February 16, 2006 Newsletter

Feb. 16, 2006
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February 16, 2006

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Today's Table of Contents:
1. The Honolulu MTT-S Revisited 
2. Agilent and Freescale Collaborate On ZigBee 
3. QUALCOMM Selects ANADIGICS' PAs for MSM Reference Design 
4. Powerwave Launches Current Injectors At 3GSM 
5. Ansoft Shows Solid Growth In Third Quarter 
6. SiGe and Shanghai Simcom Team on First E-GPS/GSM Handset 
7. Hittite's Latest LNA Fits Microwave Radios
8. Happenings - Conferences 

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1.  Viewpoint 
The Honolulu MTT-S Revisited 

Last issue, a report on the first annual IEEE Radio & Wireless 
Symposium and Exhibition (San Diego, CA, January 17-19, 2006) 
mentioned the plethora of side discussions on the 2007 IEEE 
Microwave Theory & Techniques Symposium (MTT-S). The site location 
of Honolulu, Hawaii had many at the San Diego show weighing the 
benefits of a Hawaii beach versus the expense of having a technical 
conference/exhibition in such an obvious vacation spot. Over 50 
readers wrote us with their comments and, as promised, here is a 
brief summary of those thoughts. 

As expected, many with fiscal responsibility (in upper management) 
thought that Hawaii was a poor site, especially those from companies 
on the US East Coast. Many from US West Coast companies felt that 
Hawaii was no worse a location than some of the other MTT-S sites 
selected by the IEEE in recent years. Most technical presenters were 
in favor of Hawaii, noting that they would use the opportunity to 
plan a vacation for themselves and their family. Many respondents 
agreed that the Hawaii location might offer an excellent opportunity 
to make connections with potential customers from the Fast East. 

It's an interesting debate that will only be decided by the results 
of the show itself. For those with more opinions to offer, don't 
miss Microwaves & RF Editor Nancy Friedrich's Editorial in the March 
issue of the magazine.

Technical Director

2. News
Agilent and Freescale Collaborate On ZigBee

Leading test solutions house Agilent Technologies and semiconductor 
supplier Freescale Semiconductor announced results from a 
collaborative effort to expedite the development of ZigBee (IEEE 
802.15.4) wireless connectivity solutions. Agilent has enhanced the 
user-friendliness of its N4010A Wireless Connectivity Test Set, 
while Freescale has successfully streamlined the development and 
qualification of its newest ZigBee chipsets. According to Brett 
Black, commercial wireless manager with Freescale, "The N4010A test 
set allowed us to efficiently test our chipset platform to the 
standards set by the ZigBee Alliance. We obtained accurate, 
repeatable measurements that allowed us to quickly ensure the 
device's performance and finalize the chipset design in time to meet 
market demand." Agilent's Earl Thompson, vice president and general 
manager with the company's Wireless Division, adds "Freescale is a 
global leader in the design and manufacture of embedded 
semiconductors for many markets, including ZigBee. We're proud that 
our N4010A has contributed to its chipset platform development."
Agilent Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210EA:49027F
Freescale Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210F3:49027F

3. News
QUALCOMM Selects ANADIGICS' PAs for MSM Reference Design

ANADIGICS announced this week that QUALCOMM had adopted the models 
AWT6272, AWT6276 and AWT6277 WCDMA (UMTS) power amplifiers as well 
as the model AND0041 polar EDGE power amplifier for QUALCOMM's 
Mobile Station Modem (MSM) reference design. On the growing use of 
WCDMA in third-generation (3G) wireless networks worldwide, 
ANADIGICS' Senior Vice President and General Manager of Wireless 
Products, Dr. Ali Khatibzadeh, noted "With four ANADIGICS power 
amplifiers supporting different bands as part of QUALCOMM's 
industry-leading MSM6275 reference design, we are proud to have been 
selected as a primary power amplifier vendor for their 3G solutions 
and look forward to continued collaboration on the next generation 
of broadband wireless systems." The InGaP PAs are designed for high 
efficiency in order to minimize battery power drain in mobile 
ANADIGICS ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210F4:49027F
QUALCOMM ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210F6:49027F

