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


Michelle Yan
Vice President, Planet Technology

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. Good examples are New York State’s “East Coast Silicon Valley” and several cities in Ohio. 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 in microwave engineering?

A: As always, RF and Microwave remains a niche selection in the job market. For us, graduate recruitment and growing our existing staff are the key strategies to build and maintain our team.

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

A: Coincide with general trend in RF market, we sees increasing demand for small size, and modularization in the component market. At the same time, the growing of SAR triggers demand for space qualified parts.

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

A: There are increasing new RF applications in China, Wifi and CATV have been two markets seeing strong demand this year. Meanwhile, Internet-of-Things is also attracting increasing eyeballs, though we are yet to see volume at this point of time.

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: Global economic crisis has inevitability affected the export market in China in 2012. This is further dampened by the appreciation of RMB and credit tightening. It is a tough year for many private companies in China with exposure to export.

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

A: While the growth in China has slowed down compared to previous years, we think its growth potential should continue to outpace its developed peers. ♦


 

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