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  • 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.

  • Why Is Apple Stockpiling RF Engineers?
    Why Is Apple Stockpiling RF Engineers?

    Paul Chang, former principal engineer, project manager, and RF chip lead at Broadcom, recently migrated to Apple, further substantiating rumors that Apple plans on designing and building baseband processors in-house. Chang worked at Broadcom for over 11 years, helping develop a “series of cellular mobile communications CMOS semiconductor products,” including a number of 65 nm quadband single -chip transceivers. 

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Narda Safety Test Solutions was founded on January 1, 2000. The company is an offshoot of the high-frequency measurement technology operation of the former Wandel & Goltermann group and has been a part of the L-3 Communications technology group since it was founded. The operational field of Narda Safety Test Solutions covers the business segments of RF Safety, EMC, and RF Testing. In all three of these areas, Narda is one of the leading providers of high quality, application tailored measurement solutions. Learn More.

PRODUCTS TO SEE AT IMS2014

Microwave Site Master Handheld Cable and Antenna Analyzer: S820E

Microwave Site Master Handheld Cable and Antenna Analyzer: S820E

Anritsu’s S820E Microwave Site Master is the world's first microwave handheld cable and antenna analyzer that covers the 1 MHz to 8, 14, 20, 30, and 40 GHz frequency range. It offers 110 dB of dynamic range from 20 MHz to 40 GHz and supports coaxial and waveguide measurements.

Low Pass Filter: CMILPF-1990-80S

Low Pass Filter: CMILPF-1990-80S

This is a low pass filter for the record books. With the connectors, it measures over 19 “in length. The pass band is 50MHz to 1990 MHz with less than 1dB of pass band insertion loss. It took over 39 poles to meet the rejection requirements of greater than or equal to 80dB at 2140MHz to 3600MHz.

Low PIM Attenuator

Low PIM Attenuator

This low PIM fixed attenuator covers the 698-2700 MHz frequency range and is available in 5, 6, 10, 20, and 30 dB attenuation values. It has a +0.75 db maximum attenuation accuracy, and a +0.5 db typical attenuation accuracy.

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FREE EM SIMULATION WORKSHOPS

In the CST US Workshop Series, expert engineers will showcase the capabilities of electromagnetic (EM) simulation tool, CST STUDIO SUITE® and will detail how it can help optimize EM designs. With major advances in both software and computing hardware, realistic large scale simulation of full devices and systems is made possible in relatively short run times. Register for a workshop to see the benefits of virtual prototyping in high frequency applications.  Click here for more information

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Bluetooth Audio Test Set: MT8855A

Bluetooth Audio Test Set: MT8855A

The MT8855A Bluetooth Audio Test Set is the world's first test set designed specifically to perform high-quality audio measurements on products using the Bluetooth Advanced Audio Distribution Profile (A2DP), the Headset profile, or the Hands-Free profile.
TDS-535-2 Tuned Dipole Set (Double)

TDS-535-2 Tuned Dipole Set (Double)

The A.H. Systems' Tuned Dipole Set provides an accurate standard for precise EMI and site attenuation measurements (per OET-55 and ANSI C63.4). Each Tuned Dipole Set is manufactured per the FCC balun design and is individually calibrated. All sets come contained in a rugged, lightweight storage case which includes four baluns, elements, cables, a tape measure and one clamp for tripod mounting.
ALH503: 80 - 100 GHz Low Noise Amplifier

ALH503: 80 - 100 GHz Low Noise Amplifier

The ALH503 is a broadband, three-stage, low noise monolithic HEMT amplifier designed for use in Millimeter-Wave Imaging, commercial digital microwave radios and wireless LANs

AVC/H.264 HDVE Software Encoder SDK <HDVE-100 Encoder SDK>

AVC/H.264 HDVE Software Encoder SDK

The HDVE-100 Encoder SDK is a software development kit that provides functionality for H.264/AVC video encoding with high visual quality and a high compression rate.
Rack Mount GPS Splitter 1X8

Rack Mount GPS Splitter 1X8

The RMHIALDCBS1X8 GPS Amplified Splitter is a one input, eight output device in a Rack Mount Chassis. The frequency response covers the GPS L1 & L2 bands with excellent gain flatness
Site Analyzer®: SA-3600XT, 25-3600 MHz

Site Analyzer®: SA-3600XT, 25-3600 MHz

The 25-3600 MHz, Site Analyzer®: SA-3600XT Site Analyzer is easy to operate and field ready for first-time, occasional and experienced users. Other applications include 3G, Broadcast, Government, Tactical Military, Microwave, Paging, Public Safety, Trunking, WLAN and WLL, and TETRA.

SAW (Surface Acoustic Wave) Oscillators

SAW (Surface Acoustic Wave) Oscillators

SAW (Surface Acoustic Wave) Oscillators by Phonon are essentially specialty microcircuits that process analog signals in radar, communications, electronic warfare (EW), and other defense and space applications. SAW Oscillators are different from other oscillator types in that they use acoustic waves on a material's surface for signal processing.

Custom EMI Filters

Custom EMI Filters

EMI Filters are used to prevent electromagnetic interference in avionics and aircraft systems, as well as military shipboard/vehicle electronics, and in military communication systems. Electromagnetic interference can cause a complete loss of data in communications systems, or a simple decline in data quality.

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CST of America, Inc.

CST of America, Inc.

CST develops and markets high performance software for the simulation of electromagnetic (EM) fields in all frequency bands. Its success is based on the implementation of leading edge technology in a user-friendly interface.

Bliley Technologies, Inc.

Bliley Technologies, Inc.

Bliley Technologies is a worldwide leader in the design and manufacturing of low noise frequency control products. Privately owned and operated since 1930, our dedicated employees, utilizing our 64,000 square foot manufacturing facility located in Erie PA, have been a stable source of quality frequency control products for our customers for over eighty years. In fact Bliley remains one of the very few US based companies to have crystal and oscillator manufacturing within the same facility. Bliley's vertical integration provides an ideal environment for our crystal, oscillator and mechanical engineers to work closely with our production employees to develop and produce some of the most robust designs offered in our industry.

GPS Networking

GPS Networking

GPS Networking, Inc. is the Worldwide Leader in GPS Networking for over 13 years. We specialize in providing global positioning products that allow you to network the signal throughout your site or facility. Our products are designed with building-block simplicity so that you can design the system for your individual needs...

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