4. News
Powerwave Launches Current Injectors At 3GSM

Wireless equipment supplier Powerwave Technologies introduced 
families of indoor and outdoor broadband current injectors at the 
2006 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Spain earlier this week. The 
low-loss current injectors are designed to deliver DC to a 
tower-mounted amplifier (TMA) while also providing a communications 
link for status and alarm conditions for the TMA. The firm's 
LGP233nn (indoor) and LGP213nn (outdoor) broadband current injectors 
feature advanced lightning protection circuits that operate as surge 
protection, eliminating the need for traditional lightning arrestors 
in the base station unit. The units are compatible with the 
requirements of the Antenna Interface Standards Group (AISG) and 
Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). According to Ron 
Buschur, president and CEO of Powerwave Technologies, "We are 
pleased to provide our customers with indoor and outdoor broadband 
current injectors that enable them to efficiently, and 
cost-effectively power and monitor their tower-mounted equipment." 
The broadband designs support 800 MHz, 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 1900 MHz 
GSM/EDGE, and 2100-MHz WCDMA bands.
Powerwave Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210F2:49027F

5. News
Ansoft Shows Solid Growth In Third Quarter

Software supplier Ansoft Corp. announced positive financial results 
for its third quarter of fiscal 2006 ended January 31, 2006. Revenue 
for the third quarter totaled $19.7 million, an increase of 13 
percent compared to $17.4 million reported in the previous fiscal 
year's third quarter. On a non-generally accepted accounting 
principles (GAAP) basis (excluding the impact of acquisition-related 
amortization), net income for the third quarter was $4.5 million, or 
$0.35 per diluted share, representing a 52 percent increase when 
compared to non-GAAP net income of $3.0 million, or $0.23 per 
diluted share in the previous fiscal year's third quarter. On a GAAP 
basis, net income for the third quarter was $4.3 million, or $0.33 
per diluted share, compared to GAAP net income of $2.8 million, or 
$0.21 per diluted share in the previous fiscal year's third quarter. 
According to Nicholas Csendes, Ansoft's President and CEO, "For the 
fourth quarter, we expect record revenues and record earnings."
Ansoft Corp. --> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210F9:49027F

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6. News
SiGe and Shanghai Simcom Team on First E-GPS/GSM Handset

This week's 3GSM World Congress in Barcelona, Spain was full of 
news, including an announcement of the world's first enhanced Global 
Positioning System (E-GPS) multimedia handset for GSM. The S788 
handset, designed by Shanghai Simcom with a GPS receiver integrated 
circuit (IC) from SiGe Semiconductor, is a palm-sized cellular 
telephone with high accuracy location based services (LBS). The 
offers an MP3/MPEG4 player, touchscreen, and two-megapixel camera in 
a slim, lightweight case. The handset's E-GPS location capability is 
enabled by SiGe Semiconductor's SE8088L GPS receiver and software, 
and E-GPS software from Cambridge Positioning Systems Limited (CPS). 
"We evaluated location technologies, and found E-GPS to be the best 
option for fast, accurate location fixes in all environments," said 
Gong Zhenjun, senior vice president and general manager of Shanghai 
Cambridge Positioning Systems ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210F1:49027F
Shanghai Simcom ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210FD:49027F
SiGe Semiconductor ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210FA:49027F

7. News
Hittite's Latest LNA Fits Microwave Radios

Microwave integrated-circuit (IC) supplier Hittite Microwave has 
unveiled their latest low-noise amplifier (LNA) geared for microwave 
radios, military systems, and industrial sensor applications. The 
model HMC341LC3B is a GaAs PHEMT monolithic microwave integrated 
circuit (MMIC) LNA housed in a RoHS-compliant 3 by 3 mm leadless 
surface-mount-technology (SMT) package. It operates from 21 to 29 
GHz with 13 dB gain and 2.5 dB noise figure. The IC required no 
external components, and draws only 35 mA from a single +3-VDC 
supply. It is also available in die form as model HMC341LC3B. 
Hittite Microwave Corp. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=210F8:49027F

8.  Happenings - Conferences
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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Jack Browne, Technical Contributor, has worked in technical publishing for over 30 years. He managed the content and production of three technical journals while at the American Institute of Physics, including Medical Physics and the Journal of Vacuum Science & Technology. He has been a Publisher and Editor for Penton Media, started the firm’s Wireless Symposium & Exhibition trade show in 1993, and currently serves as Technical Contributor for that company's Microwaves & RF magazine. Browne, who holds a BS in Mathematics from City College of New York and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from Fordham University, is a member of the IEEE.

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