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Microwaves & RF UPDATE
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September 9, 2005
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Today's Table of Contents:
1. In Search Of The All-Digital Receiver
2. 80-MSamples/s ADC Achieves 80-dB SNR
3. Study Projects WLAN and WiMAX Opportunities
4. Taconic Begins Manufacturing Materials in Korea
5. Free DVD Contains Test Troubleshooting Guide
6. Report Shows Increase in Cellular CMOS
7. Hamilton Receives Joseph F. Keithley Award
8. Happenings - Conferences


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1.  Viewpoint
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In Search Of The All-Digital Receiver

Emerging high-speed analog-to-digital-converter (ADC) products such
as the MAX19586 from Maxim Integrated Products (see below) call to
mind a goal set by military designers during the beginning of the
"GaAs revolution" and the MIMIC progran for an "all-digital"
receiver. The concept was based on removing the "black-magic" RF
components from a receiver and performing direct digitization of
incoming signals from the antenna. Digital processing from that
point on would reveal the necessary signal information on phase,
amplitude, time of arrival, and other factors, depending on the type
of military system.

With the availability of devices like the MAX19586 ADC, this type of
receiver is one step closer to reality. Of course, as threat signals
move far beyond the range of RF, and into the millimeter-wave range
(Soviet radars), there is still room for RF processing and
components. And still some ways to go before ADCs can handle every
signal presented to them.

JACK BROWNE
Technical Director


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2. News
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80-MSamples/s ADC Achieves 80-dB SNR

Maxim Integrated Products (Sunnyvale, CA) announced their MAX19586,
a 16-b, 80-MSamples/s analog-to-digital converter (ADC) capable of a
signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) of 80 dB. The converter features a noise
floor of -82 dB at full scale and spurious-free dynamic range (SFDR)
of -96 dBc with a 10-MHz input signal. The ADC can handle input
signals to beyond 170 MHz and pushes the limits on noise performance
for a high-speed data converter.
Maxim Integrated Products ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=1320E:FFCBF


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3. News
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Study Projects WLAN and WiMAX Opportunities

Research firm Forward Concepts recently announced their latest study
on WLAN and WiMAX equipment and chip markets. The report, "Beyond
Wi-Fi: 802.11n, VoWi-Fi & WiMAX," provides an analysis of worldwide
equipment and chip markets. It provides detailed forecasts through
2009 of all market segments, including Access Points (APs) and base
stations (WiMAX), Network Interface Cards (NICs), Wireless Router
Gateways (WRGs), and the chipsets enabling the entire WLAN and WiMAX
networks. The report projects an increase in WLAN equipment
shipments in 2005 by 6 percent, in spite of a drop in averaqe
equipment selling price of 23 percent. For a copy of the 392-page
resport, visit the Forward Concepts web site.
Forward Concepts ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=13205:FFCBF


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4. News
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Taconic Begins Manufacturing Materials in Korea

Taconic (Petersburgh, NY) has announced the start of manufaturing
their copper-clad base materials for RF and microwave
printed-circuit boards (PCBs) in Cheonan, Korea. The move helps the
company respond more quickly to growing demand in Asia for the
high-frequency mateirals. By shifting some production from American
and Irish facilities to this new Korean facility, the company holds
to increase capacity and offer customs reduced lead times.
Taconic ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=1320B:FFCBF


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5. News
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Free CD Contains Test Troubleshooting Guide

A tutorial CD titled "Interactive Test & Measurement Troubleshooting
Guide: How to Avoid Common Measurement Errors," teaches users how to
explore the symptoms and causes of common errors associated with
measuring low-level signals. Users clock on any of five common
measurements, including low voltage, low resistance, and low current
measurements, and are presented with typical applications, error
symptoms, likely causes, and tips for avoiding errors. The CD is
free upon request from Keithley Instruments. To request a free copy,
call (800) 688-9951 or visit the company's web site.
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6. News
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Report Shows Increase in Cellular CMOS

CMOS devices are gaining ground in mobile handsets, according to a
report by iSuppli called "Different Modules for DIfferent Folks."
The report notes increased use of CMOS power amplifier modules,
antenna-switch modules, and zero-IF receiver modules. It points out
the top suppliers and projects the overall growth of the
mobile-handset market through 2009. For more information on the
report, visit the iSuppli web site.
iSuppli ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=1320F:FFCBF



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7. News
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Hamilton Receives Joseph F. Keithley Award

The IEEE hasnamed Dr. Clark A. Hamilton as the recipient of the 2005
IEEE Joseph F. Keithley Award in Instrumentation and Measurement.
Hamilton, who is President and CEO of VNetrix (Boulder, CO), has
received the award for his work on making the DC Josephson junction
array voltage standard a practical reality. The award is named in
memory of the founder of Keithley Instruments.
Keithley Instruments ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=1320D:FFCBF
IEEE ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=13214:FFCBF


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8.  Happenings - Conferences
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European Microwave Week 2005
October 3-7, 2005
Paris, France
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Bipolar Circuits and Technology Meeting (BCTM)
October 10-11, 2005
Santa Barbara, CA
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IEEE Compound Semiconductor IC Symposium
(formerly the GaAs IC Symposium)
October 30 - November 2, 2005
Palm Springs, CA
http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=13210:FFCBF

ARMMS RF & Microwave Conference
November 7-8, 2005
Harben House Hotel, Newport Pagnell, England
http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=13212:FFCBF

Wireless Congress 2005: Systems and Applications
November 9-10, 2005
Munich, Germany
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Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG)
66th Microwave Measurements Conference
December 1-2, 2005
Marriot Hotel, Washington, DC
http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=13211:FFCBF


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