Microwaves & RF UPDATE
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July 14, 2005

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Today's Table of Contents:
1. Not All Millimeter Waves Are Benign
2. Vectron Unveils Stable Stratum 3 TCXOs
3. Wideband Systems Launches Synthesizer
4. TestMart Teams With Willtek For Government Pricing
5. C-MAC MicroTechnology Lands Eurofighter Contract
6. Raytheon JPS Communications Names New President
7. Keithley Offers Free Handbook on Semiconductor Testing
8. Book Review
9. Happenings - Conferences

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1. Viewpoint
Not All Millimeter Waves Are Benign

Millimeter-wave signals are usually associated with radio astronomy,
vehicular radar systems, missile-tracking systems, or even broadband
wireless local-area networks (WLANs). But the US Air Force Research
Laboratory (AFRL) has found a more painful use for millimeter-wave
energy as part of what is known as Active Denial Systems (ADS).
Developed as part of the Department of Defense's Joint Non-Lethal
Weapons Directorate (JNLWD), the non-lethal weapons technology is in
response to the need for peace-keeping efforts without the use of
deadly force.

The weapons use the same principles as a 2.4-GHz microwave oven,
except with higher-frequency 95-GHz energy beams directed at a
target's exposed skin to cause painful heating at a skin depth of
0.3 mm, the same depth as pain-sensing nerves. These ADS systems
incorporate gyrotron millimeter-wave sources from Communications and
Power Industries (CPI, Palo, Alto, CA) to provide a range of about
700 yards. So far, several vehicle-mounted systems have been
developed, but work continues to create more portable, manpack
versions of the systems. This could turn into yet another key
application for millimeter-wave technology, although the
effectiveness of the system is yet to be proven out under hostile
(rain, fog, etc.) conditions.

Technical Director

2. News
Vectron Unveils Stable Stratum 3 TCXOs

Vectron International has announced its next generation of Stratum 3
temperature-compensated crystal oscillators (TCXOs) for wireless,
telecommunications, and data-communications applications requiring
high frequency stability over temperature. The firm's C2260 Series
TCXOs can provide stability of better than 0.28 PPM from 6.4 to 32
MHz at temperatures from -30 to +85 degrees Centigrade. Built on
FR-4 substrates, the 5 in. by 7-mm TCXOs are fully compliant with
the GR-1244-Core and GR-253-Core standards. Wide-pull versions are
available with a pull range of plus or minus 40 PPM and more.
Vectron International ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E625:FFCBF

3. News
Wideband Systems Launches Synthesizer

Best known for their electronic-warfare (EW) receivers and
instantaneous-frequency-measurement (IFM) systems, Wideband Systems
(Rockaway, NJ) has entered the competitive frequency-synthesizer
market with their model PS-070 180A frequency synthesizer. Measuring
a compact 4 in. high by 4 in. wide by 8 in. long, the synthesizer
tunes from 7 to 18 GHz in 1-MHz steps with +13 dBm output power and
100-microsecond switching speed. The phase noise is -90 dBc/Hz
offset 100 kHz from the carrier and -110 dBc/Hz offset 1 MHz from
the carrier. The firm is seeking to expand its support staff for the
synthesizer line with the addition of an International Sales
Manager. Interested candidates can contact Bob Fuller at the e-mail
address below.
International Sales Manager ---> e-mail: mailto:rhfadv@baybroadband.net
Wideband Systems ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E61E:FFCBF

4. News
TestMart Teams With Willtek For Government Pricing

Test equipment supplier TestMart (San Bruno, CA) announced an
agreement with wireless test-gear maker Willtek Communications
(Indianapolis, IN) to provide United States government and federal
contractor customers with special pricing on select Willtek spectrum
analyzers, supporting components, and services. TestMart is now
authorized to handle a line of WIlltek hand-held analyzers and
related equipment to those who qualify under a set of General
Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedules (MAS).
According to TestMart President and CEO Peter Ostrow, "The addition
of Willtek wireless communication products to the most comprehensive
catalog of GSA qualified test equipment provides desirable new
options for the US government and military." The Willtek equipment
is available through the GSA's e-commerce web site or TestMart's web
GSA ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E621:FFCBF
TestMart ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E626:FFCBF

5. News
C-MAC MicroTechnology Lands Eurofighter Contract

C-MAC MicroTechnology (Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England) has won a
major contract from Galileo Avionica for high-speed microelectronics
and electro-optical modules for the Eurofighter Typhoon military
aircraft as well as the NATO NH90 and AgustaWestland EH101 Merlin
helicopters. Valued at around 8 million pounds Sterling over the
next five years, the requirements for critical control functions and
secure communications were particularly stringent although, as
Marino Diani, Procurement Director with Galileo Avionica, noted
"C-MAC is a world-class partner for the manufacture of fiber optics
and hybrid microcircuits. Having worked with them since 1988, we
could trust them to deliver." In other contract news, Harris Corp.
(Rochester, NY) was awarded a contract for nearly $60 million by the
US Army for Harris Falcon II AN/PRC-150(C) manpack and AN/VRC-104
vehicular HF radios.
C-MAC MicroTechnology ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E62A:FFCBF
Harris Corp. ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E627:FFCBF

6. News
Raytheon JPS Communications Names New President

Raytheon JPS Communications (Raleigh, NC) has named Carl Kist as its
new president, effective August 1st. Formerly Chief Financial
Officer for Precision Technologies & Components and Raytheon Vision
Systems (Goleta, CA), Kist has been with Raytheon/Texas Instruments
for more than 20 years and will head a wholly owned subsidiary of
Raytheon that manufactures and sells hardware and software that
enhance the effectiveness of HF, VHF, UHF, cellular, and satellite
communications systems for government, military, and business
Raytheon JPS Communications ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E62B:FFCBF

7. News
Keithley Offers Free Handbook on Semiconductor Testing

Keithley Instruments has published a semiconductor test reference
handbook, "Overcoming the Measurement Challenges of Advanced
Semiconductor Technologies: DC, Pulsed, and RF-From Modeling to
Manufacturing." Available free of charge at
http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E620:FFCBF the 140-page handbook
describes emerging measurement challenges for semiconductor
manufacturers moving into 65-nm device processes and beyond.
The measurement handbook covers such topics as high-frequency
capacitance measurements, on-wafer measurements, copper via
testing, and advanced DC measurements.
Keithley Instruments ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E624:FFCBF

8. Book Review
Digital Filter Design Solutions
Written by Jolyon De Freitas of the innovative defense/security
laboratory QinetiQ Ltd. (Farnborough, Hampshire, England), Digital
Filter Design Solution provides several methods of implementing
digital filters and examples of more than 200 different types of
digital filters, including lowpass, highpass, bandpass, band-reject,
cascaded, differentiator, and decimation. The book is packed with a
CD-ROM archive of filter coefficients and design functions written
for the Matlab mathematical software from The MathWorks.
Artech House ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E622:FFCBF

9. Happenings - Conferences
Bipolar Circuits and Technology Meeting (BCTM)
October 10-11, 2005
Santa Barbara, CA

IEEE Compound Semiconductor IC Symposium (formerly the GaAs IC
October 30 - November 2, 2005
Palm Springs, CA

Wireless Congress 2005: Systems and Applications
November 9-10, 2005
Munich, Germany

Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG)
66th Microwave Measurements Conference
December 1-2, 2005
Marriot Hotel, Washington, DC

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