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New Waves: Satellite and mm-wave Applications

UHF SATCOM Antenna The model 092-00635 is a conformal UHF SATCOM antenna that employs quad planar inverted F antenna (PFIA) radiators with an integral feed network to provide circularly polarized hemispherical coverage. This miniature SATCOM antenna is qualified for supersonic flight and is optimized for performance over the UHF...
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Career Corner

Our May Career Corner argued that education (RF and microwave engineering, in our case) is a key factor in the global competition for technology and jobs. Generating engineering graduates is the key to sustaining domestic technology jobs, as much as it is a bottleneck for expanding offshoring destinations. A...
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Software Update

RF Design Software ACS recently released a new version of its LINC2 Pro RF and microwave design, synthesis and simulation software suite. Version 2.71 Release G adds variable parameter sweeps to the LINC2 simulation control toolset. Now swept variables can be assigned to equations or to circuit component parameters...
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The Book End

Wireless Ad Hoc and Sensor Networks Houda Labiod, Editor 329 pages; $165 • John Wiley & Sons Inc. ISBN: 978-1-84821-003-5 Wireless local area networks were designed as data transmission systems to wirelessly connect computer peripherals, independent of their location. They now appear to be a key component in a...
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New Literature

Application Note “3GPP Long Term Evolution: System Overview, Product Development and Test Challenges” is a 68-page document that explains the concepts of Long Term Evolution (LTE). It details aspects of both the radio and air interface protocol, highlighting LTE’s use of multiple antenna techniques and the single carrier frequency...
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WiMAX: A reality check

Chinese vendors are moving, but carriers remain mum
WiMAX, a high-speed wireless service, is gaining momentum worldwide. Latest figures show WiMAX equipment sales rose nearly 50 percent in 2007 to US$800 million. WiMAX networks have been deployed in some 80 countries with 2.2 million customers, and growth is expected to continue. According to the WiMAX Forum, worldwide...
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Using the Web to untangle wireless

IEEE launches online site to prepare for technologies certification program
With WiMAX and Wi-Fi and fixed and mobile and 3G and 4G and LTE and LMDS, just defining “wireless” is a headache- inducing chore. The need to clarify is important enough, however, that the IEEE Communications Society (IEEE ComSoc) has launched a Web site to provide detailed information, ongoing...
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DragonWave XOHMs in on WiMAX backhaul

Sprint tabs Canadian vendor for deployments in Baltimore/Washington and Chicago
Sprint may be combining its XOHM network and operations and name and everything else with Clearwire, but that’s not going to happen until December and there’s a little matter of rolling out initial WiMAX deployments before that. There’s also the boodle of last-minute bits and pieces needed to make...
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SMB spending outstrips economy

Report says IT, telecom spending three times GDP growth
A report by Access Markets International (AMI) contends that IT and telecom spending by U.S. small and medium businesses (SMB) was three times higher (6.5 percent versus 2.2 percent) than the nation’s GDP. A hefty portion of the spending is attributable to the natural movement of vendors who have...
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Sprint to launch first WiMAX service in Baltimore

Service slated to go live in September
Sprint has announced it will be the first provider to offer WiMAX service. According to CEO Dan Hesse, speaking at his NXTcomm08 keynote, Baltimore will be the lucky winner for first deployment rights, going live in September. Chicago and Washington, D.C, having been “soft-launched” earlier this year, will follow...
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