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RF to Light - December 27, 2006 Update

The RF to Light 100 dropped 1.6% last week, YTD + 13% at 2465. While an excellent year overall, space & defense and communications services were the market segments to be in. 2007 should be another good year for business: I assume hardware spending will continue on a high...
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Slovak Border Control Contract for Ericsson

Ericsson has signed a contract with the Ministry of Interior of the Slovak Republic to deliver a system for technical and physical control of the border with Ukraine as part of the European Union's Schengen arrangements. The system will be implemented by the end of 2007. Under the agreement,...
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Bulgarian Operator Mtel Chooses Andrew

Mtel (formally known as Mobiltel EAD), a wireless operator in Bulgaria, has selected and implemented Andrew Corp. ’s Odyssey™ cellular radio planning software system to replace a market-leading radio planning tool. Odyssey, used by operators worldwide and backed by Andrew’s global customer support services, provides radio frequency design for...
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GE and SEI Collaborate on Superconductor Development

GE Global Research , the centralized research organization of the General Electric Co., is to collaborate with Sumitomo Electric Industries (SEI) to develop industrial equipment using higher temperature superconducting materials. The discovery of higher temperature materials is seen as critical to enabling more cost-effective and widespread industrial applications of...
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Saab Microwave Takes Up Location in Spain

In a deal worth €59 M Saab Microwave Systems has signed a contract with the Spanish army for ARTHUR Weapon Locating radars, a training simulator and logistics. Norway and Sweden have collaborated to develop ARTHUR, a radar that locates hostile artillery and has a total range of up to...
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Ask Harlan, December 22, 2006

Harlan Howe has 34 years experience as a microwave design engineer and fifteen as publisher and editor of Microwave Journal ® , and is an IEEE Fellow and past president of MTT-S. He's here to answer your questions on RF and Microwave engineering.
Published December 22, 2006 From: Chandrakanth Mariyappa, L&T Dear Harlan, How can I calculate the minimum detectable signal (MDS) of a receiver chain using a spectrum analyzer? What things need to be considered during the calculation? Dear Chandrakanth, The way to determine the MDS is to monitor the output...
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GSM/EDGE Thai-in for Nokia

Nokia and Thai operator Advanced Info Service Public Co. Ltd. (AIS) have signed a contract valued at $100 M for the expansion of the operator's GSM/EDGE network, resulting in nationwide coverage for both GSM and EDGE. Nokia will modernize AIS's network infrastructure and support the company in providing innovative...
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Triton Wins $1 M Contract for TWTA

Triton Services Inc. , Electron Technology Division, Easton, PA, has been awarded a contract for the development of a new Traveling Wave Tube Amplifier (TWTA) for a shipboard tracking radar. The value of the contract awarded by a European defense contractor exceeds $1 M for the development and the...
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