December 9, 2005 Newsletter

Dec. 9, 2005
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December 9, 2005

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Today's Table of Contents:
1.  Taking A Gamble On UWB
2.  WiSpry and Jazz Partner For Cellular MEMS 
3.  Powerwave Provides DFW Coms System 
4.  Tech-Etch Tries Fuel Cells
5.  CST Calls User Group Meeting 
6.  Agilent Semiconductor Is Now Avago Technologies 
7.  ATC Expands Online Shopping Site 
8.  WiQuest Launches 1-Gb/s UWB Chips 
9.  All The Best To Laurie Collins 
10. Happenings - Conferences 

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1.  Viewpoint 
Taking A Gamble On UWB

Ultrawideband (UWB) technology promises tremendous data rates for 
almost negligible transmitter power in short-range applications. 
Some companies, including Focus Enhancements ( ),
have already proclaimed it to be the technology of choice for in-home 
wireless video connections. And some large communications companies, 
including Intel ( ), are showing strong interest 
in the future of the technology. 

But that future is very dependent upon standardization. All the more 
acknowledge the efforts of a pioneering firm like WiQuest 
Communications (see news story below) for their two-chip UWB 
solution. The firm is hedging their bets on UWB as much as possible 
by contributing to the Certified Wireless USB specification, 
developing the new chips to the WiMedia specifications, and as a 
member of the UWSB Implementers Forum. But any production 
introduction based on an emerging technology represents a risk, and 
courage that should be applauded.

Technical Director

2. News
WiSpry and Jazz Partner For Cellular MEMS

Microelectromechanical-systems (MEMS) developer WiSpry and wafer 
foundry Jazz Semiconductor have formed a partnership to create RF 
CMOS-based MEMS products. The partnership will blend WiSpry's 
digitally tunable capacitor devices and Jazz's advanced 
semiconductor processes, with cellular communications applications 
in mind. WiSpry president and CEO, Jeff Hilbert, notes "RF-MEMS 
devices will be a disruptive element in the design of future RF 
systems." He explains the importance of working with Jazz: "Our 
success in bringing this exciting technology to market depends on 
our ability to leverage existing semiconductor processes." The 
companies are co-developing techniques for commercial wafer level 
sealing of RF-MEMS devices in order to provide low-cost, high-volume 
WiSpry, Inc. --->
Jazz Semiconductor --->

3. News
Powerwave Provides DFW Coms System

Mission-critical communications at Dallas-Fort Worth (DFW) Airport 
is routine thanks to an in-building wireless infrastructure system 
designed and installed by Powerwave Technologies. The wireless 
equipment provides fire, police, medical, security, and other 
emergency service personnel secure, interference-free RF 
communications throughout the terminal. The airport serves 37,000 
passengers each day and 12.8 million passengers each year. The 
installation includes Powerwave's remote fiber-fed repeaters and 
bi-directional amplifiers in the VHF and 800-MHz bands for extended 
Powerwave Technologies --->

4. News
Tech-Etch Tries Fuel Cells

Perhaps best known for their EMI/RFI shielding products, Tech-Etch 
has developed photo-etched flow field plates for fuel cells. The 
firm's corrosion-resistant stainless-steel and titanium plates offer 
advantages over nonmetallic plates, such as graphite, including 
improved thermal and electrical conductivity, more rugged 
construction, and thinner design. Channels can be etched on both 
sides of a plate with depth and width tolerance to 0.003 in. in 316 
stainless steel and titanium.
Tech-Etch, Inc. --->

5. News
CST Calls User Group Meeting

Computer Simulation Technology (CST) has announced a European user 
group meeting for March 9-10, 2006 in Boppard, Germany. The meeting 
offers uses of the CST STUDIO software to compare notes and learn 
about future developments from CST staff. The event is designed to 
showcase the very latest developments in CST STUDIO software and to 
encourage feedback and user participation. Presentations are invited 
from customers who may wish to present their latest work using 
STUDIO tools to a wider audience of design engineers. Scheduled 
Keynote speakers include Dr. Peter Thoma, CST's head of research and 
development, and Professor Thomas Weiland from Darmstadt's 
University of Technology and founder of CST. The event is scheduled 
for the Bellevue Rhein hotel in the historic village of Boppard, 
Germany. For more information, visit the company's web site.
CST --->

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6. News
Agilent Semiconductor Is Now Avago Technologies

On the first of this month, Avago Technologies started operations as 
the world's largest privately held semiconductor company. With the 
acquisition of Agilent Technologies' Semiconductor Products Group by 
Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and Silver Lake Partners in a 
$2.66 billion transaction, Avago Technologies was born. The firm 
numbers 6500 people worldwide. Co-headquartered in Singapore and San 
Jose, CA, Avago Technologies has an extensive portfolio of more than 
5,500 products, which are sold into a broad set of applications and 
end markets, including wireless and wired communications, 
industrial, automotive, consumer electronics and storage and 
computing. Dick Chang, president and CEO of Avago Technologies, 
noted "We'll continue to provide the innovative products that enable 
our customers and that have established our market leadership 
Avago Technoogies --->

7. News
ATC Expands Online Shopping Site

Capacitor supplier American Technical Ceramics (ATC) has expanded 
product offerings for the ATC QUIKBuy portion of its website. 
Visitors to the site can place orders online for small quantities, 
including newly available 600L series (0402 size) capacitors as well 
as 100A (0505 size) and 100B series (1111 size) capacitors. The firm 
had already offered its 600F (0805 size) and 600S (0603 size) series 
capacitors on the site. The ATC QUIKBuy Product Selector allows 
visitors to the site to select specific capacitance values and case 
sizes. It also allows a visitor to create a customer profile to 
simplify repeat orders. 
American Technical Ceramics --->

8. News
WiQuest Launches 1-Gb/s UWB Chips

Fabless semiconductor supplier WiQuest Communications has announced 
the WQST110 and WQST101 CMOS integrated circuits 
(ICs) an ultrawideband (UWB) chipset promising 
wireless data rates to 1 Gb/s. Based on the 
WiMedia UWB physical layer (PHY) and media access 
controller (MAC) specifications, the WQST110 
controller/processor works with the companion 
WQST101 RF transceiver to serve a variety of 
short-range, low-power, high-date-rate 
applications. According to Dr. Matthew Shoemake, 
WiQuest founder, CEO and president, "We are 
extremely pleased with the strong customer and 
industry response to our first UWB product 
WiQuest Communications --->

9. News
All The Best To Laurie Collins

This issue marks the departure of our Associate Editor, Laurie 
Collins, who captivated our staff with her intelligence, charm, 
beauty, and above all, her writing and editing skills. Laurie has 
left our world of electronics to report on shipping news, as part of 
Commonwealth Business Media (Newark, NJ). Her spot will be filled by 
long-time Microwaves & RF Managing Editor John Curley. Please join 
us in wishing Laurie all the best in her new job.

10.  Happenings - Conferences

International Electron Devices Meeting (IEDM)
December 5-7, 2005
Hilton Washington Hotel
Washington, DC

IEEE Radio and Wireless Symposium
January 17-19, 2006
San Diego Convention Center
San Diego, CA

IEC DesignCon 2006
February 6-9, 2006
Santa Clara Convention Center
Santa Clara, CA

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

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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