July 14, 2005 Newsletter

July 14, 2005
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Today's Table of Contents:
1. Not All Millimeter Waves Are Benign 
2. Vectron Unveils Stable Stratum 3 TCXOs 
3. Wideband Systems Launches Synthesizer 
4. TestMart Teams With Willtek For Government Pricing 
5. C-MAC MicroTechnology Lands Eurofighter Contract 
6. Raytheon JPS Communications Names New President 
7. Keithley Offers Free Handbook on Semiconductor Testing 
8. Book Review
9. Happenings - Conferences 

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1.  Viewpoint 
Not All Millimeter Waves Are Benign

Millimeter-wave signals are usually associated with radio astronomy, 
vehicular radar systems, missile-tracking systems, or even broadband 
wireless local-area networks (WLANs). But the US Air Force Research 
Laboratory (AFRL) has found a more painful use for millimeter-wave 
energy as part of what is known as Active Denial Systems (ADS). 
Developed as part of the Department of Defense's Joint Non-Lethal 
Weapons Directorate (JNLWD), the non-lethal weapons technology is in 
response to the need for peace-keeping efforts without the use of 
deadly force. 

The weapons use the same principles as a 2.4-GHz microwave oven, 
except with higher-frequency 95-GHz energy beams directed at a 
target's exposed skin to cause painful heating at a skin depth of 
0.3 mm, the same depth as pain-sensing nerves. These ADS systems 
incorporate gyrotron millimeter-wave sources from Communications and 
Power Industries (CPI, Palo, Alto, CA) to provide a range of about 
700 yards. So far, several vehicle-mounted systems have been 
developed, but work continues to create more portable, manpack 
versions of the systems. This could turn into yet another key 
application for millimeter-wave technology, although the 
effectiveness of the system is yet to be proven out under hostile 
(rain, fog, etc.) conditions. 

Technical Director

2. News
Vectron Unveils Stable Stratum 3 TCXOs

Vectron International has announced its next generation of Stratum 3 
temperature-compensated crystal oscillators (TCXOs) for wireless, 
telecommunications, and data-communications applications requiring 
high frequency stability over temperature. The firm's C2260 Series 
TCXOs can provide stability of better than 0.28 PPM from 6.4 to 32 
MHz at temperatures from -30 to +85 degrees Centigrade. Built on 
FR-4 substrates, the 5 in. by 7-mm TCXOs are fully compliant with 
the GR-1244-Core and GR-253-Core standards. Wide-pull versions are 
available with a pull range of plus or minus 40 PPM and more. 
Vectron International ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E625:FFCBF

3. News
Wideband Systems Launches Synthesizer

Best known for their electronic-warfare (EW) receivers and 
instantaneous-frequency-measurement (IFM) systems, Wideband Systems 
(Rockaway, NJ) has entered the competitive frequency-synthesizer 
market with their model PS-070 180A frequency synthesizer. Measuring 
a compact 4 in. high by 4 in. wide by 8 in. long, the synthesizer 
tunes from 7 to 18 GHz in 1-MHz steps with +13 dBm output power and 
100-microsecond switching speed. The phase noise is -90 dBc/Hz 
offset 100 kHz from the carrier and -110 dBc/Hz offset 1 MHz from 
the carrier. The firm is seeking to expand its support staff for the 
synthesizer line with the addition of an International Sales 
Manager. Interested candidates can contact Bob Fuller at the e-mail 
address below.
International Sales Manager ---> e-mail: mailto:[email protected]
Wideband Systems ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E61E:FFCBF

