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


Jim Morgan
President, SemiGen

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: Working with the University of Waterloo’s Engineering department we have successfully had some interns here at SemiGen that are proving to be great assets. Like any outreach program it is only as good as you make it and if you interview and screen perspective interns you should find great success in cultivating new and passionate talent.

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

A: We are excited for 2013 and the military business we have identified. Homeland Security falls into this and new generations of Airport Scanning systems, hand held units, as well as walk-through systems will be of interest for us in 2013. We also think that the cut backs in new military defense systems will place greater demand on existing platforms and customers will need support in maintaining these areas.

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

A: On a commercial basis we are looking at advances in parking detection systems, medical electronics (particularly MEMs) and home security as being growth areas for SemiGen’s assembly and packaging business.

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: We’re fortunate to be positioned as one of the companies that does well when markets become unstable. Globally, companies are not staffing up, but they need to maintain production and have stable sources of supply. We’re investing in staff and automated assembly and high frequency test equipment regularly. And our RF Supply Center has been a great way to remain diversified while keeping focus on serving our unique customers. Sales in the area of epoxy preforms and diodes, for instance, have increased 44% in 2012. We expect double-digit growth in 2013 in all areas.

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

A: We are forecasting a tremendous increase in work from our domestic and international customer-base for applications and platforms in Europe and Israel, right now. ♦


 

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