IN MY OPINION
In Memoriam: Jerry A. Bleich
By Karen Hoppe

What can you say about a friend and colleague like Jerry Bleich, who left this world far too soon,
with more life to be lived, more love to share, adventures to plan, and future family joy to experience?
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MILITARY MICROWAVE DIGEST


MMD March 2014
New Military Microwave Digest

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Band Reject Filter Series
Higher frequency band reject (notch) filters are designed to operate over the frequency range of .01 to 28 GHz. These filters are characterized by having the reverse properties of band pass filters and are offered in multiple topologies. Available in compact sizes.
RLC Electronics


SP6T RF Switch
JSW6-33DR+ is a medium power reflective SP6T RF switch, with reflective short on output ports in the off condition. Made using Silicon-on-Insulator process, it has very high IP3, a built-in CMOS driver and negative voltage generator.
Mini-Circuits


Group Delay Equalized Bandpass Filter
Part number 2903 is a group delayed equalized elliptic type bandpass filter that has a typical 1 dB bandwidth of 94 MHz and a typical 60 dB bandwidth of 171 MHz. Insertion loss is <2 dB and group delay variation from 110 to 170 MHz is <3nsec.
KR Electronics


Absorptive Low Pass Filter
Model AF9350 is a UHF, low pass filter that covers the 10 to 500 MHz band and has an average power rating of 400W CW. It incurs a rejection of 45 dB minimum at the 750 to 3000 MHz band, and power rating of 25W CW from 501 to 5000 MHz.
Werlatone


LTE Band 14 Ceramic Duplexer
This high performance LTE ceramic duplexer was designed and built for use in public safety communication and commercial cellular applications. It operates in Band 14 and offers low insertion loss and high isolation to enable clear communications in the LTE network.
Networks International

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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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