• 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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Detecting And Locating Hidden Signals And Interferers In Military Operations

Spectrum analyzers can be used to neutralize electronic warfare threats.

Developing Wearable Antennas For Military Applications

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Inventing The Stochastic Analog to Digital Convertor

Maybe you know who invented microscopes, ballpoints, or glasses. Sometimes, inventors are well-known names that we encounter in history classes. But they may as well be geniuses forgotten by history. Companies and research institutes also have inventors. Imec’s patent group receives about 300 invention report sheets (IRS) per year. These are the documents that our researchers complete when they are convinced that they have found a unique solution. These ideas lead to over 100 patents per year. Bob Verbruggen is a regular visitor to the patent group, having written 15 invention reports in less than 10 years. We asked him to talk about his work on analogue-to-digital convertors (ADCs).

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  • Pulsed VNA Measurements: When And Why Do I Need To Re-Calibrate?
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    This is the final installment of a guest series written by Walt Strickler of Anritsu Company.

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    Way, way back in 1986, when I was developing the Method of Moments software that we are selling today [1], [2], I encountered (and overcame) many problems. One problem first became apparent when I was demonstrating prototype software at HP (now Agilent, soon to be Keysight Technologies) in Santa Rosa, one of my research sponsors. The results did not look so good. When we compared the results to measurement, the differences steadily increased as we went up in frequency. My funding from HP could be in jeopardy. Not good.

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    RF Signal Capture And The Beauty Of The Digital Domain

    From defense systems to wireless communications networks, bandwidth is an issue to be reckoned with. In the defense industry, electronic warfare (EW) systems in particular have always needed as much of this commodity as it can get, but it has now been joined by radar systems that have operating bandwidths in excess of 1 GHz, which presents significant challenges for their designers as well as those who must measure their performance. By Jim Taber, director of sales and marketing, X-COM Systems

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RF Globalnet Welcomes Our Newest Supplier

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. Learn More.


In the CST US Workshop Series, expert engineers will showcase the capabilities of electromagnetic (EM) simulation tool, CST STUDIO SUITE® and will detail how it can help optimize EM designs. With major advances in both software and computing hardware, realistic large scale simulation of full devices and systems is made possible in relatively short run times. Register for a workshop to see the benefits of virtual prototyping in high frequency applications.  Click here for more information


RF Coaxial Terminations: Termaline® Series

RF Coaxial Terminations: Termaline® Series

Bird designs custom and standard solutions for RF Applications. Bird manufactures a broad line of power terminations from 2 Watts to over 80 kW. Our resistive product portfolio includes air, water cooled, oil dielectric, convection cooled, and conduction cooled loads.

Switches For TCAS & ADS-B Applications

Switches For TCAS & ADS-B Applications

Ducommun Inc. provides 5 standard TCAS Series Model numbers; D2-729B001, D2-729B002, D2-729B003, D2-729B005 and D2-723Q001. All SPDT, switches are designed for high frequency RF signals between the top and bottom fuselage mounted antennas and numbers 1 and 2 system transponders.

CST BOARDCHECK – PCB Rule-Checking Program

CST BOARDCHECK – PCB Rule-Checking Program

CST BOARDCHECK™ analyzes printed circuit boards (PCB) with respect to electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) and signal integrity (SI) design rules, highlighting the potential problems in their layout. Popular layout formats such as CADENCE® ALLEGRO®, Zuken CR 5000, Mentor Graphics® Expedition®, and ODB++ can be imported.

RF Components For Medical System Diagnostics

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HUBER+SUHNER manufactures non-magnetic coaxial connectors, nonmagnetic coaxial cables, hermetically sealed components, fiber optic connectors, and corrugated cables for use in medical diagnostic systems.

Space Level Quartz Crystals

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Space level quartz crystals by Bliley are manufactured with premium Q, swept quartz material traceable to the quartz bar and growing autoclave. From the quartz bar to the finished crystal, 100% of the manufacturing takes place in the USA.

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Ceramic Quartz Crystal (2.5x4.0mm)

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Traveling Wave Tube Amplifiers (TWTAs)

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dB Control’s traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTAs) cover the 1 to 50 GHz frequency range and are ideal for critical military applications in radar, electronic countermeasures (ECM), data links, communications, and instrumentation.

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Haigh-Farr, Inc.

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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.

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.
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Corry Micronics, Inc.

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Precision Devices Inc.

Precision Devices Inc.

PDI's comprehensive quality control program and rigid standards enable us to produce the highest quality parts, meeting and exceeding our customers expectations.

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