EDITOR’S PICKS

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.

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MUST SEE PRODUCTS AT IMS 2015

High Performance Amplifiers from Teledyne Microwave Solutions

High Performance Amplifiers from Teledyne Microwave Solutions

High Performance Amplifiers from Teledyne Microwave Solutions.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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RECENT ARTICLES

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

    The main source of heat in electronic equipment is their semiconductor chips, and the temperature sensitivities of these chips presents a challenge in designing cooling mechanisms. Overheating causes the chips to prematurely fail—and failure of only one chip can disable the entire equipment, the higher the chip temperature, the earlier and more certain the failure. As functionality has increased, the associated heat dissipation has escalated to the extent that it is recognized as a potential limitation on the pace of electronics development. Appropriate cooling strategies are needed to prevent overheating, and failure, of critical components.

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.

A Cost Effective Approach To Simulation For Electronic Warfare Systems

Electronic Warfare (EW) comes in the forms of Electronic Attack (EA), Electronic Protection (EP), and Electronic Support (ES). The tightening of the DOD’s budget has made the already complex simulation of the spectral environments encountered by EW systems in field settings even more of a challenge.

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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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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.

EMI and RFI Design Consulting

Corry Micronics' skilled Design Engineers, with many years of industry experience, are available for consultation whenever you experience any EMI / RFI issues...
DC to 14 GHz SPDT Switch: AM6002

DC to 14 GHz SPDT Switch: AM6002

The AM6002 is single-pole double-throw (SPDT) switch featuring 1.0dB insertion loss, a +5V supply, +3V control, 30dB isolation, +42dBm IP3, +27dBm P1dB, and an operating temperature range of -40C to +85C.

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.

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.
<B>XFdtd<sup>&reg;</sup>: 3D Electromagnetic Simulation Software</B>

XFdtd®: 3D Electromagnetic Simulation Software

XFdtd 3D EM Simulation Software provides engineers with powerful and innovative tools for modeling and EM simulation. It’s tremendously fast by leveraging NVIDIA’s most advanced CUDA-enabled GPUs. And it’s easy to use and engineered to replicate real-world processes.

Applications include antenna design and placement, biomedical, EMI/EMC, microwave devices, radar and scatting, SAR validation, and more.

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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.

T124 Series Ultra-Low Frequency TCXO

T124 Series Ultra-Low Frequency TCXO

The T124 Series from Greenray Industries is an ultra-low frequency oscillator - available down to 650Hz - in a low profile, compact SMT package.
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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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ELECTRONIC MILITARY & DEFENSE MAGAZINE

Electronic Military & Defense was developed as a resource for engineers, program managers, project managers, and other professionals involved in the design and development of electronic and electro-optic systems for a wide range of defense and aerospace applications. Check out the digital edition of our latest issue for exclusive editorial on wearable antennas for military applications, countering EMI threats, biological and chemical threat detection, advances in optical sensing, and more.

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CURRENT HEADLINES

  • MtronPTI Introduces Ultra-Low Jitter Products

    MtronPTI, leader in precision frequency control, custom RF/microwave filters and solid state RF power amplifiers, recently announced the addition of two ultra-low jitter oscillator families as part of a broad frequency control and timing product portfolio. 

  • Elektrobit (EB) to Develop Mobile Devices for the Mexsat Satellite Communication System in Mexico

    Elektrobit Wireless Communications Ltd (EB) signed an agreement with the Ministry of Mexican Communication and Transportation to develop three types of android-based L-band mobile devices. They would develop the satellite-terrestrial smartphone, a satellite-terrestrial rugged enhanced phone and a satellite rugged basic phone for the SCT's Mexsat program.

  • Freescale Expands RF Power Portfolio For Avionics Markets With Newest Airfast Products

    Worldwide air traffic control (ATC) and aircraft-to-aircraft communications requirements are growing more stringent, and airplanes will need to carry increasingly sophisticated tracking and communications systems in the years ahead. 

  • X-Band TLTs Provide Wide Ranging Options And Versatility
    X-Band TLTs Provide Wide Ranging Options And Versatility

    AtlanTecRF announces a new series of Satellite Communications Test Loop Translators for use in X-Band.

  • Rice Engineering Students Create Real-Time 3-D Radar System

    A real-time 3-D radar system designed by Rice University engineering students as a concept for a next-generation collision-avoidance system for the auto industry captured the $5,000 top prize at Rice’s annual Engineering Design Showcase and could have wider applications in security screening and biomedical imaging.

  • Improved Detection Of Radio Waves From Space
    Improved Detection Of Radio Waves From Space

    Geodesy is the scientific discipline that deals with the measurement of the Earth. One of the measurement techniques it employs uses radio waves from far-distant objects in space to determine factors such as the movement of tectonic plates. A high frequency amplifier promises to boost the performance of the radio telescopes this method requires.

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