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A Broadband Double Dipole Antenna with Triangle and Rhombus Shapes and Stable End-fire Radiation Patterns for Phased-array Antenna Systems

A broadband microstrip-fed printed antenna is presented for phased-array antenna systems. The presented antenna consists of two parallel dipoles of different lengths to obtain two main resonances. The distance between the two dipoles is adjusted to red...
Abdelnasser A. Eldek, Jackson State University, Jackson, MS
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Microstrip antennas have recently gained wide popularity, because they exhibit a low profile, small size, lightweight, low manufacturing cost, high efficiency, and an easy method of fabrication and installation. Furthermore, they are generally economical to produce since they are readily adaptable to hybrid and monolithic integrated circuit fabrication techniques...
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Frequency Converters: Understanding the Benefits of Simple and Complex Architectures

Roland Hassun, Roland Hassun Consulting
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Frequency converters are rapidly becoming the only analog building block in a variety of RF and microwave systems. This trend is obvious in wireless consumer products, instrumentation, radar and radar-warning systems, telemetry and secure communications. The advent of synthetic instruments puts frequency converters at center stage within the RF...
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A Practical Design of a Low Phase Noise Airborne X-band Frequency Synthesizer

Vsevolod Tanygin Orion Science Research Institute Kiev, Ukraine
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Frequency synthesizers have been well studied, but difficult problems sometimes arise in their practical implementations. The major concern of synthesizer designers is the phase noise. It is critically important in Doppler radar, frequency-agile radar and various communications systems. In such applications, a synthesizer’s phase noise may set the system’s...
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Harris Corp. Team Achieves Milestone in FAA Telecommunications Program

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Harris Corp. announced that it has completed the installation and check out of all the equipment and services required for the transition of 24 major hubs to the new FAA Telecommunications Infrastructure (FTI) network. The transition moves an important portion of voice communication, flight data and weather information to...
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Northrop Grumman Tests Confirm Performance of Advanced EHF Array

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The downlink phased-array antenna developed by Northrop Grumman for the Advanced Extremely High Frequency (EHF) military satellite communications payload has completed range tests that confirmed performance predictions. The company will provide the Advanced EHF payloads to Lockheed Martin, prime contractor for the Advanced EHF system. Test results demonstrated antenna...
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Lockheed Martin Announces Team for Secure Border Program

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Lockheed Martin’s Secure Border Initiative (SBInet) solution will present the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with a balanced mix of people, process, technology and infrastructure in order to gain full operational control of the country’s borders, the corporation said. The solution was shaped by the company’s eight team members,...
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Alcatel to Acquire Nortel’s UMTS Business

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As part of its strategy to further strengthen its UMTS market position and expand its global leadership in broadband access, Alcatel has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Nortel to acquire its UMTS radio access business (UTRAN) and related assets for $320 M. The acquisition is subject...
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Philips Semiconductors Becomes NXP

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To mark its independence from Royal Philips, Philips Semiconductors will move forward as NXP. The name change follows an agreement between Royal Philips and Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR), Bain Capital, Silver Lake Partners, Apax and AlpInvest Partners NV that will see the consortium take an 80.1 percent...
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EU Approval for Saab Microwave Systems

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Following the original announcement in June, the EU commission has approved Saab’s takeover of the former Ericsson microwave company and the formation of the new business unit, Saab Microwave Systems. It has approximately 1250 employees and the business unit now forms part of the Systems and Products business segment...
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Echoes of Success for QinetiQ

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QinetiQ has won a £1.4 M contract to develop a novel radar target simulator to emulate realistic radar echoes from targets such as missiles, aircraft, small surface craft and submarine periscopes. The contract includes provision for initial trials to evaluate interaction between the Radar Research Target Generator (RRTG) and...
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