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EADS Delivers Advanced Defence Electronics to US Armed Forces

A€20 M contract has been awarded to EADS Defence Electronics (DE) by US-based ViaSat Inc. to supply core electronics that will enhance the US armed forces’ network-enabled capabilities. The contract covers the delivery of 400 power amplifiers, which are core components of the US Multifunctional Information Distribution System (MIDS)....
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3.5 GHz System Deployed by Irish Broadband

Irish Broadband, a subsidiary of NTR plc, a developer of private infrastructure, has announced its intent to commercially deploy one of the first next generation, non-line-of-sight (NLOS) wide-area wireless broadband networks in the European Union at 3.5 GHz. The company is utilizing Navini Networks’ Ripwave™ product line. The rollout...
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Ericsson EDGEs Network Upgrade in Malaysia

DiGi Telecommunications (DiGi) has selected Ericsson as a network infrastructure provider for its network upgrade to EDGE in the Klang Valley, which includes the capital city of Kuala Lumpur. The company will supply the necessary EDGE network infrastructure and equipment, including the upgrade of associated core network and supply...
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Motorola Versus the Rest of the World: the Ultrawideband Battle

According to ABI Research, the possibility of obtaining consensus on a single ultrawideband (UWB) standard for wireless personal area networks (WPAN) has disappeared. There are two standards on the table, one proposed by Motorola and a couple of others, and the other proposed by nearly all the remaining industry...
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The Book End

High Frequency Techniques: An Introduction to RF and Microwave Engineering Joseph F. White Wiley-Interscience 502 pages; $94.95 ISBN: 0-471-45591-1 This book is intended for the undergraduate or graduate student who wishes to pursue a career in radio frequency and microwave engineering. It presumes that the student has access to...
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Raytheon Awarded $127 M US Army Contract for the Joint SLAMRAAM System

The US Army Aviation and Missile Command has awarded Raytheon Co. a $127 M contract for the US Army and US Marine Corps Surface Launched Advanced Medium Range Air-to-Air Missile (SLAMRAAM) System. Raytheon’s Integrated Defense Systems will lead Team SLAMRAAM to develop, fabricate, integrate and test the SLAMRAAM system....
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High Efficiency Power Amplifier Driving Methods and Circuits: Part II

Part I of this article 1 analyzed the driving circuits and methods for power amplifiers, using a low frequency approximation. This second part deals with the driving problem at high frequencies. Using a simple yet effective (for this purpose) active device model, the influence of the intrinsic feedback capacitance...
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Thin Film Barium Strontium Titanate (BST) for a New Class of Tunable RF Components

Thin film ferroelectrics (TFFE) are receiving increased attention because of their potential in producing tunable RF and microwave circuits. Tunable circuits, including filters, matching networks and phase shifters offer the flexibility to adapt to cha...
RF and microwave applications benefit greatly from the use of tunable devices and circuits. With components that can be tuned over a broad range, filters can be made to tune over multiple frequency bands of operation, impedance matching networks can be adjusted for amplifier power level or antenna impedance...
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Comparison of Coaxial Dipole Antennas for Applications in the Near-field and Far-field Regions

Coaxial antennas with properties similar to those of a two-wire dipole antenna are presented and analyzed. Since coaxial antennas extend along a straight line and can have almost any radius, they may be easily inserted into confined spaces that require...
Coaxial antennas with properties similar to those of a two-wire dipole antenna are developed and analyzed in this article. In order to simulate the characteristics of a two-wire dipole antenna with a 50 Ω coaxial line, the inner and outer conductors of the coaxial line are altered in specific...
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Predicting the EVM Performance of WLAN Power Amplifiers with OFDM Signals

This article details a method of predicting the error vector magnitude (EVM) of wireless local area network (WLAN) power amplifiers (PA). It starts with a definition and explanation of EVM, and explains the EVM specification as defined by the IEEE 802....
The 802.11a/g WLAN standards stipulate the use of orthogonal frequency division multiplexing (OFDM) signals with M-QAM symbols modulation, where M can be as high as 64. These wideband digital modulations demand PAs with high linearity, due to the inherent high peak-to-average ratio (PAR) of these signals. This article describes...
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