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 Howard Hausman, President/CEO


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

A: MITEQ is in the Satellite Communications business, which is a small but significant segment of the communications backbone. The things that interests MITEQ are, that there are always new applications which require more interaction and more communications. The growth of new applications increases the need for greater and faster connectivity which is a key factor that increases the demand for MITEQ products. We do not invent new applications. We design equipment that enables our customers to meet the increasing demand that results from these applications.

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

A: Everyone who sells into the defense market is affected by general military cut backs and specifically sequestration. The military has a road map of needed new equipment and upgrades to currently fielded equipment that hasn’t changed but I feel is being delayed. The favorite expression in the industry is “the programs and anticipated bookings are still there but they are being pushed to the right.” The problem is that when procurements are pushed too far to the right, companies find it difficult to wait and sustain their profitability which often results in cut backs that threaten the capability needed to fulfill the military’s road map. MITEQ maintains a good mix of military and commercial products which blunt the impact of this scenario but many companies large and small are not rooted in alternate applications and find themselves cutting back to levels that will not be recoverable for many years. Long term funding large or small should be consistent so the industry can adjust and move forward with a military road map that is sustainable.

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: MITEQ’s growth in its Satellite Communication products is an outgrowth of the communications market. The increase of small cells and distributed antenna systems meets a demand for “broadband wireless data everywhere”, at all times whether people are stationary or mobile. This necessitates an increased need for more bandwidth and newer technologies to better utilize the current bandwidth. MITEQ is in the forefront of providing these technologies for the communications industry.

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: China is one of many potential global markets for the RF and Microwave industry. The notability of China is the size of its economy and the increasing industrial base which increases demand for high technology products including the demand for better and more ubiquitous communications. There are many other areas of the world like China that are growing and present similar but maybe small opportunities. MITEQ sells equipment to over one hundred different countries on all continents, including Antarctica. The more developed areas are our biggest customers, but the less developed areas are our highest growth areas.

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

A: The greatest challenge for the RF and Microwave industry is getting engineers and keeping them in the industry. The discipline of microwave engineering is particularly difficult. The skills required are a lot of education, experience, common sense, and fortitude. These attributes can get people very far in many professions making the competition for talent an ongoing issue, but one that is important to maintain the technological advances the world has so far enjoyed and expects. We have to do as much as we can to guide people into our industry.


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