November 10, 2006 Newsletter

Nov. 10, 2006
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November 10, 2006

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Today's Table of Contents:
1. Dual-Use Technology Coming Full Circle 
2. Driver amplifier spans 2 to 35 GHz
3. Keithley Teams With Mesatronic Group
4. Software Tools Add Constructively 
5. G. T. Microwave Launches I/Q Modulator 
6. CSR Shows Strong Third Quarter Results 
7. US Army Reaches For Nokia Phones 
8. Happenings - Conferences 

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1.  Viewpoint 
Dual-Use Technology Coming Full Circle

Consumers often don't realize it, but many of their electronic 
conveniences started life somewhere in a military research laboratory. 
Years back, that arm of the US Department of Defense (DoD) tasked with 
coordinating research on future technologies, the Defense Advanced 
Research Projects Agency (DARPA,, felt that in fairness 
to taxpayers, some of this research on military technologies should 
also provide some commercial benefits. The concept of "dual-use" 
technology was born, resulting in many of the tools taken for granted 
by consumers, including Global Positioning System (GPS) receivers, 
cell phones, and even spread-spectrum cordless phones.

With Nokia now working with the US Army on wireless networking 
protocols (see story below), dual-use technology takes on another 
meaning. This represents a version of commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS) 
thinking, on how to apply proven commercial technologies, such as 
WCDMA, WiMAX, and GSM, to military applications. The five-year 
arrangement will have Nokia studying commercial devices and 
communications technologies to see what fits for the Army. In the end, 
both commercial and military users of the technologies can only 
benefit from the improvements that result.

Technical Director

2. News
Driver amplifier spans 2 to 35 GHz

Broadband enough for most communications and military applications, 
model HMC-C038 is a distributed driver amplifier with 12 dB gain from 
2 to 35 GHz. Supplied in a hermetic package with replaceable 2.92-mm 
coaxial connectors, the GaAs amplifier features +18 dBm output power 
at 1-dB compression with third-order intercept point of +29 dBm. The 
gain flatness is within 1 dB from 2 to 16 GHz and the midband noise 
figure is a mere 4 dB. The amplifier has integrated voltage regulation 
and internal bias sequencing circuitry to ensure proper powering up of 
the negative and positive voltage supplies. The compact amplifier is 
specified for operating from -55 to +85C. 
Hittite Microwave --->

3. News
Keithley Teams With Mesatronic Group 

Keithley Instruments has partnered with the French Mesatronic Group to 
develop probe cards for semiconductor parametric testing at RF and for 
low-current DC applications. The new probe cards will work with 
Keithley parametric testers for simultaneous on-wafer RF and low-level 
DC testing on any combination of probe pins. The new probe card design 
will allow higher test throughput since both RF and DC tests can be 
made with a single wafer insertion. A key to the new probe card is a 
spatial transformer that interfaces the probe card with a flexible 
membrane circuit structure in the center of the wafer prober where the 
probe contact needles are attached. 
Keithley Instruments --->
Mesatronic Group --->

4. News
Software Tools Add Constructively

Version 7.5 of the MicroStripes three-dimensional (3D) electromagnetic 
(EM) simulation software from Flomerics is designed to integrate 
seamlessly with Microwave Office(R) circuit design software from 
Applied Wave Research. It operates as a plug-in to Microwave Office, 
adding full-wave EM simulation to the circuit simulator. The latest 
version of MicroStripes can import any excitation waveform during the 
modeling process, run the simulation, and evaluate the results without 
additional post-processing. The new version also allows ground planes 
to be used for models without meshing all of the space between the 
system and ground plane.
Applied Wave Research --->
Flomerics --->

5. News
G. T. Microwave Launches I/Q Modulator

Designed for applications from 18.0 to 21.5 GHz, model M2V-82N-5JX is 
a high-dynamic-range in-phase/quadrature (I/Q) vector modulator with 
360-deg. control for generating complex digital modulation in 
communications systems. Based on PIN diodes, the compact unit boasts 
switching speed o 350 ns. It has a 50-dB dynamic range and achieves 
simultaneous phase and amplitude control. The phase is accurate to 
+/-10 deg. while the amplitude is flat within +/-0.75 dB. It can 
handle input levels to +15 dBm CW, and 1 W maximum on peaks. VSWR is 
better than 1.80:1. The modulator is designed for +/- 15-VDC supplies 
and measures 3.25 x 3.00 x 1.00 inches.
G. T. Microwave

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6. News
CSR Shows Strong Third Quarter Results

CSR reported strong growth in its unaudited third-quarter 2006 
results. Quarterly revenues were up 32 percent to $214.1 million with 
operating profit up 14 percent to $51 million compared to the third 
quarter of 2005. The firm continued to grow its share of the Bluetooth 
market, with one-half of all GSM cellular handset design wins and 94 
percent of all hands-free headset design wins. The company also 
launched its UniVox VoWiFi phone reference design, demonstrating a 
broadening of its non-Bluetooth portfolio and supporting its UniFi 
single-chip Wi-Fi offering. The firm earned wins in the automotive 
market with GPS systems from TomTom and Garmin and handsfree kits for 
customers like Sony Ericsson, Nokia and Continental.
CSR --->

7. News
US Army Reaches For Nokia Phones

Cellular telephone specialist Nokia has entered into a Cooperative 
Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) with the US Army to 
evaluate Nokia technology in the areas of PCS, WCDMA 3G, GSM, WiMAX, 
and advanced wireless networking protocols for potential military and 
defense applications. The CRADA is with the Army's Research, 
Development, and Engineering Command, Communications-Electronics 
Research, Development and Engineering Center (CERDEC). The project 
will include testing, demonstrations, experiments, and information 
exchange beginning in the fourth quarter of 2006 and lasting for five 
years. According to Bob Fennelly, Nokia's Director of Government 
Systems and Networks, "This arrangement will help the Army's efforts 
to evaluate commercial technology for government applications and will 
greatly increase Nokia's capabilities to provide its advanced 
technologies to large U.S. government communications projects."
Nokia --->

8.  Happenings - Conferences
Microwave Measurements for Emerging Technologies
November 28-29, 2006
Broomfield, CO

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

2007 IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium (RWS)
January 7-12, 2007
Lon Beach Convention Center
Long Beach, CA

2007 IEEE/MTT-S International Microwave Symposium
June 3-8, 2007
Hawaii Convention Center
Honolulu, HI

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