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Indra Reveals New Air Defence Radar

Spanish contractor Indra has launched a new 2-D air defence surveillance radar under the trade name RAVEN. Operating within the I/J-band (8 to 20 GHz) frequency range, RAVEN is described as being a frequency modulated continuous wave (CW) type of equipment. It comprises an antenna/antenna drive assembly, a dual...
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FCC Initiates Proceeding to Promote Commercial Development of mm-wave Spectrum

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has initiated a proceeding to examine methods to promote the commercial development and growth of spectrum in the 71-76 GHz, 81-86 GHz and 92-95 GHz bands. Non-government users have never before occupied these bands. Specifically, the FCC seeks comments on its proposed rules to...
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Lockheed Martin Selects Endwave as Supplier for Comanche Radar Program

Endwave announced that it has entered into a multi-million dollar contract with Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire control Co. to design the RF Receiver unit for the Comanche Radar system used in the Boeing RAH-66 Comanche Helicopter. The contract with Lockheed Martin, a primary sub-contractor to The Boeing Co....
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Raytheon Teams with Lockheed Martin for FAA Air Traffic Control Modernization

Raytheon Co. will join Lockheed Martin's national team to design and develop the next generation En Route Automation Modernization (ERAM) program for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Raytheon will perform as a major subcontractor to Lockheed Martin, along with other air traffic management (ATM) industry leaders such as Computer...
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Optimizing Link Performance, Cost and Interchangeability by Predicting Residual BER: Part II - Nonlinearity and System Budgeting

This is the second part of a two-part tutorial on residual BER prediction for cost optimization of oscillator phase noise and power amplifier linearity. Today’s demanding digital modulations require a different type of analysis at ‘normal’ receive powe...
In part I, the economic case from the network operator’s perspective was reviewed and it was found that as operators improve their residual BER performance, their market space is expanded from simple voice applications to e-commerce transactions and other data traffic which demands ultra low error rates. Next, the...
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Design Considerations for Multimode Multiband WLANs

Wireless local area networks (WLAN) are becoming increasingly popular in the corporate environment. They provide high speed connectivity and easy access to corporate networks without requiring wiring. Flexibility is key with WLAN capability. In a corporate environment, individuals can be mobile and at the same time constantly be connected...
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Local Skynet Marks 40th Anniversary of Telstar 1

On July 10, 2002, Loral Skynet marked the 40th anniversary of the launch of Telstar 1, the world’s first active communications satellite built by Skynet’s predecessors at AT&T and Bell Laboratories. Telstar 1 was launched from Cape Canaveral aboard a Boeing Thor Delta rocket and soon thereafter broadcast the...
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Demand for Broadband Access Remains High

Broadband subscriber numbers continue to gain momentum in an effort to meet the ever-increasing demand for broadband access. Availability of broadband access will remain the biggest challenge for many regions of the world where infrastructures are not built-out or have just begun implementation. Key highlights of the broadband market...
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It's Raining MEMS

Despite tough economic conditions overall, microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) continue their upward trend, according to In-Stat/MDR. The high tech market research firm reports that every major market has now embraced the technology and that mature segments will see relatively low compound annual growth rates (CAGR), and that in others, such...
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New Products

COMPONENTS 7/16 Connectors This 7/16 connector series operates from DC to 8 GHz and complies with the IEC and CECC standards. Intermodulation properties typically measure -165 dBc. Brass housings are available with silver or ternary alloy plating options. To facilitate numerous applications, male and female designs are available to...
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