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IEEE Begins Wireless LAN Standards Projects to Aid Interworking

The IEEE has begun work on two amendments to the IEEE 802.11 standard for wireless local area networks (WLAN). One will aid in interworking between IEEE 802.11 equipment and external networks and the other will enhance how network stations are managed. IEEE P802.11u, “Wireless LAN Medium Access Control (MAC)...
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Innovation Will Drive Higher Power Amplifier ASPs

Due to intense vendor price competition and cellular operator negotiating clout, the power amplifier segment of both cellular infrastructure markets and handset markets has seen falling average selling prices (ASP) over the last several years, especially in the more mature markets such as GSM. But with the advent of...
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ABI Research Sees RFID Helping Airlines Track Assets

In North America, those big utility dollies used at airports, the ones that are pulled around by little tractors, cost about $5000 each. There are many thousands of them in airports around the continent. And believe it or not, airlines “lose” them frequently — through carelessness, theft, or “borrowing”...
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GaAs Powered Digital CATV Revolution

Digital CATV services will generate higher performance requirements from infrastructure components that will be suited to GaAs semiconductor capabilities, according to the latest Strategy Analytics study, “GaAs Will Drive Digital CATV Revolution.” By 2009, GaAs-based MMICs and hybrids will account for 75 percent of the total semiconductor content in...
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Is Radio Spectrum a Scarce Resource? Not if You Have UWB

Is ultra wideband (UWB) just another method to communicate wirelessly? At first look, it may seem so. For line-powered devices such as set-tops, advanced TVs, PCs and printers, it is a high speed method for transferring video and data without cables, enabling both aesthetics and freedom to decide where...
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Around the Circuit

Dr. Don Parker Dr. Don Parker , one of the most respected leaders in the microwave profession, died on February 2, 2005. He was 71 years old. He was born in Ogden, UT, and graduated from Brigham Young University with a BSEE in 1956. He received his Master’s in...
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The Book End

Nonlinear Microwave Circuit Design F. Giannini and G. Leuzi John Wiley & Sons Ltd. 402 pages; $125 ISBN:0-470-84701-8 While the field of nonlinear microwave circuits is still open to investigations, many basic concepts and design principles are already well established. This book presents the theory and practical design methodology...
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New Products

New Waves: Amplifiers and Oscillators
SATCOM Low Noise Amplifier The model APTW4-18002650-2510-42 is a waveguide (WR-42) amplifier that offers an operating frequency of 18 to 26.5 GHz, an ultra low noise figure of 2.2 dB (191.3°K) maximum and a minimum output power of +10 dBm (+20 dBm IP3). An optimized BW from 17.8 to...
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New Literature

Solutions Brochure This brochure details the company’s semiconductor solutions for RF and microwave communications. It highlights manufacturing technologies including film bulk acoustic resonator, gallium arsenide PHEMT and enhancement mode PHEMT and silicon. Agilent Technologies Inc., Palo Alto, CA (800) 235-0312, www.agilent.com Product Brochure This brochure highlights the company’s design...
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A Portable Compact Range-based Antenna Measurement System

When measuring small production antennas and antenna-based assemblies, as well as for the development of millimeter-wave antennas, a requirement exists for a measurement system that is not only small but also fully portable. Designed to fulfill these needs is ORBIT/FR’s Mini-Compact Range Chamber, which is a portable test facility...
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