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Articles by Microwave Journal Staff

Anglo/German Partnership on LTE Base Stations

April 15, 2008
UK company picoChip is collaborating with German counterpart, mimoOn, to deliver the industry’s first complete Long Term Evolution (LTE) base station reference design. The new PC86xx family of LTE reference designs cover the full range of eNode Bs from femtocells to multi-sector macrocells and is supported on the same...
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UK Scientists Investigate Cosmic Rays and Microchips

April 15, 2008
UK neutron scientists are tackling the challenge of cosmic radiation and its damaging effect on sensitive microchips in the aviation industry in the drive to develop more robust electronic equipment. Accelerated testing of microelectronic components at the Science and Technology Facilities Council’s (STFC) ISIS neutron research centre replicates the...
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Base Station Standardization: The New Innovation

April 15, 2008
One oft-cited maxim in the communications world states that standardization is the enemy of innovation: its premise is that once something is standardized there is, by definition, no room to alter or improve it and hence no remaining freedom in which to innovate. Indeed, this is frequently cited as...
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Ultra-wideband Equipment Shipments Will Exceed 400 Million

April 15, 2008
In 2006, it appeared that the market launch of ultra-wideband (UWB) was imminent. Several factors conspired to delay that, but ABI Research now expects UWB to see very strong growth starting in 2008, finding its first success in laptops and computer peripherals and eventually in mobile handsets. Forecasts indicate...
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Mobile WiMAX More Opportunity Than Threat for Mobile Operators

April 15, 2008
From a mobile operator perspective, mobile WiMAX or 802.16e provides more of a service complement than a competitive threat, reports In-Stat. The mobile standard for WiMAX has been the subject of debate since its inception, the high-tech market research firm says. Mobile operators and vendors have disputed how this...
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Around the Circuit

April 15, 2008
Industry News The IEEE International Reliability Physics Symposium’s (IRPS) 46 th annual conference will feature new technical sessions and invited papers on the latest microelectronic reliability issues. This year’s IRPS takes place from April 27 through May 1, 2008, at the Hyatt Regency Phoenix at Civic Plaza in Phoenix,...
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Catalog Update

April 15, 2008
Test and Measurement Catalog Agilent Technologies’ Interactive Test & Measurement Catalog 2008/09 is now available online. The new interactive catalog has enhanced features, including the ability to send an e-mail to a colleague that links to a specific page within the catalog. Users can bookmark pages for ease of...
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New Waves: Amplifiers and Oscillators

April 15, 2008
Phase-locked Crystal Oscillator The PLXO-Series phase-locked crystal oscillators from EM Research are now available with significantly improved performance and smaller size. With the option of a surface-mount or connectorized package, PLXO offers several outputs: sine 7 dBm, 10 dBm, CMOS and PECL. The new smaller-sized surface-mount package (0.9 x...
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The Book End

April 15, 2008
RF and Microwave Transistor Oscillator Design Andrei Grebennikov John Wiley & Sons Ltd. • 456 pages; $150 ISBN: 978-0-470-02535-2 The main objective of this book is to present all relevant information necessary for RF and microwave transistor oscillator design, including well-known and new theoretical approaches and practical circuit schematics...
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Wholesale Prices of GPS-enabled Handsets to Fall Under $200 by 2010

March 24, 2008
Presently, most handsets with integrated GPS are smartphones or high-end feature phones, with wholesale price in the range of $250 to $500. However, chipset manufacturers now have solutions in place that will permit the integration of GPS in handsets at lower costs, and provide significant improvements in terms of...
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