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 2013

By Suja Ramnath, Senior Vice President, & General Manager


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

A: The most disruptive technology to emerge in the RF industry over the past few decades is Gallium Nitride (GaN). Initially finding applications only in military markets, GaN is now penetrating the entire RF power space. To capitalize on this trend, MACOM established the industry’s first dual source GaN supply chain, a key element for commercial adoption.

OEMs demand multiple supply sources prior to the adoption of new technologies. MACOM’s dual source strategy positions us as the only company in the industry that can provide true copy exact sourcing for high performance GaN devices, propelling mainstream adoption of this breakthrough technology.

MACOM is positioning itself to offer the broadest array of solutions in the GaN domain, encompassing half micron, quarter micron and 0.15 micron lithographies on silicon carbide and silicon substrates. This technology portfolio allows MACOM to be the only supplier addressing the performance and supply chain surety needs for all of our end markets.

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

A: MACOM has a long tradition of supporting the international aerospace and defense market. Our diverse products and applications base allows us to be relatively immune to near term market fluctuations such as sequestration.

Years ago, MACOM recognized impeding budgetary pressures as a potential outcome of macro-economic challenges. We therefore focused our strategy on customers and programs that we felt would not be affected by sequestration. We began to invest in next generation applications as well as critical system upgrades that ultimately would grow the RF content in our space. This strategy has allowed us to continue to grow despite pressures from sequestration.

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: We recognize China as a large market filled with opportunities across many of our target end markets. MACOM has been entrenched in the Chinese market, supplying products for over two decades now.

MACOM has and continues to support the Chinese market through our direct and indirect sales force. In addition, we have in-country dedicated sales and applications teams that work hand in hand with our market leading Chinese OEM partners.

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

A: We believe, as a compound semiconductor manufacturer in the RF and Microwave industry, that one of the largest challenges that we face is the encroachment of silicon technologies into our traditional SAMs.

However, we also see this as an opportunity, and this is the exact reason why MACOM announced a definitive agreement to acquire Mindspeed Technologies. As the RF and Microwave industry continues to grow and consolidate, we believe that companies that possess the broadest technology portfolio will be well positioned to address this coming challenge, which is driven by our customers’ increasing demand for performance.


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