IN MY OPINION

Evaluating Our Industry’s Health Requires a Broad Perspective
By John Farley, Director of Marketing, Pasternack Enterprises

As most RF and microwave companies are privately held and industry analysts rarely track sales of microwave components other than semiconductors and interconnects, determining the health of an industry as diverse as ours is extremely difficult.
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MMD March 2014
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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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October 2012

Designing Power Amplifiers to Operate and Coexist in the Public Safety Domain
By Dimitrios B. Kontolios, Sales & Applications Engineer, AccelComm/AC Group, Inc.

A prominent provider of wireless solutions approached us for assistance in developing power amplifiers for their systems because their engineers believed their current systems would not meet FCC Narrowbanding requirements for the next year. They supplied us with their specifications, mostly around the VHF/UHF, 700MHz, & 800 MHz Public Safety Bands anywhere from 5 MHz to 20 MHz bandwidths with 6 KHz and 12.5 KHz modulation spacing in their digital transmission capabilities. Although “the customer is always right” motto prevails in our business model, our diligent and always curious Product Line Manager decided to research and find out for himself if these specified power amplifiers that he was about to design would meet FCC requirements.

The FCC has implemented the Narrowbanding Mandate which states that all public safety and industrial/business land mobile radio systems operating in the 150-174 MHz and 421-470 MHz bands must cease using 25 kHz efficiency technology and begin using 12.5 kHz efficiency technology. The purpose of Narrowbanding is to operate more efficiently creating additional channel capacity, either with narrower channel bandwidths or an increased number of voice paths or a higher data rate per channel to support more users. The deadline for conforming to the Narrowbanding Mandate is January 1, 2013.

The 700 MHz Public Safety Band comprises 24 megahertz of spectrum designated for public safety use. The Narrowband segment of 769-775/799-805 MHz consists of 1920 6.25 KHz-wide channels operating as 960 pairs. 800 MHz Band Reconfiguration was implemented to address the growing problem of harmful interference caused by high-density commercial wireless systems to 800 MHz public safety communication systems at 806-824 MHz paired with spectrum at 851-869 MHz. All FCC requirements and further information can be found at: www.fcc.gov/topic/emergency-communications

To meet requirements, power amplifiers have to be very linear at all these very narrowbands to perform with efficiency. AccelComm is already prepared to meet these new stringent FCC requirements for its customers by providing power amplifiers with RF Predistortion techniques which are capable of compensating for nonlinearities such as AM-AM and AM-PM distortions, spectral regrowth, memory effects and other signal impairments. For more information on all AccelComm products and capabilities, visit: www.accelcommgroup.com.

AccelComm/AC Group, Inc.
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