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RF to Light 100 Update - December 4, 2006

The RF to Light 100 dropped 1.6% last week, YTD +13% at 2458. NASDAQ dropped 1.9% to 2413. Finisar's stock sank 15% after lowering expectations - dragging down other F/O stocks. While the telecom service providers will need to upgrade their equipment to compete with cable, they prefer to...
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Agilent Offers WiMAX eSeminar and Tool Kit CD

Agilent Technologies Inc. announced the release of an on-demand eSeminar and Tool Kit CD for fixed 802.16-2004 and mobile 802.16e-2005 WiMAX applications. Further complementing Agilent's broad offering of WiMAX solutions, these resources are designed to help today's engineers more efficiently and effectively test and verify WiMAX designs and radios....
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Giga-tronics and TestMart Sign GSA Partnership

Giga-tronics Inc. , a manufacturer of instruments, subsystems and sophisticated microwave components that have broad applications in both commercial and military wireless telecommunications systems, announced a new partnership agreement with TestMart , a marketplace operator and service provider for the IT, network maintenance, and test and measurement industries. The...
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Canadian NanoFab Selects SUSS Wafer Bonder

The University of Alberta’s NanoFab has selected SUSS MicroTec ’s new ELAN CB6L wafer bonding equipment for its research and production activities. The NanoFab is an open access micro and nano fabrication facility, which is currently being used by over 130 research groups from the university, other Canadian universities...
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EC Approves Formation of Nokia Siemens Networks

The European Commission (EC) has given unconditional clearance of the planned transaction to merge the Networks Business Group of Nokia and the carrier-related operations of Siemens into a new company, to be called Nokia Siemens Networks . According to the Commission's assessment, the transaction would not restrict effective competition...
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Satellite Hat Trick for ASTRA

SES ASTRA , a SES GLOBAL company, has awarded the contract for the construction of its new satellite, ASTRA 3B, to the European satellite manufacturer ASTRIUM, a subsidiary of EADS. It is the third ASTRA satellite to be built by the company and as prime contractor it will design...
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Amoi Electronics Selects RFMD’s Radio Module

RF Micro Devices Inc. (RFMD), a global leader in the design and manufacture of high performance radio systems and solutions for applications that drive mobile communications, announced that it has commenced volume production shipments of its POLARIS™ 2 Total Radio Module for EDGE for GSM/GPRS/EDGE handsets to Amoi Electronics...
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Ask Harlan, November 27, 2006

Harlan Howe has 34 years experience as a microwave design engineer and fifteen as publisher and editor of Microwave Journal ® , and is an IEEE Fellow and past president of MTT-S. He's here to answer your questions on RF and Microwave engineering.
Published November 27, 2006 From: Mike O’Driscoll, student Dear Harlan, With regards to RF mixers, how would you define the sensitivity of a mixer? Is it possible to measure sensitivity? Dear Mike, I have always regarded sensitivity as the signal level needed for a minimum detectable signal above the...
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