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Deep Space Atomic Clock

As the saying goes, timing is everything. More so in 21st-century space exploration where navigating spacecraft precisely to far-flung destinations -- say, to Mars or even more distant Europa, a moon of Jupiter -- is critical.

  • Autopilot Systems Market Worth $4.68B By 2020, According To A New Study On ASDReports
    Autopilot Systems Market Worth $4.68B By 2020, According To A New Study On ASDReports

    According to a new market research report, now available on ASDReports, "Autopilot System Market by Product, by Application, By Platform {Airborne (Manned & Unmanned), Land-based (Manned & Unmanned), Sea (Manned & Unmanned), Subsea (Manned & Unmanned)}, By Component (GPS, Gyros, Actuators, Software), By Application (Commercial, Defense, & Homeland Security), By Geography (North America, Europe, Asia-Pacific, the Middle East, Latin America, and Africa), Do It Yourself Autopilot", the global autopilot systems market is estimated to be $3.27B in 2014 and expected to register a CAGR of 6.14% to reach $4.68B by 2020.

  • Key Considerations for Designing a Wireless Medical Device

    Mobile medical devices in today’s world require constant connectivity and security for the safety of its patients as well as for efficiency in the hospital. When considering such necessities, medical device companies need to understand that there are unique requirements to ensure the success of their WLAN deployed solution within a hospital environment. If any of these requirements are overlooked, there may be results of poor performance and potential regulator recalls.

  • Systematic Failures In U.S. Math And Science Infrastructure Threaten Global Leadership Top business and higher education leaders said that the United States' lackluster performance in science and math has placed the country in grave danger of losing its competitive edge in the global marketplace...
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MUST SEE PRODUCTS AT IMS 2015

GaN Wideband Power Amplifier: NPA1007

GaN Wideband Power Amplifier: NPA1007

The NPA1007 is a 20 - 2500 MHz, wideband GaN power amplifier. This amplifier has output levels to 10 W (40 dBm) and is specifically designed for saturated and linear operation.

Vector Network Analyzers: MS4640B Series

Vector Network Analyzers: MS4640B Series

Anritsu’s MS4640B vector network analyzers (VNAs) are a part of the VectorStarTM family, and provide the highest overall performance on a modern analyzer platform. They cover the 70 kHz to 70 GHz frequency range and offer 2.5 ns pulse resolution with a 100 dB dynamic range.

Non-Blocking RF Switch Matrix

Non-Blocking RF Switch Matrix

A non-blocking RF switch matrix is more complex than the blocking type, but it’s also more flexible.  In this configuration, an input can be switched to multiple outputs.  One input can in fact be switched to all of the outputs at once.  This provides an extra degree of flexibility compared to the blocking architecture.  However, a non-blocking architecture still has the limitation of not allowing two or more inputs to be switched to the same output.  Input 1 for example can be simultaneously switched to every output or selectively switched to several outputs at once, but no other input can be switched to any of the same outputs.

High Performance Amplifiers from Teledyne Microwave Solutions

High Performance Amplifiers from Teledyne Microwave Solutions

High Performance Amplifiers from Teledyne Microwave Solutions.

IMS Resource Center

IMS Resource Center

RF Globalnet's IMS resource center is comprised of the latest products, news, articles, and video coverage from this and past year's shows. Click here to access it.

GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies

GORE-FLIGHT Microwave Assemblies

GORE-FLIGHT™ Microwave Assemblies are cable solutions designed with an internally ruggedized construction made to withstand concentrated loads well in excess of those specified by MIL-T-81490. The cables are flexible and inherently resistant to over-bending, making the cables easier to install within the confines of an aircraft. GORE-FLIGHT™ Microwave Assemblies are available in Standard Series or 6 Series.

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  • Key Considerations for Designing a Wireless Medical Device

    Mobile medical devices in today’s world require constant connectivity and security for the safety of its patients as well as for efficiency in the hospital. When considering such necessities, medical device companies need to understand that there are unique requirements to ensure the success of their WLAN deployed solution within a hospital environment. If any of these requirements are overlooked, there may be results of poor performance and potential regulator recalls.

A Step Change in Electronics Thermal Design: Incorporating ADE and MDA Design Flows

When it comes to electronics, it is important to keep the complete design cycle shorter than traditional manufacturing, as delays in product release can severely affect profit. In electronic equipment, overheating causes electronic semiconductor chips to prematurely fail, and end up disabling the entire equipment. Appropriate cooling strategies are needed to prevent overheating and failure of critical components. Mechanical engineers have collaborated with electronic designers to incorporate electronic design automation (EDA) software and mechanical design automation (MDA) software into the thermal design of electronics.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Growing Markets In A Changing World

UAVs became a common part of many people’s vernacular due to their sudden surge in use for military related applications, though in those cases, they’re typically referred to as drones. Unmanned Aerial Vehicles have numerous potential civilian applications as well though – from agricultural, forestry, and maritime studies, to border security and law enforcement use. This article discusses the growing diversity of markets for UAVs and both the challenges and opportunities they provide.

Proving Installed Performance Of Airframe Microwave Assemblies

A recent study conducted for the aerospace industry showed that 29 percent of respondents said the cause of Microwave/RF cable failure or repair is due to damage during installation. Damaged airframe microwave assemblies result in system failures, re-testing, delayed production, increased maintenance downtime, and eventual replacement of the entire setup.

Overcoming Space Challenges And Reducing Costs With Small-Diameter Cable Technology

Network service providers are deploying more fiber cables than ever to keep up with bandwidth demands. While that’s good news for those who want more bandwidth, it’s not so good for the technicians needing access to existing circuits or the ability to install new ones. In order to help central offices, headends, and other areas of a service network, a microcable patchcord was developed to slow the rate of cable pile-up and ease congestion in fiber-management systems.

