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Wireless Implant Could Reduce Heart Failure Admissions

Unexpected trips to the hospital are inconvenient and worrisome for anyone, but for congestive heart failure sufferers, they can be all too frequent. In a rural state like West Virginia, distance can be a factor.

  • The Future of CubeSats
    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.

  • New Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) Program Aims To Break The “More Armor” Paradigm For Protection
    New Ground X-Vehicle Technology (GXV-T) Program Aims To Break The “More Armor” Paradigm For Protection

    For the past 100 years of mechanized warfare, protection for ground-based armored fighting vehicles and their occupants has boiled down almost exclusively to a simple equation: More armor equals more protection. Weapons’ ability to penetrate armor, however, has advanced faster than armor’s ability to withstand penetration. As a result, achieving even incremental improvements in crew survivability has required significant increases in vehicle mass and cost.

  • API Technologies Introduces High Reliability Customizable 2-20 GHz Broadband Amplifier
    API Technologies Introduces High Reliability Customizable 2-20 GHz Broadband Amplifier

    API Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: ATNY), a leading edge provider of high performance RF/microwave, power, and security solutions for critical and high-reliability applications, today announced the addition of a new multi-octave broadband amplifier, model BXHF1084, to its growing family of standard and configurable RF/microwave products.

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  • Electromagnetics In The Healthcare Industry
    Electromagnetics In The Healthcare Industry

    Electromagnetic (EM) fields are present in many of the medical applications today. The technology is becoming more complex, and it is therefore vitally important that the tools and procedures perform at their maximum capacity and always yield precise and accurate data. By Peter Futter, Application Specialist, Business Development – EM Solutions at Altair South Africa

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

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  • 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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GPS Passive Antenna Splitter 1X2

GPS Passive Antenna Splitter 1X2

The LDCBS1X2 GPS antenna splitter is a one input two output power divider designed specifically for the GPS L1, L2 & GLONASS carrier frequencies

Rail-To-Rail Operational Amplifiers: MCP6231/1R/1U/2/4

Rail-To-Rail Operational Amplifiers: MCP6231/1R/1U/2/4

The Microchip Technology Inc. MCP6231/1R/1U/2/4 operational amplifiers (op amps) provide wide bandwidth for the quiescent current. The MCP6231/1R/ 1U/2/4 family has a 300 kHz gain bandwidth product and 65°C (typical) phase margin. This family operates from a single supply voltage as low as 1.8V, while drawing 20 μA (typical) quiescent current. In addition, the MCP6231/1R/1U/2/4 family supports rail-to-rail input and output swing, with a common mode input voltage range of VDD + 300mV to VSS – 300mV. These op amps are designed in one of Microchip’s advanced CMOS processes.

ICP-522 Injection Current Probe

ICP-522 Injection Current Probe

This injection current probe is used to couple large RF currents from 1 MHz to 400 MHz into signal and power circuits to meet specific testing requirements.
71-76 GHz GaAs HEMT High Power Amplifier:  APH668

71-76 GHz GaAs HEMT High Power Amplifier: APH668

This GaAs three-state high power amplifier is ideal for use in commercial digital radios and wireless LANs. It operates in the 71 to 76 GHz frequency range, has a linear gain of 19dB (typ), a 28 dBm (typ) power saturation, 4 VDC @ 630 mA DC power, and more.

CST MICROWAVE STUDIO- High Frequency EM Simulation Tool

CST MICROWAVE STUDIO- High Frequency EM Simulation Tool

CST MICROWAVE® STUDIO (CST MWS) is a powerful tool for the 3D electromagnetic simulation of high frequency components. CST MWS offers unparalleled performance, making it first choice in technology leading research & development departments.

AD Series: RF And Microwave Laminates

AD Series: RF And Microwave Laminates

Arlon’s AD Series Laminates is a group of woven fiberglass-reinforced PTFE composite materials designed for use as printed circuit board substrates. These materials combine the excellent low loss electrical properties of PTFE resin with the enhanced value of costeffective heavier fiberglass styles to provide low cost laminate materials suitable for high volume commercial wireless communication applications
3 GHz Signal Generator: Model 835-3

3 GHz Signal Generator: Model 835-3

The 835-3 signal generator covers the 9 kHz to 3.3 GHz frequency range. It’s been designed as an alternative to bench-top RF signal generators and is an ideal solution for applications that require a high-quality CW source.

Selective Radiation Meter: SRM 3006

Selective Radiation Meter: SRM 3006

The SRM-3006 selective radiation meter is Narda’s second generation, hand-held system for performing narrowband analysis of electromagnetic fields. Unlike a broadband meter, the SRM-3006 has the capability to provide results of individual emitters in an antenna field and also generate a total of all emitters.

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Haigh-Farr, Inc.

Haigh-Farr, Inc.

Haigh-Farr specializes in the design, manufacture, and environmental test of conformal, flight-body antennas utilized on high-performance, aerospace vehicles.  Haigh-Farr pioneered the Wraparound™ antenna which is a thin, conformal, single or multi-channel antenna solution.  Haigh-Farr has many other conformal products including our Omnislot™, Flexislot™, GPS antennas, and arrays, along with classic Button and Blade style antennas.  We are well known for our custom solutions.

NTT Advanced Technology Corporation

NTT Advanced Technology Corporation

NTT-AT offers advanced technology solutions in information and communications to enterprises around the world...

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.

Bird Technologies

Bird Technologies

Bird Technologies is an industry leading provider of RF communications products, services, calibration, and training to the Public Safety, Cellular Communications, Broadcast, Semiconductor, Military, Government and Medical markets...

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