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Seeing Through The Fog (And Dust And Snow) Of War

Degraded visibility—which encompasses diverse environmental conditions including severe weather, dust kicked up during takeoff and landing and poor visual contrast among different parts of terrain—often puts both the safety and effectiveness of tactical helicopter operations at risk.

  • Nanoribbon Film Keeps Glass Ice-Free
    Nanoribbon Film Keeps Glass Ice-Free

    Rice University scientists who created a de-icing film for radar domes have now refined the technology to work as a transparent coating for glass.

  • Researchers Control Surface Tension To Manipulate Liquid Metals
    Researchers Control Surface Tension To Manipulate Liquid Metals

    Researchers from North Carolina State University have developed a technique for controlling the surface tension of liquid metals by applying very low voltages, opening the door to a new generation of reconfigurable electronic circuits, antennas and other technologies.

  • Stanford Engineers Aim To Connect The World With Ant-Sized Radios
    Stanford Engineers Aim To Connect The World With Ant-Sized Radios

    A Stanford engineering team, in collaboration with researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, has built a radio the size of an ant, a device so energy efficient that it gathers all the power it needs from the same electromagnetic waves that carry signals to its receiving antenna – no batteries required. By Tom Abate

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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. This article examines the design challenges of electromagnetic systems in healthcare applications by leveraging EM simulation software. 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

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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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GUEST COLUMNS

  • GaAs And GaN Capabilities On Display At Farnborough
    GaAs And GaN Capabilities On Display At Farnborough

    The UK was host to air shows recently with the annual Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) and the biennial Farnborough International AirShow (FIA) 2014. I had the opportunity to attend a Lockheed Martin F-35/F-16 preview day held at RAF Fairford, the venue for RIAT, as well as taking a few days to attend FIA 2014.

  • Lockheed Martin Previews F-35 Lightning II "Fighter Of The Future"
    Lockheed Martin Previews F-35 Lightning II "Fighter Of The Future"

    The U.K. was host to air shows recently with the annual Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) and the biennial Farnborough International AirShow (FIA) 2014. In this article, Asif Anwar from Strategy Analytics describes his experience at the Lockheed Martin F-35/F-16 preview day held at RAF Fairford, the venue for RIAT, and provides an overview of the new capabilities of each aircraft.

  • EM De-Embedding Magic – Part 3: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?
    EM De-Embedding Magic – Part 3: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

    In Part 1, I described the EM analysis port calibration algorithm that I developed almost 30 years ago and has been in use in Sonnet ever since. At first glance, it might seem like the technique can be applied only to “lonely” ports — ports that have no interaction or coupling with any other nearby ports. In Part 2, I showed how the algorithm can be easily extended to calibrate and de-embed as many tightly coupled ports as needed. Yes, a couple equations are needed, but once you get familiar with them, the process is really easy to do. Everything works so well, one might think that nothing could possibly go wrong.

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RF GLOBALNET WELCOMES OUR NEWEST SUPPLIER

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.

FEATURED PRODUCTS

Multicoaxial Board Connector: MXP40 and MXP18 Series

Multicoaxial Board Connector: MXP40 and MXP18 Series

HUBER+SUHNER’s MXP40 and MXP18 series are multicoaxial board connectors for high speed digital bench-top and system testing. They feature reliable mating, ease of use, and a broad range of configurations with flexible and ultra-stable cable assemblies and compact PCB connectors.

RF Discriminators — 1GHz Ultra-Minature Frequency

RF Discriminators — 1GHz Ultra-Minature Frequency

The Ultra-Miniature series of Frequency Discriminators provide broadband performance and superb linearity over a wide temperature range. The UMDLD range of discriminators are robustly constructed in lightweight aluminium alloy housings and are designed to withstand harsh mechanical environments. This range is specified for operation over a case temeperature range maximum of -45ºC to +85ºC. The standard supply voltage is +/- 5 Volts and options are available for +/-12 and +/-15 Volts. The +/-5 Volt unit has a power dissipation of less than 0.6 Watts. This offers distinct advantages in thermal stability making it the ideal choice for compact airborne equipment designs where low power dissipation is vital to maintain high reliability and performance.

2-18 GHz Bandpass Filter Series

2-18 GHz Bandpass Filter Series

DLI’s 2-18 GHz bandpass filters are ideal for use in applications involving the C, X, and Ku bands, satellite communications, satellite TV, weather and radar, and military communications. They feature frequency stability over temperature, full shielding, and a compact sizes across the entire line.

Impedance Matching Pads

Impedance Matching Pads

One of JFW's most popular lines of RF test accessories is our series of impedance matching pads...
ALH504 80 - 100 GHz Balanced LNA

ALH504 80 - 100 GHz Balanced LNA

The ALH504 is a Balanced, three-stage, low noise monolithic HEMT amplifier designed for use in Millimeter-Wave Imaging, commercial digital microwave radios and wireless LANs where broad bandwidth and good return loss are important

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.

High Frequency Electromagnetic Software: Sonnet Professional Suite (Release 14)

High Frequency Electromagnetic Software: Sonnet Professional Suite (Release 14)

Sonnet’s high frequency electromagnetic (EM) software can be used in the analysis of microwave circuit discontinuities, arbitrary microstrip and stripline circuits, planar (patch) antennas, planar spiral inductors, RFIC and MMIC circuits, multi-layer circuits like LTCC and PCB technology, planar filter analysis, and high density interconnects.

400 MHz Ovenized Voltage Controlled SAW Oscillator

400 MHz Ovenized Voltage Controlled SAW Oscillator

This ovenized voltage controlled SAW oscillator (VCSO) is extremely effective and reliable in applications involving use of analog signal processing, such as radar, communications, and electronic warfare (EW). Addition of a micro-oven to the design yields superior temperature stability (just +/- 10ppm over temperature range -40C to 85C). Specific emphasis on low phase noise, from the start of the design process, has led to a SAW oscillator of superior performance and quality.

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JFW Industries, Inc.

JFW Industries, Inc.

RF Components|Application Specific Test Systems

Pascall Electronics Ltd.

Pascall Electronics Ltd.

RF and Microwave Components|Subsystems and Systems

API Technologies Corp

API Technologies Corp

API Technologies has a long heritage in the development and manufacturing of RF & Microwave components and systems for military, space and commercial applications. Product offerings include: Filters, High Power Amplifiers, Switched Filter Banks, Integrated Microwave Assemblies and Hybrid Microelectronics.

Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG

Rohde & Schwarz GmbH & Co. KG

Rohde & Schwarz is a company with an international presence in the fields of radiocommunications, broadcasting and test and measurement. For more than 70 years, the company group has been developing, producing and marketing a wide range of electronic products for the capital goods sector. The company is headquartered in Munich. The Executive Board consists of President and CEO Michael Vohrer, plus Manfred Fleischmann and Christian Leicher...

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European Microwave Week

October 5 - 10, 2014
Rome

MILCOM 2014

October 6 - 8, 2014
Baltimore, MD

51st Annual AOC International Symposium and Convention

October 6 - 9, 2014
Washington, DC

2014 IEEE Compound Semiconductor IC Symposium

October 19 - 22, 2014
San Diego, CA

RAN World 2014

November 3 - 4, 2014
Berlin
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