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GEO-1 Spacecraft Ready for Environmental Test Phase

Lockheed Martin announced that it has achieved a major integrated test milestone on the first Space-based Infrared System (SBIRS) geosynchronous orbit (GEO-1) spacecraft that enables the start of environmental testing in preparation for launch in 2009. The GEO-1 satellite, designed to provide new missile detection and surveillance capabilities for...
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Raytheon Demonstrates Gallium Nitride Advantages in Radar Components

Raytheon Co. is developing transmit-receive modules based on the advanced semiconductor gallium nitride (GaN) for use in future radar upgrades. “This transmit-receive module demonstration and parallel reliability testing show that GaN will soon be ready to take over where increased power and advanced capabilities are needed,” said Mark Russell,...
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A Ku-band 4-bit Compact Octave Bandwidth GaAs MMIC Phase Shifter

Editor’s Note: The editorial theme for June is semiconductors, MMICs and RFICs, so we are featuring several related technical articles and product features in this month’s issue. In keeping with our Then and Now series that celebrates the Microwave Jou...
This article presents the design approach and test results of a X-/Ku-band 4-bit compact GaAs MMIC phase shifter developed for broadband applications. The phase shifter design is based on choosing an optimum topology for each bit, yielding compact size and low insertion loss. It also has on-chip integrated digital...
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ESA and Astrium Sign Satellite Agreement

The European Space Agency and Astrium have signed a €195 M contract to provide the first Sentinel-2 earth observation satellite, devoted to monitoring the land environment, as part of the European Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme. As prime contractor, Astrium is responsible for the design, development...
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EPCOS Acquires RF-MEMS Business

EPCOS, a manufacturer of electronic components, modules and systems, has acquired the activities of NXP Semiconductors Netherlands B.V. in the area of Radio Frequency Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (RF-MEMS). Through the acquisition EPCOS continues its strategy of cooperative ventures and acquisitions aimed at extending its technology and product range, boosting its...
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Wireless Industry Leaders Commit to LTE Framework

Alcatel-Lucent, Ericsson, NEC, NextWave Wireless, Nokia, Nokia Siemens Networks and Sony Ericsson have made a mutual commitment to a framework for establishing predictable and more transparent maximum aggregate costs for licensing intellectual property rights (IPR) that relate to 3GPP Long Term Evolution and Service Architecture Evolution standards (LTE/SAE). The...
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Markets for Microwave Modules in Military and Space-related Systems

Engalco has recently released an industry and markets report covering global military and space-related systems. “Microwaves Global Military and Space Systems” (MGMSS) provides “free world” market forecasts for microwave electronic module products sold into these segments. The report separates products and applications into microwave (0.7 to 20 GHz) and...
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