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October 5, 2006

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Today's Table of Contents:

1. Simulation Solutions Must Be Multi-Faceted
2. Agilent Licenses EM Simulation Technology From Remcom
3. AWR Announces Mobile WiMAX Modeling Solution
4. Strong Growth Projected for Airport RFID
5. WJ Communications Offers Mixer/LO Amp
6. Tek's New Arb Accelerates to 20 GSamples/s
7. Half-Sized DIP Holds HCMOS OCXO
8. Happenings - Conferences

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1. Viewpoint
Simulation Solutions
Must Be Multi-Faceted

Once upon a time, high-frequency engineers modeled filters on handheld
calculators. The emergence of the personal computer as a reliable
office and engineering tool made it the center of electrical and
mechanical design. And in the early days, engineers were happy just to
get some circuit values that were close to yielding a working design.

But that was then, and this is now a time when those design programs
must not only provide predictions of performance that exactly match
measured results, but they must offer simulation, synthesis, and even
circuit-optimization capabilities. Given the complexity of designing
certain high-frequency circuits, such as antennas, it is no wonder
that a giant in the world of design software (not to mention test)
should look to an innovator like Remcom for a 3D EM simulation

Engineers require multi-faceted design tools that are accurate and
fast. The pressures on designers to create new products have never
been greater, and the right tools can help ease those pressures. The
teaming of Agilent with Remcom (see story below) makes a great deal of
sense for a design community that needs tools that work, no matter
where the source.

Technical Director

2. News
Agilent Licenses EM Simulation Technology From Remcom

Agilent Technologies has licensed three-dimensional (3D),
electromagnetic (EM), time-domain simulation technology from software
specialist Remcom. The technology is based on Remcom's XFDTD software
suite, which the firm will continue to develop and support. The
multi-year agreement is an expansion of the strategy on the part of
Agilent's EEsof group to develop an extensive 3D EM product line,
which began earlier this year with the announcement and release of the
Electro-Magnetic Design System (EMDS) 3D EM simulator. Remcom's
software is currently used mainly for antenna design, but has many
other applications in 3D EM field modeling. According to Jim
McGillivary, vice president and general manager of Agilent's EEsof EDA
division, "Customers want choices that are not offered by today's 3D
EM products. And they consistently ask for and expect Agilent to offer
integrated and leading simulation technology in all areas, including
3D EM."
Agilent Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B385:49027F
Remcom ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B388:49027F

3. News
AWR Announces Mobile WiMAX Modeling Solution

Computer-aided-engineer (CAE) software supplier Applied Wave Research,
Inc. (AWR) has introduced new Mobile WiMAX solution for its Visual
System Simulator(TM) (VSS) design suite. The design software meets the
specification defined in the wireless metropolitan area network
(WirelessMAN) orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA)
physical layer (PHY) of the IEEE 802.16e Air Interface for Fixed and
Mobile Broadband Wireless Access Systems standard. In addition, it
complements the IEEE 802.16d WirelessMAN-OFDM PHY fixed-wireless
capability previously released by AWR. Recently, the software was used
by an emerging fabless semiconductor company to develop WiMAX
Applied Wave Research ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B387:49027F

4. News
Strong Growth Projected for Airport RFID

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is one of the hottest of
wireless markets. A recent report from ABI Research bears this out,
projecting that RFID has the potential to improve airline baggage
handling. According to the research report, the overall systems
revenue for RFID airline baggage handling will be $11.8 million this
year, growing to almost $27.5 million in 2011, a compound annual
growth rate (CAGR) of 18.49 percent. The growth will depend upon the
use of disposable RFID tags and versatile readers. The report, "RFID
in Emerging Transportation Markets," focuses on this application for
RFID and is available from ABI research alone or as part of a service.
ABI Research ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B381:49027F

5. News
WJ Communications Offers Mixer/LO Amp

WJ Communications has developed a high-linearity
upconverter/downconverter mixer that integrates a
heterojunction-bipolar-transistor (HBT) local-oscillator (LO)
amplifier for use with low-level LO sources. The model ML401 works
over and RF range of 1700 to 2200 MHz and LO range of 1550 to 2150 MHz
with an intermediate-frequency (IF) range of 50 to 250 MHz. With only
0-dBm LO drive, it achieves input third-order intercept of +31 dBm and
only 8-dB conversion loss. The ML401 is s8upplied in an RoHS-compliant
SOIC-8 package.
WJ Communications ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B38A:49027F

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6. News
Tek's New Arb Accelerates to 20 GSamples/s

Model AWG7000 represents the state of the art in arbitrary waveform
synthesis, designed for modern waveform generation. It features 10-b
resolution, sampling rates to 20 GSamples/s, and the capability of
generating output signals across a 5.8-GHz bandwidth. The new
instrument is based on a silicon-germanium (SiGe) digital-to-analog
converter (DAC) developed with the IBM SiGe process. Applications
include testing wired and wireless communications systems and advanced
radar systems.
Tektronix ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B383:49027F

7. News
Half-Sized DIP Holds HCMOS OCXO

Model FHS501AH is an oven-controlled crystal oscillator that is well
suited for portable devices, such as time-code instruments and Global
Positioning System (GPS) receivers. It is supplied in an eight-pin
dual-in-line package (DIP) at frequencies from 10 to 80 MHz. It
offers the stability of a full-sized package, at +/- 4.6 PPM, but
measures only 13.2 x 13.2 mm. It consumes 0.5 W power and runs on
control voltages of 0.5 to 5.0 V.
Fox Electronics ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B382:49027F

8. Happenings - Conferences
ARMMS RF and Microwave Society
November 6-7, 2006
Harben House
Buckinghamshire, England

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

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

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