aiaa.org/events/aeromarkets/
Teal Group ---> http://www.tealgroup.com/


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3. News
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Flomerics In Running For IEC Design Award

The International Engineering Consortium (IEC) has announced that the
FLO/PCB thermal design software from Flomerics is one of only three
finalists in the PCB Design Tools category of their 2007 DesignVision
Awards. Finalists were chosen from among a record number of competing
products by a panel of judges selected from DesignCon's Technical
Program Committee. According to Mike Reynell, Director of Marketing
for Flomerics, "We are delighted that the IEC has recognized FLO/PCB
software as one of the top three PCB design tools in 2007." A key
advantage of FLO/PCB is its interface to Cadence(R) Allegro(R) PCB
Editor software. The FLO/PCB/Allegro interface transfers information
about the PCB's geometry and components needed to perform thermal
analysis. It can quickly analyze the design from a thermal standpoint
and identify problems at a stage in the design process when they can
be quickly and inexpensively corrected.
Flomerics ---> http://www.flomerics.com/


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4. News
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Nujira Closes Funding For Efficient Amplifiers

Nujira has closed a $9.8 million Series B funding round to continue
support of its high-efficiency amplifier development for wireless 3G
networks. The firm's high accuracy tracking (HAT) technology is the
key to future success. According to Mike McTighe, Nujira's
non-executive chairman, "Nujira's innovative HAT(TM) technology
provides a dramatic improvement in the efficiency of RF power
amplifiers enabling the design of smaller, cheaper and significantly
more power-efficient 3G/WiMAX base stations and DVB systems." Tim
Haynes, CEO of Nujira, adds "We have made significant progress in the
past two years, both commercially and technically, and we are very
pleased to have the continuing support of our investors.  The new
investment will allow us to ramp up the manufacture of our HAT
modulators to meet customer demand and further commercialize the
technology."
Nujira ---> http://www.nujira.com/


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5. News
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Terahertz Communications Lab Aims For 300 GHz

Four research groups from the Institute for High-frequency Technology,
the Institute for Communications Technology (both part of the
Technical University of Braunschweig, Germany), and the
Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (National Metrology Institute of
Germany) have jointly launched the Terahertz Communications Lab to
explore and develop multigigabit communications in the gigahertz and
terahertz frequency ranges. Three projects are already underway for
indoor communications: channel characterization at terahertz
frequencies, transceiver and component development, and development of
a 300-GHz demonstration unit. The lab's initiator is Professor Dr.
Martin Koch from the Institute for High-Frequency Technology.
Terahertz Communications Lab ---> http://www.tcl.tu-bs.de


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6. News
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Rockwell Collins Roll Out Microwave Tuner

Rockwell Collins has introduced its model CS-6040 Microwave Tuner for
applications in signal intelligence (SIGINT) and electronic warfare
(EW) systems. The tuner ranges from 0.1 to 20.0 GHz with an optional
extension to millimeter-wave frequencies. According to Bruce King,
Vice-President and General Manager of Communications Systems for
Rockwell Collins, "The outstanding phase noise, tuning speed, dynamic
range and group delay performance make this the tuner of choice for
the search and collection of communication and radar signals." The
embedded display capabilities enhance situational awareness for the
warfighter by offering full-spectrum, channelized and pan displays.
Rockwell Collins ---> http://www.rockwellcollins.com/
 

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7. News
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Broadband Switch Handles 50 W Power

Model 50S-1530 is a single-pole, double-throw switch developed by JFW
Industries for broadband applications from 20 to 2500 MHz. It handles
50 W CW power over that range and is designed for systems where
reliability is critical. The maximum VSWR is 1.40:1 while the
insertion loss is held to a maximum of 1.5 dB and typically only 1 dB
across the frequency range. A variety of connector options are
available, including SMA, TNC, and Type N connectors. In addition,
custom configurations are also available.
JFW Industries ---> http://www.jfwindustries.com/


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8.  Happenings - Conferences
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2007 IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference (ISSCC)
February 11-15, 2007
San Francisco Marriot Hotel
San Francisco, CA
http://www.isscc.org/

International Conference and Exhibition on Device Packaging
March 19-22, 2007
Doubletree Paradise Valley Resort
Scottsdale, AZ
http://www.imaps.org/devicepackaging/

RFID World 2007
March 26-28, 2007
Grapevine, TX
http://www.rfid-world.com/

IEEE Sarnoff Symposium 2007
April 30-May 2, 2007
Sarnoff Labs
Princeton, NJ
http://www.sarnoffsymposium.org

2007 IEEE/MTT-S International Microwave Symposium
June 3-8, 2007
Hawaii Convention Center
Honolulu, HI
http://www.ims2007.org/


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