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November 21, 2006

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Today's Table of Contents:

1. RF Engineers Can Especially Give Thanks
2. Agilent Technologies To Acquire Acqiris
3. Xceive Names Intersil CEO To Board
4. Report Cites Rapid RFID Growth in Australia
5. Development Platform Shrinks SDRs
6. Hybrid Coupler Handles 200 W
7. Digital Step Attenuator Pads Base Stations
8. Happenings - Conferences

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1. Viewpoint
RF Engineers Can Especially Give Thanks

It is that curious time of year in the United States just before the start of
"the holiday season." Around the world, of course, it is not the holiday season,
since few other nations share in the American fervor for "the holidays," no
matter what their faith or beliefs. This "holiday season" begins with the
celebration of Thanksgiving, historically based on a time when early settlers
had to withstand a harsh environment in a new land but came to appreciate and
give thanks for all they had.

For RF engineers, that time to give thanks is now. There has never been the
proliferation of RF/microwave technology that there is today. Wireless
technology is everywhere, in virtually every pocket, laptop computer, game
console, and even in automotive dashboards. As a story in the December issue of
Microwaves & RF magazine explains, even engineers at higher millimeter-wave
frequencies are finding work and applications for their hardware.

This industry once wondered if RF/microwave technology would ever move past its
roots in military electronics. Remember those days when it is time to give
thanks for all that you have.

Technical Director

2. News
Agilent Technologies To Acquire Acqiris

Agilent Technologies and Acqiris SA announced they have signed an agreement for
Agilent to acquire Acqiris SA. Aquiris, well known for their high-speed
digitizers and analyzers used in the commercial and industrial, defense, and
aerospace markets, is a privately held company. The acquisition brings a strong
line of modular and personal-computer-based (PC-based) instruments to an Agilent
portfolio that is already strong in test and measurement products. Acqiris also
provides software, system integration, and development support. Acqiris has
focused on performance and innovation, and has made many advances in the area of
PC-based data-acquisition and waveform-generation tools. According to Ron
Nersesian, vice president and general manager of
Agilent's Wireless Business Unit, "The company's broad high-speed offering
significantly contributes to our ability to meet the ongoing demand from our
customers for in-product test to accelerate time-to-market and reduce cost.
Acqiris' digitizers strengthen our synthetic instrument offerings." The
financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.
Agilent Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=40EA1:49027F
Acqiris ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=40EA2:49027F

3. News
Xceive Names Intersil CEO To Board

Xceive Corporation, the firm best known for their highly integrated television
transceiver integrated circuits (ICs), announced that Rich Beyer, the Chief
Executive Officer (CEO) of Intersil Corp., has joined Xceive's board of
directors. According to Jean-Louis Bories, CEO of Xceive, "Rich Beyer brings
significant depth of experience to our board. He is a wonderful addition and we
look forward to his insight and knowledge which will add value across a spectrum
of business issues as we move forward as a leader in our industry." Prior to his
time at Intersil, Beyer held the position of president, CEO, and director for a
number of companies including Elantec, FVC.COM, Inc. and VLSI Technology, Inc.
His previous experience also includes serving as the Executive Vice-President
and Chief Operating Officer (COO) of National Semiconductor Corp. Beyer notes,
"Xceive is an exciting company that is dominating the industry through its
technology and industry innovations."
Xceive Corp. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=40EA5:49027F
Intersil Corp. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=40EA0:49027F

4. News
Report Cites Rapid RFID Growth in Australia

A new report from IDTechEx, "RFID in Australasia 2007-2017," examines the rapid
growth of radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology in Australia.
Although the United States is still the largest user of the technology,
Australia now ranks seventh worldwide. The rapid advance of Australia in RFID is
on a broad front, from books in libraries to tagging of humans in hospitals. The
country has legal requirements for tagging cattle and racehorses, and is running
trials on tagging fish, tomatoes, and other foods. The country is likely to
introduce legislation to tag all four legged livestock ahead of most other
IDTechEx ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=40E9F:49027F

5. News
Development Platform Shrinks SDRs

At the recent SDR Forum 2006 (Orlando, FL), Lyrtech launched a Small Form Factor
Software Defined Radio (SFF SDR) Development Platform to bring the benefits of
SDRs to developers desiring a small footprint for their products. Developed in
collaboration with Texas Instruments, Xilinx, Green Hills Software, Objective
Interface Systems, Communications Research Canada and The MathWorks, the
development platform brings a high level of integration to a small size package.
The firm claims it is the lowest cost for its set of SDR capabilities in a
self-contained SCA-enabled platform that includes everything from RF to
Lyrtech ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=40EA4:49027F

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6. News
Hybrid Coupler Handles 200 W

Innovative Power Products has developed a series of high-power passive
components for applications through 6 GHz, including the model IPP-2013, 3-dB,
90-deg. hybrid coupler. The coupler operates from 500 to 2500 MHz and combines a
pair of input signals into a single output port at power levels totaling 200 W
CW. The hybrid coupler features less than 0.5 dB insertion loss across its wide
bandwidth, with less than 1.30:1 VSWR. Isolation between ports is at least 18
dB. The amplitude balance is better than +/- 0.65 dB and the phase balance is
better than +/- 4 deg. The 3-dB hybrid coupler is supplied in a drop-in package
measuring 2.20 x 0.80 x 0.20 in. with solder tab connections.
Innovative Power Products ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=40E9D:49027F

7. News
Digital Step Attenuator Pads Base Stations

Peregrine Semiconductor has introduced a 6-b digital step attenuator for
wireless applications from DC to 4 GHz requiring high linearity. Model PE4309 is
fabricated with the company's proprietary UltraCMOS(TM) process technology. It
features total attenuation range of 31.5 dB in 0.5-dB steps and input
third-order intercept point of +52 dBm. The 50-ohm digital step attenuator
operates on voltages of +3 to +5 VDC and offers high ESD tolerance of 2 kV per
the human body model (HBM). The PE4309 is supplied in a 24-lead 4x4 QFN package.
Peregrine Semiconductor ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=40EA7:49027F

8. Happenings - Conferences
Microwave Measurements for Emerging Technologies
November 28-29, 2006
Broomfield, CO

International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM)
December 11-13, 2006
Hilton San Francisco and Towers
San Francisco, CA

2007 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium (RWS)
January 7-12, 2007
Lon Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, CA

2007 IEEE/MTT-S International Microwave Symposium
June 3-8, 2007
Hawaii Convention Center
Honolulu, HI

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