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An LTCC Mixer for Instrumentation and Military Applications

Test instrumentation may need to accommodate signals having a wide-percentage frequency bandwidth. For ease of processing such RF signals, the input can be upconverted in order to reduce the percentage bandwidth. To facilitate upconversion ahead of higher frequency receivers, Mini-Circuits has developed a high performance passive mixer that allows...
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MEMS SWITCH CHALLENGES

Thinking that they were facing a “normal” set of technical challenges, MEMS switch developers consistently underestimated the difference between being able to sample a few prototype devices from a wafer and consistently manufacturing products that deliver high levels of quality and reliability. This created market expectations that are only...
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Defense Spending Increases Provides Robust Market For Compound Semiconductors

Radar, Communications, Smart Munitions, and Electronic Warfare Contract Awards Exceed $16 billion in 2006
The newly released Strategy Analytics GaAs and Compound Semiconductor Technologies (GaAs) service report, "Defense Spending Increases Provide Robust Market for Compound Semiconductors," projects that the market for GaAs devices will see continued growth at a CAAGR of 8% through to 2010. GaAs remains a staple ingredient in military and...
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Laird Technologies Acquires AeroComm

Laird Technologies , a designer and manufacturer of antenna solutions, electromagnetic interference (EMI) shielding products, telematics, signal integrity products and thermal management solutions, announced the acquisition of AeroComm for $38 M. AeroComm is a designer and manufacturer of wireless communications systems for low- to mid-volume OEM applications where high...
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NXP and TSMC Strengthen R&D Cooperation

NXP Semiconductors and TSMC will strengthen their cooperation to include advanced R&D in CMOS process technologies as well as having a manufacturing partnership. The strengthened global R&D cooperation will be built upon the existing NXP research organization at the IMEC facilities in Leuven, Belgium, and TSMC corporate R&D in...
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EPCOS Goes On-line With China RoHS Information

EPCOS now offers its customers an on-line service to help them comply with the requirements of China’s new law on hazardous substances in electronic products. China RoHS, officially the Administration on the Control of Pollution Caused by Electronic Information Products (ACPEIP), regulates products containing any of six hazardous substances:...
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SUSS Bonds with MEMS Research Lab in Mexico

The University of Juarez (UACJ), Mexico, has selected SUSS MicroTec ’s advanced wafer bonding equipment for its research laboratory. UACJ is an integral member of the Paso del Norte (PDN) Regional MEMS Cluster and a key player in supporting bi-national innovation and entrepreneurial development in Mexico. The cluster consists...
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3GSM 2007 Gets the Party Started

On Monday (12 February) the 2007 3GSM World Congress commenced and by the time the doors close on the world’s premier mobile event on Thursday (15 February) it is expected that over 60,000 visitors will have frequented the Fira de Barcelona Conference and Exhibition Center. Socially the event got...
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Agilent To Expand Investment In Device Modeling

Agilent Technologies Inc. announced plans to expand the company's investment in its Integrated Circuit Characterization and Analysis Program (IC-CAP) device modeling software. The company will establish a new research and development modeling center in Asia to better serve the industry's leading semiconductor foundries and to respond to advancements in...
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Comtech Receives $9.5 M For MTS Contract

Comtech Telecommunications Corp. announced that its Maryland-based subsidiary, Comtech Mobile Datacom Corp., received orders totaling $9.5 M on its Movement Tracking System, or MTS contract, with the U.S. Army. The total includes $8.9 M of MTS program orders and $0.6 M in follow-on orders for the Army National Guard's...
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