April 26, 2006 Newsletter

April 26, 2006
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Today's Table of Contents:
1. WiMAX Edges Closer To Real Market
2. Fujitsu Furthers WiMAX at BWW 2006
3. Voltronics Launches Ceramic Chip Trimmers 
4. National Adds PXI/SCXI Microwave Switch Modules
5. BPL Company Ships HDTVs To Customers 
6. Test Set Checks Vehicle-Based Systems 
7. Book Review: Sensor Network Operations
8. Happenings - Conferences 

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1.  Viewpoint 
WiMAX Edges Closer To Real Market

Broadband wireless applications under the WiMAX umbrella may be just 
around the corner, or they may never come, but most market-research 
specialists are calling this the "next cellular" portion of the 
wireless marketplace. For some applications, such as broadband 
wireless Internet access or wireless connectivity throughout the 
home or small office, WiMAX offers many practical benefits, 
including ease of installation and generous bandwidth.

If Fujitsu has anything to say about it, WiMAX markets will grow in 
leaps and bounds. The company has been fiercely devoted to the 
growth of WiMAX markets and has done as much as any device supplier 
to establish itself as a major player in a WiMAX future. Fujitsu 
( http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2824E:49027F ) offers a system-on-a-chip (SoC) 
with all WiMAX baseband processing on board as well as a reference 
design to help customers speed their own products. And, as the news 
item below notes, Fujitsu presented a united front at this week's 
Broadband Wireless World 2006 show in Las Vegas.                    

Technical Director

2. News
Fujitsu Furthers WiMAX at BWW 2006

Fujitsu Microelectronics America and five customer partners have 
combined for a strong WiMAX front at this week's Broadband Wireless 
World 2006 (April 26-27, 2006, Las Vegas, NV). Fujitsu is exhibiting 
its WiMAX reference design for WiMAX base station and subscriber 
stations based on the company's model MB87M3400 system-on-a-chip 
(SoC) design. Customer partners, including Air Broadband, Aperto 
Networks, and MiTAC, will show a variety of base-station and 
subscribre station solutions based on the Fujitsu SoC. Fujitsu's 
Makoto ("Mac") Awaga and Keith Horn also planned to make a keynote 
presentation at BWW of a talk entitled "Communications On-The-Go: 
New Business Opportunities in the Broadband Wireless Era." 
Fujitsu Microelectronics America ---> 

3. News
Voltronics Launches Ceramic Chip Trimmers

Voltronics International Corp. (Denville, NJ) now offers a 
high-performance line of variable (trimmer) capacitors in chip-sized 
packaging. The company's J Series ceramic chip trimmer capacitors, 
which are available in tape-and-reel format for use with automated 
assembly equipment, are usable at frequencies beyond 1 GHz. They 
feature a wide range of package styles and capacitance tuning 
ranges, including 1.5 to 3.0 pF, 2 to 6 pF, 5.5 to 30 pF, 8 to 40 
pF, 7 to 50 pF, 9 to 90 pF, and 10 to 120 pF in single devices. The 
high-Q trimmers exhibit DC working voltages as high as 100 V and DC 
withstanding voltages as high as 220 V. 
Voltronics International Corp. ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2824B:49027F

4. News
National Adds PXI/SCXI Microwave Switch Modules

National Instruments has added several PXI and SCXI microwave 
multiplexing switch modules to its portfolio of modular PXI 
instruments. The firm's PXI-2595 and SCXI-1195 5-GHz switches and 
the PXI-2594 and SCXI-1194 2.5-GHz switches are ideal for accurate 
RF signal routing in telecommunications, military/aerospace and 
automated test applications. When combined with the company's 
Universal Serial Bus (USB) Switch Mainframes, these PXI and SCXI 
switches form a cost-effective, plug-and-play solution that easily 
integrates with external RF equipment and takes advantage of the 
flexibility and ease of use of USB.
National Instruments ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=28256:49027F

5. News
BPL Company Ships HDTVs To Customers

Advanced Powerline Technologies has begin shipping high-definition 
televisions (HDTVs) to its prepaid customers this past weekend. 
Visitors to the company's website are invited to register for a 
chance to win one of the 32-inch, liquid-crystal-display (LCD) HDTVs 
as part of a content ending August 5th. The firm is devoted to 
creating and developing broadband over power line (BPL) and power 
line communications (PLC) products and services.
Advanced Powerline Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=2824F:49027F

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6. News
Test Set Checks Vehicle-Based Systems

Aeroflex has launched its model 3500 radio test set aimed at 
vehicle-based  radio systems used predominantly by first responders. 
The light and portable model 3500 radio test set operates from 2 MHz 
to 1 GHz and can measure power levels to 200 W with an external 
attenuator. It performs a wide variety of AM/FM transmitter and 
receiver tests including RF power, RF frequency error, AM 
modulation, FM deviation, Receive Signal Strength Indicator (RSSI), 
distortion and SINAD/sensitivity, and can even find faults in 
antenna connections. According to Rob Barden, Director of Product 
Marketing for Aeroflex, the "3500 is the most comprehensive 
vehicular test system available and meets the needs of a variety of 
radio vehicle tests and commercial radio applications." The test set 
is priced starting at $14,995 USD. 
Aeroflex ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=28250:49027F

7. News
Book Review: Sensor Network Operations

Edited by Shashi Phoba, Thomas LaPorta, and Christopher Griffin, 
Sensor Network Operations is a multipart text devoted to sensor 
technology, particularly as part of mission-critical networks. The 
721-page book, which serves as both reference source and 
applications guideline, provides an overview of sensor technologies, 
the design of sensors and their network algorithms, and practical 
applications for sensor networks in its three sections. Applications 
include robotic systems, video surveillance, and vehicle tracking 
systems. The hard-cover book is priced at $125 per copy from its 
publisher, Wiley-Interscience. 
Wiley Interscience ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=28253:49027F

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

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

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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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