• 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.

  • Why Is Apple Stockpiling RF Engineers?
    Why Is Apple Stockpiling RF Engineers?

    Paul Chang, former principal engineer, project manager, and RF chip lead at Broadcom, recently migrated to Apple, further substantiating rumors that Apple plans on designing and building baseband processors in-house. Chang worked at Broadcom for over 11 years, helping develop a “series of cellular mobile communications CMOS semiconductor products,” including a number of 65 nm quadband single -chip transceivers. 

  • What Can Micro-Windmills Teach Us About The Future Of Medical Device Design?
    What Can Micro-Windmills Teach Us About The Future Of Medical Device Design?

    At some point in the not-so-distant future, you’ll be able to recharge your smartphone by waving it about in the air for a few moments or (less conspicuously) by simply holding it out in a stiff breeze.What does this have to do with medical device design, you ask? Quite a lot, as it turns out.

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  • Inventing The Stochastic Analog to Digital Convertor
    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).

New Generation Solid State Power Amplifier Exceeds 1kW Output Power For Satellite Earth Stations

Careful thermal design coupled with innovative heat sink technologies have resulted in an industry benchmark in solid-state power amplifier technology. This paper presents thermal management, design concepts and reliability measures of a 1.1 kW C Band solid-state power amplifier. The RF chassis of the SSPA 1.1 kW C Band amplifier has been realized in a 6 ru chassis compared to 7ru for the TWTA amplifiers for the same RF power. By Stephen D. Turner, Paradise Datacom LLC and Ahmed M. Zaghlol, R-Theta Inc.

Reliability Advantages Of Modular Solid State Power Amplifiers Compared To Traveling Wave Tube Amplifiers

Amplifier manufacturers have long compared the advantages and disadvantages of solid state power amplifiers (SSPAs) and traveling wave tube amplifiers (TWTAs). Every few years, there is typically a technology advance that gives a slight advantage to one technology over the other. This paper shows how the modular design of SSPAs can provide dramatically higher levels of system reliability than TWTAs. By Stephen Turner, VP of Engineering, Paradise Datacom

Modeling Uncertainty In Urban Propagation Using Monte Carlo Theory

Monte Carlo provides an opportunity to handle uncertainty in a scenario by randomly sampling input parameters to obtain results for each unique situation and providing a bound for best and worst case scenarios. One type of Monte Carlo parameter is the Monte Carlo material, which allows the calculation engine to vary its parameters without re-running the scenario. This application note demonstrates how to utilize Monte Carlo materials within REMCOM’s Wireless InSite to vary material properties quickly and efficiently.

Kymeta Develops Novel Metamaterial Antennas with CST STUDIO SUITE

Case study on electromagnetic (EM) simulation software used to design metamaterial antennas.

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  • 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.

  • EM De-Embedding Magic – Part I: What’s the Problem, Anyway?
    EM De-Embedding Magic – Part I: What’s the Problem, Anyway?

    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.

  • RF Signal Capture And The Beauty Of The Digital Domain
    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

Narda Safety Test Solutions was founded on January 1, 2000. The company is an offshoot of the high-frequency measurement technology operation of the former Wandel & Goltermann group and has been a part of the L-3 Communications technology group since it was founded. The operational field of Narda Safety Test Solutions covers the business segments of RF Safety, EMC, and RF Testing. In all three of these areas, Narda is one of the leading providers of high quality, application tailored measurement solutions. Learn More.


Low Pass Filter: CMILPF-1990-80S

Low Pass Filter: CMILPF-1990-80S

This is a low pass filter for the record books. With the connectors, it measures over 19 “in length. The pass band is 50MHz to 1990 MHz with less than 1dB of pass band insertion loss. It took over 39 poles to meet the rejection requirements of greater than or equal to 80dB at 2140MHz to 3600MHz.

Low PIM Attenuator

Low PIM Attenuator

This low PIM fixed attenuator covers the 698-2700 MHz frequency range and is available in 5, 6, 10, 20, and 30 dB attenuation values. It has a +0.75 db maximum attenuation accuracy, and a +0.5 db typical attenuation accuracy.

Microwave Site Master Handheld Cable and Antenna Analyzer: S820E

Microwave Site Master Handheld Cable and Antenna Analyzer: S820E

Anritsu’s S820E Microwave Site Master is the world's first microwave handheld cable and antenna analyzer that covers the 1 MHz to 8, 14, 20, 30, and 40 GHz frequency range. It offers 110 dB of dynamic range from 20 MHz to 40 GHz and supports coaxial and waveguide measurements.

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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


AVC/H.264 HDVE Software Encoder SDK <HDVE-100 Encoder SDK>

AVC/H.264 HDVE Software Encoder SDK

The HDVE-100 Encoder SDK is a software development kit that provides functionality for H.264/AVC video encoding with high visual quality and a high compression rate.
VGAs for LTE and WCDMA Infrastructure

VGAs for LTE and WCDMA Infrastructure

These low noise, variable gain amplifiers (VGAs) are ideal for low noise/high linearity systems and LTE/WCDMA infrastructure applications. Three different models are available with frequencies as low as 814 MHz and as high as 915 MHz. Each model has a 35 dB gain and 3 dBm input IP3 (SKY65370-11 has a  6 dBm input IP3). Download the datasheets below for additional specifications and information on features.

