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Terma and NLR Open European EW Centre

Danish defence company Terma and the National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) of the Netherlands have signed a cooperation agreement within the framework of establishing a European Electronic Warfare Competence Centre. The company’s decision to establish the centre is based on more than 20 years of close relations and cooperation with...
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Infineon has Mid-range Cars on its Radar

Price and size constraints have limited the use of automotive radar systems to higher-end, luxury vehicles. That is set to change with Infineon Technologies’ announcement of a new family of radar system ICs (RASIC™), which could bring long- and medium-range automotive radar to mid-range cars as soon as mid-2010....
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$10 B Mobile Video Messaging Opportunity for 2012

Mobile video messaging services are at the center of the technology convergence that is helping mobile customers realize greater levels of self-expression and on-line community participation. This according to Dan Shey, principal analyst at ABI Research. “Mobile video messaging is perfectly positioned to take advantage of the convergence of...
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Around the Circuit

Industry News Dielectric Communications , a division of SPX and a developer of broadcast antenna systems, announced that the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences will present the company with a Technology and Engineering Emmy® Award at an awards ceremony during the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in...
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Electromagnetic Simulation of Mobile Phone Antenna Performance

The telecommunications sector is making great advances aimed at delivering an even stream of high-tech devices, covering the significant consumer demands in this sector. Electromagnetic (EM) simulation is becoming an increasingly important tool in the ...
Today’s handsets have to meet tough technical requirements. Mobile phones have to deal with an ever-increasing number of services, while at the same time the cost of the systems is being reduced. R&D in the mobile phone industry copes with this situation by continuously improving the mobile phone efficiency...
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Design Enablement for RF and Microwave IC Design: Part II

This two-part series from Jazz Semiconductor presents recent developments in design-support methodology from a pure-play wafer foundry specializing in RFCMOS and advanced CMOS technologies, including BiCMOS, SiGe BiCMOS and high voltage CMOS. In this s...
Variations in semiconductor manufacturing technology are unavoidable; therefore, the IC must be designed for yield even at the extremes of process variation. The goal of statistical and corner models is accurate simulation of the process-induced variation of circuit performances, such as gain-bandwidth products, distortion levels and phase noise. Process...
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Gallium Nitride Microwave Transistor Technology for Radar Applications

This article reviews the relative merits of silicon (Si), gallium arsenide (GaAs), silicon carbide (SiC) and gallium nitride (GaN) materials and describes how the attributes of each impact the operation of microwave transistors for the generation of hi...
Many microwave radar transmitters require active devices that can produce RF output power in the order of kilowatts to even megawatts. Routinely, microwave traveling-wave tube devices are utilized for this application. However, the currently used traveling-wave tubes are inefficient, large, expensive and have suspect reliability. While semiconductor-based amplifiers in...
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