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.


MMD March 2014
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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October 2013

USB Test: Bright Spot on a Dim Landscape
By Richard Hawkins, President
LadyBug Technologies

Liam Devlin, CEO, Plextek RF Integration

“Sequestration,” the brainchild of the federal government, has proven damaging to both our nation’s defense readiness and to many companies serving our sector.

Despite this, the field of USB test instrumentation has remained a bright light on a dimmed business landscape, as it offers engineers and test personnel the prospect of convenient, cost-effective, and entirely portable test capability rivaling the specs of traditional, heavyset test “boxes.”

Why is the field of USB test healthy? Functionality, small packages, ease of use, and user-friendly pricing. In the past, one had to purchase separate instruments to perform pulse profiling, CW, peak power meter measurements. Today it is possible to get this functionality in a single package. This enables a reduction in overall instrument size, which in turn reduces the power requirement. In the past, a box instrument would have a dedicated power supply, and now all necessary power comes via a standard USB cable. In years gone by, one would face a cost of many thousands of dollars for capability that today is available for around $2,000.

Smaller, More Capable
Customers today can take advantage of physically smaller packages offering greater capability. Ladybug USB power sensor offers an all-in-one solution: average, pulse, and peak power capabilities. This is possible now as a result of improvements in processor speed. Pulse profiling, average, peak and pulse power measurements can now be produced in a smaller package.

Signaling the convenience available today, LadyBug also offers custom sensor/attenuator combination packages. The sensor and attenuator are characterized together after final calibration to offer superior performance and accuracy. The product is delivered with a calibration table along with the sensor’s certificates. The attenuator and sensor sets are available on any of LadyBug’s sensors, including its True RMS, Peak & Pulse, and Pulse-profiling sensors. Typical applications include high-power measurement, manufacturing test, OEM inclusion, ATE systems, and labs.

Adding to that convenience and capability, LadyBug Technologies’ Enhanced Virtual Power Meter V4.5 now provides an ideal user interface for measuring a host of RF signal parameters. Included with LadyBug’s exclusive line of Peak and Pulse Power Sensors, this product makes it unnecessary to provide assumed duty cycle to achieve accurate pulse measurements. Pulse Power, Duty Cycle and Crest Factor are all available effortlessly with LadyBug’s VPM/Sensor combination.

Tips for First-Time Buyers
A helpful tip for first-time buyers trying to decide among today’s USB power sensor offerings: when it comes to manufacturer claims on “measurements per second,” look more closely. There’s a big difference between taking measurements on the one hand, and making them available to the user of the power sensor on the other. Are these claimed measurements per second actually available to you in real time, or is a buffer-induced delay involved? Unlike many competitors, LadyBug Technologies’ power sensors feature zero buffer-induced latency, meaning that our 2,000 measurements per second are yours in real time.

Secondly, take note of “zeroing” and calibration when weighing your power sensor choices. Does the USB power sensor you are considering require disconnection for zeroing and calibration prior to each use, thus taking up more of your valuable time and adding costly components? With LadyBug’s patented No-Zero, No-Cal™ power meters, that expensive, time-wasting step is eliminated.

LadyBug Technologies
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By Barry Manz

A federal agency like DARPA is a sitting duck for politicians and assorted other critics. It has come up with some truly bizarre programs over years that ultimately either delivered no tangible results, were canceled before they could cause any damage, or attempted to answer questions that nobody was asking or needed answers to. Read More...

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