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 Norm Brodeur, Vice President, Marketing
TRU Corporation


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

A: One area of interest for TRU this year has been high power, blind mate interconnects. For years we have seen small signal blind mate connectors in applications such as high density backplanes and rack mounted modules. Today, we see growing demand for such blind mate connectors in applications where RF power >1KW is needed. These would include high density military platforms, amplifier/combiner racks and RF generators. TRU has been able to apply our high power design legacy to develop a high power blind mate interface which we believe will transform high power interconnect packaging in the same way small signal designs did years ago.

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

A: The effects of sequestration are unquestionably impacting the amount of business for the defense OEM’s and their supply base. The interesting dynamic for us is that our military related business has actually grown this last year compared to 2012. Our print position on core legacy military programs has remained steady while we have seen growth in many of the related support sectors such as test and measurement or EW upgrades to platforms with extended service life.

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’s importance for TRU is mainly one of supply chain coordination due to the fact that many of our strategic customers have production facilities there. As a critical part of their supply chain our biggest challenge and opportunity is to provide seamless coordination between domestic design teams and their international production and logistics counterparts. Looking forward over the next few years we expect to see our greatest growth in those traditional markets, U.S., Germany and Korea, that align to our core products in high power and high frequency.

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

A: We believe one of the most fundamental challenges on the interconnect side of the RF and microwave industry is the long term availability of RF engineers and skilled machinists. We see a consistent shift in the RF engineering pool to a more digital focus in their career choices and education. Developing skilled machinists may take significant in-house training and commitment. In the defense market, we see many OEM’s losing internal RF skill and experience due to downsizing effects of sequestration and consolidation. Many of these OEM’s now depend upon their suppliers, like TRU, to become an extension of their RF design team to offset this trend.


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