October 5, 2006 Newsletter

Microwaves & RF UPDATE
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October 5, 2006

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Today's Table of Contents:

1. Simulation Solutions Must Be Multi-Faceted
2. Agilent Licenses EM Simulation Technology From Remcom 
3. AWR Announces Mobile WiMAX Modeling Solution
4. Strong Growth Projected for Airport RFID 
5. WJ Communications Offers Mixer/LO Amp 
6. Tek's New Arb Accelerates to 20 GSamples/s 
7. Half-Sized DIP Holds HCMOS OCXO 
8. Happenings - Conferences 

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1.  Viewpoint 
Simulation Solutions 
Must Be Multi-Faceted

Once upon a time, high-frequency engineers modeled filters on handheld 
calculators. The emergence of the personal computer as a reliable 
office and engineering tool made it the center of electrical and 
mechanical design. And in the early days, engineers were happy just to 
get some circuit values that were close to yielding a working design.

But that was then, and this is now a time when those design programs 
must not only provide predictions of performance that exactly match 
measured results, but they must offer simulation, synthesis, and even 
circuit-optimization capabilities. Given the complexity of designing 
certain high-frequency circuits, such as antennas, it is no wonder 
that a giant in the world of design software (not to mention test) 
should look to an innovator like Remcom for a 3D EM simulation 

Engineers require multi-faceted design tools that are accurate and 
fast. The pressures on designers to create new products have never 
been greater, and the right tools can help ease those pressures. The 
teaming of Agilent with Remcom (see story below) makes a great deal of 
sense for a design community that needs tools that work, no matter 
where the source.

Technical Director

2. News
Agilent Licenses EM Simulation Technology From Remcom

Agilent Technologies has licensed three-dimensional (3D), 
electromagnetic (EM), time-domain simulation technology from software 
specialist Remcom. The technology is based on Remcom's XFDTD software 
suite, which the firm will continue to develop and support. The 
multi-year agreement is an expansion of the strategy on the part of 
Agilent's EEsof group to develop an extensive 3D EM product line, 
which began earlier this year with the announcement and release of the 
Electro-Magnetic Design System (EMDS) 3D EM simulator. Remcom's 
software is currently used mainly for antenna design, but has many 
other applications in 3D EM field modeling. According to Jim 
McGillivary, vice president and general manager of Agilent's EEsof EDA 
division, "Customers want choices that are not offered by today's 3D 
EM products. And they consistently ask for and expect Agilent to offer 
integrated and leading simulation technology in all areas, including 
3D EM."
Agilent Technologies ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B385:49027F
Remcom ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B388:49027F

3. News
AWR Announces Mobile WiMAX Modeling Solution

Computer-aided-engineer (CAE) software supplier Applied Wave Research, 
Inc. (AWR) has introduced new Mobile WiMAX solution for its Visual 
System Simulator(TM) (VSS) design suite. The design software meets the 
specification defined in the wireless metropolitan area network 
(WirelessMAN) orthogonal frequency-division multiple access (OFDMA) 
physical layer (PHY) of the IEEE 802.16e Air Interface for Fixed and 
Mobile Broadband Wireless Access Systems standard. In addition, it 
complements the IEEE 802.16d WirelessMAN-OFDM PHY fixed-wireless 
capability previously released by AWR. Recently, the software was used 
by an emerging fabless semiconductor company to develop WiMAX 
Applied Wave Research ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B387:49027F

4. News
Strong Growth Projected for Airport RFID

Radio-frequency identification (RFID) is one of the hottest of 
wireless markets. A recent report from ABI Research bears this out, 
projecting that RFID has the potential to improve airline baggage 
handling. According to the research report, the overall systems 
revenue for RFID airline baggage handling will be $11.8 million this 
year, growing to almost $27.5 million in 2011, a compound annual 
growth rate (CAGR) of 18.49 percent. The growth will depend upon the 
use of disposable RFID tags and versatile readers. The report, "RFID 
in Emerging Transportation Markets," focuses on this application for 
RFID and is available from ABI research alone or as part of a service.
ABI Research ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B381:49027F

5. News
WJ Communications Offers Mixer/LO Amp

WJ Communications has developed a high-linearity 
upconverter/downconverter mixer that integrates a 
heterojunction-bipolar-transistor (HBT) local-oscillator (LO) 
amplifier for use with low-level LO sources. The model ML401 works 
over and RF range of 1700 to 2200 MHz and LO range of 1550 to 2150 MHz 
with an intermediate-frequency (IF) range of 50 to 250 MHz. With only 
0-dBm LO drive, it achieves input third-order intercept of +31 dBm and 
only 8-dB conversion loss. The ML401 is s8upplied in an RoHS-compliant 
SOIC-8 package. 
WJ Communications ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B38A:49027F

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6. News
Tek's New Arb Accelerates to 20 GSamples/s

Model AWG7000 represents the state of the art in arbitrary waveform 
synthesis, designed for modern waveform generation. It features 10-b 
resolution, sampling rates to 20 GSamples/s, and the capability of 
generating output signals across a 5.8-GHz bandwidth. The new 
instrument is based on a silicon-germanium (SiGe) digital-to-analog 
converter (DAC) developed with the IBM SiGe process. Applications 
include testing wired and wireless communications systems and advanced 
radar systems. 
Tektronix ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B383:49027F

7. News
Half-Sized DIP Holds HCMOS OCXO

Model FHS501AH is an oven-controlled crystal oscillator that is well 
suited for portable devices, such as time-code instruments and Global 
Positioning System (GPS) receivers. It is supplied in an eight-pin 
dual-in-line package (DIP) at frequencies from 10 to 80 MHz. It 
offers the stability of a full-sized package, at +/- 4.6 PPM, but 
measures only 13.2 x 13.2 mm. It consumes 0.5 W power and runs on 
control voltages of 0.5 to 5.0 V. 
Fox Electronics ---> http://news.mwrf.com/t?ctl=3B382:49027F

8.  Happenings - Conferences
ARMMS RF and Microwave Society
November 6-7, 2006
Harben House
Buckinghamshire, England

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

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

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