November 3, 2005 Newsletter

Nov. 3, 2005
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November 3, 2005

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Today's Table of Contents:
1. Just What Do We Do?
2. ISL Receives SBIR Contract for Collision Avoidance 
3. Modelithics Forges New DLI Cap Models 
4. Keithley Offers Free I-V Testing Guide 
5. Honeywell and Rockwell Team on Guided Weapons 
6. EPX Launches Miniature Satcom Amplifiers 
7. Cambridge Silicon Radio Sets Record Quarter 
8. Happenings - Conferences 

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1.  Viewpoint 
Just What Do We Do?

Dinner the other night with a friend, who just happens to run a 
microwave components and waveguide company, included a conversation on 
the large-scale outsourcing taking place in consumer electronics. Few 
consumer-level goods are NOT being manufactured in places like China 
and Indonesia, and even commercial and professional-level electronic 
equipment is being outsourced by US-based companies. My friend added 
that even some service calls now, such as a call for technical 
assistance from Dell Computer, is answered by a contractor in India.

Because of their strong ties to military markets, many US-based 
microwave companies still rely on in-house design and manufacturing, 
although firms dealing with high-volume commercial markets must 
outsource their production to remain competitive. With so much of 
electronics moving offshore, the inevitable question becomes "just 
what do we do?" When many of the essential functions of a company have 
been contracted, what remains to differentiate that company? An image? 
Peronalities? Intellectual property? It is a question that begs 
discussion and I invite readers to send their comments to 
mailto:[email protected].

Technical Director

2. News
ISL Receives SBIR Contract for Collision Avoidance

Information Systems Laboratories (ISL) has been awarded a Phase 2 
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR) contract to develop and test 
Electric (E) field sensors and signal processing algorithms for 
submarine collision-avoidance systems. The period of performance for 
the ECAS contracts is four years with a total value, including 
options, of over $1 million US. Under the contract, ISL will install a 
set of Hydrodynamic E-field Sensors (HES) on a submarine and conduct 
testing and data collection to validate the performance 
characteristics of these sensors in an at sea environment and then 
develop workable noise-reduction algorithms to detect and track 
potential collision threats. According to Tom Teters, ISL's Vice 
President of Corporate Development, "Our in-house experience in 
Electric Field sensor and processing technology will enable us to 
produce superior results for the Navy and keep our submarine crews 
safe by reducing the risk of colliding with other vessels in 
acoustically unfriendly environments."
Information Systems Laboratories --->

3. News
Modelithics Forges New DLI Cap Models

Modelithics has announced completion of the first phase of 
substrate-scalable models for the Opti-cap, Milli-cap, Ultra High-Q, 
and other surface-mounted capacitors from Dielectric Laboratories, 
Inc. (DLI). Modelithics is now distributing free S-parameters for the 
components from its Web site. According to DLI President Brian DuPell, 
the new models are a boon to designers: "For new microwave product 
designs to include our growing stable of unique products, engineers 
increasingly are demanding models that accurately predict how our 
components will perform in their circuits. Modelithics has unique 
technology that allows designs to be as accurate and predictable as 
possible, so that designers know exactly what they will get when they 
choose DLI components." Larry Dunleavy, President of Modelithics, adds 
that "We're pleased to see that DLI recognizes the growing trend that 
RF engineers are learning to rely more and more upon simulations to 
shorten their design cycles."
Dielectric Laboratories --->
Modelithics --->

4. News
Keithley Offers Free I-V Testing Guide

Test-equipment supplier Keithley Instruments is offering a free 
applications guide "I-V Testing for Components and Semiconductor 
Devices" to aid engineers with critical current and voltage 
measurements. The applications guide contains 11 application notes on 
topics ranging from multipin integrated-circuit (IC) testing to DC 
characterization of RF transistors. For a free copy of the application 
guide, call Keithley at (800) 492-1955 or visit the link below.
Keithley Instruments ---> 

5. News
Honeywell and Rockwell Team on Guided Weapons

Rockwell Collins and Honeywell have announced a 50/50 joint venture to 
develop a new series of integrated solutions for precision guided 
weapons. The limited liability company (LLC), which will be known as 
Integrated Guidance Systems LLC, will incorporate 
microelectromechanical-systems (MEMS) and Global Position System (GPS) 
technologies into their systems to achieve high levels of positioning 
accuracy. While offering a new integrated series of guidance products, 
both Honeywell and Rockwell Collins will continue to offer their 
existing MEMS and GPS products that are used on current precision 
weapons. "Rockwell Collins' GPS receivers and Honeywell's MEMS 
Inertial Measurement Units (IMUs) are complementary technologies that 
will deliver very small, low-cost, highly precise guided weapons 
systems," said Ron Hornish, Vice President and General Manager of 
Sensor Systems for Rockwell Collins.  "Each company is applying 
research and development efforts to integrate these two technologies 
in order to produce a superior total solution." New guidance offerings 
will be made possible through the combination of Rockwell Collins' 
military GPS receiver technology and Honeywell's MEMS IMU and 
navigation processing technologies using an advanced coupling process 
called Deep Integration that increases navigation accuracy in GPS 
jammed or denied environments.  
Honeywell --->
Rockwell Collins --->

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6. News
EPX Launches Miniature Satcom Amplifiers

EPX Microwave has added to their lines of solid-state amplifiers with 
two modular units for communications applications such as satellite 
communications terminals and terrestrial radios. Model C1501 provides 
at least 10 dB gain from 11 to 15 GHz with +20 dBm output power at 
1-dB compression. It has a noise figure of 4 dB. Model C1502 achieves 
at least 20 dB gain from 11 to 15 GHz with +20 dBm output power and 4 
dB noise figure. Both of the 50-ohm amplifiers operate from +5 VDC. 
EPX Microwave --->

7. News
Cambridge Silicon Radio Sets Record Quarter

Cambridge Silicon Radio (CSR) reported record results for its 
third-quarter 2005 earnings. The outstanding results reflect the 
company's strengthened leadership in the Bluetooth silicon market, 
with design wins in Kyocera, LG, Motorola, Nokia, Philips, Samsung, 
Siemens, and Sony. The firm enjoyed a 109-percent increase in revenue 
to $1.62 million US and an increase in operating profit of 150 percent 
to $44.7 million US. CSR's CEO, John Hodgson, commented, "We are 
delighted to have delivered record revenue, operating profit and 
operating cash flow, all of which have more than doubled compared to 
the same quarter last year."
Cambridge Silicon Radio --->

8.  Happenings - Conferences
ARMMS RF & Microwave Conference
November 7-8, 2005
Harben House Hotel, Newport Pagnell, England

Wireless Congress 2005: Systems and Applications
November 9-10, 2005
Munich, Germany

Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG)
66th Microwave Measurements Conference
December 1-2, 2005
Marriot Hotel, Washington, DC

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