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 Jim Cable, CEO
Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation


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

A: LTE-Advanced Networks pose exciting technical challenges. Wireless operators are highly motivated to launch LTE-A networks, as it allows them to better allocate their various frequency bands using carrier-aggregation techniques initially on the downlink and then on the uplink. This drives very difficult requirements for linearity and isolation – performance metrics our products deliver on. The future of our mobile wireless business is the integration of the handset’s RF front-end (RFFE). We believe this integration can only happen with RF SOI.

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

A: Defense is a relatively small – but growing – piece of our business. Our RF SOI product performance offers significant benefits in critical communication pathways. We are experiencing a negative impact to our defense-related business due to the sequestration and then, more recently, from the government shutdown. 

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: We have current design wins in small cells and distributed-antenna systems. We have also been selling into the traditional macrocell base station market for many years, where performance requirements are very high. We also sell into the handset market where the technical requirements are more modest, but the volumes are enormous. The small-cell market opportunity combines high volume and high performance, which is a perfect fit for our technology.

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 clearly a huge market and one in which we have been making major investment over the last several years. LTE offers a very large, emerging opportunity in China. The potential in the China market is enormous, but it poses a different set of business challenges. We have added channel partners, increased direct-selling resources and added FAE support to better serve this market. China represents a big market for both our mobile and non-mobile business. I don’t see any other geographic markets offering the same potential in the near future.

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

A: I think, in some ways, the next few years will be “golden years” for the RF and microwave industries. The proliferation of wireless links into virtually everything (M2M), scarcity of spectrum and increasingly difficult RF-performance requirements will create great opportunities for strong players in the industry. It is clear that in many markets, improving the RF portion of the system will have the greatest effect on the consumer experience by offering increased data rates, longer battery life and smaller form factors.


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