May 4, 2006 Newsletter

May 4, 2006
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Microwaves & RF UPDATE
May 4, 2006

Greetings and welcome to your personal copy of 
Microwaves and RF UPDATE e-newsletter. 


Today's Table of Contents:

1. San Francisco MTT-S Will Draw Crowds                                                                      
2. Study Suggests Caution Concerning IEEE 802.11n 
3. Times Microwave To Launch Rotating Connector At MTT-S 
4. Software Assists Clock Jitter Analysis
5. Rogers Recognized At Del Mar Electronics Show 
6. Mimix Makes Management Mods 
7. Book Review: Classic Works in RF Engineering 
8. Happenings - Conferences 

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1.  Viewpoint 
San Francisco MTT-S Will Draw Crowds

It doesn't take a genius or prescience to predict that the upcoming 
IEEE Microwave Theory & Techniques Symposium (MTT-S, should draw record crowds this June. For one 
thing, business has been fairly stable in both commercial and military 
markets, making the investment in attending technical presentations or 
in setting up an exhibit booth less of a strain than during more 
trying times. For another, the site (Moscone Center in downtown San 
Francisco) is a natural for a conference like this one: a major 
portion of this industry in this country--its suppliers and their 
customers-can be found in the stretch of real estate extending north 
from the Mexican border to the northern outskirts of Santa Rosa, CA 
(apologies to those of you in Oregon and Washington). The City By The 
Bay is a central location for these firms to gather and swap lies.

Perhaps the major reason that this show will be well attended, 
however, is because of where the next show will be held (Hawaii). This 
year's show is accessible for most, even those coming from the Far 
East. That may not be the case for next year's show. Exhibitors will 
at least have to consider the costs of sending booths and people to a 
site more associated with vacations than conventions. In any case, 
look for me in San Francisco and we'll continue this discussion....

Technical Director

2. News
Study Suggests Caution Concerning IEEE 802.11n

The highest-performance version of the IEEE's 
wireless-local-area-network (WLAN) standard, 802.11n, may offer too 
many options and interpretations to guarantee complete 
interoperability of products. This warning comes from the latest 
report on EEE 802.11n, from ABI Research (Oyster Bay, NY). The report, 
"Next-Generation Wi-Fi: 802.11n-Chipsets, Technologies and Market 
Drivers," notes that because of the levels of interpretation possible 
with the new specification, consumers and business users should be 
wary about their purchases, until final ratification of the standard, 
expected sometime in 2007.
ABI Research --->

3. News
Times Microwave To Launch Rotating Connector At MTT-S

Times Microwave Systems (Wallingford, CT), a leading supplier of 
high-performance cables and cable assemblies, will be setting the 
coaxial connector world in motion at the upcoming Microwave Theory & 
Techniques Symposium (MTT-S) this June in San Francisco with the 
announcement of the industry's first microwave connector with full 
rotation. The connector provides frequency coverage of DC to 18 GHz 
with 360-deg. The company also will be debuting a range of 
self-releasing, size 8 coaxial contacts. These DC to 18-GHz contacts 
can be inserted and removed from all standard MIL-C-38999 shells 
without installation or removal tools.
Times Microwave Systems --->

4. News
Software Assists Clock Jitter Analysis

Agilent Technologies has released precision clock-jitter-analysis 
software for data-independent clock-jitter evaluation in advanced 
digital communications systems and high-speed clock sources. Designed 
to work with the company's Signal Source Analyzer, the new software 
provides measurements with femtosecond resolution on both random and 
periodic jitter types. The analyzer, which is available for 
measurements to 7 GHz or 26.5 GHz, performs real-time jitter spectrum 
analysis in bandwidths from 1 Hz to 40 MHz. The software's precise 
periodic-jitter extraction and random-jitter/periodic-jitter 
separation provide clearer insights into clock jitter characteristics 
with information in time and frequency domains.
Agilent Technologies --->

5. News
Rogers Recognized At Del Mar Electronics Show

Rogers Corporation was one of two companies receiving awards for 
innovative products at The Del Mar Electronics Show this past April. 
The company's RO4450B-dx Bondply circuit-board material, the 
high-fill/flow version of the firm's popular RO4450B material. Part of 
Rogers' RO4000 family of materials, the new material offers superior 
high-frequency performance, but can be processed like standard FR4 
material. The other winner was P. KAY Metal. 
Rogers Corporation --->

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6. News
Mimix Makes Management Mods

Mimix Broadband, a leading supplier of microwave and millimeter-wave 
GaAs devices, has made major changes in its management team. Damian 
McCann, the former Vice-President of Advanced Marketing and Technology 
for Celeritek, was promoted from Vice President Product Development to 
Chief Technology Officer (CTO). John McCarthy has joined Mimix as 
Senior Vice President Sales, coming from Peregrine Semiconductor. 
Finally, Don Mathes has been named Vice-President of Operations for 
Mimix. As Rick Montgomery, the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Mimix 
Broadband notes, "It is a very exciting time at Mimix. We believe our 
expanded management team offers a unique talent and experience base 
that will help the Company grow exponentially in the coming years."
Mimix Broadband --->

7. News
Book Review: Classic Works in RF Engineering

Any student of high-frequency engineering will want a copy of this 
wonderful collection. Edited by John Walker, Dan Myer, Frederick Raab, 
and Chris Trask, Classic Works in RF Engineering (ISBN: 1-58053-056-7) 
features more than 50 technical papers on topics that include the 
design, analysis, and application of power combiners/dividers, 
couplers, transformers, and magnetic materials. These classic articles 
originally appeared in such magazines as the IEEE International 
Microwave Symposium, Microwave Journal, RF Design, and Microwaves & 
RF. Each hard-bound copy sells for $129.00.
Artech House --->

8.  Happenings - Conferences
IMAPS International Conference on 
High-Temperature Electronics (HiTEC 2006)
May 15-18, 2006
Hilton of Santa Fe
Santa Fe, NM

RF and High Speed PC Board Design Fundamentals
May 17-19, 2006
Burlington, MA

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

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