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CRAFT Program Aims For Affordable Designer Circuits That Do More With Less Power

Demand for specialized integrated circuits for military electronics continues to surge exponentially with no end in sight. Systems that synchronize the activity of unmanned aerial vehicles; real-time conversion of raw radar data into tactically useful 3-D imagery; and instant access to high-resolution sensor feeds on the battlefield are only three examples of this reality.

  • X-Band Radar Market Worth $5.08B By 2020
    X-Band Radar Market Worth $5.08B By 2020

    The report, now available on ASDReports, "X-Band Radar Market by Type (Portable & Non-portable), Application (Defense, Government, & Commercial) - Global Forecasts, Trends & Analysis to 2015-2020", The X-band radar market is estimated to be valued at $4.12B by the end of 2015 and is projected to grow at a CAGR of 3.56% to reach $5.08B by the end of 2020.

  • Undergrad Radio Amateur Uses Reverse Beacon Network In Research Project
    Undergrad Radio Amateur Uses Reverse Beacon Network In Research Project

    A Virginia Tech undergraduate researcher and radio amateur has used Super Dual Auroral Radar Network (SuperDARN) and Reverse Beacon Network (RBN) data to study how solar flares impact HF radio propagation over the entire dayside — the time Earth is in sunlight — with communication loss related to both flare intensity and distribution.

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  • Annihilating Interference In A Sea Of Signals
    Annihilating Interference In A Sea Of Signals

    This case study discusses how industry collaboration helped meet the challenges of in-building interference detection and mitigation across jurisdictional and corporate boundaries.

Are You Using The Best Oscilloscope For That Application?

The quality that makes oscilloscopes invaluable in any electronic laboratory is their range of utility. While all oscilloscopes perform the same essential function and follow the same central principles, there are several specialized instruments used in various applications. In this article, we give you a bird’s-eye view of the different types of oscilloscopes, as well as some suggestions on their ideal usage.

ETL Systems In Action: Customized Solution Helps Arqiva Expand UK DAB Network

Arqiva, a UK based communications infrastructure and media services company, has been working on a number of projects to expand the UK nationwide DAB network. Since these projects demanded a smart and cost effective solution for distributing critical L-band satellite signals at multiple UK transmitting stations, Ariqiva chose ETL Systems to construct compact products to meet their requirements. This case study discusses how Arqiva relied on ETL Systems to help increase local DAB coverage so that millions of customers can receive their favorite radio stations digitally.

Selecting Microwave/RF Cable Assemblies For Reliable Performance Over Time

A study shows that more than 75 percent of microwave/RF cable assembly users replace their cable assemblies frequently. The only way to ensure reliability is to select a cable assembly that has been tested to survive in real-world conditions. This white paper presents information on what kinds of cable assemblies are good for signal integrity, long-term durability and performance, and a lower lifetime cost.

Crossing Enemy Lines – The Growing Demand For Submersible Technology

This paper examines USSOCOM's emerging requirements for new and updated submersible equipment, with a focus on the factors that qualify such equipment for operation in combat environments. Specifically, it addresses the components most often considered the weakest link – namely, electrical cable connectors. Typically, significant changes in military equipment requirements such as this spawn innovation in the private sector. So the paper concludes by reviewing the types of equipment for which the 20-meter submersible capability may soon become standard.

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    High-Linearity 2.5 GHz Front-End Modules (FEMs)

    Qorvo presents a new series of high-linearity 2.5 GHz Front-End Modules (FEMs) built for automotive Wi-Fi applications, 802.11b/g/n, and Bluetooth® systems. These devices feature integrated b/g/n power amplifiers, directional power detectors, RX balun, and TX filtering. Each FEM contains an ultra-small form factor and integrated matching that greatly reduces the number of external components and layout area in the customer application.

  • IQC91000A Wideband Signal Record and Playback System
    IQC91000A Wideband Signal Record and Playback System

    X-COM Systems IQC91000A Series, Signal Record and Playback System is designed for the next generation of defense electronic systems that occupy large information bandwidths. Performance validation of these designs requires extensive testing on the bench, in the chamber and on the range to ensure system readiness prior to deployment.  X-COM System’s new IQC91000A was developed to record such modern waveforms and isolate anomalies that often occur during system integration and real-world validation testing.

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  • Test, Control, And Verify: New Location, Better Solutions

    Corry Micronics recently moved to a new facility in accordance with their new product development initiatives, particularly in the microwave space. RF Globalnet recently made the trip to check out the new digs and to catch up with Don Pavlek, president and CEO, and Jim Price, vice president of engineering.

  • Modeling Material Properties Based On Measurement
    Modeling Material Properties Based On Measurement

    This webinar video presents how to use CST STUDIO SUITE® for a number of techniques for extracting material properties based on the measured S-parameters of simple geometry samples. The video will also discuss the importance of manufacturing technology in the extraction process in relation to the robustness of the specific technique. Important effects such as etch factor, over-etching, over-milling, metallization thickness, and the connection repeatability of low-cost end-launchers will also be addressed in real-world examples.

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    How Wireless Works

    This is a short, animated video explaining what happens each time someone uses smartphones, tablets or other wireless devices.

  • Attenuation Made Easy
    Attenuation Made Easy

    Bryan Walker with JFW closed out our IMS 2015 coverage with a short and sweet demo of the ease-of-use of their 50P2014 SMA attenuator.

  • Switch, Amplify, Split, Route
    Switch, Amplify, Split, Route

    Dominic Overton and Dr. Esen Bayar took a few minutes out of day three of IMS in 2015 to familiarize us with their wide range of offerings. Watch the video for an overview of solutions designed for telecoms operators, global satellite operators, and the government and military sector.

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