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The Future of CubeSats

To investigate climate change, scientists and engineers at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center are developing the IceCube satellite, which will be no larger than a loaf of bread. In 2016, this satellite will mature technology that scientists will use to analyze cloud ice in the atmosphere.

  • Ensuring The Co-Existence Of IEEE 802.15.4-Based Systems At 2.4 GHz
    Ensuring The Co-Existence Of IEEE 802.15.4-Based Systems At 2.4 GHz

    This document aims to highlight the issues affecting the co-existence of IEEE 802.15.4-based systems in the presence of interference. The measures employed by the 802.15.4 standard to ensure reliable co-existence are outlined. The practical performance of an IEEE 802.15.4-based system is established with reference to supporting empirical and simulated data. Finally, guidelines are provided for installing sensor networks in either a planned or an unplanned RF environment.

  • Next Generation Phased Radar Systems Lead To Hardware Improvements
    Next Generation Phased Radar Systems Lead To Hardware Improvements

    Meeting the performance needs of the next generation of radar systems that will be deployed by the military is spurring the development of more efficient and sensitive hardware components to go along with the rapid advances in signal processing techniques and bandwidth. By Renaissance Electronics & Communications

  • Military Radar Market To Drive Strong Demand For Electronic Components
    Military Radar Market To Drive Strong Demand For Electronic Components

    Strategy Analytics ADS service’s series of military radar forecasts outline global defense expenditure trends segmented on a regional basis before breaking out the expected spending on military radar incorporating systems, hardware, support, and related services across the land, air, and naval domains.

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  • The Rx For 5G RF

    The mobility and Internet of Things explosion has led to a severe wireless spectrum shortage, driving researchers to seek new ways to alleviate the bandwidth crunch. Wireless researchers now anticipate 5G to arrive at the end of the decade, providing a 1000x increase in network capacity. In this article, Moor Insights & Strategy provides information on major areas of 5G research, describes current challenges in wireless design, and introduces new design tools from NI geared for helping RF design engineers. By Gina Longoria, Analyst, Moor Insights & Strategy

Reducing Life Cycle Costs With Reliable Airframe Microwave Assemblies

In this white paper, W. L. Gore & Associates evaluated the performance of microwave airframe assemblies before and after installation. This testing showed that the performance of many assemblies degrades significantly because they get damaged during installation, which results in increased costs, production delays, and additional testing to requalify system components. Selecting a durable cable assembly that has been tested to survive challenging aerospace applications is the key to reducing costs and ensuring reliability over time.

Next Generation Phased Radar Systems Lead To Hardware Improvements

Meeting the performance needs of the next generation of radar systems that will be deployed by the military is spurring the development of more efficient and sensitive hardware components to go along with the rapid advances in signal processing techniques and bandwidth. By Renaissance Electronics & Communications

Where Does Commercial Satellite Use Fit Into Military Communications?

Understanding the need for commercial satellite integration

Detecting And Locating Hidden Signals And Interferers In Military Operations

Spectrum analyzers can be used to neutralize electronic warfare threats.

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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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  • Military Radar Market To Drive Strong Demand For Electronic Components
    Military Radar Market To Drive Strong Demand For Electronic Components

    Strategy Analytics ADS service’s series of military radar forecasts outline global defense expenditure trends segmented on a regional basis before breaking out the expected spending on military radar incorporating systems, hardware, support, and related services across the land, air, and naval domains.

  • EM De-Embedding Magic – Part 2: Lots Of Ports, All Talking To Each Other!
    EM De-Embedding Magic – Part 2: Lots Of Ports, All Talking To Each Other!

    In part I, I described how I came up with the EM port calibration theory that we have been using very successfully for nearly 30 years. It is so simple. To de-embed a single, lonely port, just EM analyze a 2-port through line of length L, and a second one of length 2L, do some magic math (described in Part I and in [1] and [2]), and we have beautiful, fully de-embedded EM analysis data for that lonely port. (If we have additional lonely ports, just repeat the process for those ports, one at a time, as well.)

  • Pulsed VNA Measurements: When And Why Do I Need To Re-Calibrate?
    Pulsed VNA Measurements: When And Why Do I Need To Re-Calibrate?

    This is the final installment of a guest series written by Walt Strickler of Anritsu Company.

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RF Globalnet Welcomes Our Newest Supplier

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. Learn More.

EM SIMULATION FOR SPACE APPLICATIONS

Many of the components and systems operating in space are affected by electromagnetic fields. CST STUDIO SUITE® contains high-frequency, low-frequency, multiphysics and charged particle solvers for simulating and investigating the electromagnetic (EM) performance of individual components as well as entire EM systems. To demonstrate these space applications, CST is hosting a workshop with customer presentations from Airbus Defence and Space and Thales Alenia Space in September. Read more.

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Space Qualified Components

Space Qualified Components

TRM Microwave has been delivering space qualified power dividers, beamformers, directional couplers, 90° and 180° hybrids, and other components to top-tier defense contractors since 1999. These high reliability space-qualified components meet severe environmental specifications and are designed with TRM Microwave’s space level screening and qualification process.

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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.

5 MHz to 26 GHz Phase Noise Tester: Model 7300

5 MHz to 26 GHz Phase Noise Tester: Model 7300

This phase noise tester is an all-in-one compact system that conducts measurements down to -180 dBc/Hz. It covers the 5 Mhz to 26 GHz frequency range and has a 50 MHz offset.

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.
RF Amplifiers — 1GHz Ultra Miniature Log Amp 1GHz

RF Amplifiers — 1GHz Ultra Miniature Log Amp 1GHz

The Ultra-Miniature series of Logarithmic Amplifiers provide broadband performance and superb linearity over a wide temperature range. The UMLA range is robustly constructed in lightweight aluminium alloy housings and designed to withstand harsh mechanical environments.
Directional Detectors

Directional Detectors

KRYTAR offers Broad Band Directional Detectors with the following frequency bandwidths...

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.

Amplifiers - 8.0 to 12.0 GHz Half Octave

Amplifiers - 8.0 to 12.0 GHz Half Octave

Ciao Wireless offers a broad selection of Octave Band and Half-Octave Band Amplifiers. Designs are manufactured utilizing Thin-Film MIC technology, ensuring optimum reliability and long-life performance. All amplifiers feature integral voltage regulators, that make performance insensitive to supply voltage variations over a nominal 12 to 20 Volt DC voltage variation...

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Skyworks Solutions, Inc.

Skyworks is the industry’s leading wireless semiconductor company focused on RF and complete semiconductor systems for mobile communications applications...

Microwave Communications Laboratories, Inc. (MCLI)

Microwave Communications Laboratories, Inc. (MCLI)

Microwave Communications Laboratories, Inc. (MCLI), located in St. Petersburg, Florida, is a designer and manufacturer of Custom RF-Microwave Passive and Active Components. We supply both government and commercial entities with the proper equipment and support to facilitate high frequency electronic communication.

A.H. Systems

A.H. Systems

A.H. Systems manufactures a complete line of affordable, reliable, individually calibrated EMC Test Antennas, Preamplifiers, Current Probes and Low-Loss, High - Frequency Cables that satisfy FCC, MIL-STD, VDE, IEC and SAE testing standards.
NuWaves Engineering

NuWaves Engineering

NuWaves is a veteran-owned premier supplier of Radio Frequency (RF) Systems, Products, Embedded Systems, and Engineering Services designed to customer requirements.  NuWaves is an RF power house with the singular mission of delivering unsurpassed RF Engineering Design Services.

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