February 3, 2006 Newsletter

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February 3, 2006

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Today's Table of Contents:
1. To Exhibit in Hawaii?
2. Fujitsu and Aperto Team on WiMAX End-Product 
3. Elcom Aims at Wireless LAN Testing 
4. TestMart Owner Reports Record 2005 Sales 
5. Besser Launches WiMAX and OFDM Courses 
6. Eudyna Unveils High-Power GaN HEMTs 
7. NEC Takes Back Compound Semiconductor Subsidiary 
8. Happenings - Conferences 

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1.  Viewpoint 
To Exhibit in Hawaii?

Attendance was sparse but spirited at the first annual IEEE Radio & 
Wireless Symposium and Exhibition (San Diego, CA, January 17-19, 
2006). Technical presentations covered a wide range of topics, 
including algorithms for wireless communications, but focused largely 
on radio-frequency integrated circuits (RFICs).  Several exhibitors 
showed significant new product developments, including Keithley 
Instruments ( http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1FD3A:49027F ) with a 
microwave power meter, vector signal generator, and vector signal 
analyzer (although the products will not be ready for official launch 
until an approximate June timeframe). Freescale Semiconductor 
( http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1FD39:49027F ) indicated they were 
ready to compete in the WiMAX infrastructure market with a high-power 
device targeted at 3.5-GHz applications. Eudyna Devices 
( http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1FD3E:49027F ) offered several high-power 
production transistors based on gallium-nitride (GaN) technology. 
And Skyworks Solutions ( http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1FD35:49027F ) 
launched a line of lead-free CMOS switches for satellite-communications 
(satcom) receiver applications. 

Much of the talk on the show floor, however, was not about San 
Diego, but about Hawaii--the site of the 2007 mid-year IEEE Microwave 
Theory & Techniques Symposium (MTT-S). Amidst the grumbling about 
Honolulu being a poor location to find customers, exhibitors were 
weighing the benefits of partaking in that show versus returning to 
the IEEE Radio & Wireless Symposium and Exhibition in 2007. To many, 
Hawaii seemed too far off "the beaten path" to serve as a site for a 
show. Your thoughts? Contact me at mailto:[email protected] with a 
yeah or a nay on Hawaii. 

Technical Director

2. News
Fujitsu and Aperto Team on WiMAX End-Product

With Fujitsu Microelectronics America supplying the model MB87M3400 
WiMAX system on a chip (SoC) and Aperto Networks developing the end 
product, a PacketMAX 500 base station, one of the first WiMAX Forum 
Certified products was born. "We are proud to see Aperto Networks' 
PacketMAX 5000 on the initial list of WiMAX Forum Certified 
products," said Keith Horn, senior vice-president of sales and 
marketing for Fujitsu. The first round of WiMAX Forum Certified 
products has been developed according to the WiMAX Forum defined 
certification profile for a 3.5-GHz system, which is based on the 
IEEE 802.16-2004 and ETSI HiperMAN standards. 
Fujitsu Microelectronics America ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1FD2D:49027F
Aperto Networks ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1FD36:49027F

3. News
Elcom Aims at Wireless LAN Testing

Frequency synthesizer supplier Elcom Technologies has developed the 
IBS series of rack-mount sources for wireless local area network 
(WLAN) and cellular semiconductor testing as part of larger 
automatic-test-equipment (ATE) systems. The synthesizer operates 
from 100 MHz to 20 GHz with frequency steps as small as 1 Hz and +10 
dBm output power. Switching speed is less than 100 microseconds to 
settle within 1 rad of a new frequency setting's phase. The phase 
noise is -90 dBc/Hz offset 100 Hz from the carrier and -125 dBc/Hz 
offset 1 MHz from the carrier. Options include amplitude and pulse 
Elcom Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1FD33:49027F

4. News
TestMart Owner Reports Record 2005 Sales

Technical Communities, Inc., owner and operator of such websites as 
www.testmart.com and www.testmartdirect.com, announced record 
results for 2005. The privately held company reported that growth 
came from strong test and measurement and IT equipment sales as well 
as increased service revenue, with equipment bookings growing by 
more than 72 percent and shipments growing over 100 percent compared 
to the previous year. Operating expenses fell by 42 percent while 
net income doubled, growing 100.8 percent over 2004. 
TestMart ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1FD38:49027F

5. News
Besser Launches WiMAX and OFDM Courses

Educational specialist Besser Associates has developed a new course 
on mobile wireless data, "Wireless Data Systems Made Simple: WiFi, 
WiMAX, 3G, and More." Modeled after the company's successful "RF and 
Wireless Made Simple" course, the new class reviews the strengths and 
weaknesses of various data systems and how they are related to each 
other. Taught by Al Scott, the two-day class is scheduled for 
March 6-7 in Sunnyvale, CA. Besser Associates has also created the 
course "Multi-Carrier Modulation: Applications of OFDM in ADSL and 
Wireless LAN" for those needing a fundamental review of orthogonal 
frequency-division multiplexing (OFDM) technology and how it is being 
used to increase bandwidth efficiency in WiMAX and 3G cellular 
systems. The course is presented by Burton Saltzburg and Ahmad Bahai. 
Besser Associates ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1FD31:49027F

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6. News
Eudyna Unveils High-Power GaN HEMTs

Eudyna Devices USA showed several production gallium-nitride (GaN) 
power transistors at the recent IEEE Radio & Wireless Symposium and 
Exhibition. The high-electron-mobility-transistor (HEMT) devices 
include 30-, 90-, and a pair of 180-W parts for high-voltage 
applications using the wide-bandgap semiconductor materials. For 
example, model ES/EGN35A180IV is a flange-mount-packaged transistor 
capable of 180-W output power with 50-percent power-added efficiency 
and 12-dB linear gain at 3.5 GHz. The device is designed for a 
drain-source voltage of 50 V and is ideal for broadband L-band power 
Eudyna Devices USA ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1FD3D:49027F

7. News
NEC Takes Back Compound Semiconductor Subsidiary

Effective April 1, 2006, NEC Electronics Corp. will merge its 
wholly-owned subsidiary, NEC Compound Semiconductor Devices, Ltd., 
back into the parent company. NEC Compound Semiconductor Devices 
designs and manufactures RF and wireless semiconductors, components 
for fiber optic communications, optocouplers, and solid state 
relays. The merger will not affect the service and support provided 
by California Eastern Laboratories for the products manufactured by 
NEC Compound Semiconductor Devices. California Eastern Laboratories 
is NEC's exclusive sales and marketing partner in the US and Western 
California Eastern Laboratories ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=1FD41:49027F

8.  Happenings - Conferences
IEC DesignCon 2006
February 6-9, 2006
Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, CA

RF & Hyper
March 21-23, 2006
La Defense, Paris, France

2006 IEEE Sarnoff Symposium
March 27-28, 2006
Nassau Inn, Princeton, NJ

Del Mar Electronics Show 
April 26-27, 2006
Del Mar Fairgrounds
Del Mar, CA

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

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

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