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 Doug Borck, President, RLC Electronics


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

A: There are two emerging applications that are of particular interest; hand-held portable, low cost test systems and hand-held protective devices for the Military and Home Land Security.

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

A: New programs are being delayed or eliminated, and heritage programs are being revitalized. Some of the heritage programs are having obsolesce issues where companies that supported them in the past are no longer in business because of market conditions or acquisition. In the case of acquisition, the acquiring company may have modified the strategy where the heritage products will no longer be supported. RLC has been able to benefit from the consolidation in the industry by supporting products that are no longer supported by the original provider.

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 do anticipate participating in this market with a number of different product lines and packaging solutions. Due to the growth in Broad Band Applications and High data Rate usage, optimal utilization of bandwidth is critical which necessitates the use of RLC components.

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 still an emerging market. In addition, more activity is being seen from Eastern Europe and South America.

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

A: With the reductions in military spending, there will be additional consolidations in the industry where some companies go out of business and others may be integrated into some of the larger RF providers. As has already been experienced, this will lead to additional obsolescence issues on heritage programs.

In addition, with the reduced staffing levels in a number of OEM’s, a significant number of Senior RF and Microwave Engineers have retired or left the industry leaving a significant technical void This challenge is compounded because potential engineers are choosing disciplines such as Computer Science rather than RF and Microwave Engineering.
These two factors pose a significant challenge for the RF and Microwave Industry.


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