Interconnect Advances Fuel Technology Growth
By Orwill Hawkins, Vice President of Marketing, LadyBug Technologies

With increased frequencies, higher data rates, and lower noise levels, the microwave industry serves as a leader in technological capability. Demand for quality interconnects has increased right along with other higher-performance areas in the industry.


Uncertain Times for DefenseIn Defense of DARPA; Lamenting Bell Labs
By Barry Manz

A federal agency like DARPA is a sitting duck for politicians and assorted other critics. It has come up with some truly bizarre programs over years that ultimately either delivered no tangible results, were canceled before they could cause any damage, or attempted to answer questions that nobody was asking or needed answers to. Read More...


E-Band Active X5 Multiplier
Model SFA-743843516-12SF-N1 is an E-band X5 active multiplier with center frequency at 79 GHz with minimum +/-5 GHz operational bandwidth. It converts 14.8 to 16.8 GHz/+5 dBm input signal to deliver 74 to 84 GHz frequency band with more than +16 dBm power.
Sage Millimeter

Hand-Flex™ Coaxial Cable
Covering DC to 12.5 GHz, this 8” coaxial cable, 141-8SMNB+, has a bulkhead Female Type-N connector at one end and SMA-Male at the other. Features include low loss, excellent return loss, hand formable, and an 8mm bend radius for tight installations.

Phase Trimmer Series
This new phase trimmer series is designed for RF applications where phase match between two cables is needed for proper system performance. Phase trimmers, offered from DC to 50 GHz, will give an accurate phase adjustment over a specified frequency range.
RLC Electronics

Planar Monolithics Industries
Model PTRAN-100M18G-SFB-3UVPX-MAH is a transceiver covering the frequency range of 100 MHz to 18 GHz. The transceiver fits into a 3U Open VPX form factor utilizing the high speed VITA 67 RF connector.
Planar Monolithics Industries

SMT High-Power Attenuators
Now available with full design support capabilities are three new SMT high-power attenuators from Anaren. These 30 to 50W devices are high-performance, high-power chip attenuators covering DC to 3.0 GHz and feature high return loss and small footprints.
Richardson RFPD

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The Elephant in the Room
By Barry Manz

Let’s hear it for the federal government. With its now standard blaming, waffling, cowering, and blind obedience to ideology, the Obama administration and Congress let $85 billion in immediate cuts and hundreds of billions more over a decade take effect. A conclusion to this sorry era in our nation’s history is far from over, as the real work now begins: wrangling over the new federal budget, the true long-term effects of sequestration will be, and a lot more. However one thing is certain: The defense industry, including those like the microwave industry that rely on it, will take a beating.

Nobody doubts there is more fat in Pentagon budgets than cheap bacon, and they cannot be leaned out to the degree now required by law without goring the country’s security, reducing its technology base, or further delaying vital programs. Unfortunately, DoD hasn’t done itself any favors in its handling of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, the ever-hungry elephant in the room. DoD is staking the future of U.S. fighter aircraft on the F-35, as it is the only stealth fighter in production and will replace thousands of A-10, F-15, F-16, and F-18 fighters for the Air Force, Navy, and Marines Corps.

As the F-35 embodies massive technical feats it shouldn’t be surprising that making all of these first-of-their-kind systems work has cost more and taken longer than expected. Nevertheless, decision to build aircraft before being “fully cooked” was ill-conceived and will cost far more in retrofits than if the problems were solved during development. That would have delayed the program, adding to the growing tsunami of criticism. Creating three variants of the aircraft, one of which like the Harrier is devilishly complex, was also an “all or nothing” crap shoot. And on and on.

The F-35 program will continue, it will incur additional expense, more delays will be announced, and perhaps fewer aircraft will be built. The RF and microwave industry needs the F-35 and the cash that its EW, radar, communications, and avionics systems will bring. But it also needs the many other programs that are being jeopardized by this massive program.

Barry Manz is a contributing editor to Microwave Product Digesting can be reached at



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The Design of Ultra Narrowband Amplifiers Using Small-Signal Varactor Upconverters
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Directivity and VSWR Measurements
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Mounting Considerations for Medium Power Surface-Mount RF Devices
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Biasing MMIC Amplifiers
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