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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New Military Microwave Digest


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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December 2012

Duncan Smith
President, Norden Millimeter, 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: I think there are several paths to help bolster the number of microwave engineers. Personally I believe the earlier a potential candidate can be influenced the better. This could be through high school and/or college intern programs to educate the students about RF and microwave technology. The other viable approach that comes to mind is to “grow your own.” Take an electrical engineer with a general background and through work teach them the craft of microwave engineering. Really, isn’t this the way most of us old timers learned anyway. School gives you some tools and fundamentals, but the useful in depth knowledge really only comes from on the job training. Currently Norden is growing an RF engineer into a microwave engineer.

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

A: Unfortunately it’s very hard to tell what 2013 will be like. With the outcome of the recent election it’s not clear if the Republicans and Democrats will actually work together to avoid the $100 billion in forced defense budget cuts at the start of 2013 that are a result of the compromise to raise the federal debt ceiling in 2011. The forced budget cuts would most certainly put a damper on all military acquisitions. If that calamity is avoided there should be opportunities in the signal intelligence arena and also the UAV market.

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

A: There is a very exciting emerging application for sensors to detect foreign object debris (FOD) on runways. FOD on runways causes billions of dollars in damage to aircraft yearly. Norden has developed a low cost MMW transceiver designed to be used as part of the FOD detection system.

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: So far so good. We haven’t seen an obvious impact from the global economic crisis. Our business in Japan is down, our business with the UK is up, our business in general is up. However the future is less certain. A combination of factors have the possibility of creating the “Perfect Storm” from and economic basis. The debt crisis in Europe, possible tax increases and spending cuts in the US, and a bottoming of China’s economy could conspire together to significantly slow the global economy for several years.

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

A: I think the strongest growth for the high volume commercial wireless industry will be in China, India, and Latin America. ♦


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