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Integrated Passive and Active Devices Using CSP, DFN and QFN Packaging for Portable Electronic Applications

Over the past five years, an explosion in growth of the portable electronics industry has provided numerous opportunities for manufacturers of RF components. Today, the designers of compact electronic systems, especially handheld/wireless devices, are faced with tightening board space constraints, thus driving the requirement for alternative integrated passive technologies....
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Harris Corp. Introduces Falcon Watch Remote Surveillance System

Harris Corp. unveiled an advanced sensor system product line that offers remote, unattended intrusion detection and surveillance capabilities ideally suited to the defense of military installations and perimeters, as well as for the protection of borders and other assets associated with homeland defense. The Harris Falcon Watch™ Remote Intrusion...
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Northrop Grumman Receives Joint STARS Upgrade Contract Worth $532 M

The US Air force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corp. a five-year, $532 M contract for the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System (Joint STARS) System Improvement Program to provide system design and development improvements to the E-8C Joint STARS fleet. The contract covers the engineering, design, development, integration, test...
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AACER System Would Detect Ground Targets

Development of an airborne radar that can search broadly for ground targets while transmitting data about them at Ka-band is the objective of the Affordable Adaptive Conformal ESA Radar (AACER) program awarded to Raytheon by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA). Raytheon was selected to proceed with Phase...
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Raytheon Standard Missile-3 Intercept Challenging Ballistic Missile Target

A Raytheon Co.-produced Standard Missile-3 (SM-3) destroyed a ballistic missile target outside the earth atmosphere during a Missile Defense Agency/Aegis Ballistic Defense (BMD) Program flight test over the Pacific Ocean. It was the sixth successful intercept for the Aegis BMD program using the SM-3. The November 17 mission was...
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European Ministers Formulate Space Strategy

Following a two-day meeting of the European Space Agency’s (ESA) ruling Council the Ministers responsible for space in the ESA’s 17 Member States and Canada formulated a coherent plan for discovery and competitiveness for Europe in space. They accordingly endorsed the continuation of a set of ongoing programmes and...
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Avago Emerges from Agilent Semiconductor Group Acquisition

Avago Technologies has begun operations as the world’s largest privately held independent semiconductor company. Its creation follows the completion of the acquisition of Agilent Technologies Inc.’s Semiconductor Products Group by Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR) and Silver Lake Partners in a $2.66 B transaction. Its heritage of technical...
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Galileo Concessionaire Maps Out Key Locations

In what is a major step forward for the Galileo European satellite radio navigation project, the future Galileo Concessionaire has agreed upon the locations of the various facilities under its responsibility that are required for the successful deployment of the programme. Under the agreement the Headquarters of the Galileo...
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Chipcon Acquired by Texas Instruments

Chipcon, a designer of short-range, low power wireless transceiver devices, has been acquired by Texas Instruments (TI) Inc. in a transaction valued at approximately $200 M. At the time of going to press the transaction was expected to be completed during January 2006. Under the agreement Chipcon, which employs...
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