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FROM THE EDITOR'S DESK

  • Amazon’s New Smartphone Boasts High-End RF And Imaging Components
    Amazon’s New Smartphone Boasts High-End RF And Imaging Components

    On July 25, Amazon released its first smartphone, and it didn’t take long for the internal components of the device to get leaked.

  • 4 Electronic Design Requirements Of The System-Integrated Soldier
    4 Electronic Design Requirements Of The System-Integrated Soldier

    Perhaps most famously portrayed in Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers (1959), the idea of the “future soldier” has been around for decades. As rehashed in countless science fiction films and video games, the stereotypical future soldier is equipped with a protective exoskeleton, enhanced sensory equipment, seamless communication systems, and advanced weaponry. While the concept once seemed implausible, there are many real-world projects under way focused on realizing those seemingly fictitious warfighter capabilities — by integrating a plethora of diverse electronic subsystems into a cohesively operational suit.

  • 7 Noteworthy Technologies From IMS2014
    7 Noteworthy Technologies From IMS2014

    At the 2014 IEEE MTT International Microwave Symposium earlier this month, I had the opportunity to speak with the event’s general chair, Dr. Larry Dunleavy, about the state of the RF and microwave design industry. While he acknowledged that it is a time of relative uncertainty — due in large part to constrained military budgets and conservative fiscal forecasts for 2014 — he also pointed out that there are plenty of emerging markets where RF and microwave technology is making a significant impact. With the Internet of Things (IoT) driving innovation in burgeoning markets like automotive and healthcare  and the development of 5G pushing wireless technology to further heights, there was good reason for nearly 600 companies to flock to the IMS2014 exhibition in Tampa, Fla.

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180 Degree Hybrids Testing And Term Definitions

180 Degree Hybrids Testing And Term Definitions

When a signal is applied to port 1, the output signal will appear on ports 2 and 3. Ports 2 and 3 are 180 degrees out of phase with each other.
EM Simulation Software

EM Simulation Software

FEKO software is a comprehensive computational electromagnetics (CEM) code based on the accurate "full wave" Method of Moments (MoM). The leading implementation of the Multilevel Fast Multipole Method (MLFMM) and the MoM hybrid with asymptotic high frequency techniques (PO and UTD) allows simulation of electrically large problems, e.g. antenna placement. Several techniques including Finite Element Method (FEM) available for dielectric regions.

100 & 120 MHz 5th Overtone Crystals

100 & 120 MHz 5th Overtone Crystals

Bliley’s 100 and 120 MHz 5th overtone crystals are vacuum sealed for excellent age rates and low resistances and achieve excellent in-circuit phase noise performance in oscillator designs. Doubly rotated crystal cuts are also available to help define a design’s turning point region.

Spectrum Master Compact Handheld Spectrum Analyzer - E-Series

Spectrum Master Compact Handheld Spectrum Analyzer - E-Series

Regulatory requirements are growing. You’re under increasing pressure to cut costs. And improving system uptime is always a top priority. The MS2713E Spectrum Master helps you do all of this and more.

Miniature Varactor Diodes

Miniature Varactor Diodes

These new small-form factor, discrete, low-profile plastic diodes are contained within SMT packaging that is ideal for voltage controlled oscillator (VCO), phase shifter and voltage tuned filter applications requiring a high Q and low resistance varactor with a large capacitance change over a narrow 0 to 5 V range.
Installed Antenna Modeling Software: Savant

Installed Antenna Modeling Software: Savant

Savant is a type of simulation software used to predict installed antenna performance and antenna-to-antenna coupling in complex environments. Its multicore, GPU and MPI parallelized engine accounts for all of the important effects that need to be taken into consideration, including creeping waves, curved surface ray divergence correction, blockage, diffraction, multi-bounce, and PTD wedge correction.

IsoClad: RF & Microwave Laminates

IsoClad: RF & Microwave Laminates

IsoClad laminates are nonwoven fiberglass/PTFE composites for use as printed circuit board substrates. The nonwoven reinforcement allows these laminates to be used more easily in applications where the final circuit will be bent to shape. Conformal or “wrap-around” antennas are a good example
Integrated Microwave Assemblies (IMAs)

Integrated Microwave Assemblies (IMAs)

CPI’s line of integrated microwave assemblies includes attenuators, integrated front ends, receivers, solid state coaxial limiters, solid state switches, waveguide limiters, transmit receiver switches, upconverters, and downconverters. They’re used in both military and commercial markets in radar, satellite, and communications applications. This page provides an overview of their IMA offerings.

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X-COM Systems

X-COM Systems

Headquartered near Washington D.C. in Reston, Virginia, X-COM Systems designs, manufactures, and sells advanced products and solutions to all branches of the Department of Defense (DoD) and to commercial technology companies worldwide.

Dielectric Laboratories (DLI)

Dielectric Laboratories (DLI)

Dielectric Laboratories is a global supplier of microwave and millimeter wave components for optical and wireless communications, military, medical, semiconductor, aerospace, and transportation markets. We are a manufacturer of High-Q Multi-Layer capacitors (MLC) and Single-Layer capacitors (SLC), Resonators, Filters, Broadband DC blocks, Thin Film components, and Custom ceramic components. In 2004, DLI acquired Voltronics Corporation, a world leader in precision variable capacitors.

HUBER+SUHNER

HUBER+SUHNER

RF Interconnect: connectors, coaxial cable and assemblies, delay lines, lightning protection, picocell antennas, adaptors, terminations, attenuators, couplers, splitters|Fiber Optic Interconnect: connectors, fiber optic cable and assemblies, attenuators, splitters, optical distribution frames|Test and measurement components: test leads, adaptors, terminations, test kits

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