New York, NY -- New tower construction remains strong in the China market which represented over 33% of total world demand in 2003. In total, new tower construction for wireless applications worldwide is expected to decline by 0.6% annually from 2004 to 2006 as many wireless operators in established markets continue to look to collocation and network sharing to expand networks. However, the China market will continue to show significant growth of over 10% annually.

New York, NY -- Representing 3.5% of the total market for wireless infrastructure equipment, antenna markets will continue to grow through 2006 at an average annual rate of 11.7%. Although the market for new installs is sluggish in the United States and Europe, market growth in those regions will be driven by operators seeking to expand and fill in coverage gaps as an interim solution before investing capital in complete cell site installations. In areas where network growth continues to be strong, such as China and Latin America, the market for antennas will be driven by new construction.

Nanoceramics Defined: Nanostructured materials, or nanomaterials, can be loosely defined as organic or inorganic matter composed of discrete particles that exist in a variety of shapes including spheres, strands and clusters ranging in size from 1 to 100nm. However, arguments continue to be raised over the definition. Some argue that any material capable of being manipulated at the atomic level is a nanomaterial; or that some materials exist discretely in the slightly larger 250nm range but should nevertheless be defined as nanomaterials. In any case, the definition like so many other aspects of this growing market will be determined by emerging markets and applicability as opposed to pure science.

New York, NY -- With competition within the quartz crystal and oscillator market being driven in part by increased product sophistication and design alternatives, producers and researchers are working together to develop MEMS-based technology that would open new, more highly sophisticated product markets as well as better meet the technical demands of future electronic devices.

Currently, timing in electronic devices is achieved using quartz crystals or other piezoelectric materials, such as ceramics, to generate a fixed frequency at which operations (processing calculations and tuning) occur.