Siemens Components Inc. introduced its Model CMY210, a GaAs MMIC that can be used for designing cellular or personal communications services handsets based on Time Division Multiple Access or Code Division Multiple Access standards. The company said it functions as an up/down converter for radio frequency front-end designs. It provides an integrated LO amplifier with a LO frequency range from .5 GHz to 2.5 GHz. The CMY210 comes in the MW6 package, a surface-mount SO type package. (800) 77SIEMENS, extension 751, package M99P005.
Motorola Inc. unveiled its PageWriter 250, the smallest member of the PageWriter family of compact two-way pagers that communicate wirelessly with Internet e-mail addresses, fax machines and other one-way and two-way pagers. The new model features the Qwerty keyboard, which allows users to create and send messages and customized responses. The pager features a confirmed message delivery function which tracks and confirms delivery of all pages. Motorola said the 250 is smaller than a deck of cards. (817) 245-2000.
Allen Telecom Group’s Code Division Multiple Access repeater received type acceptance from the Federal Communications Commission and Industry Canada. The repeater also received approval from the Canadian Standards Association and Underwriters Laboratories. The repeater allows carriers to provide personal communications services in areas where signal penetration is difficult such as tunnels, airports and parking garages. The repeater also extends coverage of base stations where signals are blocked by trees and other obstructions.
The company also developed its B-band Trunking Reject Filter, which passes B-band receive frequencies from 835 MHz to 849 MHz for cellular coverage, while rejecting other signals from nonwireline and trunking carriers. In addition, Allen Telecom introduced its dB Stacked TripleTree, a PCS antenna system. The system contains nine independent arrays configured into three sets, each consisting of two receiving antennas and one vertical transmitting antenna. Together, the nine arrays replace a complete three-sector, omni-directional site. The company said the system allows carriers to lower handset output power and diminish visual impact. (216) 349-8400.
Andrew Corp. announced the availability of a free antenna systems planner. The software guides the user through the selection process, from the choice of frequencies to available shipping options. Compatibility and connectivity of components are automatically checked to speed design and accuracy, the company said. Text file output can be imported into spreadsheets or word processing applications. The company also introduced the Antdes Microwave Antenna Software Version 1.1. The software contains information on 1,000 microwave antennas. The software stores electrical and mechanical details on all Andrew microwave antennas.
In addition, Andrew introduced a new antenna in its family of PAR series unshielded, parabolic microwave antennas. The antennas cover the upper 6 GHz frequency range and are suitable for cellular and personal communications services backhaul in the United States. A new monopole tower for light cellular and microwave applications was also introduced by the company. The Step Tapered Monopole Tower is constructed from structural steel with transmission lines running inside its hollow core. The monopole is easy to assemble and requires minimal land, the company said. (800) 255-1479.
Nokia Mobile Phones launched a new RinGo handset for the analog Nordic Mobile Telephone 900 standard. The handset is available in Denmark and will be sold in Finland, Sweden, the Netherlands and Thailand this month. The RinGo weighs 8.3 ounces and offers four hours of talk time and up to five days of standby time. Features of the handset include ringing volume control, choice of three ringing tones, call restriction, 10 memory locations and calling line identification. +358 10 5051
Huber+Suhner released a new family of planar antenna products for personal communications services wireless networks. The products are based on the company’s “inverted patch” technology, which makes the antenna smaller and more aesthetically pleasing, the company said. In addition, the planar technology allows linear and slant polarization diversity schemes to be integrated into the same antenna profile, reducing the amount of antennas needed to build out a network. (802) 878-0555
Wavetek Corp. introduced a new series of Global System for Mobile communications phone testers. The 4100 series checks all essential functions and picks up on genuine faults during the Autotest phase. When in the Fault Find mode, the 4100 performs specific tests and locates possible causes of problems. Each tester is fitted with very large scale integration chipsets and digital signal processors.
The company also introduced the Stabilock 4032 system for Code Division Multiple Access cellular and personal communications services base station testing. In addition to CDMA, the product supports Time Division Multiple Access, GSM, narrowband Advanced Mobile Phone Service, Digital European Cordless Telephone and Japanese Digital Cellular. (317) 788-9351.
