Microwaves & RF UPDATE
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July 21, 2005

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Today's Table of Contents:
1. Service Before The Sale
2. Sonnet Software Teams With AWR On New Models
3. HTC Enters Contract Engineering Field
4. BAW Filters Screen 850 To 6000 MHz
5. Log Detector Measures Power To 10 GHz
6. Wideband Seeks To Expand Sales Force
7. Hittite Eyes Military and Space for New Phase Shifters
8. SkyeTek Usurps Traditional RFID Models
9. Happenings - Conferences

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1. Viewpoint
Service Before The Sale

Few engineers would not think of a multimeter if a co-worker had
called out for a "Fluke." The company that is synonymous with
voltmeters has recently taken a step in the right direction by
developing a new extension to its web site devoted to predictive
maintenance. A portion of the new site extension ( which can be found
at http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF80:FFCBF ) of particular interest to RF/microwave
engineers will be the "Logging Multimeters With Software" section.
It provides a brief overview of the basic concept of predictive
maintenance, and provides focused application notes and helpful

The main predictive maintenance page includes a unique
return-on-investment (ROI) calculator that can be applied to the
company's multimeters and power-quality measurement tools to
estimate the value of a new piece of test gear. Such tools are
invaluable when considering the purchase of new equipment, and
should be a part of any site that promotes capital expenditures,
such as test equipment.

American businesses tend to get too caught up in making a sale,
without first remembering the importance of the customer. But at
Fluke, at least one company has remembered their customer, and
invested strongly and wisely to keep that customer.

Technical Director

2. News
Sonnet Software Teams With AWR On New Models

Taking advantage of open access to the Xmodels from software
supplier Applied Wave Research (AWR, El Segundo, CA), Sonnet
Software (North Syracuse, NY) has announced its support for the
models and intention to provide integrated solutions with its host
of electromagnetic (EM) modeling tools. The Xmodels are
discontinuity models that use the results of full-wave EM simulators
to estimate the electrical performance of a discontinuity for
tuning, optimization, and yield analysis. With AWR's EM Socket open
standard interface and the first set of Xmodels available within
AWR's Microwave Office suite of circuit-design tools, a design
engineer can perform EM analysis with the models and SONNET Suites
Professional collection of programs.
Sonnet Software ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF7C:FFCBF
Applied Wave Research ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF82:FFCBF

3. News
HTC Enters Contract Engineering Field

HTC Engineering has entered the field of contract engineering
services with extensive expertise in analog, mixed-signal, and
digital IC design. Led by an experienced management team that
includes President and CEO Guy Rabbat (formerly with Solectron),
Vice-President of Sales Bruce Utter (formerly with Fujitsu and
Filtronic Compound Semiconductor), and Vice-President of Technology
and Marketing Alex Skuratov (formerly with Watkins-Johnson and
Mini-Circuits), the new company boasts design and manufacturing
capabilities in wide range of areas, including RF/microwave,
wireless, networking, test and measurement, optoelectronics,
electromechanical control and automation, robotics, and industrial
design. Relying on over 50 affiliated design centers with more than
1000 engineers, primarily in Eastern Europe and Russia, HTC
Engineering offers world-class engineering and design capacity for
firms needing to meet high-quality, low-cost, and stringent
time-to-market objectives. Contracted engineers can be located in a
customer's facility, in an offshore site, or in both locations for
optimum efficiency and cost-effectiveness. In other contract
engineering news, AntennEM Communications is seeking licensing and
partnership for a patent-pending, fully agile phased-array antenna
system that is ideal for mobile video applications.
HTC Engineering ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF88:FFCBF
AntennEM Communications ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF7F:FFCBF

4. News
BAW Filters Screen 850 To 6000 MHz

Noteworthy at the recent Microwave Theory & Techniques Symposium
(MTT-S) and exhibition in Long Beach, CA was the availability of
bulk-acoustic-wave (BAW) filters from Infineon Technologies (Morgan
Hill, CA). Once a technology targeted at more costly military
applications, these BAW devices aim at cellular and Personal
Communications Services (PCS) applications as well as general
microwave systems from 850 to 6000 MHz. An example filter operates
in the PCS transmit band from 1850 to 1910 MHz with 2.3-dB typical
insertion loss and 1.5-dB typical ripple. The filter provides
typical stopband attenuation of better than 24 dB below 1850 MHz and
more than 30 dB from 1930 to 2500 MHz.
Infineon Technologies ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF7E:FFCBF

5. News
Log Detector Measures Power To 10 GHz

Analog Devices (Norwood, MA) also made news at the recent MTT-S with
information on their new AD8317 RF logarithmic detector/controller
with power-measurement capability from 1 MHz to 10 GHz. Based on a
high-frequency silicon-germanium (SiGe) process, the AD8317 provides
a temperature-compensated proportional output voltage over a 50-dB
dynamic range with better than 2-dB accuracy. The device has a rise
time of 4 ns and fall time of 6 ns and draws just 20 mA current from
a single voltage supply of +3 to +5 VDC. The wide-ranging
power-measurement IC is supplied in a 2 mm by 3 mm eight-lead
Analog Devices ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF85:FFCBF

6. News
Wideband Seeks To Expand Sales Force

They are looking for a few good men. In this case, not the US
Marines, but Wideband Systems of Rockaway, NJ. Well known for
electronic-warfare (EW) subsystems such as receivers and
instantaneous-frequency-measurement (IFM) systems, the firm recently
entered the frequency synthesizer market with a 7-to-18-GHz modular
unit and seeks 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=EF7A:FFCBF

7. News
Hittite Eyes Military and Space for New Phase Shifters

Hittite Microwave Corp. (Chelmsford, MA) has introduced a line of
microwave phase shifters based on GaAs
monolithic-microwave-integrated-circuit (MMIC) technology. The tiny
shifters include the model HMC237, a 5-to-18-GHz analog unit with
variable phase shift of 0 to 450 deg. at 5 GHz and as much as 100
deg. at 18 GHz, as well as the model HMC538LP4, a surface-mount
6-to-15-GHz analog unit with phase-shift range of 0 to 750 deg. at 6
GHz and 0 to 450 deg. at 15 GHz. Both shifters are controlled by a
single positive voltage.
Hittite Microwave Corp. ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF83:FFCBF

8. News
SkyeTek Usurps Traditional RFID Models

SkyeTek (Boulder, CO) hopes to vanquish the traditional "black-box"
nature of RFID reader hardware with its ReaderWare open-architecture
software suite. Developed for both HF and UHF reader designs, the
software has been written to simplify RFID reader development
through a comprehensive approach to tag protocols, baseband
processing, host communications, security options, and reader
configuration parameters. According to Sean Loving, the firm's
founder and CTO, "As a data defined reader technology, ReaderWare
disaggregates the hardware and software components of the reader,
allowing OEMs to treat hardware as a commodity and focus on what
they want the application to actually do." ReaderWare Version 1.0 is
now available as a licensed development platform for new and
existing OEM reader designs as well as with SkyeTek's Tagnostic
reader reference designs.
SkyeTek ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=EF81: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 Symposium)
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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