IN MY OPINION

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.
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MILITARY MICROWAVE DIGEST


MMD March 2014
New Military Microwave Digest

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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.
Mini-Circuits

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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December 2012
VIEW FROM THE TOP


Julio Perdomo
President & CEO, Centellax, Inc.

Q: The importance of sustaining and developing technology has reached a point where states and cities are more actively building relationships with universities and recruiting high-tech companies. However, there continues to be a shortage of engineering graduates, especially those focusing on RF and microwave technology. What would your company do (or is doing) to help promote careers?

A: We do not have a specific program to address this issue, but we usually make available a couple of summer internships for students pursuing careers in the RF and microwave fields. We believe that this type of experience makes the student more aware of the career opportunities and the technical challenges available in this field.

Q: For those of you serving the military market, what do you expect 2013 will bring in terms of opportunities in this sector?

A: I expect that the military markets will demand features in common with the commercial markets like reduced cost, improved power dissipation and more integration of functionality for smaller form factors in assemblies.

Q: If your company serves the commercial markets, are you encouraged by any particular emerging application or technology?

A: The use of more complex technology will be required to meet the demands of new communications systems. SiGe and CMOS can bring out products that can meet seemingly contradictory specs like lower power dissipation with higher linearity. The use of AGC and other integrated features will be required from the rf transmitter in order to meet the system specs.

Q: Last year, we asked what impact the global economic crisis was having on the markets you serve and on how you run your business. What is your current perspective?

A: The global economic crisis allowed us to focus on improving and expanding our key core competences to create differentiating products from those of our competitors and thus provide our customers with a lower cost/higher performance solution. Strengthening and expanding core competences translate into an edge advantage that our customers value and recognize when we can offer the technology they need in a timely fashion.

Q: What countries or regions do you believe will provide the greatest growth potential for the wireless industry in 2013?

A: The wireless industry will continue a strong growth in North America and Asia Pacific Countries. China of course will be a strong playground for this and other communication technologies. ♦

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