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

ON THE MARKET


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


Norm Hilgendorf
President of RFMD’s Multi-Market Products Group, RFMD®

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: RFMD® is building relationships with key universities that are active in RFMD’s technical areas of interest. The universities provide avenues for research while establishing an outreach for future employees. Our engagements encompass technology exchanges, support for graduate research, and internships.

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

A: The flexible military service of the future depends upon robust communications and electronic platforms. The U.S. 2013 military budget causes some uncertainty in the near-term, but there will be continued demand for key communications and radar platforms.

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

A: At RFMD, we serve a variety of markets. Two of the strongest applications include smartphones and WiFi. These applications are driving advances in many technologies, including SOI, GaAs, SiGe, CMOS, GaN, and integrated packaging. RFMD employs “optimal technology matching” (OTM®) to utilize the most appropriate technology for a given application.

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 macroeconomic environment is obviously a top concern, and an accelerated global recovery would lift our entire industry. That said, RFMD is benefitting from a number of new product cycles and new technology cycles that provide a relative buffer as we navigate broader economic issues. We are leveraging these new products and technologies to expand our customer and channel partner relationships and win additional content in the world’s flagship devices. We are also targeting multiple growth opportunities within the migration to next-generation air interface standards in cellular and as WiFi migrates from 802.11n to 802.11ac. These represent long-term macro trends within the semiconductor industry, and the companies servicing them can benefit greatly.

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

A: The Asia market is characterized by massive, growing volumes, and market participants are increasingly demanding higher performance products. Additionally, the U.S. market is characterized by insatiable demand for bandwidth, and the efforts by network operators and device manufacturers to satisfy data-hungry consumers will sustain great potential for growth. ♦

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