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D2 Technologies Opens New Design Facility

June 1, 2006
D2 Technologies announced that it has opened a design center in Hsinchu City, Taiwan. The center will be responsible for a variety of R&D projects aimed at advancing the state of the art of VoIP technology. The design center will be headed by Michael Deng, who reports to Matt...
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Military Microwaves 2006 — Current Viewpoints on Air Defense Systems

June 1, 2006
The editors of Microwave Journal ® and Journal of Electronic Defense interviewed some key executive and military leaders in the markets that we serve, both in the US as well as in Europe. Selected questions and answers from those interviews are presented below. We would like to thank the...
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Name of the Roses

Russia’s “joint” S-300 air defense system turned out to be nothing of the sort.
June 1, 2006
In the late 1960s, the highest authorities in the Soviet Union (read: the Politburo of the Communist Party) were concerned about the growing costs of armaments development programs. At that time, the Soviet Union undertook tremendous efforts to field a broad range of new weapons types, including new air...
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Metric Radars Win Reprieve in Hungary

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June 1, 2006
Decades ago, western defense industry contractors and armed forces downplayed the usefulness of meter-wavelength radars of Soviet/Russian origin, but they are still going strong in several countries around the globe. Although a member of NATO for nearly seven years now, Hungary not only still operates such radars, but also...
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A GaAs MMIC LNA for Military and Commercial Applications from 29 to 36 GHz

June 1, 2006
Over the past two decades, the military market has widely embraced the use of monolithic microwave integrated circuits (MMIC). The MMIC Program of the mid-1980s brought about significant advances in the design, manufacture and test capability of GaAs MMIC components. The advantages of using MMICs over their MIC/discrete hybrid...
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Ka-band Waveguide Ferrite Switches and Switch Matrices

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June 1, 2006
The defence market has particular requirements for highly reliable, fast switching, high power handling switches and switch matrices in Ka-band. This is the sector targeted by Thales MESL when extending its portfolio of microwave switch products by developing Ka-band waveguide ferrite switches and switch matrices for short range air/sea...
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Literature Showcase

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June 1, 2006
Capability Brochure This eight-panel folding brochure highlights the products and capabilities of the American Microwave family of companies. Products include solid-state switches, attenuators, DLVAs, phase shifters, amplifiers, filters, switched filter banks and integrated assemblies. Machine shop and clean room facilities are also detailed. Handy pocket panel houses the latest...
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The Road from RFIC to SoC

June 1, 2006
Twenty years ago, the microwave semiconductor industry in the US and subsequently all over the world got a boost from the Defense Advanced Research Procurement Activity, DARPA’s $600 M MIMIC (Microwave and Millimeter-wave Monolithic Integrated Circuits) program. Driven by an emphasis on production discipline, established through volume production, the...
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Internet Technology Improves Air Combat Capabilities

June 1, 2006
An Electronic System Center (ESC) capability, demonstrated in a “proof-of-concept” flight at Eglin AFB, FL, could translate into more effective information-sharing and better overall situation awareness. Flexible Access Secure Transfer, or FAST, is a technology concept managed by ESC’s Global Information Grid Systems Group, which delivers critical near-term operational...
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Raytheon Delivers First Aircraft Self Protection Security System

June 1, 2006
Raytheon Co. Integrated Defense System (IDS) business recently delivered to the Air Force the first prototype of an Aircraft Self Protection Security System (ASPSS). Using near object detection sensor (NODS) technology, the system provides electronic perimeter security for aircraft parked on the tarmac of an airfield or in a...
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