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News From Washington Tier II Global Hawk Rolled Out in San Diego The Tier II Global Hawk, the newest Department of Defense (DoD) unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), was introduced at the end of February at Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical (TRA) in San Diego. The UAV is a high altitude, all-weather...
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International Report

International Report Philips Launches New PC Monitor Video-control IC Netherlands contractor Philips Semiconductors has launched its model TDA4885 video-control IC in an attempt to meet the digital control and on-screen display requirements of the latest-generation 15- and 17-inch computer monitors. The IC was developed to enhance the design flexibility...
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The Commercial Market

The Commercial Market CTIA Releases Year-end Wireless Statistics The Cellular Telephone Industry Association's (CTIA) year-end, semi-annual survey of the US mobile communications market indicates that 17 percent of the US population now uses wireless phones. The survey reports that 1996 saw the net addition of more than 10,250,000 phone...
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The BookEnd

The Book End Microwave Transistor Amplifiers: Analysis and Design -- Second Edition Guillermo Gonzalez Prentice Hall 506 pages; $86 This second edition presents a unified treatment of the analysis and design of microwave transistor amplifiers using scattering parameter techniques. The design procedures and analysis presented are not limited to...
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Ultra-Low Noise VCOs

VCOs featuring several performance enhancements ever existing VCO technology that improve exisitng phase-locked loop circuits significantly
Ultra-low Noise VCOs Z-Communications Inc. San Diego, CA Currently, there is a demand for lower noise performance and lower cost VCOs, especially in the upcoming personal communications service and digital radio markets. In these applications, both the Colpitts configuration, shown in Figure 1 , and the common-base configuration, shown...
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A Surface-mount OCXO for Wireless Applications

A surface-mount oven-controlled crystal oscillator (OCXO) capable of covering a wide range of performance using precision AT- and SC-cut srystals
A Surface-mount OCXO for Wireless Applications Reeves-Hoffman Inc. Carlisle, PA The growth of today's electronic communications market is based on increased technological capabilities and making those technologies cost effective. Those same principles led to the development of the surface-mount, oven-controlled crystal oscillator (SMOCXO). The personal communications service (PCS) and...
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A High Speed Radio Communications Analyzer

This month's cover features a radio communications analyzer that is capable of performing the same functions as a full rack of test equipment with greater speed
A High Speed Radio Communications Analyzer Anritsu Wiltron Co. Morgan Hill, CA Speed and flexibility are increasingly crucial requirements of test instruments used by cellular handset manufacturers. The ability to test thousands of handsets -- based on multiple standards -- in as little as an hour is now the...
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A Digital Radio LNA

A low noise amplifier (LNA) designed for a cellular-band repeater system that combines low noise, high linearity and robustness.
A Digital Radio LNA Salisbury Engineering Inc. Salisbury, MD The digital radio systems being deployed currently promise increases in spectrum efficiency as well as voice quality. In order to realize this performance outside the laboratory environment, the RF front ends must be more sensitive, linear and robust than their...
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Phase-locked Sources for LMDS and MVDS Applications

Phase-locked loop oscillators that use doubler schemes to achieve the output frequencies required by wireless local multipoint distribution systems (LMDS) and multipoint video distribution systems (MVDS)
Phase-locked Sources for LMDS and MVDS Applications Micro Lambda Inc. Fremont, CA Currently, 28 and 42 GHz mm-wave systems are being offered for wireless local multipoint distribution systems (LMDS) and multipoint video distribution systems (MVDS). Systems operating at 31 GHz have also been proposed for these applications. These systems...
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Database Sampling: A Real-World Solution to MMIC Yield Sensitivity Analysis

The addition to a new database sampling technique to the MMICAD linear simulator for modeling MMIC yields accurately
Database Sampling: A Real-world Solution to MMIC Yield Sensitivity Analysis Randall North and David Kennedy Optotek Ltd. Kanata, Ontario, Canada Mike Murphy M/A-COM, Microelectronics Division Lowell, MA In the course of a typical MMIC development and manufacturing program, there are a number of common issues that affect design success...
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