new for October 2013?
As is always the case, we've
been busy adding plenty of new features to Microwaves101. We ain't
been slack, Cap'n Walker!
Happy Halloween to all... remember this celebration was derived from Samhain, a Celtic harvest celebration visited by dead people and fairies, before it became just another excuse for a candy consumption.
- Yes, we know the Microwaves101 message board is still down. We are waiting for IEEE MTT-S to jump on board with Microwaves101 so they can own the opportunity of updating that mess (i.e. pay for an upgrade). We'll do our best to try to preserve the data that were up there. Attacks are an unfortunate problem with this type of resource, stay tuned. Our apologies to the many message board participants.
- University of Oklahoma has been added to our list of colleges that offer education in microwave engineering, thanks to Lukasz. Study weather radar like your life depended on it! We added a little more info on Cal Tech while we were on that page, including a musical tribute to Pasdena...
- We have a new photo in the Mortuary, thanks to Robert. Here's how NOT to join a type N connector to RG-58 coax. For this submission, Robert is our pocketknife winner for October, hooray!
- Let's give a shout out to Raytheon for winning Air Missile Defense Radar just a few months after winning Next Generation Jammer, two of the big defense procurements of the decade. Now you can sell your RTN stock and get back what you paid for it in 1999 with no regrets!
- Speaking of colleges, a student from NITT named Lakshmi has sent us a transmission line tool which is described on this page. It computes geometries for microstriop, coupled stripline and co-planar lines based on desired impedance and substrate dielectric cosntant. Her MatLab code is available for free our download area. Bravo!
- Louis Karl Heinrich Friedrich Paschen is now in the Microwave Hall of Fame. Friedrich Paschen was a German experimental physicist who came up with an empirical method of predicting voltage breakdown when he was a grad student. When describing the phenomenon, we often refer to Paschen's Law or Paschal's Curve.
- Liam Devlin and other employees of Plextek RFI now appear in Youtube videos on how to design microwave circuits such as MMIC switches, phase shifters, baluns and mixers. Check them all out!
- In other MMIC related trivia, we must report that "TriQuint Semiconductor" is now "TriQuint", and RF Micro Devices is now "rfmd". These changes are certain to unlock additional shareholder value.
- There are plenty of new data
sheets posted on our partner site, EverythingRF.com.
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down your options.
- The Unknown Editor takes a stand on American Exceptionalism. Or is it Mediocity?
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