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 Murat Eron, PhD, VP of Engineering
Wireless Telecom Group (WTG)


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

A: I find carrier grade WiFi to be a very interesting development. Current licensed bands seem to be incapable of addressing the mobile data tsunami approaching us. Broadband available in WiFi is just too attractive and appealing not to be in some direct manner connected to the carrier networks. I am sure this will open up all kinds of bands to commercial play and spur new products and applications.

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

A: Microlab components that we sell to Military directly or indirectly have pretty much diminished. Given our long presence in these markets, there are some old favorites that are still in demand but represent a small portion of the volumes that are shipped to commercial, and mainly wireless, customers. Our Boonton and Noisecom products on the other hand are still going strong in their traditional Aerospace and military markets. Our product updates have kept pace with cutting edge technology and some of products that have been in the field for decades eventually do need to be replaced or modernized.

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: Indeed Microlab passive components and integrated passive assemblies have tremendously benefited from in-building wireless explosion. Our products have been deployed in countless DAS venues from stadiums and airports to large office buildings, and even trains, ships and buses. There will be some overlap with small cells naturally but we expect DAS and small cells to co-exist for a variety of practical, technical and financial reasons. I expect a whole slew of new smart RF and signal management products to be developed to address specific needs of HetNet applications.

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 challenging for passive components. We frequently partner with DAS equipment vendors who have China sales channels including, wireless OEMs and other related companies. We think Latin America, Russia and Africa have strong prospects for new markets. We are also successful with our Boonton and Noisecom products in China.

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

A: I think wider use and deployment of fiber optic equipment definitely challenges many of the traditional RF components and systems that used to serve these applications. Digital technologies also squeeze RF ever so close to the antenna. Still, the abundance of high performance RF and microwave parts at increasingly affordable prices, have spurred products and applications that could not be imagined before. Even MMW is becoming commoditized, so I see plenty of opportunities, not challenges.


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