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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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 2013

By Richard Hawkins, President
LadyBug Technologies


Q: Is there a particular emerging application or technology that intrigues you?

A: The field of USB test instrumentation has remained a bright light on a dimmed business landscape, as it offers engineers and test personnel the prospect of convenient, cost-effective, and entirely portable test capability equal to traditional, heavyset test “boxes.” In the past, one had to purchase separate instruments to perform Pulse Profiling, CW, and Pulse Power meter measurements. Today it is possible to get this functionality in a single package, including multiple simultaneous measurements on the same machine. This enables a reduction in overall instrument size, which in turn reduces the power requirement. In the past a box instrument would have a dedicated power supply, and now all necessary power comes via a standard USB cable. In years gone by, one would face a cost of many thousands of dollars for capability that today is available for around $2,000.

Q: Are you experiencing any effects of the reduction in defense spending or are you anticipating any impact on your business?

A: We have experienced it, but not to the degree other manufacturers might have. Our products are reasonably priced and fall into the category of test and measurement, which forms a critical step in the manufacturing process that cannot be skipped.

Q: Deployment of small cells and distributed antenna systems is increasing rapidly as wireless carriers attempt to provide “broadband wireless data everywhere.” If your company is involved in any portion of the “HetNet” market, please tell us how you feel this market will develop.

A: Our CW and Pulse sensors are both used in the manufacture of equipment used in HetNet applications. This segment of manufacturing is a significant part of our long-term growth plans. Laboratory and field testing is also an important part of this growth area.

Q: China has long been considered the greatest potential global market for many companies in the RF and microwave industry. Do you feel this is still true? Are there other emerging markets that you believe will be lucrative in the next few years?

A: To a large extent this remains true. Our products find use in manufacturing and testing around the world. This year, EuMW was particularly beneficial for us and we expect growth in many countries in addition to China.

Q: What do you believe will be the greatest challenge for the RF and microwave industry?

A: Challenges abound in the microwave test and measurement business. There is foreign competition and a dysfunctional U.S. government on the one hand, and yet great opportunities for growth and innovation on the other. To stay ahead of the competition, R&D monies must be applied to take advantage of new, powerful processors, advanced FPGA’s, and other capabilities now available. Our solution to these challenges will be to present new, innovative products. With new technologies at our disposal, LadyBug will launch several new RF Power Sensor concepts in 2014.


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