4. News
TestMart Teams With Willtek For Government Pricing

Test equipment supplier TestMart (San Bruno, CA) announced an 
agreement with wireless test-gear maker Willtek Communications 
(Indianapolis, IN) to provide United States government and federal 
contractor customers with special pricing on select Willtek spectrum 
analyzers, supporting components, and services. TestMart is now 
authorized to handle a line of WIlltek hand-held analyzers and 
related equipment to those who qualify under a set of General 
Services Administration (GSA) Multiple Award Schedules (MAS). 
According to TestMart President and CEO Peter Ostrow, "The addition 
of Willtek wireless communication products to the most comprehensive 
catalog of GSA qualified test equipment provides desirable new 
options for the US government and military." The Willtek equipment 
is available through the GSA's e-commerce web site or TestMart's web 
GSA ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E621:FFCBF
TestMart ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E626:FFCBF

5. News
C-MAC MicroTechnology Lands Eurofighter Contract

C-MAC MicroTechnology (Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England) has won a 
major contract from Galileo Avionica for high-speed microelectronics 
and electro-optical modules for the Eurofighter Typhoon military 
aircraft as well as the NATO NH90 and AgustaWestland EH101 Merlin 
helicopters. Valued at around 8 million pounds Sterling over the 
next five years, the requirements for critical control functions and 
secure communications were particularly stringent although, as 
Marino Diani, Procurement Director with Galileo Avionica, noted 
"C-MAC is a world-class partner for the manufacture of fiber optics 
and hybrid microcircuits. Having worked with them since 1988, we 
could trust them to deliver." In other contract news, Harris Corp. 
(Rochester, NY) was awarded a contract for nearly $60 million by the 
US Army for Harris Falcon II AN/PRC-150(C) manpack and AN/VRC-104 
vehicular HF radios. 
C-MAC MicroTechnology ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E62A:FFCBF
Harris Corp. ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E627:FFCBF

6. News
Raytheon JPS Communications Names New President 

Raytheon JPS Communications (Raleigh, NC) has named Carl Kist as its 
new president, effective August 1st. Formerly Chief Financial 
Officer for Precision Technologies & Components and Raytheon Vision 
Systems (Goleta, CA), Kist has been with Raytheon/Texas Instruments 
for more than 20 years and will head a wholly owned subsidiary of 
Raytheon that manufactures and sells hardware and software that 
enhance the effectiveness of HF, VHF, UHF, cellular, and satellite 
communications systems for government, military, and business 
Raytheon JPS Communications ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E62B:FFCBF

7. News
Keithley Offers Free Handbook on Semiconductor Testing

Keithley Instruments has published a semiconductor test reference 
handbook, "Overcoming the Measurement Challenges of Advanced 
Semiconductor Technologies: DC, Pulsed, and RF-From Modeling to 
Manufacturing." Available free of charge at 
http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E620:FFCBF the 140-page handbook
describes emerging measurement challenges for semiconductor
manufacturers moving into 65-nm device processes and beyond.
The measurement handbook covers such topics as high-frequency
capacitance measurements, on-wafer measurements, copper via
testing, and advanced DC measurements. 
Keithley Instruments ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E624:FFCBF

8. Book Review
Digital Filter Design Solutions
Written by Jolyon De Freitas of the innovative defense/security 
laboratory QinetiQ Ltd. (Farnborough, Hampshire, England), Digital 
Filter Design Solution provides several methods of implementing 
digital filters and examples of more than 200 different types of 
digital filters, including lowpass, highpass, bandpass, band-reject, 
cascaded, differentiator, and decimation. The book is packed with a 
CD-ROM archive of filter coefficients and design functions written 
for the Matlab mathematical software from The MathWorks.
Artech House ---> http://nls.planetee.com/t?ctl=E622:FFCBF

9.  Happenings - Conferences
Bipolar Circuits and Technology Meeting (BCTM)
October 10-11, 2005
Santa Barbara, CA

IEEE Compound Semiconductor IC Symposium (formerly the GaAs IC 
October 30 - November 2, 2005
Palm Springs, CA

Wireless Congress 2005: Systems and Applications
November 9-10, 2005
Munich, Germany

Automatic RF Techniques Group (ARFTG)
66th Microwave Measurements Conference
December 1-2, 2005
Marriot Hotel, Washington, DC

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Jack Browne | Technical Contributor

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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