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Articles by Microwave Journal Staff

Ultra-wideband Equipment Shipments Will Exceed 400 Million

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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Evolving ZigBee’s Potential Still Unclear

ZigBee, the formal network, security, application-framework and application-profile layer overlay on top of the 802.15.4 PHY (physical) and MAC (media-access-control) layers used in low-power wireless mesh networks, continues to evolve with its potential still unclear, reports In-Stat. Currently, ZigBee technology targets building automation, industrial, medical, home automation, asset management,...
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Semiconductor End-use: Market Diversity is a Good Thing

Noting that the semiconductor industry has been experiencing relatively balanced growth over the past few years, market research firm In-Stat expects that this will continue over the next five years. Although there will be some variation in growth rates among the end-use segments in terms of semiconductor consumption, these...
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Analysts Say Mobile Handset Merger a Good Start

Independent market research firm Strategy Analytics applauded Kyocera’s recent acquisition of Sanyo Electronics’ mobile handset division. Having gained important scale in the takeover, Kyocera will now face the formidable challenge of leveraging Sanyo’s resources to drive growth in important 3G product segments. Neil Mawston, associate director at Strategy Analytics,...
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