Fresh Starts

Agilent Technologies and Datang Telecom GroupHave jointly established the TD-LTE-Advanced Joint Research Lab. This facility will focus on developing new technologies and test standards to promote TD-LTE-Advanced technologies. Engineers from both organizations will work together to develop TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE, and TD-LTE-Advanced solutions. The work will support Datang Telecom's research on technologies, systems, and chipsets as well as Agilent's test-instrument technologies.
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The RF and microwave products search engine,, now lists complete catalogs from various component manufacturers, enabling users to search through them by specification.
Maxim Integrated Products
Has launched two new programs providing lead-finished integrated circuits (ICs) to its military and aerospace customers. The first program services customers requiring smaller quantities (minimum of 50), while the second is intended to handle larger amounts.
WIN SemiconductorHas chosen VIPER RF as an approved design partner. VIPER RF will offer support to customers developing chips with WIN Semiconductor's process technologies and design tools. The latter has two advanced gallium-arsenide (GaAs) wafer fabs working on 150-mm (6-in.) wafers, providing dedicated foundry services to both design houses and IDM partners.
Enecsys and Ember
Are collaborating on ZigBee communications for rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) systems. Enecsys has integrated Ember's ZigBee system-on-a-chip (SoC) and ZigBee PRO software into its SMI series of micro-inverters. The latter converts the DC output of solar panels into AC for connection to the electricity grid.
Sherborne Sensors
Has selected Tritek Solutions as its manufacturer's representative for the West Coast and New England regions. Tritek and its subsidiaries will provide sales support for the entire line of Sherborne's products and services.
u blox
Has been named a preferred wireless-module provider to Sprint. The agreement includes fast-track modem certification in addition to joint business activities for developing machine-to-machine (M2M) devices.
W.L. Gore & Associates
Astron Electronics, the company's authorized sales representative in Southern California, will now sell Gore's test and measurement microwave/RF cable assemblies.
Nordic Semiconductor
Has signed a global distribution deal with Mouser Electronics, a subsidiary of TTI, Inc. Mouser will now supply Nordic's entire range of 2.4-GHz and 433/869/915-MHz Industrial, Scientific, and Medical (ISM) band solutions.
Has met the last major milestone of a TD-SCDMA research and development grant, awarded by China Mobile in 2009. This marks the successful completion of the project.
Verizon and Duke University
Have announced a partnership to develop health information-technology initiatives. Under the strategic agreement, Verizon will provide computing infrastructure to perform analytical processing and modeling. Duke will provide personnel, intellectual property, and other research required for use in specific programsponsored initiatives.
Raytheon Co.
Has donated $1 million to Boston's Museum of Science Engineering is Elementary (EiE) program. Raytheon's gift will support the training of elementary-school teachers implementing the program's engineering and technology curriculum.
Fractal Antenna Systems
Has disclosed a patent filing for a new wireless antenna approach. Formally known as fractal plasmonic surfaces (FPS), the technology exploits the use of fractals to create a metamaterial with distinctive electromagnetic attributes.
Has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Switchcraft, a designer and manufacturer of electronic connectors and other interconnect products. Financial terms of the deal have not been disclosed.

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