May 18, 2006 Newsletter

May 18, 2006
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May 18, 2006

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Today's Table of Contents:
1. Serving Something Special For The Military 
2. NoiseWave Develops Amplified DIP Noise Source 
3. Quad Modulator Simplifies GSM/CDMA2000 Design 
4. Aeroflex and Etherstack Team On P25 Testing 
5. IEDM's Paper Abstract Deadline Looms Near 
6. Northrop Grumman Board Names Bush President 
7. Book Review: RFID and Contactless Smart Card Applications 
8. Happenings - Conferences 

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1.  Viewpoint 
Serving Something Special For The Military

Much like its parent magazine, Microwaves & RF, this newsletter is a 
blend of commercial and military applications and technologies, with 
the occasional touch of automotive, medical, and industrial topics. 
From time to time, the newsletter covers major news of interest to 
the military, such as the Wesley Bush promotion at Northrop Grumman. 
For those interested only in military, however, this is not the best 
place for news.

As I right this (with one hand), I am also working on that optimum 
source for military electronics news, a digital magazine known 
simply as Penton's Military Electronics. It also covers the Bush 
story, but in greater detail. And it covers stories on synthesizers, 
robotics, FPGAs, and all things electronics that might be of 
interest to specifiers and design engineers working for military 
customers. If you are in that market, and haven't seen a copy, I 
invite you to sign up for a copy on the magazine web site, at You'll thank me for it. Happy reading.

Technical Director

2. News
NoiseWave Develops Amplified DIP Noise Source

Noise specialist NoiseWave has announced the immediate availability 
of the new NoiseWave NW3G-D-14 dual-ln-line-packaged (DIP) amplified 
noise source. Ideal for wireless PCD-mounted applications, the 
amplified noise source covers 10 MHz to 3 GHz with -10-dBm output 
power and noise flatness of +/- 2.5 dB or better. Standard operation 
is from +15 VDC with maximum current draw of 100 mA. Applications 
for the NW3G-D-14 include wireless test equipment, dithering for 
increased dynamic range of analog-to-digital converters (ADCs), 
jamming, and as an economical built-in source of broadband power. 
The NoiseWave NW3G-D-14 is housed in an industry-standard 14-pin DIP 
NoiseWave --->

3. News
Quad Modulator Simplifies GSM/CDMA2000 Design

Linear Technology has announced the availability of their model 
LT5558 quadrature modulator, optimized for direct conversion from 
baseband to the 850-to-965-MHz band. It is suitable for GSM, EDGE, 
CDMA2000 basestations and 900-MHz RFID readers. The LT5558's 
in-phase (I) and quadrature (Q) baseband inputs offer high impedance 
and a common-mode voltage of 2.1 V, allowing high input signal drive 
levels and convenient baseband coupling to active filters. It has an 
output third-order intercept point of +22.4 dBm and output 
second-order intercept point of +65 dBm at 900 MHz with a noise 
floor of -158 dBm/Hz for outstanding linearity with 
wide-dynamic-range signals. The LT5558 is offered in a 16-pin 4 x 4 
mm surface-mount QFN package. Pricing starts at $5.35 each in 
1,000-piece quantities and is available immediately from stock.
Linear Technology --->

4. News
Aeroflex and Etherstack Team On P25 Testing

Test-equipment supplier Aeroflex and Etherstack, a firm associated 
with their development of software-defined-radio (SDR) waveforms, 
have agreed to jointly develop and market a suite of products to 
support Project 25 (P25) protocol conformance testing. The new 
products will help ensure mobile stations and base stations conform 
to the APCO Project 25 family of standards and bulletins published 
by the Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA). The suite, 
which will consist of applications software developed by Etherstack 
to run on a personal computer and the Aeroflex 3900 radio test set, 
will have the capability of performing base station emulation for 
protocol testing mobile stations, mobile station emulation for the 
protocol testing of base stations and synchronized inbound and 
outbound off-air protocol analyzers. 
Aeroflex --->
Etherstack --->

5. News
IEDM's Paper Abstract Deadline Looms Near

One of the premiere technical conferences, the IEEE International 
Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM), held annually in December, has put 
out its annual Call For Papers for the December event. The abstract 
deadline is June 23rd for the upcoming 52nd Annual IEDM. The 
conference presents more leading work in more areas of the field 
than any other technical conference, encompassing silicon and 
non-silicon device technology, optoelectronics, MEMS 
(MicroElectroMechanical Systems), displays and nanotechnology for 
electronics applications. It is scheduled this year for December 
11-13, 2006 at the Hilton San Francisco and Towers (San Francisco, CA). 
IEDM --->

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6. News
Northrop Grumman Board Names Bush President

Another Bush has become President. This time it is Wesley G. Bush, 
previously corporate vice president and chief financial officer of 
Northrop Grumman Corp., who was named today by that company's Board 
of Directors to President and Chief Financial Officer (CFO). He will 
continue to report to Ronald D. Sugar, the Chairman of the Board and 
chief executive officer (CEO). Bush will retain his responsibilities 
as CFO until a search for his successor in that post is completed 
later this year. In his new role as President, Bush will assist the 
CEO in overseeing the company's operations and will also play a key 
role in its future strategic development. Current responsibilities 
of Northrop Grumman's sector presidents and corporate staff officers 
remain unchanged. 
Northrop Grumman Corp. --->
7. News
Book Review: RFID and Contactless Smart Card Applications

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) devices are now a mature 
portion of the wireless landscape, but hardly a mature market. 
Healthy growth for RFID tags and readers is predicted for a wide 
range of areas, including chemical and pharmaceutical research, 
retail, and even military equipment tracking and inventory. For 
those interested in RFID, the text RFID and Contactless Smart Card 
Applications by Dominique Paret provides a very readable 
introduction to the design and development of RFID tags, including 
their use as smart cards. The author, who works as Technical Support 
Manager for Philips Semiconductors France, has worked on RFID 
technologies from 125 kHz through 5.8 GHz for both commercial and 
government applications. The 2005 hardcover book (ISBN: 13 
978-0-470-01194-9) sells for $99.00 USD and is not for everyone. But 
for readers interested in or currently planning an application for 
RFID, this text will prove to be invaluable reading.

John Wiley & Sons --->

8.  Happenings - Conferences
Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG)
67th Microwave Measurements Conference
June 16, 2006
Renaissance Parc 55 Hotel
San Francisco, CA

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

Signal Integrity From The Ground Up
August 14-16, 2006
San Jose, CA

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

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