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

Jon Opalski
COO, Remec Broadband

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: Work with local universities on internship program for students during summer or work terms. Through that experience provide feedback to universities on program/course content.

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

A: We operate primarily in the digital microwave radio market. The biggest emerging sectors of this market are small cell backhaul and 60/80Ghz. Small cells are getting lots of attention now from cellular operators as a way to provide more localized bandwidth and capacity for their broadband data networks, primarily LTE. The biggest challenge to deploying small cells is a both a cost effective and aesthetic solution to backhauling the data from the access points. Lots of talk about integrating the access and backhaul radios into a single box, so partnering becomes a critical element of your go to market strategy. As traditional licensed microwave bands become limiting in bandwidth and data throughput for backhauling broadband access networks, 60 & 80G bands are getting a lot more attention given the large frequency bandwidths available. Sixty Ghz in unlicensed and 80 Ghz has now been licensed most places around the globe today both with multiple GHz of bandwidth available. The key is getting the cost of these higher frequency solutions down to the same levels as the traditional microwave bands. One of the most interesting possibilities is of course the overlap of these two trends in using 60/80 Ghz for small cell backhaul. This application really offers the large volumes necessary to drive costs down.

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 mobile communications infrastructure market and microwave radio backhaul subset of that in particular, have seen very low to no growth the past few years and projected into the next year. All the major infrastructure equipment OEMs are seeing poor financial performance and executing various downsizing activities. Pricing in such a market is very tough. Our current perspective is that the coming year will be similar and you need to come up with compelling solutions for the higher profile trends like small cells and diversify the customer base and product portfolio as much as possible.

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

A:Since we deal primarily through the OEM equipment providers we don’t have as good a view on the end market trends. ♦


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