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Nokia Set for Expansion in Indonesia

Indosat has awarded Nokia an expansion deal for its Nokia GSM Radio Network, Core network and Cellular Transmission in Indonesia. This agreement will further enhance service coverage, capacity and quality for the Indosat GSM network in East Java, Bali and South Central Java. As part of the GSM Core...
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TSMC and AWR in SiGe Collaboration

To meet growing demand in the wireless radio frequency integrated circuit (RFIC) market for a capable, cost-effective RFIC design platform, Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Co. Ltd. (TSMC) and Applied Wave Research Inc. (AWR) have announced a corporate agreement to jointly develop and deliver a design platform for TSMC’s 0.35-micron silicon...
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3G?, 4G?, WiMAX?, 802.20? Do We Need Them All?

Recently, AT&T Wireless started UMTS services in Detroit, Phoenix, San Francisco and Seattle. Based on technologies shared with Japan’s NTT DoCoMo, these are, says the company, the first commercially available 3G UMTS services available in the US. That is good news, but is it the whole story? The wireless...
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UWB: Is It Only for Personal Area Networks?

Ultra wideband (UWB) has received a lot of press recently for personal area networking and connectivity. But is that the whole story? Not at all: there are a number of other uses for the fledgling format, which have nothing to do with the sub 5 to 10 meter space....
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ASIC Market Alive and Well

In spite of what some market analysts might believe, In-Stat/MDR reports that the application-specific IC (ASIC) market is alive and well and will continue to prosper in the future, albeit at a lower pace than history would have dictated. The high tech market research firm finds that product differentiation...
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The Book End

Modern Receiver Front-Ends: Systems, Circuits and Integration Joy Laskar, Balak Matinpour and Sudipto Chakraborty Wiley-Interscience 234 pages; $79.95 ISBN: 0-471-22591-6 The main focus of this book is the integration of, and interaction among, various building blocks for, and the development and characterization of, receiver subsystems for wireless applications. Such...
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New Literature

Selection Guide This 20-page digital design and debug solutions selection guide includes product comparison tables for oscilloscopes, logic analyzers, pulse pattern generators, bit error ratio testers and probing solutions for easy evaluation and selection. The guide provides quick access to product information, expert and comprehensive product support, and technical...
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Raytheon Receives $369 M for Phase II of MP-RTIP Radar

Raytheon Co. has received a $369 M System Development and Demonstration (SDD) contract for Phase II of the US Air Force’s Multi-platform Radar Technology Insertion Program (MP-RTIP). Since December 2000, Raytheon and Northrop Grumman have been teamed for the design, development and production of the Air Force’s next generation...
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“Satellite On a Stick” for Path Link Simulation

Creating the complete transmission path of a satellite in training, development, troubleshooting, or system set-up applications requires three components: two earth terminals and a spacecraft. While terminals are generally accessible, satellite accessibility is more problematic, requiring costly leased time on an orbiting spacecraft and offering no control flexibility. Often,...
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Attenuation Solution for TDMA-to-GSM BTS Upgrades

When implementing the evolution of TDMA wireless networks to GSM/GPRS and then W-CDMA, service providers “overlay” GSM/GPRS by integrating a new base transceiver station (BTS) with the existing TDMA BTS. Carrier signals from the new BTS are fed through the TDMA transmit chain to the existing antennas, and receiver...
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