Big Iron Gets Technology Boost

ESA deploys ‘big iron’ to communicate with its deep-space missions: three 35 m-diameter dishes employing some of the world’s most advanced tracking technology. And it’s about to get a boost.

  • Making A Smart Material Smarter
    Making A Smart Material Smarter

    A team of researchers, including some from Michigan State University, is making a smart material smarter.

  • Engineering Professor Brings Antenna Capabilities To Military Armor
    Engineering Professor Brings Antenna Capabilities To Military Armor

    For the past four years, Villanova University Electrical and Computer Engineering Professor Ahmad Hoorfar, PhD, director of the Antenna Research Laboratory, has been working on wideband low-profile antennas that provide electronic warfare, jamming and communication capabilities for fiberglass ballistic and blast-resistant armor panels.

  • Laser Ablation Boosts Terahertz Emission
    Laser Ablation Boosts Terahertz Emission

    From almost instantaneous wireless transfer of huge amounts of data and easy detection of explosives, weapons, or harmful gases, to safe 3-D medical imaging and new advances in spectroscopy —technologies based on terahertz (THz) radiation, the electro-magnetic band with wavelengths from 0.1 to 1 mm, can transform science fiction into reality. However, scientists and engineers still do not have cheap and efficient solutions for mass production of THz-based devices.

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  • Wilkinson Power Dividers White Paper

    The PDW05758 from DLI is a surface mount, thin film power divider designed to utilize a three section Wilkinson topology. Features for this device includes temperature stable ceramic, low loss conductors, integrated resistors, and a package size of 0.185 inch by 0.160 inch by 0.020 inch. This white paper provides an in depth overview of the PDW05758, the process of its power conversion, the basics of its thermal modeling and thermal measurements.

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.

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Surface Mount Resistor Networks
SMR Series of precision resistor networks for fine pitch, surface mount applications. These networks feature a lead pitch of (0.031”) and are available in 4 to 16 pin-out styles. The standard value range is 2 O to 10 MO, isolated resistors
  • CST Getting Ahead Webinar Series
    CST Getting Ahead Webinar Series

    These webinars will cover both CST tools and products from CST’s partners Magus (Pty) Ltd. and Optenni Ltd. The webinars will benefit both existing CST customers who want to improve or update their workflows, and engineers who would like the opportunity to see how market-leading software can be employed to simplify design tasks.

    The webinars will demonstrate standard workflows for some common design challenges, with examples to show how simulation can be used to design and optimize products. The tutorial style also offers an easy way for the user to learn about the capabilities of extensions to CST STUDIO SUITE, and how these can be incorporated into their workflow. The presenters are simulation experts, with years of experience of using and developing these tools. 

  • Low-Loss Cables For High Frequency Testing
    Low-Loss Cables For High Frequency Testing

    The Low-Loss High-Frequency flexible cables from A.H. Systems are the preferred choice over standard cable types. With improved power handling, low VSWR, and high frequency capabilities, the Low-Loss cables can be made to your specified length and delivered in two days.

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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.

  • How Wireless Works
    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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Skyworks Solutions, Inc.
Skyworks Solutions, Inc.

Skyworks is the industry’s leading wireless semiconductor company focused on RF and complete semiconductor systems for mobile communications applications...

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...


Qorvo ("kor-vo") enables customers to launch next-generation designs even faster. Our unique combination of talent, technology, scalability and innovation helps you eliminate barriers to bringing your most powerful ideas to market.

"We believe that our new name reflects our company's commitment to keep customers at the center of all that we do," said Bob Bruggeworth, Qorvo president and CEO. "As a new leader in RF solutions, Qorvo will offer the agility, innovation and precision customers need for success in mobile, infrastructure, and defense markets."

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...


Electronic Military & Defense was developed as a resource for engineers, program managers, project managers, and other professionals involved in the design and development of electronic and electro-optic systems for a wide range of defense and aerospace applications. Check out the digital edition of our latest issue for exclusive editorial on securing the 21st century's greatest warfare asset, considerations for phase-coherent microwave measurements, using FPGAs for tuning systems to military functions, using printed energy harvesters for military, and more.

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