L.M. Ericsson introduced what it claims is the world’s smallest personal communications services phone. Weighing 4.7 ounces and standing four inches tall, the CF 788 is built for Global System for Mobile communications PCS 1900 systems. The phone delivers three hours of talk time and 48 hours of standby time, the company said. It also has two vocoders. The CF 788 will be available in the United States in June. (212) 685-4030.
A desktop hands-free charger has been developed by Mobilex Inc. The Deskmate, designed to increase airtime usage, is an intelligent charger that incorporates a speaker phone and a dual slot charging system. Users can make and receive calls while the phone is charging. Mobilex said the charger can distinguish between lithium ion, nickel metal hydride and nickel cadmium batteries and charge and condition them accordingly. (415) 462-4510.
Tektronix Inc. premiered the CTS 55 digital radio tester, an automated, self-contained instrument that expedites diagnosis and repair of personal communications services 1900 mobile telephones. It offers a structured troubleshooting approach to help repair technicians’ screen, and quantify and pinpoint problems with mobile phones. The CTS 55 was developed by Rhode & Schwarz of Germany, and it is marketed and supported in the United States and Canada by Tektronix.
The company also announced the R3561L Code Division Multiple Access signal generator, a new option to the R3465 spectrum analyzer. Manufactured by Advantest Corp. of Japan, the R3561L simulates the reverse-link signals between a mobile phone and a base station for receiver testing. It includes both cellular and PCS test functions. (800) 426-2200.
Tellabs introduced the first of its Titan element management systems, the 5300 EMS. The product, which replaces Tellabs’ Vantage Point network management system, allows customers to manage an increased number of network elements and utilize a user interface that is uniform in appearance and functionality across all Titan network elements, the company said. Customers also can provide alarm filtering and forwarding to an operations support system and include open database connectivity access for applications such as Excel inventory, version control and performance reporting. (630) 378-6136.
Audiovox Communications Corp. unveiled the latest additions to its Minivox family of cellular phones. The MVX-535/MVX-565 and the MVX-805/MVX-855 are equipped with short message service, voice mail notification, caller ID and call waiting ID. The 805 and 855 phones weigh 5.4 ounces and provide 65 minutes of talk time and 11 hours of standby. The 536 and 565 offer 140 minutes of talk time and 23 hours of standby.
In addition, Audiovox introduced its CDM-3000 dual-mode cellular phone for Code Division
Multiple Access technology. Operating on a nickel metal hydride batter
y, the CDM-3000 offers up to 190 minutes of digital talk time or 85 minutes of analog talk time and 60 hours of digital standby time and 14 hours of analog standby. The phone will be available in the second half of this year. (516) 233-3300.
Mitsubishi Electronics America Inc. introduced OmniQuest, a mobile satellite communications system designed for use on American Mobile Satellite Corp.’s mobile communications system. The notebook-sized OmniQuest terminal gives users access to communications services including telephone, data and digital broadcast dispatch. “OmniQuest is designed to serve the needs of incident response organizations, remote site industries and other professionals whose needs are not currently served by cellular or landline systems,” said Takeo Iinuma, chairman and chief executive officer of Mitsubishi Electronics. (706) 654-9500.
Alcatel Corp. introduced two new products at the Wireless ’97 convention last week in San Francisco. The Alcatel 1630 CSX Compact Digital Cross Connect features bandwidth management and performance monitoring in a small footprint, ideal for mobile telephone switching office installation and operation, the company said.
The Alcatel MDR-6000 CommPak digital microwave radio and companion cabinet features two, four, eight, 12 or 16 DS1s of capacity and operates over the 2 GHz, upper 6 GHz and 10.5 GHz frequency bands. The 19-inch product can be mounted in its companion cabinet. (800) ALCATEL.
IBM Corp. announced it is working on a new service for mobile workers that will allow them to access company information through cellular and regular telephone connections. IBM To Go.data was demonstrated for the first time at the Wireless ’97 conference last week in San Francisco. The product is in pilot stage.
