Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Proceedings of the IEEE: Silicon Geranium?

Well, at least the PDF is right!
From the Circuits newsletter v5 n9 (Sept 2005)
The September issue of Proceedings of the IEEE (v. 93, no. 9) provides a detailed analysis of the impact of silicon geranium on commercial products since its integration with complementary metal oxide semiconductors (CMOS). The issue focuses on silicon geranium and advanced CMOS semiconductor compatibility, which has led to the development of highly integrated single-chip designs with advanced bipolar performance. Paper topics include device physics, new processes, scaling issues, reliability, and device optimization for specific applications. Other key areas of interest are high-breakdown SiGe heterostructure bipolar transistors, low-cost derivatives, linearity and noise, modeling, design enablement, and circuit examples...

Don't you love spell check?

Thursday, September 01, 2005

Communications Networks Fail Disaster Area Residents

Article by Arshad Mohammed and Jonathan Krim (9/1/2005) pD01
Maybe these people don't know that local ham groups practice multiple times a year out in mobile units with generators and mobile rigs and antennas. It's purely voluntary -- they do it because they think it's important and they know they can help.

In fact, if you have an amateur radio license please volunteer. Here's more information from ARRL:
Hurricane Katrina Volunteer Signup Database Now Open (Aug 31, 2005) -- The Hurricane Katrina Disaster Communications Volunteer Registration & Message Traffic Database now is open. Site Administrator Joe Tomasone, AB2M, set up the database, and South Texas ARRL Section Emergency Coordinator Jerry Reimer, KK5CA, is handling volunteer coordination. This site is intended for Amateur Radio volunteers to sign up for communication support duty on behalf of Hurricane Katrina relief and recovery efforts in Louisiana and Mississippi. Full Story
(link courtesy of WB3DAJ via e-mail)