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Modernized GPS Satellite Begins Operations

A combined US Air Force/Lockheed Martin team has completed a rapid on-orbit deployment of the modernized Global Positioning System Block IIR (GPS IIR-M) satellite launched on March 15 from Cape Canaveral. The spacecraft, which includes new features that enhance operations and navigation signal performance, has been declared operational for...
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Triquint White Paper: Gallium Nitride Applications

I. Introduction Since the late 1990s, Gallium Nitride technology has been developed from small pieces studied in universities and advanced research labs into a viable technology for commercial and military applications. Both private and government funding has propelled research and development in this wide bandgap material to bring it...
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Around the Circuit

Industry News ANSYS Inc. , a global innovator of simulation software and technologies designed to optimize product development processes, and Ansoft Corp. , a global provider of Electronic Design Automation (EDA) software, announced that they signed a definitive agreement whereby ANSYS will acquire Ansoft for a purchase price of...
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The Battle Between HF and UHF RFID

It is undeniable that RFID tags reign over the bar coding technologies and other optically read technologies due to its contactless nature, larger memory capacity and ability to allow energy to penetrate certain goods that are hidden or covered with su...
In the 21 st century, RFID woke up from its hibernating stage and started making a great impact in the many applications of our lives. The ability of RFID to receive, modify and pass on information, and store large memories regarding any object embedded with a transponder brings a...
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Liquid Crystal Polymer: Enabling Next Generation Conformal and Multilayer Electronics

For microwave systems that operate below 5 GHz, conventional circuit board materials are readily available with low cost and good performance. However, as systems migrate to higher frequencies, and as the demand for improved integration schemes increases, microwave and millimeter-wave designers look for the next generation of materials with...
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New Literature

Capabilities Brochure This brochure outlines the company’s capabilities as a leading developer of microwave-absorbing materials and electrically tuned composite structures for use in commercial and defense applications. The six-page brochure showcases ARC Technologies’ extensive capabilities and processes; expertise in advanced materials for both functional and material property requirements; in-house...
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The Book End

Integrated Frequency Synthesizers for Wireless Systems A. Lacaita, S. Levantino and C. Samori Cambridge University Press • 246 pages; $120, £65 ISBN: 978-0-521-86315-5 The phase-locked loop (PLL) concept is about 70 years old and a wealth of literature is already available on the subject. Why another book about PLLs?...
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Career Corner

Offshoring has been occurring in engineering professions for several years now. Figures indicate an increasing rate of engineering among jobs shifted to other regions in the world. Dr. Ron Hira of RIT stated in his presentation on this topic back in 2005 “Global Outsourcing of Jobs Exacerbates US Engineering...
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Georgia On My Mind

It’s back! For the first time since the 2003 event in Philadelphia, Microwave Week—featuring the International Microwave Symposium (IMS), the RFIC Symposium and the ARFTG Conference—returns to a city east of the Mississippi. That’s right, the largest show dedicated solely to our industry will be held in Atlanta: home...
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