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 W. L. Gore & Associates, Inc.


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

A: With the continued demand for reliable performance in demanding applications found in microwaves & RF, advancements in materials that can help reduce cost for the long term, improving performance and impacting product longevity will have much value and interest. Radar and millimeter wave applications will continue to emerge and be a focus for many. Automotive radar and wifi systems will continue to be interesting areas to explore.

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

A: We do see a reduced number of orders and delays to previously established programs and their timelines. Based on feedback from customers we anticipate more impact here. Gore’s focus will continue to be on electrical and mechanical integrity in demanding environments. With a diverse product portfolio and market reach, as well as our focus in advanced materials, we will continue to provide leading technology solutions that are not only reliable but also provide the much needed performance over time.

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 large market potential, but we certainly see several countries in Asia as emerging but not as fast. As the mobile phone providers and wireless service providers continue to reduce hardware and service costs, large underserved markets like Africa may rival China in terms of growth.

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

A: Uncertainty in the global economy continues to stifle investment and slow the pace of innovation. Plus, much of this industry includes smaller companies. These companies will have trouble staying in business with the major government cutbacks that are being implemented globally. This may impact both the supply chain and innovation for the future. Innovation will have to come from more established suppliers that have unique material sets. Also, we believe that there will need to be an effort to design in solutions that last longer, therefore, saving time and money over the life of projects or systems.


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