Through an integrated offering of ThinkPad computers, Lotus Notes and the IBM Global Network, IBM To Go.data lets customers connect to their corporate data, intranets and the Internet from a local access number, the company said.
“IBM To Go.data allows companies to easily extend their existing applications to a remote or wireless environment, without investing in remote access servers and communications systems,” said Robert Amezcua, IBM Global Mobile Solutions vice president. (914) 642-5447.
Glenayre Technologies Inc.’s Integrated Network Group introduced voice activated dialing for its Modular Voice Processing (MVP) System. The new application allows subscribers to place calls by speaking a name from their directory, telephone number or command, said the company. Subscribers program frequently called numbers into their personal directory and use their voice to place calls. Instead of pressing telephone keys, subscribers may say “office” or “home” or “Tom and Mary.”
“In addition to the safety factor, this exciting new application provides network operators with significant revenue opportunities,” said Dan Case, president and general manager of Glenayre’s Integrated Network Group.
“It also serves as a gateway to Glenayre’s other planned speech-activated services such as speech navigation of the voice mailbox and personal calling assistant.” (704) 553-0038.
Lucent Technologies Inc.’s Microelectronics Group announced the Galaxy Power Systems (GPS) 2408 and GPS 2424 for use in global wireless applications such as powering wireless cell sites. The GPS 2408, a half-height equipment rack designed for integration with a battery stand, provides power for relatively low capacity wireless applications in which cell site space is limited, said Lucent. The product provides one 24-volt-to-48-volt converter shelf, with 48-volt distribution. The GPS 2424, housed in a full height equipment rack, is designed for larger, higher capacity, 24-volt applications. Both the GPS 2408 and GPS 2424 are equipped with the 100 ampere Galaxy Switchmode Rectifier that converts AC input into the 24-volt DC needed to power cell site equipment, said Lucent. Both products house the Galaxy rectifier controller, an economical plant controller for wireless applications, which delivers battery and management capabilities. (800) 372-2447.
Conductus Inc. displayed its ClearSite tower-mountable receiver for personal communications services networks at Wireless ’97 in San Francisco last week. The subsystem is designed to provide `brick wall’ filters, which enable operators to maximize spectrum utilization, the company said. It increases capacity and protects subscriber calls from interfering out-of-band signals. “We believe that the buildout of PCS networks will lead to a substantial increase in collocation of many services-cellular, PCS, paging and microwave-on the same tower,” said Stephen Garrison, product marketing manager for Conductus. “Our new `brick wall’ PCS receiver technology is designed to provide a very effective barrier at the base station receiver to unwanted signals which can result from these adjacent services.” The PCS product expands on Conductus’ ClearSite line of receivers for cellular networks. (408) 523-9950.
Illinois Superconductor Corp. demonstrated its RangeMaster personal communications services base station receiver front end. The RangeMaster is designed specifically for the personal communications services market and has the ability to extend the range of PCS uplink cell sites, reducing the amount of cell sites needed to build out a network by as much as 25 percent.
In addition, the company introduced the RangeMaster base station receiver front end for cellular telephone networks. Based on its SpectrumMaster ultra high performance radio frequency filter technology, the product achieves a 20 percent uplink coverage increase for portable handset end-users in rural and suburban cellular network systems. (847) 391-9400.
Metapath Software Corp. introduced an enhanced version of its SecuriNet product line. Renamed CEOS, for Communications Enterprise Operating System, the product provides telecommunications carriers with immediate access to information generated both within and outside the network. For example, in real-time, call data can be translated into the form required by fraud management, billing applications or churn systems, the company said. (206) 519-2000.
Pacific Communications Sciences Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Cirrus Logic Inc., was awarded the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association’s Seal of Authentication for its Personal AccessLink phone. The PAL phone is a cellular telephone with an embedded wireless modem that enables users to place and receive voice calls, send and receive messages and access Internet information. (619) 535-9505.
Northern Telecom Ltd. said its new Enhanced Full Rate Codec, which uses the latest Interim Standard-136 speech coding algorithms, will be available later this year. The product improves audio quality of Time Division Multiple Access digital wireless networks and increases resistance to channel interference, the company said. (972) 684-8512.