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 Fred Ortiz, President, dB Control


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

A: Advanced ECM systems and EW threat simulators intrigue us because they will spur the development of microwave power modules (MPMs) that operate at higher frequencies, such as K-band (18-26.5 GHz), Ka-band (26.5-40 GHz), and Q-band (33-50 GHz). These MPMs must provide very high stability of the transmitted waveform, spectral purity and higher power over a wider bandwidth. dB Control is at the forefront of this technology, and recently introduced an efficient MPM with double the output power of previous models. It provides 200 Watts of continuous wave RF power over a frequency range of 6-18 GHz. Not only does the dB-4127 meet the power requirements of emerging applications but is on average 30 percent more efficient than other MPMs, thanks to its highly efficient high-voltage-power-supply topology and critical component placement for an optimal thermal design.

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

A: As with many companies associated with the defense industry, we are seeing some effects of the reduction in defense spending. However, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are in demand by both government and commercial entities, and dB Control is fortunate to be a reliable player in this market – thereby minimizing the effects that defense spending cuts could potentially have on our business. In fact, a recent Market Research Media report indicates that the military UAV market alone will reach $86.5 billion by 2018. As the technology onboard UAVs becomes increasingly sophisticated, so have our TWT Amplifiers that power the UAV’s synthetic aperture radar (SAR) systems.
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 a great potential market for many companies in the microwave and RF industries. Additionally, there remains a bright future for the international TWTA market – even while defense spending has been reduced in the US, the international market continues to grow. There are other emerging markets with fast growth as well. These include Russia, Southeast Asia, Australia, Turkey and India.

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

A: Achieving the next level of sophistication will always be a challenge – including the brainpower and manufacturing/testing capabilities it takes to reach the achievements of wider bandwidth, smaller size, lighter weight and higher power (SWaP). The uncertain social and political climate in the Middle East, Asia and Latin America also presents the challenge of creating more ISR (intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) operations possibly performed by UAVs. With this challenge comes opportunity, so dB Control continues to work with our TWT suppliers to design and manufacture reliable amplifiers that are smaller, lighter and more efficient.


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