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A 2.4 GHz CMOS Power Amplifier with 20 dBm Output Power for Bluetooth and WLAN Applications

This article presents a 2.4 GHz CMOS power amplifier (PA) with an output power of 20 dBm using a 0.25 µm 1P5M standard CMOS process. The PA uses a diode connected NMOS transistor functioning as a diode linearizer. It is believed that this is the first ...
Due to the fast development of wireless communications, a low cost, high performance, high integration technology is needed for system on a chip (SOC) implementation. The CMOS technology provides a good solution for SOC integration. 1 Recent improvements of the standard CMOS process make it possible to implement RF...
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An RF Module Design for a Multi-mode Handset

This article describes a novel design of an RF module for a multi-mode handset and presents an example of an RF module for a W-CDMA/GSM/DCS tri-band and dual-mode handset. The entire module, including a direct modulation transmitter and a superheterody...
The number of mobile users is predicted to reach 1.7 billion by the year 2010. More than 45 percent of them will use high data speed services. W-CDMA, proposed by IMT2000, has become the most practical and important system for the development of new wireless communications. Nevertheless, second generation...
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Trends in Antennas for Wireless Communications

Examination of a series of innovative approaches in use to meet the demand for antennas that include small size, wide bandwidth, high gain and adaptive pattern control
From mobile telephones to wireless Internet access to networked appliances and peripherals, there is an increasing reliance on wireless communications to provide or enhance functionality for products and services. The wireless communications industry continues to generate new products and applications for consumers and new opportunities for businesses. The enormity...
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Interactive Interdigital Filter Design Using MMICAD Software

Successful microwave circuit realization requires flexible circuit analysis tools that allow engineers to prototype, analyze and verify their circuits. Today, available software tools offer standard features such as frequency analysis, tuning and optimization, but are differentiated by their model libraries and special customization capabilities. This article describes the design...
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NIST and National Federation of the Blind to Cooperate

Deputy Secretary of Commerce Sam Bodman and National Federation of the Blind (NFB) president Marc Maurer announced that the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the NFB will work together to test a prototype technology developed by NIST that provides the blind and visually impaired...
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Northrop Grumman Awarded $34.2 M Contract for Work on Radar Antenna

Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Integrated Systems sector has been awarded a $34.2 M contract by the US Air Force for the first phase of the B-2 radar Pathfinder program, a multi-year effort to design and integrate a new radar antenna on the B-2 stealth bomber. The total program value for...
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US Air Force Successfully Completes Live-fire Test of Infrared Countermeasures

Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasures (LAIRCM) system, chosen by the US Air Force to protect its transport aircraft from the threat of heat-seeking missiles, has successfully completed live missile fire tests and has entered low rate initial production. "The LAIRCM system has passed another milestone on its...
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Raytheon Tactical Tomahawk Successfully Completes First Underwater Launch

Raytheon Co. and the US Navy successfully completed the second demonstration test flight (DT-1) of the Raytheon-produced Tactical Tomahawk cruise missile at the Naval Air Systems Command western test range complex in southern California. "The resounding success of DT-1 and the entire test flight program demonstrates that the US...
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AMS Snares ATC/Airport Business

The Anglo-Italian joint venture company Alenia Marconi Systems (AMS) has announced new contracts with respect to the provision of instrument landing systems (ILS) for the US Air Force, a Doppler weather radar for South Korea's Meteorological Administration and two Advanced Surface Movement Guidance Control Systems (A-SMGCS) for Italy's Ente...
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EADS to Upgrade Brazilian Orions and Modernise Greek Air Defence Radars

The Fuerza Aerea Brasilia (FAB - the Brazilian Air Force) has awarded the European Aeronautic, Defence and Space (EADS) Co. Spanish arm - EADS-CASA - a contract covering the upgrading and modernisation of nine recently purchased ex-US Navy Lockheed Martin P-3A maritime patrol aircraft. Elsewhere, the company's Ulm, Germany-headquartered...
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