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March 9, 2006

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Today's Table of Contents:
1. Growth of GPS Is Inevitable
2. Trimble Offers GPS Licensing Software
3. NoiseWave Debuts Coaxial Noise Source
4. Conexant Launches DVB-S2 Satcom TV Receiver Card
5. Report Predicts Growth of Broadband Technology
6. RapidIO Radio To Begin Broadcasting
7. Single-Chip Radio Targets WiMAX
8. Happenings - Conferences

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1. Viewpoint
Growth of GPS
Is Inevitable

Wireless technology takes on many forms and application. The most
obvious to the "man (or woman) in the street" is cellular
communications, with cell phones on virtually every ear. Service
providers promise us that the cell phone will become even more
important in the years to come, even advertising that "it's your
life in there" with reference to the memory of the cell phone
replacing our own humble and (as the marketing people would have us
believe) limited memories. But wireless technology is not just
cellular communications.

Within many new cell phones is an arm of wireless that may one day
considered as important as the cellular network: the Global
Positioning System (GPS) receiver. The troops in Iraq and
Afghanistan no doubt do not take the importance of GPS position and
location data for granted. And civilians in search of a new location
are learning the value of those GPS satellites when driving newer
vehicles equipped with the receivers. The announcement below by
longtime GPS supplier Trimble should help speed the proliferation of
GPS technology. But, inevitably, it will be the recognition of its
immense value by the consumer that expands the GPS market.

Technical Director

2. News
Trimble Offers GPS Licensing Software

Long-time Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment supplier Trimble
has introduced the first software license product in its TrimCore
family of Trimble core GPS products. The product line is a software
approach to segmenting GPS into modular, reusable building blocks
for implementing GPS, whether on digital signal processing (DSP)
cores, microprocessors, or GPS chipsets. The company also announced
that its TrimCore GPS Navigation Engine (NE) software technology is
available for the u-Nav GPS chipset family, starting with the uN9018
chipset and continuing through to u-Nav's single monolithic GPS IC.
TrimCore NEu is the first software GPS licensed product offering
from Trimble as part of an alliance with u-Nav.
u-Nav ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=234D3:49027F
Trimble ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=234DA:49027F

3. News
NoiseWave Debuts Coaxial Noise Source

Noise source specialist NoiseWave as announced the immediate
availability of their new NW2G-CS coaxial noise source for
applications from 10 kHz to 2 GHz. Available with excess noise
ratios (ENRs) of 15 and 30 dB, the source is deal for
built-in-test-equipment (BITE) and noise-figure-measurement
applications. It exhibits flatness of better than +/- 1 dB over the
full frequency range and is available with both male and female SMA
connectors. It operates from +28 VDC with 20 mA maximum current draw
and is supplied in a housing measuring just 0.75 x 0.5 x 1.25 in.
NoiseWave---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=234D5:49027F

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4. News
Conexant Launches DVB-S2 Satcom TV Receiver Card

Conexant Solutions announced the world's first satellite television
receiver card reference platform based on the industry's newest
digital video broadcast standard, DVB-S2, for personal computers
(PCs). The reference platform is aimed at manufacturers developing
products that allow subscribers to watch, record and replay satellite
broadcast programs on their PC. It consists of two Conexant set-top
box (STB) solutions and one PC video device. Components include a
digital video broadcast DVB-S2 demodulator (model CX24116) and
forward error correction (FEC) decoder, a third-generation 8PSK
satellite tuner (model CX24118), and a PCI audio/video (AV) broadcast
decoder (model CX23883). The reference design is backward compatible
with the previous DVB-S and DSS standards.
Conexant Solutions ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=234D7:49027F

5. News
Report Predicts Growth of Broadband Technology

A new report by Technology Futures, Inc. (TFI), "Transforming the
Local Exchange Network: Third Edition," emphasizes that incumbent
local exchange networks (ILENs) and telecom equipment suppliers will
need to invest in new technology for high-speed broadband and video
services. According to one of the report's authors, Dr. Lawrence K.
Vanston, "Wireless, cable telephony, and VoIP continue to erode the
traditional voice market and destroy the value of traditional ILEC
assets such as copper cable and circuit switches. We forecast that
by 2010, ILEC narrowband access lines will have fallen to 71 million
down from a peak of 187 million in 2000. The report includes TFI's
latest recommendations on depreciation lives for local exchange
telephone plants, accounting for technology displacement, and loss
of access lines due to competition. Copies of the report are $1995
until March 31st.
Technology Futures ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=234CB:49027F

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6. News
RapidIO Radio To Begin Broadcasting

In support of the RapidIO high-speed interconnect standard, the
RapidIO Trade Association (Austin, TX) announced the schedule for
the debut season of RapidIO Radio, a series of free quarterly
podcasts presented by the association and its members. RapidIO Radio
will be broadcast on www.RapidIO.org as well as through the iTunes
Music Store. Tom Cox, executive director of the RapidIO Trade
Association, notes "As deployment of RapidIO products gains momentum
across market segments including wireless infrastructure, ATCA,
triple play, military and many others, it is incumbent on the
RapidIO Trade Association to deliver design tips, technology
updates, and other data using the most accessible media available."
RapidIO Radio will debut in March 2006, with additional podcasts
scheduled for June, September, and December 2006. Tom Cox will host
the initial broadcast Tundra Semiconductor will delve into
interoperability in June, with IDT focusing on the benefits of
Serial RapidIO in the wireless infrastructure in September. The
introductory year will be rounded out by a podcast from Wind River
dealing with software considerations in December. The RapidIO
interconnect architecture is an open standard that seamlessly
enables the chip-to-chip, board-to-board, control, backplane and
data plane interconnections needed in high-performance networking,
communications and embedded systems.
RapidIO Trade Association ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=234DB:49027F

7. News
Single-Chip Radio Targets WiMAX

Model AT86RF535A is a single-chip 3.5-GHz WiMAX radio with multiple
bandwidth options. It is the first in the MAX-Link series of
transceivers designed specifically for WiMAX, with additional models
aimed at other frequencies. Each transceiver contains a low-noise
amplifier, power amplifier driver, receive/transmit mixer,
receive/transmit filters, voltage controlled oscillator,
synthesizer, receive gain control, and transmit power control.
Designed to comply with the IEEE 802.16 wireless broadband standard
for WiMAX, the transceivers operate under digital control. The
devices are expected to provide as much as 40 Mb/s per channel for
fixed and portable access applications in a cell radius of 3 to 10
km. The transceiver is priced at $18 each for 10,000 quantities.

8. Happenings - Conferences
RF & Hyper
March 21-23, 2006
La Defense, Paris, France

2006 IEEE Sarnoff Symposium
March 27-28, 2006
Nassau Inn, Princeton, NJ

Del Mar Electronics Show
April 26-27, 2006
Del Mar Fairgrounds
Del Mar, CA

Broadband Wireless World
April 26-28, 2006
Caesar's Palace Event Center
Las Vegas, NV

IMAPS International Conference on
High-Temperature Electronics (HiTEC 2006)
May 15-18, 2006
Hilton of Santa Fe
Santa Fe, NM

International Microwave Theory & Techniques
Symposium (MTT-S)
June 11-16, 2006
Moscone Convention Center
San Francisco, CA

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