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 Scott Blanchard, Founder/President


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

A: Although the wireless industry is far from emerging, the desire for increased bandwidth and performance continues to drive technological advances. One aspect of these advances that we find intriguing is the MIMO architecture and more specifically the testing methods involved. Many wireless networks and devices now employ MIMO technology to improve throughput and performance, but architectures and testing methods vary greatly. With these vastly different testing requirements it is essential that suppliers, such as Vaunix, develop MIMO test solutions that offer phase and amplitude control with an easily configurable and affordable architecture.

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

A: At Vaunix, the reduced defense spending actually increases our direct sales to government agencies. With less money to spend, the government engineers are buying equipment that fills the need of a project instead of buying equipment with every feature possible. Vaunix specializes in providing low cost equipment with just enough features. The lower cost allows engineers to meet the requirements of the program without breaking the budget. This is most evident with the Vaunix signal generator line which represents huge savings over the products offered by the industry giants.

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: This question relates perfectly to the MIMO test solutions referenced in question #1. With the number of different solutions on the market addressing the “wireless everywhere” endeavor, the need for MIMO testing platforms is rapidly growing. The approach at Vaunix is to provide quick turn custom solutions using common building blocks. Our background in radio technology coupled with our proven design capabilities of attenuators, phase shifters and switches allows us to supply the industry with flexible and reliable solid state solutions at industry leading prices.

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 has been and continues to be a large market for our industry. The volume of production in China creates vast opportunities for test equipment suppliers. India and SE Asia also continue to deliver opportunities. This trend will continue until the cost of transportation outweighs the labor rate and tax advantages.

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

A: If one thing is for certain, our industry does not lack in challenges. Many would consider increasing network communications as the biggest challenge while others may think that driving down production costs is the biggest challenge. In looking at the RF and microwave industry as a whole, I believe that our greatest challenge may be the merging of our industry with the digital design world. As processes and speeds advance the line between digital, analog and RF starts to blur. Our biggest challenge may be the ability to adapt to and embrace the changes so that we can advance our technology to meet the design goals of the future.


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