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Understanding W-CDMA Modulation Quality Measurements

There are many ways of characterizing W-CDMA transmitter performance. However, the Third Generation Partnership Project (3GPP) specifications require two measurements to verify the in-channel modulation quality of W-CDMA transmitters - error vector magnitude (EVM) and peak code domain power (peak CDE). This article explores the purpose behind these key...
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2002 Editorial Index

ANTENNAS Chuang, Huey-Ru, Liang-Chen Kuo, Chi-Chang Lin and Wen-Tzu Chen "A 2.4 GHz Polarization-diversity Planar Printed Dipole Antenna for WLAN and Wireless Communication Applications," No. 6, p. 50. Gunnels, Robert "Axial Ratio Measurements of Single Circularly Polarized Antennas," No. 1, p. 124. Izadian, Jamal S. "QFHA Antennas for Satellite...
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High Efficiency Class B, E and F Power Amplifiers: The Magic of Parallel Circuits

Modern commercial and military communication systems require high efficiency, long term operating conditions. For this purpose, the power amplifiers, as final and highly current-consuming transmitter elements, are developed using the high efficiency class B, F or E modes of operation, depending on the technical requirements. In class B operation,...
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A Measurement-based Behavioral Model for I/Q RF Modulators

This article describes a nonlinear behavioral modeling technique for application to I/Q modulated communication channels. The model data was gathered by independent measurements of an I/Q modulator and amplifier, using vector signal generators and anal...
The W-CDMA standard expresses transmit quality in terms of EVM and ACLR, and receive quality in bit error ratio (BER). These quality measurements are simple scalar numbers representing a very complicated system. Modern communications channels (still) consist of a number of concatenated functions such as baseband (BB) processor, DAC,...
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Raytheon Delivers First Production Evolved SEASPARROW to US Navy

Raytheon Co. delivered the first production Evolved SEASPARROW Missile (ESSM) to the US Navy, defining the future of ship defense. "ESSM provides improved ship self-defense capabilities against faster, lower, smaller and more maneuverable anti-ship missile threats as well as increased firepower," said Capt. Ken Graber, the NATO SEASPARROW project...
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Airborne Surveillance System Keeps Security Forces Safe

Air Force Security Forces personnel supporting Operation Enduring Freedom have been equipped with the latest in Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) technology, the Force Protection Airborne Surveillance System (FPASS). The system allows security forces to see beyond base perimeters and can provide a rapid visual assessment of detected threats. The...
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Space System/Loral Selected for Navy's Communication System

Loral Space and Communications announced that the US Navy's Space and Naval Warfare Systems Command (SPAWAR) has awarded a Space Systems/ Loral (SS/L) team, led by Raytheon, a $40 M Component Advanced Development (CAD) contract to develop the US Navy's $6 B, next-generation, satellite-based mobile communications system, the Mobile...
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BAE Systems Demonstrate Guided Rocket

BAE Systems successfully launched a 2.75" laser guided rocket using a unique mid-body, fin-mounted, guidance system, scoring a "bull's-eye" hit on a small target more than three miles away from its launch point. The control test vehicle (CTV) was fired Sept. 29 at the Army's Yuma Proving Ground in...
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BAE Systems C41SR Delivers First Skynet 5 Terminals

UK contractor BAE Systems Command, Control, Communications, Computing, Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (C4ISR) has delivered the first batch of six Talon satellite communications terminals to Paradigm Secure Communications for eventual use in the UK's Skynet 5 military communications satellite system. In all, 15 such terminals will be acquired, with...
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ESA Launches Most Sensitive Gamma Ray Observatory Ever Built

Billed as the most sensitive gamma ray observatory ever built, the European Space Agency's (ESA) INTErnational Gamma-Ray Astrophysics Laboratory (INTEGRAL) was launched into an eccentric, 72-hour, 9000 to 155,000 km orbit around the Earth on 17 October 2002. Designed to provide new insights into celestial objects such as black...
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