TDS-535-2 Tuned Dipole Set (Double)

TDS-535-2 Tuned Dipole Set (Double)

The A.H. Systems' Tuned Dipole Set provides an accurate standard for precise EMI and site attenuation measurements (per OET-55 and ANSI C63.4). Each Tuned Dipole Set is manufactured per the FCC balun design and is individually calibrated. All sets come contained in a rugged, lightweight storage case which includes four baluns, elements, cables, a tape measure and one clamp for tripod mounting.
DC Cables

DC Cables

These 4 pin, 9 pin, and 10 pin cable assemblies can be used to interface with many of JFW's programmable attenuators and RF switches...
Instrumentation HPAs

Instrumentation HPAs

CPI offers a large line of instrumentation HPAs (high power amplifiers) EMC testing applications. They feature superior performance and reliability and are available in octave and multi-octave bandwidths from 1 to 95 GHz.

Rack Mount GPS Splitter 1X8

Rack Mount GPS Splitter 1X8

The RMHIALDCBS1X8 GPS Amplified Splitter is a one input, eight output device in a Rack Mount Chassis. The frequency response covers the GPS L1 & L2 bands with excellent gain flatness
SAW (Surface Acoustic Wave) Oscillators

SAW (Surface Acoustic Wave) Oscillators

SAW (Surface Acoustic Wave) Oscillators by Phonon are essentially specialty microcircuits that process analog signals in radar, communications, electronic warfare (EW), and other defense and space applications. SAW Oscillators are different from other oscillator types in that they use acoustic waves on a material's surface for signal processing.

Site Analyzer®: SA-3600XT, 25-3600 MHz

Site Analyzer®: SA-3600XT, 25-3600 MHz

The 25-3600 MHz, Site Analyzer®: SA-3600XT Site Analyzer is easy to operate and field ready for first-time, occasional and experienced users. Other applications include 3G, Broadcast, Government, Tactical Military, Microwave, Paging, Public Safety, Trunking, WLAN and WLL, and TETRA.

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CST of America, Inc.

CST of America, Inc.

CST develops and markets high performance software for the simulation of electromagnetic (EM) fields in all frequency bands. Its success is based on the implementation of leading edge technology in a user-friendly interface.

Bliley Technologies, Inc.

Bliley Technologies, Inc.

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.

GPS Networking

GPS Networking

GPS Networking, Inc. is the Worldwide Leader in GPS Networking for over 13 years. We specialize in providing global positioning products that allow you to network the signal throughout your site or facility. Our products are designed with building-block simplicity so that you can design the system for your individual needs...

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  • Agilent Technologies' PXIe Modular Vector Signal Test Solution Accelerates Smarter Micro's Power Amplifier Development

    Agilent Technologies Inc. recently announced that Smarter Micro has selected the Agilent PXIe modular vector signal test solution to accelerate the development of its latest reconfigurable multimode, multiband power amplifier.

  • Peregrine Semiconductor And RF Micro Devices Settle All Outstanding Litigation

    Peregrine Semiconductor Corporation, founder of RF SOI (silicon on insulator) and pioneer of advanced RF solutions, and RF Micro Devices, Inc., a global leader in the design and manufacture of high-performance radio frequency solutions, recently announced that they have settled all outstanding claims between the companies.

  • Optenni Lab 3.0 Now Available Through CST Sales Channels

    Darmstadt, Germany, July 17, 2014, Computer Simulation Technology AG (CST) announces the availability of Optenni Lab 3.0 through the worldwide CST sales network. The new release sees a tighter integration between Optenni Lab and CST STUDIO SUITE®, streamlining electromagnetic simulation and matching circuit optimization into one, easy-to-use workflow.

  • RFaxis Ramps Up Production Of Broadband Sub-GHz CMOS RFeIC

    RFaxis, Inc., a leading fabless semiconductor company focused on developing innovative, next-generation RF solutions for the wireless connectivity and cellular mobility markets, recently announced that it is ramping up production of the RFX1010, a highly-integrated broadband CMOS RF Front-end Integrated Circuit (RFeIC) to serve the ZigBee and Internet of Things (IoT) market segments that use the 600/700/800/900MHz "sub-GHz" frequency bands.

  • Future Oscillators May Depend On Lasers Not Quartz
    Future Oscillators May Depend On Lasers Not Quartz

    Nearly all electronics require devices called oscillators that create precise frequencies—frequencies used to keep time in wristwatches or to transmit reliable signals to radios. By Jessica Stoller-Conrad

  • NRL Reveals New Meteorological Insight Into Mid-Level Clouds
    NRL Reveals New Meteorological Insight Into Mid-Level Clouds

    Research meteorologists at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) Marine Meteorology Division (MMD) and Scripps Institution of Oceanography, employing the Navy's Mid-Course Doppler Radar (MCR) at Cape Canaveral, were able to characterize mid-level, mixed-phase altocumulus clouds.

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