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BAE Systems Reveals Fast Jet CWS

International contractor BAE Systems has revealed that it is proceeding to full-scale development of a collision warning system (CWS) for use on military fast jet aircraft. Designed to reduce the incidence of near misses and mid-air accidents, the new system is described as making use of secondary surveillance radar...
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BAE Systems Completes Ptarmigan Out-of-area Upgrade

BAE Systems UK-based command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) business unit has announced delivery of the 30th and final Mobile Access to the Ptarmigan Packet Switching (MAPPS) hardware/software package to the UK's Ministry of Defence. Designed to enhance the data handling capacity of the existing Ptarmigan...
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Elisra Launches New Naval Countermeasures Suite

Israeli contractor Elisra Electronic Systems has launched a new electronic countermeasures suite that it claims is suitable for installation aboard any type of naval vessel. Designated as the NS-9003A-V2/ 9005A-V2 system, the new suite functions by detecting and identifying (with a 100 percent probability of intercept) over-the-horizon radar signals,...
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MEMS in Consumer Electronics

As far as the consumer electronic market is concerned, MEMS is slowly heading in the right direction, according to In-Stat/MDR. The high tech market research firm reports that the technology is moving forwards in terms of device development, increasing unit shipments, and most importantly, price reduction - all of...
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End-user Applications Will Rejuvenate the World Power Transistor Markets

Potential growth of many end-user application markets such as next-generation wireless communications, consumer and automotive electronics, as well as computer applications, is expected to boost the power transistor markets. New analysis from Frost & Sullivan, World Power Transistor Markets (Report A214) reveals that this market generated revenues worth $5.27...
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GaAs is In but Silicon is Not Out

Aggressive pricing has boosted demand for GaAs-based wireless power ICs. Today, even some moderately priced GSM handsets are using GaAs power amplifiers. Another trend in handset design is the increased reliance upon power modules. Modules greatly simplify design of notoriously complex power amplification circuits. While the market for power...
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Motorola and SiRF Agree to Develop New Location-aware Chipsets

SiRF Technology Inc. and Motorola's Semiconductor Products Sector (SPS), the world's largest producer of imbedded processors and a leading supplier into the mobile phone market, have announced an agreement to integrate SiRF's market-leading SiRFstar Global Positioning System (GPS) core technology with Motorola wireless baseband and applications processors to location-enable...
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Effects of Grounding and Bias Circuit on the Performance of High Frequency Linear Amplifiers

The design of a high frequency amplifier is normally based on the S-parameters supplied by the manufacturer of the active device. However, in a practical design, these parameters are affected by the DC bias network and the grounding of the active devic...
In the design of high frequency power amplifiers, one of the parameters is the stability of the active device. The stability of the active device is determined by the Rollet stability factor K. If K > 1, then the active device is unconditionally stable and the design of the...
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New Products

COMPONENTS Voltage Variable Attenuator The AT65-0009 voltage variable attenuator was developed to provide designers with a high performance solution in a small surface-mount package. The single package allows designers to minimize size and component count. The device has a minimum dynamic range of 25 dB and is contained in...
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Around the Circuit

INDUSTRY NEWS Richard (Dick) J. Sheloff , a management leader in the RF power amplifier industry, passed away on August 8, 2002. He was 75 years old. Dick was born in Brooklyn, New York. In 1950, he began his career at Polarad Corp., which manufactured one of the first...
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